When is the best time to book a newborn session?
The sooner you book the better! I would suggest around your second trimester. I only book a limited number of newborn sessions per month and would really hate to have to turn down your session due to being fully booked.
How do I book a date if I am not sure when the baby will actually be born?
When you are ready to book your session we will pencil in your due date on my calendar. This way I know more or less a time frame for your session. I know babies make their entrance at their own time, so we would set the final date after the baby is born. I do require to be notified within 48hrs of the baby being born so we have enough time for scheduling purposes. Adding me to your “we had the baby!” text or email should be perfect that way you don’t forget.
When is the best time to do the session?
The best time for newborn sessions is when the baby is 9-16 days new. During this time, the baby is still very sleepy and curled up just like in the womb, making it much easier for posing.
Where do newborn sessions take place?
Sessions are held at my Wentzville, Missouri studio. Take a peek at the studio HERE.
Do you also travel to client’s homes?
I do not travel to client’s homes. Being able to have a dedicated studio space makes it ideal to have the perfect environment for newborn sessions. I am able to control the lighting, room temperature and have tons of props and options available at an arm’s reach. Parents are able to relax in the cozy sitting area, catch up on emails and even take a much needed nap! It will be a relaxing experience. Believe it or not, having a photographer come to your home could be more stressful. You will probably feel the need to tidy up (and who wants to do that after having a baby!), make sure there is a specific space that will fit the photographer’s items (and possibly have to move furniture around), set a specific temperature of the room, etc… Leaving the house, getting some fresh air, and just handing me your newborn and you having a nice relaxing time, sounds much better!
How long does the session last?
Newborn sessions are scheduled for weekdays only. They range from 2-4 hour sessions depending on which collection you choose. Why so long? Well, I like to have enough time in case the baby needs extra feeding time, soothing, and posing a newborn all takes time and patience. This way, everyone is nice and relaxed and the session goes smoothly.
Are sibling and parents shots included in the session?
Parents and sibling shots are included in the middle and top collections. When siblings are included, we normally do those shots first, and a parent will take the child home since the session can last long and siblings tend to not have as much patience.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for our session?
I will be sending you very helpful and detailed prep instructions for the day of the session.
Do I need to bring anything for my newborn session?
Nope! Just the baby, extra diapers, extra bottles for formula babies, change of clothes for both baby and parents (you never know what might happen!)
Do I need to bring Props/Accessories?
I have plenty of accessories/props for both boys and girls that I hand pick specifically based on my style of Newborn Photography. I always keep things fresh and continually order new items for my work. As an artist/photographer I do have a specific style and taste that I like to stick with, if you booked with me than chances are you like it! If you have a family heirloom etc. I am MORE than happy to use it for your photos. I do ask that this be limited to two items only.
Aside from our digital images and products included in the collections, do you offer additional products?
Yes, I offer prints, professional canvases, albums and other products as well. You will be able to see samples of these at my studio the day of your session.