Where will we shoot? The session takes place in the client's home, usually in the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. We can also take some photos outdoors if the weather permits (ideal for spring and summer due dates!). Do not worry about your house being a mess—you just had a baby! I will be happy to move things out of the way so they don't end up in the photos. All you need to do to prepare is open the blinds/curtains to let in as much light as possible and have your bed made with neutral bedding. Your bed makes for a great place for cuddly family photos!
How can I make sure my baby is comfortable and cooperative during the shoot? Newborns are unpredictable and this shoot is all about them. Please do not worry about your baby crying or needing to eat during the shoot—newborn sessions are purposely longer to allow for plenty of breaks, feedings and even diaper/outfit changes. It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session so they’re sleepy and content.
What should my husband and I wear? Lifestyle newborn sessions are photographed in the comfort of your home. The clothing should compliment the surroundings. I recommend keeping it simple and comfortable. Neutral, light (creams, whites, grays or pastel tones) work best as they don't take away from the natural beauty of your baby. Solid or floral tops (and textures like big knits and lace) work best. Texture and layers can add dimension and softness to the images (and are also very flattering).
What should the baby wear? I prefer babies to be dressed very simply in plain onesies, muslin swaddles, or just diaper - whatever they are most comfortable in.
How long are these sessions? A typical lifestyle newborn session takes 2-2.5 hours. When it comes to a newborn session, the baby is in charge, so we allow time to enough feeding and diaper changing breaks :)
What can I do to prepare for the session? Preparing for a photo session can be quite stressful for new parents. Please don't worry! Just focus on relaxing and cuddling with your sweet new addition and I will create images that you will cherish forever!
Where will my session take place? I know lots of great locations for photo shoots but you may choose whatever setting feels right to you - from urban to natural, to anywhere in-between. (Note that some places require fees or permits for professional photography.
How long will the session last? Typically sessions last between one and two hours.
What should we wear? Coordinate, rather than match. Start with one outfit you love and build the rest of the look from there.
Stay away from bright neons - they don’t photograph well.
Dress for the setting. In a field, I love casual, cozy looks in either cream and gray, or everyone in medium shades, or deep, rich, shades. For an urban setting, try deep, rich colors or gray and black, or something fun and vintage. It’s also smart to consider the colors in your home, since that is where your photographs are likely to be displayed.
When do you schedule your portrait sessions? If we will be shooting outdoor, the last few hours before sunset offer the most beautiful, flattering light. If shooting in your home, I recommend aiming for the time your home gets the most natural light.
What happens if it rains on the day of our outdoor session? No need to worry. In the event of rain during a scheduled outdoor session we will reschedule for a different date.
What if I need to reschedule? Not a problem. I know that people get sick, or emergencies arise. I appreciate 24 hours’ notice if you need to reschedule, and I will find another time for you.
How many photos will you take? Do we get to see all of them? I take many, many pictures. When I prepare your gallery I narrow them down to the very best ones, at least 30. You will not see blinking shots, outtakes, unedited proofs, or 10 of the same shot.
Do you retouch the photos? I hand edit every image that is delivered to you. This includes removing blemishes, and anything else that may be a distraction. More involved edits like braces removal will incur an extra charge.
Last but not least...HAVE FUN!!!