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 Tuesdays (all day) & Thursday mornings, so there are only about 6-8 openings per month. We’ll save time around your due date for the session, then once baby arrives we’ll set up your official date/time.
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. If your baby has already arrived or you’ve missed the window, don’t hesitate to still reach out. Sometimes I have last minute availability and we can still get beautiful portraits even if babe is a little older.
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 lighter neutrals). The focus is more on your connection with your new precious babe, so simple is key with outfits.
Don’t worry about bringing anything along for your newborn…I don’t photograph them in regular outfits (they swallow them whole). I have some sweet little outfits made specifically for newborn photography in the studio and a large collection of swaddling wraps. Baby will be down to a diaper or in their birthday suit for the majority of the session (I keep the studio nice and warm and constantly keep check on their temp).
I also keep a large stock of outfits in the studio for 3-12 month sessions also, so you’re all set if you just want to bring baby and pick out some cute things when you arrive if you’re coming for a milestone session 🙂
Where will our session be held?
All newborn & milestone sessions are held in my downtown Gadsden, AL studio (unless you book a full family session for your child’s milestone, in which it will be held outdoors). Outdoor minis are shot only in the Gadsden/RBC area unless otherwise advertised; full sessions can be shot anywhere within 20 miles of zip code 35906.
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.