FAQ- common questions
Are you up to date on your Whooping Cough Vaccine?
- Yes! I am up to date on my TDP and flu shots!
- Your baby's safety is my top priority!
What is the best age to photograph my newborn?
- I find the best time to photograph your new baby is between 5-12 days old. They're the sleepiest and squishiest at this age. We can definitely do a session with an older newborn, but earlier is better.
Do you have a studio?
- Yes, my studio is in my home. I recently had a baby last year, my daughter Adelyn, and we decided to create a home studio so I can spend more time home with her. Because of that, the environment is warm and inviting. I have a comfy sitting room in an open floor plan layout next to the studio so you can have a much needed break while keeping baby in sight, all while enjoying some snacks and tea or coffee if you'd like!
Do you have props?
I do have a variety of newborn outfits, tutus, pearls, crochet bonnets and a variety of headbands and tie-backs. I have various baskets, buckets, and a baby bed to photograph babies in as well as the newborn posing bean bag (pictured in use below with a gray backdrop-other colors are available.)
How do you get variety for a sitter/cake smash session if you use minimal props?
I have a few sets/stations ready per session: brown wood set, white wood set, floral backdrops (pink or blue,) white seamless paper; various props from my wooden heart bowl, to a baby bed, to various chairs, a white play teepee and more. This is an example of a 7 month sitter session and how we achieved a consistent, cohesive look while adding plenty of variety. A few props were brought from home: outfits and the lovies. The rest came from my studio.
I generally like to keep the props to a minimum and focus more on your baby. That being said, if you have a certain prop in mind that I don't have, I have a running offer regarding props...You are welcome to donate a prop to the studio in exchange for an 11x14 Fine Art Print (a $70 value!) In order to assure the quality of the prop (remember your baby's safety is my top priority!) I have listed a few reputable vendors below that you can shop with. You can pick out any blanket, outfit, or prop and have it sent directly to the studio. (The purchased item must be worth $30+ please.) Not only is that a pretty good exchange but it adds a fun, personalized touch to your session!
Do you offer weekend sessions?
- Yes, my studio is open by appointment, 9am-4pm.
- Most newborn sessions occur at 10am. Unless a promotional mini session day, I generally only do 1 session per day.
- All of my sessions are appointment only and usually booked weeks in advance.
How far in advance should I book?
- The earlier the better! Newborn sessions should be booked during your pregnancy. I offer a complimentary pre-session consultation where we discuss your goals and I share a little more about myself, what I offer and you get to see the studio space so you're more comfortable on photo day. You want to book with enough time for us to have your pre-session while you still feel comfortable (relatively comfortable, ha!)
What if my baby comes early or late? How do I book a date with you?
- When you book your newborn session (pay your deposit) then I put your due date in my calendar but schedule a range for you. Your session becomes a priority and I have a flexible calendar for that reason. I only accept a limited number of newborn sessions per month in order to accommodate the various arrival dates.
How long should the session take?
For newborn sessions I generally stay within the 1.5 hour range. This allows time for feeding and soothing breaks. Anything more than 2 hours becomes exhausting for you and your little one. In our pre-session, I will give you tips to help you be better prepared for a sleepy session.
Can parents and siblings be in the newborn session too?
- I always do a few parent shots with every newborn session if the parents are willing. I understand some moms do not want to be on camera post-delivery, but I can also do just the side of your face or your hands holding baby, etc. I am happy to work around what you don't want on camera! I've been there! But remember, you're beautiful and you just created this amazing little person. I'd love to capture that moment for you!
- As for siblings, I am happy to incorporate the siblings, but I ask that if siblings are present, there needs to be an additional helper with you other than just mom. In my experience, mom gets busy feeding baby to soothe them for the session and can end up getting stressed out trying to care for the siblings also. I also ask that siblings arrive at the beginning of the session for about 20-30 minutes and then can be taken to the nearby park or my favorite cozy coffee shop for some hot cocoa or snacks. Again, this allows baby and mom to stay better relaxed.