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They say don’t blink, because before you know it, your babies will be grown. Thankfully with the gift of photography you get to rest assured that each little moment will be treasured away for a lifetime to come. From the first week home from the hospital with your newborn all snuggly swaddled, to their 6 month milestone photos where babies often sit, babble, and do everything curious and precious. Celebrating their first birthday with photos that will capture their growing personality, walking, playing, and giving plenty of kisses and cuddles to mom and dad.
Babies diapers, wipes, formula or favorites breasts. A cute outfit or headband. Any simple props you wish to include. A check to make payment the day of the shoot. Any specific photos you want on your phone for reference. A few cute swaddles you love. Dad, grandma and anyone else who can help you as I occasionally will have someone sit with me while I pose baby.
Within the first 7 days of life, earlier if possible when you have had a large baby. This helps prevent baby acne from being photographed, babies who are too strong & awake to be swaddled or posed. In general an easier and more sleepy experience for the little one.
Some newborns are sleepy and happy while others are fussy and take a whole lot of bouncing to get settled in. The shortest newborn session is usually an hour and a half and the longest is 3 hours. This includes diaper changes, feeding, set changes, and outfit swaps. I try my best for us to be able to visit and for no one to feel rushed. We try our best to do as many cute photo sets as possible but we also follow the babies ques and set limits when baby is done.
Rest assured that I have bounced my own 3 children and have personally photographed over a 1,000 children and babies. I always wash my hands and make sure my studio is sanitized before we begin. Just come prepared to relax, comfy clothes, and no makeup is kind of my jam in the newborn studio I don’t expect anything more form you either.
I will have some props available, blankets, chairs, baskets, and classic items I love. I do however love to use your things because it can make your session one of a kind. I suggest throwing it into a large bag the night before and seeing if it works once we meet. Simple things like daddies favorite sports jersey & sports ball, a few of mom’s scarves are great baby swaddles, your own headbands, cute knit hats, and or a basket your just adore. Always send me an email if you are wondering about having something special included and are not sure if it’s a good fit or not.
When you decide to include your entire family or big siblings inn your babies photos please communicate before hand so I can prepare for the correct amount of time. Please also prepare additional hands, snacks, or entertainment needed for busy siblings and antsy partners. We have great parks in Stillwater that I often suggest when big kids need to burn off some steam. In some cases the studio is not a good fit and an in home session is preferred with multiple children are being photographed. This creates a perfect blend between studio and the comfort of home when trying to get photos of everyone all at once.
6 months is the age for cute outfits, naked tushies, toes in the mouth, and that lovey they can’t get enough of. If you brought along a prop at the newborn session & you would like to include it again for size comparison, don’t forget to bring that along We can use it again in a new, more engaging way, as they play with it or likely chew on it.
Once baby is sitting almost-kind-of and or doing tummy time. I much prefer waiting one or two weeks after 6 months so that we can capture baby and their new milestone. This allows me to capture them in a new and fresh way.
We can go indoors or outdoors weather dependent. I almost always prefer outdoors when the weather is warm because nothing can be as beautiful as a sunset, a lake, or a blooming flower field. Just remember to dress baby for the weather when we decide to sneak outdoors for a quick minute and or the whole time.
That’s totally fine, please just email me so I can prepare for the extra time needed. The cost is just $50 since you have committed to working with me over the course of this year.
1 year photos can include a cake smash with elaborate decorations, a milk bath with fresh flowers, simple outfits and a ride along toy, anything baby likes and or you want o highlight to speak to your child’s budding personality. If you brought along a prop at the newborn session & you would like to include it again for size comparison, don’t forget to bring that along now! What they once slept in they may now pull and or use correctly.
I will edit everything from your session and make sure baby looks great. The magic of photo-shop is at the touch of my fingertips. Do you provide the props & cake: If you would like a custom cake smash experience please let me know. I have a consultant who is extremely talented and willing to bring in all of the things so you can just show up and enjoy. Please let me know a month ahead of time so that you can create your custom backdrop and cake order. You would not keep the props but simply use and return the day of the shoot!
Traditionally 3 weeks is when I am done editing and then I mail by the 4th week. In the rare case your photos have not been delivered then reach out to me personally. If you happen to need photos back for a birthday party then please mention this before our session so we can book accordingly.