I’m expecting! When should we book our maternity/newborn session?
Congratulations! Typically, I recommend scheduling maternity sessions around the 7/8 month mark, when you have a great belly bump and aren’t too uncomfortable. Already past that point? No worries! We will get you on the calendar asap.
Typically, newborn sessions are scheduled within the first two weeks while your baby is still pretty sleepy. We’ll confirm a specific date for our session, once your little one has made their appearance. Baby already here? I’m happy to schedule sessions for babies older than two weeks (as my schedule allows), but in my experience they do tend to be less sleepy at that point. In these cases, our session will focus more on the family together rather than baby posed alone.
Where will our studio newborn session take place?
Studio newborn sessions take place in my residential newborn studio in Woodbridge/Lakeridge, Virginia. There is a comfy couch you can relax on while watching your newborn being photographed. You have access to all props, wraps, headbands, blankets, and backdrops.
Where will our lifestyle newborn session take place?
Lifestyle newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home. As long as you have a good size window with decent light, I will be good to go.
Who will be included in our session?
Our session will feature baby, but also include pictures with dad, mom, sibling(s) and the family together. I think there is nothing quite like the sheer joy of welcoming a new little person to the world and I want to make sure we include everyone in that celebration. Session begins with sibling and family photos so the siblings can play.
What should we do to prepare our house?
No need for you to do anything to prepare, and definitely please don’t try to clean up on my account. You’ve just had a baby after all! When I arrive, I’ll take a look around to find areas with suitable light. For the family shots, we will probably shoot in your bedroom or living room or really anywhere with good natural light. If we shoot in the bedroom, I recommend decluttering nightstands and stripping down to simple white bedding – either white sheets or a duvet without a cover. Not only does this provide a clean simple background, it reflects the light beautifully.
What should we wear for our session?
I recommend babies wear something simple and timeless. A plain white onesie or sleeper is ideal. We’ll likely do some shots clothed, swaddled and down to the diaper. For the rest of the family, I recommend avoiding black or bright colors (such as red or fuschia) which may leave a color cast on baby’s skin. Light colors and patterns photograph well. Always think coordinating, not matching.
Do you bring/use props?
The longer I photograph babies, the more I’m drawn to simple, undistracted work. I’ll bring a few plain wraps and blankets to swaddle. I enjoy photographing the unique personality of your baby just as they are. I’m an advocate for natural posing and work gently to achieve that with your baby’s cooperation. I want you to be able to remember all those adorable baby yawns, sneezes, stretches and facial expressions, as well as their peaceful sleepy face.
What if my baby cries/won’t sleep/needs to eat?
I’ve photographed a lot of babies, and believe me, I think I’ve seen it all. Your job is simply to relax and leave the shooshing, rocking and snuggling to me for the few hours we’re together. You are my priority for the day. We’ll take breaks as needed for diaper changes, feedings, etc…
How much should we expect to spend? How do you process payment?
Please inquire for a detailed price list. Sessions are 2-3 hours, you are provided online gallery of your images, print release and travel up to 30 miles. A $100 travel charge will apply to sessions more than 30 miles from Woodbridge, VA. 50% of your total is due at the time of booking and the remainder is due 7 days prior to your session. You will receive an invoice to pay these fees online via credit card. A la carte items such as enlargements, gallery canvas, and brag books are also available.
Do you offer a first year package?
Yes! Capturing the first year is one of my favorite things to do. The Grow with Me Collection includes a 3 month, 6 months, 9 month, and one year session. Please inquire for a detailed price list.
How do we receive our images?
Images are delivered on an online gallery. An online gallery is basically like a USB except digital and more safe. You receive your high resolution images within 30 days, on a gallery you can send to friends and family, download right to your computer, and even order prints shipped right to your door. The online gallery is safe and active for 10 years so you don’t have to worry about loosing your beautiful images.