Common questions about your newborn and baby photography session

When should I schedule my newborn photography session?

The best time to schedule your newborn session is during second trimester to ensure availability. But I had moms contact me close to their due date too.

How do we schedule a date for a session if we don’t know when the baby is born?

I know that babies rarely arrive on their due date, but to secure availability in my calendar, it is best to book ahead of time. Then, when your baby arrives, please let me know as soon as possible to secure a date within 2 weeks of your baby’s birth. I will also send you some tips to prepare for the session at this time.

When is the best time to take photos of the newborn?

First two weeks of life are the best for taking photos of your newborn. A baby that is 2 weeks old or younger tend to be asleep for longer periods at a time, snuggly and still curly from the womb and are more easily molded into those newborn poses. If your baby is older than 2 weeks old, it is still possible to capture very cute images, however the images might not be the same as you see in my portfolio. Newborns older than 2 weeks sleep less and you will have more pictures where baby is awake 😊

How long will the newborn photo session last?

It depends on whether you would like to include siblings and parents into the photoshoot sessions, if the baby is sleepy and other contingencies. I never rush with the session and am more patient with babies. Usually the sessions might last from 2 to 3 hours.

Do I need to bring props to the session?

You don’t have to bring anything to the session except your baby. I have all the high end props, backdrops, accessories, headbands, etc. for the session. If you still want to bring something, please let me know beforehand and we will discuss it prior to the session.

When will we get to see our pictures?

I will send you all high definition color corrected pictures after 1 week from the session date. You will then have 1 week to choose specific amount of images for me to have an artistic editing on them. I will then take 2 weeks for the artistic editing of those images you select and send it back to you. So if you are quick in selecting your images, it will take about 3 weeks.

What do you mean by “artistic editing” of the photos?

Artistic editing includes skin smoothing, adjusting reds and purples in the skin, removing temporary blemishes, modifying background, etc. At the same time, I will do my best to keep newborn skin looking natural – I will not smooth newborns skin to the point where it looks unnatural. I will also leave all permanent marks on the skin untouched and try to keep newborn’s skin texture.

What kind of payments do you accept?

Currently I accept checks, cash, Paypal, Venmo and Chase Quick transactions. Non-refundable fee of $150 will be required to book your spot. After the baby arrives, please let me know as soon as possible and we will schedule the date of your session. The full session amount due will be at the day of the session. Please let us know how you will be paying when you arrive.

Can the session be cancelled or rescheduled?

We can reschedule the session if the baby gets sick, as we don’t want to take pictures of unhappy baby. Please let me know at least 48 hours before, if you would like to reschedule the session. In case if I get sick, I will immediately notify you and we will reschedule the session.

Are you up to date on the Whooping Cough Vaccine?

Yes! I have had both TDap and Whooping Cough vaccinations in 2019 and adhere to strict hygiene guidelines during the photo session with newborns. Your baby’s safety is my number one priority.

What precautions are you taking against COVID-19?

We take COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and to protect our clients and our families, we are implementing number of protective and preventive measures. Some of the measures we are implementing are:

  •  Wearing masks by the photographer and by parents at all times
  • Photographer is working with gloves on
  • Using only our props. No outside props are permitted
  • Deep cleaning of the studio between sessions
  • Launder all our blankets and props after use
  • Asking clients to postpone the session if there were any symptoms of flu in the past 10 days prior to the session day
  • Take everybody’s temperature upon arrival and before handling the baby
  • Allow only immediate family to attend
  • Asking our guests to remove their shoes
  • Schedule adequate time between clients
  • Wash our hands frequently

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