When should I book my newborn session?
It’s never too early. Newborn sessions fill up far in advance and because we rarely know the exact date that your little one will arrive, I keep the sessions I book limited so we can be sure to fit them all in! As soon as you know your due date, contact me. I simply mark that date down and you’re set! We will schedule the shoot once your little one is born. It’s best to photograph them before they are 2 weeks old. If your son is getting circumcised, we will wait at least 5 days after the procedure to allow plenty of time for healing.
Can my newborns siblings be in the pictures?
Of course. We will do sibling shots at the end and usually we get about 5. This entirely depends on how well the sibling and baby both do. Younger siblings tend to not want to sit still for pictures but we will try our best. Just understand that the focus of this shoot is the newborn and I make sure I get all of the pictures I need of them before we do sibling shots. If they are over pictures at the end we will have to discuss if we want to attempt them. The same goes for parents. If you would like to be in a few images we will do these at the end of the shoot.
Do you provide the props?
I have a lot of hats and headbands for newborns and babies under one as well as all of the blankets and baskets we’ll need. If you have anything you would like to bring along to the shoot please feel free and I will do my best to get it in the pictures. If you’ve seen a set up of mine or an outfit/hat/headband that you specifically want in your photos please let me know ahead of time so that I can have it prepared.
What if someone is sick for our scheduled session?
If our session is in the indoor studio and your baby or someone who is coming along is sick, it is VERY important that you reschedule your session. I take a lot of effort to keep the studio a germ free space for our newest little babies that will be coming to the studio and it’s very important to keep it that way for their health and safety. It’s also very time consuming to photoshop boogies off of faces and for the sake of wanting a happy, smiley baby…its best to wait until everyone is healthy. Same goes for me. If I am sick, I will reschedule our session so as to not get your baby sick. If we our outdoors, please consider rescheduling if you baby is very congested (snotty) and not their typical happy self so that we can have the best images and representation of them as possible.
What should we wear for family shoots?
Color! Don’t be afraid of it. Mix and match patterns, textures and solids. Try layers. Be FUN! Most importantly, be yourselves. These pictures should represent you and your family so don’t wear something that you’re going to feel uncomfortable in. An easy way to coordinate everyone is to first pick a patterned outfit for your child or yourself and pull colors from it for the other family members to wear. Don’t have everyone wear the same navy polo and khaki pants. That is no fun. I try to tell clients to stay away from anything too bright, such as neon colors. No logos or cartoon characters. Pick a color palate and have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to accessorize!
Do you have a studio or will you come to my home?
I photograph newborns and babies under 1 in my home photography studio. I prefer to only shoot in my home studio because of the large amount of props I use as well as the great natural lighting. I never know what I may find when traveling to clients homes and it’s sometimes not the right lighting conditions. The studio is not a huge space so I prefer to photograph older toddlers and kids outdoors where they will have more fun. I like to just follow them around and capture them being them. 2 people aside from the baby and myself will fit comfortably in the studio so try and limit the amount of people you bring with you.
What equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark iii and various lenses. I use studio light indoors and will occasionally use natural light if the shot calls for it.
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
For outdoor sessions if it’s raining, or just plain ugly out we will reschedule. I’m very flexible so if you aren’t thrilled about the weather, no worries! I’m likely not either. I try to shoot in perfect conditions whenever possible.
Do you travel?
For outdoor sessions I travel but there will be a fee for gas and additional time depending on where the location is. There is no addition charge for the surrounding suburbs of Plainfield. I only shoot newborns and babies in my home studio as I have a TON of props and lugging them around along with my lighting set up is not ideal.