Before Your Session
Once you decide to schedule a newborn photography session with me, we will set a tentative date based on your due date and your 25% deposit will be due. I understand babies rarely come when predicted and I will be as flexible as I can to accommodate their personal plans for arrival. (As a Mom of a preemie, I have first hand knowledge!) But a due date will give us a base line. I never take more than 3 babies that are due in the same week to avoid over scheduling and make sure I have the most flexibility in planning your session.
Once baby is born, please get in touch with me and we will firm up our date and time. Babies are best photographed in the first 10 days of life. They sleep better, don’t have colic yet, and usually haven’t started developing baby acne or cradle cap. If you are a c-section Mom (as I was) we can schedule according to your recovery too, which I know can be slow and painful. We definitely want to schedule a session when you're feeling more like yourself!
Our studio is in a beautiful Victorian in the heart of Cow Hollow with amazing hardwood floors and gorgeous natural light. We'll keep the space nice and toasty to help keep your little one warm during outfit changes too! Best of all, all you have to do is show up with that beautiful baby. No prep or clean up required! :)
Once you arrive I will have most of the setups ready to go for you when you arrive with baby. We'll go through all the outfits, headbands and fun stuff I have, as well as anything special you'd like to include. In a normal session (which lasts 2-3 hours) the basic schedule is:
- Baby with sibling. Once these are completed I usually recommend that big borther or sister get taken someplace else so they don't go stir crazy waiting for baby to have their close up! :)
- Baby with family
- Baby in wrap
- Naked baby (if wanted by the parents)
- 2-3 outfits which we will lay out in order of importance and get through as many as baby will let us
Family and sibling shots are more lifestyle oriented, capturing you and your baby together, just being a family. Solo shots of baby include a more natural style, but also get some of those beautiful posed shots too! It's the best of both worlds! :)
After your session
It will take me around 2 weeks to upload, cull and fully hand edit your session for delivery to you. During this time I will select the best 25-30 images for you, completely retouch and edit them, and put them in an online gallery for you. Once that is done I will invoice you online for the balance of the session fee, and send you both a link to the gallery and a custom mobile app of your session that you can install on your smart phone or tablet.
Once your invoice is completed, the gallery will be opened up so you can download ALL your photos high resolution, and I will get to work burning a USB stick for you to keep as well. Your digital files come with a print release authorizing you to print them where ever and how often you like, and you can also buy additional prints and gifts from your gallery if you would like!
**If you choose to have the session in your home, the order is pretty much the same, expect I will bring the mobile studio to you. I will need good natural light and a good bit of room for set up.