Limited Time!!! Packages starting at $129 Newborn Mini wrapped Special!!!
Limited Time!!! Packages starting at $129 Newborn Mini wrapped Special!!!
Welcoming your newborn child into the world is a beautiful experience beyond all description. You may never forget the moment you see your baby for the first time: the wonder, the joy, and the pure emotion. Those precious moments, however, will quickly become memories. That’s one of the things that makes professional newborn portraits so important.
Newborn photos are family heirlooms that celebrate the birth of new life, document the most memorable milestones of your growing family, and help to create unforgettable experiences by capturing legacy portraits you’ll cherish for generations.
When new parents contact me to inquire about a baby photoshoot, they often have a LOT of questions – and I know you do, too! So let’s make this simple. Scroll down for a step-by-step overview including everything you need to know about newborn photography.
Newborn photography is a style of photography that focuses specifically on newborn babies. Newborn photographers undergo special training to learn how to keep babies safe and comfortable during their sessions while capturing stunning photos that will help highlight those precious moments.
Typically, newborn photography takes place when the baby is between four and fifteen days old: still soft, squishy, and malleable. Due to a newborn’s development, this window is the best time to capture those amazing images.
Each newborn photographer adds a unique flair and style to their newborn photos. However, there are two primary types of newborn photography. Lifestyle and posed. My specialty is posed newborn photography.
Talking to your photographer is the most important step in preparing for your newborn session. Every photographer is different, and every parent’s desires are unique. If you have a personal vision of how you want the shoot to go, from specific photos or poses you want to a complete Pinterest board of inspiration, it’s critical to communicate those expectations before you commit.
First, take a look at the quality and style of the photographer’s work. Click around on their website or facebook page to find out if the photographer shoots lifestyle or posed newborn sessions and if they meet any other requirements you may have. If you fall in love with a particular style, you want to choose a newborn photographer who will deliver exactly what you’re hoping for with years of experience and a portfolio that backs it up.
If just thinking about your newborn photoshoot is overwhelming, I've got you covered. I do my best to make sure your newborn session is relaxed, calm, and peaceful – so you can rest while I do all the work! I have everything for your sweet baby including wraps, props and those cute little teddys you see in my work.
While preparing for your newborn session, there are a few things you need to do to make the day of your session go as smoothly as possible.
At Lambs Newborn and Family Photography LLC we send out a pre-session prep guide this will help prepare you, so you know what to expect at your session as well as what to bring. Which is no more than what you'd bring for a normal outing with a little one.
Newborn photos work best when the newborn is within the first two weeks of life. At this age, the baby enjoys being wrapped and swaddled. Because they’re still squishy, bendy, and sleepy, we are better able to pose them for the camera. Now that doesn't mean we can't photograph older babies Sometimes things happen beyond our control and that's okay. I can absolutely photograph older babies we just have to be more flexible with our expectations.
Schedule your newborn session during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. This way, you can ensure that you have an available session spot around your due date. After your baby is born, we’ll pick the exact date and time so your session fits within the two-week timeframe.
My sessions fill up fast, so it’s important that you book your time before the end of your pregnancy instead of just adding “schedule a newborn photo session” to your To-Do list after your baby is born. The third trimester is also the ideal time for a maternity photography session!
What do you need to bring for your newborn session? Here’s the good news: not much at all! At Lambs Newborn and Family Photography LLC, I have an overflowing closet filled with boutique newborn outfits, newborn props like baskets and displays, and everything you need for a stunning newborn session.
Pack your diaper bag with the same supplies you would pack for a day at Grandma’s or a trip out to the store. That means your preferred diapers and wipes, and formula and bottles, if you’re using them. If you’re nursing, you may be able to hop out of the house with just the baby and a few diapers. And most importantly a pacifier. This is important this will help sooth the baby if needed.
While I offer everything you need to make your baby’s photo session a success, you may still have a few special items that you want to include in your newborn photos: a special hat or blanket, furs to wrap up your baby’s fingers and toes, or even baby’s coming-home outfit. Some new parents want photos of their babies using Mom or Dad’s military uniform, or they want to include heirloom outfits that were used in their own baby pictures.
I'M glad to include any items that you would like to see used in your baby’s photos. However, you must discuss those items with us ahead of your session. While including an outfit change in your newborn’s photo session is easy enough, it’s much harder to incorporate some heirlooms or props safely.
Many of the stunning newborn shots you see in professional photography studios include a lot of composite images. For example, my clients are often surprised to discover that, for our hanging basket photos, we don’t actually place the baby in a hanging basket! Instead, the baby is kept safe and protected throughout the entire shoot, often held by one of our team members or posed carefully to create the ideal effect. Digital backdrops are another form of COMPOSITE baby is photographed in the studio, cut out digitally and placed into a digital backdrop using digital editing tools in a form of editing software.
You won’t see those details in the finished product, but they take a lot of work behind the scenes before your shoot even begins – so make sure we know about those special props so we can give them our best shot.
Accidents happen. In newborn photography sessions, poop happens. Spit-up happens. You’ve probably seen some of those “Pinterest Fail” images and the destruction that can be wrought from one adorable, naked baby in the space of seconds. I welcome your family to attend the session, but keep in mind that sometimes, outfits will need to be changed, especially if you want baby naked and you want to include Mom, Dad, or older siblings as part of the photoshoot.
Bring along an extra change of clothes for every member of your family, especially those that you want to include in the photos. You may get lucky and never have to change into those outfits. On the other hand, you might just end up in a messy situation where a quick wardrobe change is an ideal solution to your problem!
The day of your session arrives, and you’re ready to come in for your newborn photo shoot. What happens next?
First, if you’re planning to come into the studio for your session, When you arrive you can pull all the way in the driveway. The studio is the build on the back-side of the property separated from the dwelling behind the pole-barn. Please try to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your session time. Your photographer will be waiting in the studio at this time. Your photographer may not have arrived yet so, If you arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before your session please message the photographer to let her know. Same goes for if you’re running late. We understand having a new little one can be quite the adjustment but if you’re running behind please just reach out and let us know. This helps the photographer be as prepared for your session as possible and also allows her to make any adjustments necessary.
Throughout the session, the baby can be handed back to Mom and Dad for breaks as needed: a break for feeding, a few snuggles, or a chance to fall back asleep. We take our time with every newborn session and we never pressure you to complete the session quickly, so sit back, relax, and incorporate as many breaks as needed.
After your newborn’s photography session, The photographer will review the images and put together a proof gallery for you to review and choose. These choices will be in your final gallery. You will receive your proof gallery within 72 hours of your session. Once you've made your choices, We’ll professionally edit your photos, including editing out any little temporary imperfections. Does your little one have a scratch or rash that appeared just days before the session? No worries! We’ll touch up those spots during editing. We’ll also add the stunning effects that create those high-quality, heirloom photos that you can’t wait to hang on your wall. The editing process takes approx two weeks once we've received your picks.
I like to give the client full control of the printing. You can use the images however you see fit. These images are frequently used by clients on museum-quality prints, mini photo books, cards, or printed in a professional album.
Once the editing is complete, You will have non-commercial reproduction rights. (this means you can't sell your images or use them to promote another business) With all my sessions I let you choose your images. This means after your session I go through and pick out the best of the best and send you an unedited proof gallery (within 48 hours) and you choose which photos you want me to edit. Once you’ve chosen it will take me approximately two weeks to complete your final gallery. Your final photos will be delivered via online gallery. Where you can view and download your images for print.
As a newborn photographer, I have received extensive training in keeping your baby safe during each session. I am highly focused on the safety of your newborn. I watch your newborn at every moment for any signs of distress or discomfort.
Next, I use composite images for many positions, including the froggy. These compositions allow us to create stunning, creative poses and images without ever making the baby uncomfortable or unsafe, even for a moment.
No, you don’t have to reschedule your photo session because of a temporary imperfection in your newborn’s skin. Newborn acne, cradle cap, scratches, and eczema are all temporary changes to your little one’s appearance – and we understand that you don’t want them hanging on your wall. We’ll take care of those temporary imperfections in editing so that you’ll see your new little one glowing in your newborn photos.
In most cases, we can absolutely include and incorporate special props and items as part of your newborn’s session. While our newborn prop collection includes a wide range of items, including hats, headbands, furs, blankets, wraps, baskets, displays, and more, if you have a personal touch you want to add to your newborn’s photo session, we want to include it!
However, you must let us know about that item ahead of time. Some items may require extra steps, including the creation of a new composite design, to keep your newborn safe while incorporating that item.
As with basic newborn safety, cleaning is absolutely critical in our photography studio. To ensure your newborn remains safe, I always wear an N95 face mask. We fully sanitize all outfits and props between sessions, including steaming of gowns and outfits to help kill germs. We also clean and disinfect all surfaces using chemical cleaners designed to create a safe environment for every client. Finally, we use a hospital-grade ozone generator to sanitize and kill bacteria on all surfaces. We also ensure that there is adequate time between every newborn session to clean our studio and keep our smallest clients safe.
You should schedule newborn photos between 4 and 15 days after the baby is born to get the best photos. I ask that you call or email me in the first 2 days of life so we can pick the best day for your session. At that age, baby still has those adorable, wrinkled hands and feet, the tiniest fingers and toes they will ever have, and, equally importantly, they are at their most malleable. Babies less than two weeks old also sleep more and tend to be quieter in general, making this the ideal time for those great sessions. As babies get older, they’re more likely to be awake and alert during the session, which can make it more difficult to get the specific poses you want most.
There are certain times of the year that I have an influx of newborns and I want to make sure I book them on the best day possible from when they were born. I ask that you call or email me in the first 2 days of life so we can pick the best day for your session.
You should reserve an appointment for your newborn photo session during your second or third trimester of pregnancy. We will estimate a time for your session based on your anticipated due date. Then, when the baby arrives, we will nail down the date for your session.
Sometimes, circumstances beyond your control will crop up that will force you to reschedule your baby’s photo session. While the best time to capture newborn photos is within the first two weeks, you can still capture some amazing images later. You may need to be more flexible about the specific images you receive, but we will work with you to help make your vision for your newborn photos a reality.
Sometimes, babies do not want to fall asleep during their photo sessions. While it’s rare for babies to stay awake for the entire session! Don’t worry, though. Newborns are often content to look around at the world and take in everything going on around them. Sometimes awake shots are the parents favorite shots!
Most of the time, a newborn photo session will take between two to possibly three hours. Mini wrapped sessions are aprox 20-30 minutes. The length of the session will depend your package you've chosen and on the props you want to use, the time it takes to capture your little one, and how many breaks your little one needs during the process. Of course, we don’t want to rush your little one through the process! If your baby needs a chance to eat in the middle of the session, requires a diaper change, or needs some snuggles from Mom or Dad, we will take a break to accommodate those needs. Baby comes first during every aspect of the session!
Of course! Your other family members are a critical part of this time in your life, and you may want to include them alongside your little one. We have several poses and images that can help capture all the members of your little family during this amazing time. Each package specify's whether family can be included.
Newborn photography is an amazing way to capture an incredibly important milestone in the life of your family. You want newborn photos that will turn into heirlooms: stunning photos that will stand the test of time and help you share your story with your family for generations. At Lambs Newborn and Family Photography LLC, we’re here to turn your newborn photography dreams into reality. Contact us to schedule a session or to ask any questions you have about how we will handle your newborn’s photoshoot.
If you have any further questions or want to make a booking, please contact me. I'm here to assist you and ensure that your experience is memorable. Together, let's create a memory that you will always treasure!