Lifestyle Newborn FAQ’s

Newborn Session

What other types of photography do you offer?

I offer *maternity, newborn and birth packages, which may include breastfeeding photography and herbal bath sessions (please see pricing for details on what is included in each package).

What happens if you are at a birth on the day of our session?

This most certainly can happen, although it’s not often that it does. I always do my best to accommodate my clients for a reschedule within 48 hours.

Is my session fee refundable if there are complications with baby’s birth, preventing a newborn session from happening within 10 days?

This is a situation I take into consideration on a case by case basis. We will certainly be in contact if something occurs, and your satisfaction is always my ultimate goal.

How far do you travel?

I am willing to travel for free anywhere within a mile of my residence in Cedar Park. Further than that incurs a travel fee of .55 per mile, but due to the nature of being on call for births, I have to limit my travel to a 1 ½ hour radius.

What is a Herbal Bath Session?

An herbal bath session is only available to birth clients. Often homebirth mamas receive an herbal bath mix with their birth kit. If that is the case and you are feeling up to it, I will photograph an herbal bath with you and baby soon after you give birth. If you wish to add an herbal bath session to your birth photography package, I will come back within 48 hours and photograph it then. Please note that a separate session incurs a separate fee. If you do not have the herbs I can provide them. Home birth mamas and I can discuss the inclusion of an herbal bath at our consultation. If you are birthing at a birth center or hospital, you will need to book your herbal bath session separately and it will take place in your home around 2-4 days post partum. I will provide the herbs as they generally are not made available to you in hospitals or birth centers.

How long does a newborn or maternity session typically last?

The *maternity session is a mini session, which takes 30 minutes or less. A newborn session can take 2-3 hours depending on a few factors: is baby fed and dry when I arrive? Has he been kept awake so that he’s sleepy for the session? Is the house warm (we will be taking baby’s clothes off at some point)? These are a few factors in helping the session to go smoothly, however whatever time you need during the session to change or feed is perfectly fine.

Do we need to provide anything for a newborn session?

I prefer to photograph everyone in a very casual, natural environment. If there are a few things that are of sentimental value that you’d like to consider including in shots of baby, please let me know ahead of time. Any colorful or plush baby blankets you have on hand will definitely be used, so have them ready!

Describe a newborn and maternity session in more detail

A lifestyle newborn session serves the purpose of documenting those “hazy” early days of having a new baby in the family, since chances of you remembering them is slim to none. We will capture lots of snuggles, precious baby parts and as much delirious joy as possible during this session. Many moms also request some breastfeeding shots, as breastfeeding photography is near and dear to my heart. My lifestyle newborn session typically takes place in various spots in your home, including but not limited to the family bed and living area. The feel is casual and content. There is little posing by me, but rather a fly on the wall approach. The goal is to create a little peek into your baby moon period, which is so fleeting and so magical. *Maternity sessions are designed to be 30 minutes or less. We will decide on an outdoor or indoor session, depending on your personality and style. But with my maternity sessions, you will feel radiant and beautiful no matter what you choose.

*At this time, maternity sessions are only available to Mamas who’ve booked me for birth photography.

Do you shoot indoors or out?

Maternity sessions can be indoor or out, but my newborn sessions are lifestyle/documentary style, so they take place in your home.

How far in advance should I book my session?

I am usually taking birth clients 6-7 months in advance, so I would recommend contacting me as soon as you find out you are pregnant, if only to set up a consultation. For newborn sessions, I will pencil your due date in my calendar. Once baby is born, you will need to let me know right away so we can secure a time for your session within the next 10 days.

Do you sell digital files?

Digital files are the mainstay of my packages at this time.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept all forms of payment.

When is payment due?

A $300 deposit is required upon signing your contract for all birth packages, in order to secure the on call period. All other sessions require 50% upfront. Your balance is due at 36 weeks.

How long before we have our images in hand?

Birth images take 4-6 weeks due to the volume of births I photograph. Other sessions are typically completed within 3-4 weeks.

Do you have any tips on what to wear?

For Pregnant Mamas: I recommend something long and flowy for outdoor *maternity sessions, and a more casual comfy look for indoor. The most important thing is that you feel your best in what you are wearing. We want to capture you as natural as possible.

For Lifestyle Newborn Sessions: I prefer a clean, natural look. Neutral colors generally blend in best with your surroundings at home.

Do you pose at all?

I prefer to let things happen naturally for any family moments, but I will certainly guide you during the session.