Newborns are truly my favorite subjects to photograph and my passion for capturing the newness of life shows in the way that I comfort, soothe, and carefully pose them. After their sessions, many of my families are convinced that I am “a baby whisperer.”
WHEN SHOULD I CALL TO SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
If possible, it’s best to contact me before your baby is born because I tend to book up. However, if you’ve already had your baby, don’t worry. I’m always happy to photograph your baby when I have open dates.
I DON’T KNOW WHEN MY BABY WILL BE BORN, SO HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE MY SESSION?
To hold your place on my calendar, I pencil your due date down on my calendar. Once your baby is born, I ask you to contact me as soon as you can to let me know that you are both healthy and ready to schedule your session. Then based on your baby’s birthdate, we pick the best day for your family to come to the studio.
IS ONE-WEEK-OLD TOO EARLY FOR MY SESSION?
No, it’s actually the perfect time. Newborn babies photograph best between 6-14 days old. At this point, they are still very sleepy and like to curl up as if they were still in the womb.
WHAT IF WE CAN’T COME IN THE FIRST 14 DAYS?
While it is ideal to get your baby photographed in those first 2 weeks, you can still have your baby photographed as a newborn if you miss that window. I am able to photograph your baby in newborn poses up until they are 6 weeks old.
DO I NEED TO GET OUTFITS FOR MY BABY’S NEWBORN SESSION? Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all or swaddled in simple wraps. I have an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows, and headbands that coordinate beautifully with my blankets and props that I use to stylize your images. You are welcome to bring items that have special meaning to your family if you would like me to photograph your baby in them, but you don’t have to purchase or bring anything.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Once you book your session with me and deliver your newborn, I will send you a quick “Tips and Tricks” email that will guide you on how you can set your baby up to have the best session.
CAN MY FAMILY BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH MY BABY?
Absolutely! Family images with a newborn are some the most cherished photographs, so I wouldn’t have it any other way. I photograph up to 5 family members, along with your baby, during your session. Additional family members can be included for a fee.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NEWBORN AND FAMILY SESSION AND A NEWBORN ONLY SESSION?
The NEWBORN AND FAMILY SESSION is a fully customized session for the entire family and allows me to create between 20-30 images for you to review.
The NEWBORN ONLY SESSION is a shorter, but still complete session of your baby only, and does not include photographs of the parents or any siblings. During this session, I create between 12-15 images for you to review. This session is perfect for clients who are interested in getting photographs of only their new baby.
DOES IT COST MORE FOR TWINS?
No, a newborn session for twins costs the exact same as a newborn session for one baby.
DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH NEWBORNS?
No, I photograph babies of all ages and their families too! Some of my favorite sessions are of families with toddlers and preschoolers at some of the beautiful locations we have around Glastonbury.
MY BABY HASN’T BEEN VACCINATED. DO YOU HAVE ALL OF YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS?
The recommended immunizations for adults that completed the childhood vaccination schedule is to have a flu shot every year and to get a Tdap shot every 10 years, to protect against whooping cough. I get a flu shot every September and got my last Tdap vaccination in 2013 (5 years ago).
WHEN DO I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES?
Within 20 days of your session, you get to come back to the studio for a quick Look and Choose appointment. This is when you will get to see all of your pictures in a video slideshow and as printed, matted photographs, and you will decide what you want to purchase.
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT A FEW SMALL PRINTS?
What you buy is entirely up to you, and you don’t have to make that decision until you see your photographs.
WHAT KIND OF INVESTMENT DO MOST FAMILIES MAKE?
Most families invest anywhere from $750 to $2000 on their session and artwork. However, everyone’s needs are different – some spend a little more and some spend less.
WHY CAN IT BE SO EXPENSIVE?
Exceptional newborn and baby photography by a specially-trained portrait artist is not for everyone and takes an enormous amount of time, training and commitment. Still, you have many options when getting your baby photographed. Like when making any purchase, you have the choice of discount stores, department stores or boutiques and the services that they each provide. I give families the “boutique model” of photography with the highest level of professional training in newborn posing and safety, gorgeous images, fine art products, and remarkable service.
WHEN DO I GET TO BRING EVERYTHING HOME?
Once ordered, your signature products will be ready within 2 weeks. Purchased digital images will be available for download within 48 hours.