What safety precautions do you take for newborn sessions?
When looking for a newborn photographer, this should absolutely be your first question. A lot of popular newborn poses and images are quite dangerous if executed incorrectly. There are currently no formal regulations in place for determining whether a photographer is qualified to photograph newborns; Anyone can self proclaim to be an expert. It is very important to ensure your photographer has had formal training in safely posing and handling a newborn in a safe studio environment. I have taken several online courses in safe posing and studio practices as well as in person workshops and mentoring. I am trained in infant CPR and fully vaccinated to ensure your baby's safety. I keep the studio very warm and clean to provide a comfortable environment for your newborn. I always utilize a spotter in the studio (typically mom or dad), and when incorporating popular upright poses, the baby is never left unsupported. I am very proficient in photoshop and often use composite techniques to merge images together and remove supportive hands from the frame.
What are your credentials as a photographer?
I have a bachelors degree in fine art with a focus in painting. I taught middle school art for 6 years where I spent a lot of time painting and photographing as a hobby artist. When my second child was born in 2015, I quit teaching to stay home with my kiddos and pursue newborn photography. I am a member of several national and international professional photographers organizations.
When should I book my session?
Booking early is always preferred to ensure there is availability in my calendar, but I can typically accommodate a short notice session as well. Maternity sessions are typically done at 30-36 weeks, and newborn sessions are typically done when baby is between the ages of 6 and 14 days.
What should I wear for my session?
I recommend wearing solid neutral colors for the family portion of the session. The focus of the image should be about the baby and the emotional connection between the family. Busy patterns and bold bright colors will draw the attention away from the baby. I have a collection of outfits, wraps, bonnets, and headbands for the baby. Maternity gowns are provided; I recommend neutral solid colors for family members. Maternity gowns are also available for non maternity mamas who'd like to use them for family images.
Can I print my images myself?
Absolutely! All of the collections include printed art as well as digital files.
When will my images be ready?
A week after our session we will meet again to go through your image gallery. You will be able to choose your favorites from a gallery of softly edited images and finalize collection prints and products. The images you select will be fully edited and products will be ordered one to two weeks later.