When should I contact you to schedule my newborn session?
The earlier the better! I have had moms contact me as early as eight weeks of pregnancy. However, most moms contact me during their second trimester.
Wait. I’m supposed to book my session BEFORE I have the baby? How does that work?
Believe it or not, I have a Magic 8 Ball that predicts due dates with a 99% accuracy rate (give or take 9 months). It makes planning the session date super easy. However, I like to plan for all contingencies, so to accommodate that 1% chance my Magic 8 Ball is wrong, once you are booked I put your due date on my calendar. Once baby is here, you’ll let me know and we’ll confirm your official session date and time.
When do we do the newborn session?
Newborn sessions are best done within the first 3 weeks of life. The youngest I will take a newborn is 3 days new. Newborn sessions can occur after the first three weeks, but poses may be limited. Of course, I will always accommodate babies who need to stay in the hospital a bit longer, and premature babies should be good up to one week after their original due dates.
Do I really have to follow your sleepy baby tips?
Trust me when I say that the nominal preparation steps will be incredibly helpful. While I can’t force you to do it, you’ll be glad you did. If you don’t, trust me when I say that I’ll know. I’ve got spies everywhere. That, and your huzzy will probably rat you out.
How long with the newborn session last?
Newborn sessions typically last 2-4 hours, depending on baby’s level of cooperation. I know it sounds long, but once we get started you’ll be hoping for 4. While I’m tending to your baby’s every need, you get to kick back, relax, and watch Netflix. Some parents even use it as an opportunity to catch some much-needed zzz’s.
Where does the newborn session take place?
Newborn sessions are done at my studio in Sumner, WA. They are typically scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday at 9AM.
Yes, I know your baby is as sleepy and comfy as can be in the controlled studio environment. No, you can’t move in.
Who will be present at the newborn session?
Your family, me, and (typically) my assistant. If you are bringing older siblings for sibling and/or family portraits, it is helpful to have someone drop them off at the end of the session so they are not in the studio the whole time. If it is not possible to have older children stay with a friend or family, we do have movies and toys to keep them entertained.
What happens after the session?
After the session, you will go home and resume life as usual. I, on the other hand, will be vigorously editing your tiny human’s portraits. 2-3 weeks after the newborn session, we will reconvene at the studio to review your images and select your favorites.
My husband has been acting like a baby lately, can you pose him like you pose the babies?
Husbands frequently do this, and the antidote is usually sleep and a hearty meal. I’m happy to pose your spouse if he is flexible enough, and will provide pacifiers on request.