Lifestyle Newborn FAQ’s

Newborn Session

How far do you travel?

I am willing to travel for free if you are located within an hour of the greater Austin area. 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 2-3 hour radius.

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

This most certainly can happen, although it’s rare. 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.

What if I want breastfeeding/chestfeeding portraits taken?

You can schedule breastfeeding sessions at any age, but I am happy to include breastfeeding photography with your lifestyle newborn session. 

How long does a newborn session typically last?

A newborn session can take 2-3 hours depending on a few factors: is baby fed and dry when I arrive? Have they been kept awake so that they’re 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!

Can you describe a newborn 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 people also request breast/chestfeeding shots, as breastfeeding photography is near and dear to my heart. My newborn sessions typically take place in various spots in your home, depending on light. When I arrive, I will do a quick walk through and determine what the best spots will be. The feel is casual and content. There is little posing by me. The goal is to create a little peek into your baby moon period, which is so fleeting and so magical.

What other types of photography do you offer?

At this time I offer newborn, birth and breast/chestfeeding photography and/or videography sessions. Please see pricing for details on what is included in each package.

Do you shoot indoors or out?

Newborn sessions are lifestyle/documentary style, so they take place in your home. Breastfeeding sessions can be done in or outside of the home.

How far in advance should I book my session?

I usually book 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?

Cash, check, Paypal or Venmo.

When is payment due?

All sessions require a 50% deposit upon signing your contract in order to secure your spot on my calendar. If you are a birth client, your balance is due at 36 weeks. All other balances are due at the conclusion of your session. 

How long before we have our images in hand?

I always send a sneak peek with a couple days. But in general, birth images take 4-6 weeks, and newborn/breastfeeding 2-3 weeks.

Do you have any tips on what to wear?

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

For birth: if modesty is a concern/you plan on remaining clothed during labor, I suggest a dark bra and/or tank top. The dark hides any blood or fluids, and if you labor in the water at all, remains opaque once wet.

Do you pose at all?

Birth is entirely documentary, so there is no posing. Most families ask for one family photo at the end, and that is the only exception. I also prefer to let things happen naturally during my newborn sessions, but I will certainly guide you as needed. Particularly if you’re feeling anxious in front of the camera.