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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Newborn Shoots


The purpose of this post is to answer most questions you may have surrounding a newborn photo-shoot. I still welcome all your questions, but this might save you some time. You can also post your comments in the section below and I will do my best to respond to them as soon as possible. Also, you can check out a previous blog, “How to Plan for a Newborn Photo Shoot”. To get a sample of my style of photography, you can check out my newborn/maternity portfolio. I also offer packages which can be found here.

When should I schedule my newborn session?

It is best to schedule your session about 3 months in advance.I only take newborn sessions Tuesday-Thursday, but make exceptions if those days won’t suffice.My schedule does fill-up fast so I want to make sure I squeeze you in.To answer another question that is probably on your mind is we can always change the date around if you deliver early or late.The majority of my mother’s never deliver on-time anyway so the time is always shifted.The purpose of the initial appointment is so I know what my juggling act is going to look like

How old are the newborns that you typically photography?

I try and photography babies no older than their first 14 days of life, the younger the better.There are times when I go beyond, but that is normally if the baby was premature.After the 14 day mark babies become restless and most of the poses aren’t as effective anymore.

Will you travel to my home for the photo session?

Unfortunately, all my newborn sessions take place in my studio.I have the lighting setup to eliminate any shadows, etc.I have so many props, backdrops, floors, etc., it would be very difficult for me to deliver the quality product I want to if I had to setup each time at different locations.I used to shoot out of my house and there were always shadows and other obstacles that took me years to get accustomed to.With me not knowing the layout of your home, I wouldn’t feel comfortable offering this option.

Can we take pictures with our child?

I charge an additional $50 for pictures with the siblings and/or parents. I try and get about 10 pictures. The reason for the charge is because sometimes these are the hardest pictures to get. I have seen other photographers charge an additional $250 for these, so I think $50 isn't too bad.

How long do the shoots last?

A typical newborn session lasts around 4 hours.Sometimes even longer.I always block off 5 hours to be on the safe side, but cross your fingers it doesn’t take that long.

What is the temperature of the studio?

I keep the studio in the 80-90 range.It does get hot in here, but the baby’s prefer it that cozy.The more comfortable we can keep the baby, the faster the shoot will be.