What to expect at your Newborn Photo Session?

Booking, Styling Questionnaire, Newborn Prep Guide

I recommend that all my expecting clients book their newborn session when they have just reached the second trimester to ensure availability. First time moms should pick a date within 1.5 to 3 weeks after their due date. If you have a history of coming early, will be induced or have a c-section at 39 weeks schedule your session within 2 weeks from estimated birth. If your baby comes a week early or late we can always move your session! You are welcome to book online via the booking calendar or send me a message and I can help you pick the session that works best for you. 

After you have booked your session you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a styling form where you can pick your favorite colors, poses and prop preferences. Or you can opt for me to style your session and get a discount on your session fee. A few days before your session you will receive a baby guide on how to prepare your baby for their session.


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What should I bring to my photo session? 

The only things you need to bring to your session is milk if your baby isn’t breastfed and a pacifier. I have everything else you will need from diapers, to wipes, burp clothes, custom vendor outfits, wraps, props, and bows. 

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What should my family wear?

Simple well fitted shirts in neutral colors (white, cream, black, gray, beige, light blue) or dresses with simple designs look best. Avoid busy patterns, bright colors, plaid, and overly loose clothing. There is no need to bring an outfit for your newborn, I will wrap them in a coordinating wrap and a simple well fitted outfit for posed shots. 

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Newborn Session Timeline

For family sessions I always start with family so that dad or grandma can take young kiddos out to eat or play after their portion of photos is over. I generally start with individual photos of dad and then mom so that your kids have a chance to adjust and relax into the studio environment. After family photos I will do sibling photos followed by posed shots with family. 

After the family portion I follow your baby’s lead and decide to do either wrapped or posed shots depending on how sleepy your baby is. 

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Proofing Gallery or Viewing Appointment Timeline

Within 3 days from your session you will receive a link to either book your photo viewing appointment or online proofing. You may choose whichever method you prefer. These images will be only partially edited. A certain number of images are included in your package and you are always welcome to purchase additional photos or wall prints and products (with extra digital images included). Once you have selected your favorite images by pressing the star favorite icon within your gallery or at your viewing appointment I will get to work on all of the final edits to your gallery including but not limited to smoothing skin, removing blemishes, redness, backdrop wrinkles, and adding black and white copies. You can see the costs for additional images below: 

Final Gallery Delivery

Once I have completed the final edits on your newborn photos I will upload them to an online gallery for you to download. These images are yours to print, save, copy and share. 

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