For newborn photographs, I generally do not travel from my Atlanta area studio. But, meet Eli, my nephew. For this sweet boy, I made an exception. My brother and sister-in-law live in Kentucky, so about 12 days after Eli was born, I packed up pretty much everything I could fit into my car from my home studio, and set off for Kentucky. Once I got there, and set up my studio, the general flow of my session was the same as in my home studio from start to finish.
What to expect for your newborn session
The night before your newborn session, you will receive an email from me with your “parent prep” notes. This email simply tells parents what to expect, and how to best prepare themselves and baby for their session. It also warns them that my studio is between 82-86 degrees, and to dress accordingly.
Newborn sessions generally last between 2 and 3 hours. If you’re bringing a sibling with you to photograph, or would like to do some parent poses, I usually do that first, and then begin the session. Some babies go into a deep sleep immediately, and others can take a while to settle. I’m used to all varieties of babies….the super sleepy ones, and the super fussy ones, and everything in between, so please don’t stress out or worry if your baby doesn’t fall asleep right away. They also almost always pee and or poop on me, and my blankets. It’s expected, and I’m shocked when it doesn’t happen.
Once the actual session is finished, I will have an edited gallery of between 15-20 pictures to share with you within 2-3 weeks. I usually get parents a preview of at least a couple of images within 24 hours.
My current pricing, which can be seen here, is set up to give clients the digital images. I do offer print products, and can send you that pricing upon request, but more often than not, I find that my clients are interested in the digital images.
Newborn Photographs and when to book
There are lots of different ideas on when is the best time to schedule your newborn session. Generally, they are done in the first 2 weeks of life. However, anytime in the first 3.5 weeks is fine. A lot of when to book your session will depend on what new parents are comfortable with. The reality of it is that babies under 1 month old are generally super sleepy.
Here are some of the newborn photographs from sweet Eli’s session..I can’t wait to see him again soon!