When should I book my session?
It’s never too early to get on the books. For newborn sessions, I suggest to book no later than your late second/early third trimester to ensure availability. I schedule newborns on Tuesday & Thursday mornings, so there are only about 8 openings per month. We can adjust if needed if baby comes early/late.
For other sessions, I recommend scheduling at least 1-2 months in advance, especially for spring & fall sessions, as these are the busiest times & tend to fill up quickly. I do only take a limited number of sessions per month, so book early to ensure your session.
There is a retainer due to book & is applied towards your session price.
How old should my baby be for newborn portraits?
Newborn portraits are done in baby’s first two to three weeks of life. This is because at this stage they are still very sleepy & flexible enough to curl into those adorable poses. This is another reason why it is essential to schedule BEFORE baby arrives, as I don’t always have time on my calendar to squeeze in last minute sessions.
What should we wear?
I will discuss clothing options with you when you book your session, as it really depends on the season & the style of image you’re going for.
For mom/dad/sibling images with newborns, neutrals or pastels are always best. Buttons, logos, writing & patterns are not recommended on tops. I also like black tops for mom & dad with a newborn as long as there is not a sibling to be included (toddlers always photograph better in neutrals).
Newborns are best photographed in their birthday suit, but I will add diaper covers, hats, headbands, etc. in some images. I NEVER photograph newborns in regular clothes, so you do not need to bring anything along to your session.
I have a session style board on pinterest that I’ll be happy to send you a link to if you need some fashion inspiration 🙂
Where will our session be held?
All newborn & milestone sessions are held in studio (unless you book a full family session for your child’s milestone, in which it will be held outdoors). All outdoor mini sessions (unless it’s a special themed session) are held in Maryville, TN; all full outdoor sessions will be in the Maryville or Knoxville area, depending on where you live/what style you want shown. There is a travel fee for locations requested more than 30 miles from area code 37803.
Do I need to bring anything for my session?
Just yourself! Feel free to bring along anything sentimental that you want included in your images, but don’t feel like you have to. I have an extensive (bordering obsessive) collection of props, hats, headbands, etc. that you are free to use as you wish.