Parents have different ideas about what they'd like to do with their family pictures. What do you have in mind?
Are you looking to make an album for yourselves or as grandparent's gift, stream your photos to your tv? Would you like to create a wall of family photos in your home? I'm happy to create and deliver a highly personal collection of pictures from your family session.
Reach out to me via the contact form or ring me at 917-834-8169 and we'll get this conversation started!
45 minutes—2 hours of photography at home, outside or a combination of both sessions may include mom alone, or with her partner and family
pre session consultations included
full gallery digital images, print,
wall art and album packages available
1.5-3 hours of photography session of newborn alone or with family, session can be in your home, or a combination of home and outside
personal consultation prior to session
bump-to-baby session package, $800
custom high resolution images, print, wall art and album packages available
I've self-selected for professional photography specialties that position me to create pictures of people invigorated by honest and irrepressible feelings of joy and love.
A new baby represents a magnificent, unparalleled, transformative moment in his or her parents' lives. The emotional content of a newborn shoot is delivered by the parents (and siblings, if they're old enough). I find that thrilling to document.
A "newborn session" really is a new family session, as I approach it.
Of course I'm also excited to focus on the glorious smallness of newborns and their adorable features.
Truly everything about these sessions is life affirming. I will return from our time together to my family in a (more than usual) affectionate, sentimental frame of mind.
It takes place in the comfort of your home. I'm a big believer in creating pictures in a context that will be meaningful to you over time. A sense of "home" is not possible in a studio setting, but studio-like shots are quite easy to reproduce in your home. So let's meet where you are.
As for the lighting, have no worries. I'll make use of the natural light available in your home, and if necessary I have a versatile off-camera lighting kit that enables me to get beautiful light in any situation.
Sessions are relaxed, easy-going, upbeat, playful, humorous, and a little emotional. Nothing is going to be rushed, everything is going to be fine.
I'll arrive a little bit early, because I'm always a little bit early, and take off my shoes and wash my hands first. Then I'll get myself situated, gear unpacked and set up. Unless your little is wide awake and being remarkably adorable, in which case I may grab my camera and dive right in. At some point I'll take a look around to evaluate the direction and quality of the natural light and portrait location possibilities. Soon we'll be making pictures together.
I'll give you a little bit of direction, but for the most part what I really want from you are moments of togetherness and joy that involve you and your spouse connecting with each other and with your newborn. You don't need to be told how to do 99% of the stuff that makes our pictures together great.
I may clean up some surfaces and backgrounds here and there if I think it will help a shot. I may climb up on some of your sturdier furniture or hang out with your family on your bed for a bit.
Throughout I'll be soft-spoken and sweet, and you'll notice that I'm pretty happy because I completely love this work.
Depending on the number of weeks your infant is and the size of your family, they can be from two to four hours. I will make a suggestion for a suitable session time based on your family.
Babies are cutest bare, swaddled, or in netural colored clothes without a lot of patterns and images, so that the attention is on your newborn. Parents should stick to flattering and comfortable clothes. My suggestion is dressy casual, rather than t-shirts and faded jeans. I recommend simple, fitted and classic apparel that you're comfortable moving in, as I'll have you sitting, lying, and standing.
A review of my photography will show that I don't use any backdrops, costumes, or props in my work. If you have a special blanket from family, we can certainly incorportate that into the shoot. I also tend to think that a newborn's features are by definition the only special effects we need (ie, I wouldn't want to use anything that distracts from the inherent awesomeness of your newborn's physical traits).
Of coure they do. They are in the first weeks of experiencing having a sibling and might be seeking your attention even more than usual. This is to be expected. I will never be sitting still, though. While your child may need some parent time, I would be with you and your newborn. I will also be engaging with your children.
I'm aiming for an authentic representation of the emotional life of your family at this amazing moment, so I'll be taking turns with all of you.
Here's the beautiful picture equation: Patience + exuberance + creativity x brand new parents in love with their little = beautiful pictures.
There's a little more to it, but trust me, these in-home sessions are relaxed, playful, and sweet affairs. There's nothing for you to worry about.
Yes, there are incentives to schedule within the first two weeks of your baby's birth. In the ideal scenario, your baby will be more independent and easier to position. Also, you're less likely to see significant baby acne early on. Believe it or not, your child is growing very quickly and at one-month-old is going to look larger and rounder and more alert than during that precious first week or so. If they are more independent and if you've got a small family, it is possible that the session will take 2 hours. On average, a family of 4 or an older infant would merit a 3 hour session.
While there are general averages, every infant is unique. I've had 2 week newborns needing a 3-4 hour session during which the newborn only stopped crying for 30 minutes.
If you want to have a "newborn" shoot one month or two months into your new life as parents, that's fine by me. I'm happy to come to your home for a session any time at all, but just be aware that your infant will probaly need you close a lot more of the time and the session may have more interruptions for feedings, changing and general settling of the baby, in which case, you will have the option at the time of paying to extend for a longer session time if you would like to do that.
I believe the love between you and your baby will be valid and awesome-looking in pictures whenever you decide to celebrate.
If you haven't brought your baby home yet, we'll use the due date as a scheduling starting point. I'll be in touch as the delivery approaches, and once your baby arrives we'll finalize our session time, aiming for that first week or two.
If you have a scheduled induction or c-section, it's a little easier to schedule a date in advance.
To hold the date, a non-refundable deposit of $200 is required. The balance is due on the day of the session. I accept personal checks or cash. Credit cards, Venmo and Paypal are also accepted and incur a small surcharge due to third-party fees.
In the rare case of either your family needing to cancel or I have to cancel for emergency reasons, your $200 non-refundable deposit can be used as a credit towards a session within 6 months of the original session date. It can also be transferred as a gift towards a session to a family or friend.
On average, turnaround time is 4-6 weeks as I thoroughly go through all the images taken at your session and edit and color tone them. During the busy wedding season, Summer through early Fall, turnaround time is 6-8 weeks.
I have never had a client say, "I wish there were more pictures." Suffice to say, you will see the fruit of our session, nothing more and nothing less.
On average, a 3 hour session results in 80-120 pictures.
Your proof gallery will be accessible to you for viewing, printing, ordering and sharing for 3 months after your gallery link is sent. I know that parenthood is a busy time and getting to just look at your pictures might happen in bursts and quick views. I highly encourage you to take a look at your images and make your downloads or additional orders soon after receiving your gallery link and not wait until the gallery expiration date. If needed, I will do a courtesy extension for 2 weeks after the expiration date, but as I incurr storage fees for archiving the proof gallery, I would have to pass on those costs to you beyond 3.5 months in the case I have to reactivate your gallery.
Yes, from time to time, I offer promotions. If you follow my Facebook page, you can stay notified about my current offers and seasonal specials.