Baby photography becomes important to many families when they have a new little one - one of the main problems with babies, in my opinion, is that they grow up and change too fast! (I still try to convince my 6 year old that she can go back and be just 4 years old again, and then she can stay home with me all the time... I think she is kind of scared that I could somehow pull that off...)
Since we can't stop time, or even slow it down (not that you would want to at 2:00am when you're up... again... with Baby - just remember, it does not last forever), one thing that made me feel a little better as a new mom was lots of pictures!
I'm sure you will have lots of candid pictures of your baby, and you will love them. But if you're interested in professional baby photography, spread out through his or her first year, I have four choices of photography packages that many parents love.
My packages start when your baby is brand new. Newborn photography is best done within the first 10 days of life. That way he or she will more likely sleep really well, and we can pose and play while Baby sleeps. Lots of the really sweet newborn poses just do not work at all when the baby is awake.
Because of that, a newborn session is a little different from any other sort of portrait session. I usually schedule at least 3 hours for a newborn, to allow plenty of time for meals and coaxing to sleep.
We heat the room up really warm (which is just what you don't want as a new mom... sorry...) because it helps the baby get comfortable. (They love it.)
And then we apply an extra-large dose of patience! It's worth it.
Every newborn session is different, and they tend to be kind of unpredictable, but you can count on beautiful pictures of your baby at his or her tiniest and most delicate.
If we're lucky, your baby will even smile for us! (Re-read what I said above about these sessions being a little unpredictable, just in case.)
Two of my packages include more photo sessions throughout Baby's first year. I like to do these at around 3 months old (tummy time - so when he or she can comfortably look up from tummy position), around 6-8 months old (whenever he or she is good at sitting up, but preferably before they start to crawl away), and right around their birthday. I have three more blog posts coming that talk more about this (and show some really sweet babies too!).
Each session includes beautiful products - wall portraits, gift prints, or an heirloom photo album.
I love getting to see your baby 4 times a year - it is absolutely amazing to see them grow and develop, from a tiny newborn to a fast-moving and giggly one year old.
My "Baby Expressions" package can also be a great gift, if someone you love is having a baby. It is a popular baby shower gift - I have a nice gift certificate package that I will get to you ahead of time, and then the new mom can be prepared for her coming newborn session. I know that newborns are tricky to schedule, so I will reserve time around Baby's due date, and when he or she is born you can give me a call in the first couple of days to plan our session time.
I have more pictures and information about baby photography on this page here - check it out!
Or if you are interested in a baby session, or in a year's photographic journey with me, I have all the information in an online magazine for you to check out. Just fill in your email information and you will receive a link right away!