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When should I book my newborn session?
Typically sometime in the second or third trimester is when you'll want to make a decision and book your photographer. Please don't worry if you're running closer to your delivery date, reach out anyway!
When should my newborn be photographed?
The ideal window is within baby's first 5-14 days.
This time frame is important for several reasons, but most importantly, you'll need some time to settle and get to know eachother before I show up. Also, it's very important for baby to have a full tummy during our session, and it takes a few days for mom's milk to fully come in. Newborn skin generally looks nicest in this window as well, before baby acne may appear and while skin shedding is likely between cycles.
That said, I know that this new parent thing is all-consuming, and you may have forgotten all about booking a photographer. You can always reach out if baby is just outside the ideal window. Even if a true newborn session won't work, it's certainly possible to capture some sweet images.
Where will our session be held?
Newborns and studio-style baby sessions are photographed right in the comfort of your own home. I bring all the necessary gear; lighting, backdrops and most importantly, the cute props! If that doesn't float your boat, I have plenty of space in my Mount Pleasant apartment and my door is always open to clients.
I do offer an outdoor add-on to my newborn sessions, ask about a beach or garden setup in addition to my regular posing flow.
Families are photographed outdoors at sunset. There are a number of fantastic locations all around the Charleston area, so we'll figure out what suits you best. I especially love the beach!
What should we wear?
When photographing parents with their newborns, I recommend wearing neutral colors or very soft colors, if you must. Bright colors and stiff, formal fabric takes away from the softness of your new baby. It's ok to show a little skin :)
I provide clients with a full style guide upon booking a family session. You will have help if you need it!
Do I need to buy clothing or something specific for my newborn session?
Not at all. I have a nice collection of wraps, headbands, hats and backdrops that I have taken the time to curate over the years. I know what photographs best, and I’ll give you the opportunity to choose your favorite colors prior to our session.
If there is a specific item you’d like to incorporate into your images, please let me know ahead of time so that I can come up with a way to work it in.
Can you guarantee every pose during my newborn session?
The answer here is no. I am fairly conservative when it comes to newborn posing and strive to keep it natural and comfortable. Not every baby will be happy in every pose, and I can usually read their comfort level fairly quickly. I never, ever push a baby for the sake of an image. Safety is paramount!
I’d love to book a session, but I’m afraid my child won’t cooperate.
The first rule on any of my shoots is that nobody gets in trouble! Some kids just get a little crazy around new people, or shy, or you know…toddlers. It’s ok. The sweetest images usually come from goofing around and not paying attention to the camera.
I can’t tell you how many times a parent has said something along the lines of, “I can’t believe you got these pictures!” after a particularly rambunctious shoot. It always works out!
Can you edit that out?
Flakes of skin are normal on newborns' hands and feet, and I generally leave them alone. I will remove baby acne, large flakes from the face and red splotches that are obviously temporary, but don’t touch things like stork bites, angel kisses, birth marks or Mongolian marks unless specifically asked to.
For everyone else, I will remove blemishes on faces, and the occasional drool bomb or “boogie”, but I do ask that everyone at least starts off with a clean face. I soften skin and brighten as needed, but will keep my retouching natural.
I do not take pounds off in post-processing, the best way to camouflauge baby weight or those last few pounds are with posing and the right clothing choices.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Due to the very personal nature of selecting a photographer, I do not offer gift certificates. However, I am happy to set up a registry for expecting mamas. Just ask!
Why don’t you have a studio?
The reason is twofold. Most of my clients end up really liking the fact that they don’t have to take a newborn out of the house at such a tender age, so I’ve been happy to come to them. The second reason is that I really do want a space of my own, and will be looking for one in the near future.
Do you photograph parties? Baptisms? Weddings?
I do not, but I can refer you to an event or wedding photographer.
Why don't digitals automatically come with my newborn or family session?
While digital images are included in each of my packages, I do not currently offer a “shoot&burn” option. I can't, in good consciousness, throw a disc at you and say “see ya!” Over the years, I have fallen in love with in-person viewing and ordering appointments, and my clients have too.
The best part of what I do is showing clients their images in person, watching their faces “ohh” and “aww”, then delivering gorgeous prints that are able to be shared and enjoyed. No one has ever NOT loved to have tangible prints in their hands and on their walls. Trust me on this one :)
Can I just get the digitals?
Digital files are just not the "be all-end all" that we've been brainwashed into thinking they are. They will eventually courrupt or become obsolete. They are not tangible or archival. They are probably not going to last generations.
The very best way to preserve these special images of your growing family is through printed images. Whether you choose framed prints for a wall gallery or an archival custom album, these things will never corrupt or become obsolete. They will become treasured heirlooms.
My goal is to give you images that you absolutely can not live without.
Can I share my images on social media and print on my own?
Absolutely! The digital images you end up with will include a print release and permission to share on your personal social media pages.
I will also provide you with the name of my favorite lab and even make additional prints buyable right from your gallery after our ordering appointment is complete.
How did you start photographing newborns?
In a word, Pinterest.
I’ve been a professional photographer my entire adult life (I actually graduated with a BA in photojournalism from RIT), but did not discover the wonderful world of modern newborn photography until after I’d left the newspapers.
I take my craft and safety very seriously and have learned posing techniques from some of the country’s top newborn photographers through various workshops. Years of experience has also been invaluable. I would never recommend new parents turn their tiny new babies over to an amateur or try to pose them on their own.
Do you have a client referral program?
Yes! I love my repeat clients and their referrals. It is my goal to have you as a lifelong client. I want to help you tell your story every step of the way. My newborn clients unlock special pricing on milestone sessions throughout baby's first year.
I also love to earn the trust of my clients’ friends through referrals. Each successfully booked regular session referral earns you a complimentary 8 x 10 print, and 15% off your next full session!
Jump over to my contact page to reach out for more info and book your sesson! Please always feel free to call!