Everything you need to know about Booking a Newborn Session
The newborn phase slips away so quickly. Your baby changes and grows by leaps and bounds during the early days. Before you know it, that amazing newborn smell is gone, along with the adorable peach fuzz skin and sweet little rolls and wrinkles. My portrait studio and process is dedicated to the art of newborn photography. I love to create authentic images of your baby that celebrate every precious detail and preserve these moments in time. Aside from beautiful portraits, I strives to provide a superior newborn portrait experience that families are sure to love.
The Newborn Portrait Experience Explained
If you are thinking about booking a newborn portrait session, you likely have a lot of questions about what to expect. I prepared this post to explain my entire newborn portrait experience. From what happens after you submit an inquiry, to the planning that goes into each session, and receiving your finished artwork . I even have options to extend your experience beyond the newborn session and into the first year!
Pre-Session Consultation and Planning
Our journey together begins with a pre-session consultation after your initial inquiry. This will be a phone call where we can get to know each other. We will discuss your family and your goals for your portrait session. I will also go over my process and details and answer any questions that you may have.
This consultation helps set us up for a fun and successful experience together. During this time, we will also begin planning out the details of your session. We will discuss styling options for props, color and poses. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure, I can provide with you some ideas, and this can also evolve as we get further along.
Once you have decided that I am the perfect fit for your family, we can book your session to hold your due date in my calendar. This guarantees my availability for your baby. We will determine the actual date for your portrait session shortly after baby has arrived. The ideal timeframe to come in for your session will be within 5-10 days after birth.
The Portrait Session
Your newborn portrait session takes place at my comfortable home studio in Randolph, NJ. Your session will last between 2-3 hours, depending on what we will be covering based on the goals that we established during our pre-session planning. I will have everything setup and ready before you arrive so that we can get the most out of our time together. This will include backdrops, props, wraps, and any other accessories.
The studio has a relaxing parent lounge with comfortable recliners where you are welcome to sit back while I work with baby. There is also a restroom and a diaper changing station stocked with newborn diapers and wipes available for your convenience. Not to mention complimentary refreshments and entertainment options while you wait. I provide everything for families to feel welcome and comfortable during their session. See a virtual tour of my newborn portrait studio!
Image Reveal and Delivery
The next step is the best part – getting to view and choose your images! Everything we have worked on together and planned for has led up to this. Shortly after your portrait session we will meet again for your image Reveal. You will get to see all of the unedited images from your session. We will go through them together, make side by side comparisons, and ultimately you will get to choose the best ones. At this appointment, I will also show you the artwork products that are available so that you can decide which ones are the best fit for your images and your family. Some may choose a custom designed Album while other may prefer a Gallery Box, which is a collection matted images. There are also options for Wall Art for your home, as well as gift items for everyone on your list.
After you choose your images at the Reveal, I will send them off to get expertly retouched. They will be ready within one to two weeks, at which time you will receive your digital files in an online gallery. Your artwork purchase includes the matching high resolution digitals and a print release. In the meantime, your artwork order will go into production, and your products will be ready for delivery within just a few weeks. Delivering your finished artwork is always my favorite part! I just love seeing my clients’ reactions to their beautiful products.
Baby’s First Year
Our experience together does not need to end after your newborn session! Many families return for one or two baby milestone sessions during baby’s first year. I usually recommend a “sitter session,” which is for babies who can sit up unassisted, usually between 6-9 months. And of course, a first birthday or “cake smash” session. I just love watching my little clients grow and how much they change from one session to another! You will be sure to love all of the beautiful and unique images that we will capture along the way. The best part will be designing a beautiful album at the end of the year with all of the images from each session. It is the ultimate keepsake of your baby’s first year.