Typically a photographer considers a newborn a baby that is two weeks or younger – this is because the newly-born stage of life is extremely special! Your baby is very sleepy and pliable – two traits that can set the stage for some exceptionally creative newborn portrait art! This isn’t to say that beautiful artwork can’t be created with a baby that is older than two weeks, nor is it a guarantee that every baby under the age of two weeks is going to be the perfect model. All babies are different, of course!
Whenever possible, I recommend scheduling your newborn’s portraits between day five and fourteen. This seems to be the ideal window of opportunity for working with newborns. If you have missed this window, don’t worry – I will still schedule your session for as soon as possible so that we capture the newness of your little one!
I approach all sessions for babies under 8 weeks of age as if the baby were under two weeks of age – if he will sleep soundly and let us curl him into those adorable poses, we definitely do them! However, if your baby is more “awake” (even if they aren’t fussy) the curled-up, sleeping poses may not be possible. Wide-eyed portraits are just as beautiful and I have a lot of ways to pose and work with a baby who isn’t the least bit sleepy. Some babies are just flat out fussy during their sessions – but don’t worry! I am first, and foremost, a mom and have been in your shoes before!
When should you contact me?
As soon as you know you are pregnant! It’s never to early to give me a call or send me an email. I will be sure to mark my calendar for your baby’s arrival, knowing he or she may not come on your due date.
What does it include? Up to a 3 hour session with me! I realize your baby needs time to eat and rest during your session. You can’t rush a precious newborn baby and I will spend plenty of time with you and your baby in order to capture those sweet moments you are hoping for.
Where will the session happen?
Most of my newborn sessions take place at my home studio in Stamford, CT. If you would like me to come to your home for the session, I charge an additional $55.00
What do I need for my baby?
I come prepared – I will bring all the newborn “props” from hats, headbands, and diaper covers to cocoons and wraps – I have it all! Of course I will also use any special props or clothes you provide during the shoot. Backdrops, baskets and heaters are just a few of the additional items I bring to get those adorable pictures. I provide multiple blankets and waterproof pads for all those accidents that WILL happen during the shoot. The naked newborn pictures are my personal favorites and accidents are sure to happen. All props and blankets are washed in all natural detergent before every session. I will edit some of my favorite images before they go to the gallery for viewing. I am happy to edit additional favorites that you would like to order as prints at $10.00 per image. Discount of this session is available when purchased along with “Maternity” or “Grow With Me” packages.