Once you book a session with me, I will email you additional information, but here are some general frequently asked questions.
Why Newborn Photography?
Your baby will only be a
newborn for a very short period of time. As a mom of three, I promise you, everyone means it when they say it flies by. Every day after birth, your baby is changing and growing. For the first two weeks after birth, you newborn still loves to be curled up just like they were in the womb. Of course, you can photograph your newborn with your own camera, but each newborn session (minus the mini newborn) includes family portraits and more. I love watching babies relax when I swaddle them and curl them in a basket… they are perfectly content and you get beautiful, artistic keepsakes forever.
I see you offer several different newborn session options…which one is right for me?
As you will see when looking at my pricing guide, I do offer several different newborn session options.
The first is a mini newborn session and is perfect for those who don’t need all the “fuss” of a long newborn session and just want some beautiful portraits of their baby. This session does not include family portraits. The session is kept simple, I usually use a neutral colored blanket and use hats and headband (for girls) for pops of color. I will do one prop shot of newborn swaddled.
The next session I offer is a full studio session. My studio is located right in Charlottesville on Hydraulic Road in a commercial building. Sometimes it is overwhelming thinking about leaving the house with your newborn shortly after birth. But the wonderful thing about coming to the studio is that all is set up and ready for your arrival. I have every prop you could imagine and all you have to do is sit down and relax and watch me document your brand new baby. I do offer a travel option for me to come to you, and I bring a ton of stuff with me. I basically bring my studio to you. This is a great option as well as you don’t have to leave your house. Just take into consideration that it will take me about 30 minutes to set up once I get there, you will have to crank up the heat in your house, and it will take me about 30 minutes to break everything down once we are done. But, I have done it many times and I am used to it!
Lastly, I also offer a lifestyle in-home session . This session saves you having to pay the travel fee for the “posed” newborn session. The difference in the two sessions is that I don’t bring nearly as much stuff with me for a lifestyle session and we use your home as our background. I prefer to have a home with great natural light, but I can make most things work with some window light. This type of session is more relaxed with me documenting you holding your baby in the nursery, in your bedroom, baby swaddled on the bed, in some baskets etc. I love being creative in my clients home and using things I find around their house for the session. I still do some “newborn posing” but it is kept simple and to a minimum.
When should I book my newborn session?
Anytime! The sooner the better. Most of my clients book their newborn session when they are in the 2nd or 3rd trimester. BUT… I almost always try to fit in a newborn when clients wait until after baby is born. Booking is super simple… we “pencil in” your due date and then once baby is here, we get your session scheduled.
When do newborn sessions take place?
The best time to photograph newborn sessions is within the first 2 weeks after birth. I will however take newborns up to 3 weeks old. (special arrangements made for babies born pre-maturely and multiple births) This is done for many reasons. Newborns this young are more likely to “curl up” into the positions I put them in and don’t mind being moved around and sleep for long periods of time. Most of the images you see on my website of newborns are done within the first 14 days after birth. And as I mentioned above, we can certainly take newborn portraits a bit later, but we will have to work harder for those sleepy shots and have to skip certain poses.
Why not photograph baby awake?
I do take portraits of newborns when they are awake. Not all newborns can make eye contact and most newborns have a hard time focusing and sometimes their eyes get a bit crossed, but I will certainly take some portraits of baby awake if he/she is not crying.
How long does a session take and why so long?
Each sessions take a different amount of time. The newborn mini session is about an hour or less. The full studio newborn session is about 2-3 hours. If I bring my studio to you, the session will be a bit longer, about 3-4 hours because of set up and break down. The lifestyle session takes about 1-2 hours. Do I time my sessions? NO WAY? Honestly, this is just a guideline. I don’t stop until I finish my job. I love photographing newborns.. so I take my time and I don’t kick people out after “their time is up”. I am here to give you beautiful images that last a lifetime, and some babies are tougher than others, so we just go with the flow. The reason it takes so long…. well, many reasons. ONE.. I am a perfectionist when it comes to newborn photography. I will sometimes take 20 minutes just to take one picture because I want your baby comfortable and I want every detail to be perfect. TWO… newborns are not predictable. Each session is different and each baby is different. Sometimes babies just sleep and don’t make a peep.. those sessions may run a lot quicker and smoother. Other times, I get a baby who is a bit sensitive and we have to work extra hard to get certain portraits. We do a lot of feedings, changing, cleaning up and more. I take my time, and therefore it takes a bit. Trust me, it goes by so fast… and I am loving every minute of it.
Do I need to bring an outfit for my baby? Why are they naked?
You can bring an outfit for your baby, but my personal opinion is that newborns look best in their own skin. I like to keep things simple and sometimes clothing takes the focus off of baby and is a distraction.
Can I bring something special like an heirloom with me to the session?
Absolutely. While I have many, many newborn props, I am more than happy to use anything you would like to implement into your session. I will do my best to incorporate anything you bring.
Can I request certain poses or shots I have seen?
Sure. I don’t mind that, but I will keep your baby’s safety and comfort my number one priority. I do however trust that you have hired me based on what you have seen in my portfolio.
What should we wear?
Keep it simple, again, this is about documenting your brand new baby, not about what you have on 🙂 For parent and family portraits, mom in a dark color tank top is perfect and comfortable pants. Most of my shots are from the waist up, so I wouldn’t stress your bottom half too much. I love skin on skin, so the more skin the better. For dad, a simple dark colored tee or collared shirt is perfect or no shirt at all if dad is comfortable with that.