FAQ for Expecting Moms
When is the best time to book my newborn session?
I like to wait until you are in your second trimester before getting on my calendar! Because it fills up quickly, it’s best to reserve your session as early as possible. I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so that I can leave space for newborns that arrive early or late. I do try my best to accommodate late bookers the best I can so e-mail me either way!! 🙂
When is the best time to do a newborn session?
Newborn sessions are scheduled between 5-14 days after the baby is born. This allows for baby to be sleepy and posable for the duration of the session. If your baby is older than 2 weeks, no worries! It’s still possible to capture beautiful photos! They may not be as posed, but we do have options! I have photographed “newborns” upwards to 6 weeks and still able to capture some really sweet moments.
Where does the newborn session take place?
My studio is located in Smyrna Tennessee. This is where all my hats, headbands, props, backdrops.. everything we need to have a complete session. For Newborn sessions, I am all studio light (however I try making it look as close to natural as possible. Just keep this in mind when you are scouring Pinterest). I am also open to traveling for out of state sessions. I have snacks and refrigerator stocked with cold waters. I want you to feel at home and welcomed in my studio during our time together.
How can we make sure my baby sleeps during our session?
I have a “Newborn Prep Packet” that I will send to you as soon as your baby has arrived. In this it will have all they key factors to make sure we have a super sleepy baby.
How long do newborn sessions last?
Newborn sessions often run long due to the nature and frequent soothing of the baby. Expect 2-3 hours in the studio for the Deluxe and Petite session and 1 hour for the Mini session. I do not rush the session and allow for baby to take as many breaks as needed. The baby’s comfort and safety is my priority.
When and how do we pay?
The pricing break down is on the investment tab! Once the non refundable retainer has been recieved, your due date is on my calendar. I take a limited number of newborn sessions each month so this is just to confirm your spot on my calendar.
The remainder of the session fee is due at the session and I accept cash or can send an invoice to be paid via card.
Payment plans are available.
Do I receive digital images from my session?
Absolutely! My sessions are now all-inclusive! Your gallery is delivered via online so you are able to easily view and share with friends and family. In the gallery is included a minimum of 25 images. Each image is converted into B&W also, so you actually receive a minimum of 50 images!
I choose the best images from the session and I hand edit each one. I want to make things easy for my clients, so decision making over what images to choose. You just get a full gallery of beautiful photos with a print release!
MPix.com is always recommended to print your photos. This is the consumer printing lab of my professional lab. They are very reasonably priced and shipping is fairly quick! I allow my clients to print their photos as they wish, but I do recommend staying away from Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, etc.
I also offer albums and printed photo wood blocks at an additional cost. You will be able to see examples of these at my studio during our session.
What is your turn around time?
2 weeks is typical, pending on time of year it can be upwards to 3.
If you’d like a few photos for announcements, please let me know at the time of your session and I can accommodate that!
Are family images included?
With the Deluxe Newborn Session only. I absolutely love capturing the bond and newness of families! I always start with parent/sibling photos first, so that if you have little ones, you are able to have your spouse, grandma, etc either take them home if need be!
Have you taken any workshops in newborn posing?
When I first started I was mostly self taught. As I continued to grow my art, I wanted to make sure I continued to learn and grow all technical and safety aspects of my niche.
I have attended many online Newborn Retreat Workshops, a personal skype one on one with Skye Johansen, a two day hands on workshop by Rachel Vanoven in Indianapolis Indiana, and twice have studied under Erin Tole out of Portland Oregon.
All of these photographers are the leaders in this industry and best of the best. I have also studied in Maternity, Family and Birth photography as well.
How long have you been working with posing Newborns?
I have 6 years of experience in newborn posing. As a child, I was always fighting over who could hold whatever baby was around.. not much has changed 😉
Do you do composites for difficult poses?
ABSOLUTELY. Your newborn’s safety is first and foremost. I NEVER risk your child’s safety to get “the shot”. Hands will always be within inches of your baby, or for the more “frog” or “prop” poses hands will be on baby at all times. Again, I have been in newborn photography for years now, so I have a solid foundation on what goes into the safety aspect of this type of photography.
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