Your Newborn Experience
How to Prepare & Frequently Asked questions
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE OUR SESSION?
I take on a limited amount of Newborns per month, so booking ahead of time is the only way to guarantee a spot. A $200 Retainer is due during reservation.
Your family is my first priority, so no need to schedule while you're in active labor, yes this has happened several times ha ha! Let me know when you are scheduled to go home or even have arrived home and we will schedule your appointment. I love to have your little one between 11-21 days new. This is by no means the cut off but rather a sweet spot of adjusting together.
Clothing for family photos
With Family, I suggest wearing neutral colors, staying away from distracting patterns so the focus is solely on your new bundle of joy! If you have any questions about what to wear don't hesitate to ask! Ideally I prefer to shoot on a cream/brown, white, grey/dark grey or earth tone backgrounds if in the studio.
I keep the Studio fairly warm to keep your little one comfortable so feel free to bring a change of clothing to get comfortable in while we finish the rest of your session. We will start with family photos first.
If it works out to feed your little one right before you come or upon arrival, great! A full belly normally means a happy sleepy baby, which is just what we need. During your session your baby may want to eat more often than 3 hour intervals, so please prep in case. There is a bottle warmer available and a secluded area you can use for nursing.
Your session will take 2-3 hours, so please feel more than welcome to bring along snacks or a meal. Jimmy Johns, Candle Ready Cakes, and many more options are available within walking distance of the studio.
What should I bring?
You don't need a thing! I have outfits, hats, wraps, props, headbands and more! If there is a special keepsake, family heirloom or nursery item you would like to incorporate into our session feel free to bring it along. Make mention of it as well during our pre-session consultation!
Please bring along a binky (soother), even if you do not plan to use one in the future, it will help sooth during transitions if needed! Wear layers, the studio will be warmer than normal to keep your newborn warm and relaxed.
HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL NEWBORN SESSION?
Plan on being in the studio for 2-3 hours. Every newborn is different, some sleep through the entire session, others need more time falling asleep. You can help your newborn sleep well by trying to keep them awake for 1-2 hours before our session. Baths are always a good way to help before your session!
Family photos will be taken first, so if you have other children, your partner is welcome to take them home or keep them busy at the studio!
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Can’t put into words how amazing Vanessa is not only at photography but as a person. Her work is outstanding and she has such a great personality! So glad I chose her to do our pictures and I highly highly recommend her to everyone! I still get compliments on how enjoyable taking pictures were because they made it so fun. Absolutely love the preview of our photos and we’re so excited to see the rest!