Welcome, Mama. I'm so glad you're here. If you're like many of my clients, you've worked hard to grow your family and now it's time to celebrate. I want to help you remember every little detail of your new baby. I want you to look at your photos years from now and still be able to smell your baby's newness and recall that deep feeling of excitement that you experienced together when your baby was so small and you were new parents. I want you to remember it well.
Lifestyle newborn photography sessions are the heartbeat of my business. I love seeing the connection between you, your spouse, and your littlest new family member.
I've said it often, but each time I step into the home of a new baby, it's as if I'm stepping onto holy ground. Being so close to a newly created life, so fresh to us from our maker, is like being among the first to see a masterpiece of art. I'm honored each time I'm asked to photograph a newborn session.
Q: Will you bring baskets and blankets for the baby to wear/be propped in for photos?
A: NO. I don't use props or crazy poses for newborns. My photography focuses on the connection between you, your spouse, and new baby and siblings. That said, I do have a few knotted gowns, classic knitted blankets, and a Moses basket that I'll bring if you express an interest in wanting those for an option. Read more about my approach to newborn session here.
Q: What if my house is too dark to get that soft, light style that you create?
A. Fear not! I've been in some VERY dark houses for newborn photography sessions and I promise, we'll find the light! I also always have my trusty flash with me if we need to add just a bit more light.
Q: My house is not nearly as clean/cute/clutter-free as the homes you have on your website. Can we still take photos here?
A: YES YES YES! I have 4 children of my own and can promise you that I've seen it ALL. I'm not afraid of clutter or untidiness. We can work with what you've got! I've written a blog post to answer this very question. Read it here and let your worries fade.
Q: How old should baby be when we do his/her newborn session?
A: Once baby and mom are safely home. Typically within the first two weeks of life, however, we can easily create newborn style photos up to 6-8 weeks of age.
Q: What if my baby cries for the entire session? What if we don't get any decent photos because he's so upset?
A: Please don't worry. Babies will cry and we account for that by blocking off enough time for extra cuddles and feeding during your newborn session. I'm 12 years in to this work and I've yet to have a baby cry for the entire session. However, should that unlikely scenario happen, and your little one is just not well the day of your session, we'll simply reschedule for another day to come back and try again.
Q: What if I, my spouse, or my baby wakes up sick the day of our session?
A: I would ask you to please let me know so that we can reschedule. In this post-Covid world and all we still don't know about the effects of it on growing children, I ask that we play it safe. I offer the same courtesy to you. If anyone in my house wakes up sick the day of your session, I'll notify you and we'll reschedule. Please don't think you'll be inconveniencing me. I want your baby safe, and my own 4 children safe as well.
Q: Speaking of Covid, how are you handling precautionary measures?
A: As always (pre and post Covid world), I'll take off my shoes and wash my hands as soon as I arrive to your house. I'll ask if you'd like my to wear a mask, but otherwise will keep it off for ease of operating my camera with glasses (If you know, you know). I'm also fully vaccinated but don't ask you to be. Anything I may bring with me (those few items listed above) are freshly washed in fragrance free detergent and washed again after your session.
Q: I know you don't do props, but if we have a special outfit we want to photograph the baby in, may we do so?
A: YES! I love when a parent's heirloom gown makes its way into your newborn session, or the quilt grandma made for the baby is used in some way in your photos. Or, even an outfit that you purchased just for this baby and want to put on them. Those things are special and a part of your family story and should always be included.
Q: My parents/in-laws will be in town. Can they be in a few photos?
A: Absolutely and always, YES! Please take advantage of having a professional photographer there and have them take a few photos with their new grand baby. That's their legacy!
Q: When should I contact you to schedule a newborn session?
A: Now! If you have a due date, now is the time to schedule! I can't stress this enough. My calendar books several months in advance so as soon as you're ready, we can book you onto my calendar. Occasionally I'm able to work in a last minute newborn, but the sooner the better to guarantee availability.
Q: We live outside of Tallahassee (Thomasville, Crawfordville, Valdosta, South GA, elsewhere in North FL) can we still hire you for photos?
A: Yes, I'd be honored to work with you. If you live further than 30 minutes outside of Tallahassee (the coast, Valdosta, etc) there will be a custom travel fee depending on your distance from Tallahassee. This works out to approximately $125 per hour of travel.
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