"May you touch dragonflies & stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. May you grow up with love & gracious hearts & people who care. Welcome to the world little one, It's been waiting for you!"
What are my newborn session options?
~ When should I book my newborn session?
The best time to photograph a newborn is between five and fourteen days of age, with five to seven days being the optimal time. From approximately the second week, babies begin to sleep a little less and love to stretch those tiny arms and legs making it difficult to achieve the sleepy, curled up look we have come to love in contemporary newborn portraits. It is best to contact us in advance of your due date to discuss details and then contact us just after baby arrives to schedule the session. Of course we will still photograph your little one after fourteen days, we just want clients to know that our expectations must be be different than they are during the earliest days. Still adorable, just different!
~ What should I expect?
All newborn sessions take place at our Salisbury studio. The most important and most controllable factor in a great session is the quality and direction of light. We can control the light in our studio and therefore ensure the quality of the session, so we do not travel to clients' homes where light is unpredictable. We use soft studio lighting and never flash photography on our newborns, and we keep the room at about 78 degrees to keep your undressed baby comfortable. Plan your own wardrobe accordingly because it will be hot! I develop a unique plan for each newborn session after chatting with the parents about what is important to them and what accessories they may want to use to make the session more personal.
~ How long will my session take and what is included?
We offer two newborn session options. Each includes digital image files and a print release (see session details). Both include a password protected online gallery for viewing, sharing and ordering of prints, canvas and other items to showcase your investment. Sharing the link and password to your gallery with friends and relatives will allow them to view the images and place orders for prints and other items to be delivered directly to any U.S. address. The basic pricing noted below includes the session fee and digital files as outlined. The majority of clients place orders of $250 to $500 in prints, announcements, wall art and photo books directly from our website (although there is no obligation to do so).
A Newborn Mini Session is a basic one hour session consisting of some bare skin posing or wrap posing on our beanbag and one prop setup of the photographer's choice. We will also capture the tiny details such as hands and feet. Please feed and change baby just prior to the session and bring the little one in a zip up sleeper or other clothing that is quick and easy to remove. This session does not include the more complicated poses requiring composites and additional editing time (see Full Session). This session includes twenty digital files and a print release. The cost is $175.00.
A Full Newborn Session is a more relaxed two hour session that moves at baby's pace. If we need to take time for a feeding and a diaper change we still have plenty of time for bare skin and or wrapped posing on the bean bag as well as posing in or on a few of our props. We can incorporate items that clients bring from home, making the session very personal. This session also includes composite images, created by seamlessly combining multiple images into one final portrait using digital editing software. Classic poses such as baby with head in hands, sitting baby, or baby on Dad's shoulder are safely achieved in this way. Please feed and change baby just prior to the session and bring the little one in a zip up sleeper or other clothing that is quick and easy to remove. This session includes thirty digital files and a print release. The cost is $250.00.
Our newborn session galleries generally consist of 100 to 200 images depending on length of session (and mood of baby). It can be extremely difficult to choose just a few, so we offer the option for parents to purchase all of the digital images from their newborn session at a greatly discounted price. The images are delivered on a custom flash drive in a wooden gift box for safe keeping. Pricing is unique to each session depending on the size of the final gallery and the option will be offered when you receive your gallery link.