Preparing for Your Session

Newborn

When you purchase your package, we confirm with you by asking you some questions online. This helps us to style your session. Once the baby arrives, we will schedule the exact time/date within 14 days of birth. The day before your session, we set our studio into stations. Each station has a prop/s, soft blankets/backdrops/flooring, textiles, hats/petite headbands (girls), and wraps. This helps us pose your baby in multiple ways at each station to get many image options. We heat the room up to 90 degrees, diffuse some lavender, and prepare everything we need for your session. You do not need to bring any outfits or props for the baby. All of our props are custom designed for newborns that are under 15 days. If you want to include one heirloom, please notify us in advance so we set up a station for that.

As you prepare for the session, give your baby a gentle fresh bath and dress them into something easy to remove (one piece button down). When you arrive, we will show you around and help you get comfortable in our private family lounge. There, you will slightly undress the baby and feed him a very good feeding. This will allow us to begin the session with a very full belly which makes for a great session. Then we will get started while you fully relax. We ask that you provide a simple Avent round 'soothie' pacifier just for the transition stages from one station to the next. This will not interrupt your feedings as we only use this to pacify to keep them sleepy for the wrapping/unwrapping/ and changing stations. Some newbies just need to suck a little to transition. This pacifier does not leave marks on their face so it is the best one that majority of babies will take for transitions. If you very concerned about this, we can chat.

If we are adding sibling/parents, we do that at the very end. Your baby will do well if you are relaxed. It takes time and we do not rush babies, therefore, we ask that you have a grandparent/friend bring your other siblings about 2.5 hours into the session. This allows you to rest and does not put stress on toddlers/kids to wait for such a long time. We suggest you block at least 4 hours for your entire newborn session unless we are doing a Lifestyle or Wrapped Mini Session.

During the session, if your baby needs filled up again, we will bring him back to you for snuggles and feeding. We suggest that you do your makeup/get dressed when we give you the cue to prepare for family pictures. Take this time to pamper yourself. Add some accessories and a comfortable and clean outfit. We have suggestions if you need them. For siblings, we have some vintage dresses available for certain sizes if you want to use them. We suggest a simple dress, jeans rolled up, solid color shirt and no shoes for siblings. The baby will be wrapped in a soft and simple wrap. The color of that wrap will compliment your outfit. Please wash, iron, and try on any outfits you or your other children will wear.

If we are doing a LIFESTYLE Session, we will go through the same steps in the beginning and bring you in as soon as we get the baby wrapped and have taken a few of them on their own. Plan to have the kids with you and spend time making sure everyone looks their very best, including you momma! We do have a few dresses that mommas can wear.

We have free wifi, books, TV, music, diffusing oils, food, beverages and comfortable couches/chairs for you to relax.

When the session is complete, you can pack up and are free to leave. We will show you a sneak peek within 24 hours on social media. We will guide you through the process of choosing proofs when your proofing gallery is ready.

One Year

Our one year session is generally scheduled for one month prior to their birthday. This gives time for us to complete your gallery so you can have images for their birthday. This session begins with one outfit for classic portraits. Then we transition into a different outfit for the cake smash and finish up with a tubby splash. If it is June-October, we can do the first outfit outdoors in our meadow. We do have a variety of dresses for girls that you may use. If you are choosing a dress, please bring along a diaper cover that matches. We suggest bare little toes and no shoes. We ask that you provide snapshots of your outfit and cake smash outfit that you will bring. This helps us plan the session. Please wash, iron and try on all clothing PRIOR to your session.

We suggest only bringing the child being photographed and you/husband or you/friend or family member for an extra hand. We want to focus solely on your child and will need your assistance for safety and helping them smile so that is best done without young siblings.

Smash and Splash Details: You will provide your child's cake. We suggest using a local baker and choosing a non-fondant cake which allows ease of eating for your child. We suggest purchasing either a onesie or a simple outfit like a tulle skirt and onesie (girl) or shorts/onesie for boy. No shirt is also adorable. If you choose nothing, please always bring along a diaper cover. We will talk through what backdrop/set up you would like to use. We have some that have balloons on them or some that we can add props (yours or ours) to customize. If you want to use a banner, please make sure it is small (4ft) and has clear fishing line attached (8ft long) so we can tie it to our backdrop stands. We finish the smash with a fun tubby splash. As soon as they are done with the cake, we transition them into a little tub and snap some candids while they splash and giggle. Please plan to get messy!


Maternity

Your maternity session will be done between 30-34 weeks pregnant. We want you to be comfortable but big enough to showcase that beautiful baby belly. We only do maternity sessions on clients that have booked a newborn session with us.

Your session can be done outdoors in our meadow June-October or in the snow! It can also be posed in our studio. For an additional travel fee, we can do this in your home if you have a neutral colored bedding and a natural light window within 8 ft of your bed. We would need to confirm this with images prior to choosing this as the best option. We do love the lifestyle choice this offers.

We have some dresses available that you can choose or we will provide a stylized Pinterest page to help you choose the best outfit for you. We suggest adding accessories and getting your hair/make up done. Please wash, iron and try on all clothing PRIOR to your session. Our goal is to provide you with both posed and natural images as a couple. You can add sibling/s to this session.

FAQ: Click on the question to reveal the answer

When is the best time to book a Newborn Session?

A.We suggest booking after your 20 week ultrasound but at least 10 weeks from your due date. We open up 5 newborn slots per month and they fill up quickly. In order to provide the best care for our clients, we keep our schedule open. Babies arrive when they are ready so once they come, we will book your exact session date within 7-14 days of birth. Don't miss your chance by waiting.

How do I prepare for my newborn session?

A.We will provide you with a digital newborn catalog with all the itty bitty details of preparation. We will answer any questions you have as we stylize your session. Please keep in touch with us and let us know you delivered within 24 hours of birth.

Do you provide the props or do we need to bring things?

A.We stylize every newborn session with our studio filled with props, backdrops, bonnets and headbands. If you would like to include an heirloom prop, please let us know in advance. For child and family sessions, you bring our outfit/s and we provide everything else. For cake smash sessions, you provide the cake and balloons and we provide everything else.

I need help picking outfits! Do you do that?

A.For child, family and maternity sessions, we suggest scoping Pinterest, looking at our Facebook page, and finding high quality outfits. We are working on a stylized guide on our Pinterest page to help you.
Please try on and wash/iron your outfits prior to your session. You are welcome to bring multiple outfits and we can choose when you arrive. Try not to include bulky outfits that make your child uncomfortable. We do have a variety of 6-12 month vintage wear and 1yr-5yr old dresses that you may use. We have headbands and chunky necklaces that you can use for your child too. Let's plan together!

When will I receive my proofing gallery to choose my images?

A.This can depend on the season we are in. Often times, we try to provide you with your online proofing gallery to choose the images that you wanted finely edited about 1-2 weeks after your session. Once you order your images, we will edit and provide your final gallery and send your prints to our lab within 2-3 weeks.

If my package comes with a certain amount of digital images, can I purchase more?

A.Absolutely! We provide you a proofing gallery of 40-50 images. You will choose the ones that come in your package and can add additional digital images to your order at that time. Digital images a la carte start around $25.

Can I order prints and canvas art from my gallery?

A.Yes, you can! When you receive your final gallery, you can order prints, foam mounted standouts, canvas, albums and memory keepsakes and they will be shipped directly to your home. We suggest you always order professional prints from your professional photographer. You've invested in high quality craftsmanship so finish your experience with the best. We are happy to help guide you in the ordering process.

Do I have to order prints through you?

A.You will get a print release for your session. While we highly recommend that you order prints through our professional lab, you are able to order prints as your discretion. We are not responsible for labs that do not color match your digital images.

When do you do outdoor sessions?

A.We photograph children/families outside from May through October only. We choose 5:30pm as our starting time for every outdoor session. That is when lighting is the very best in our meadow.

Can I use the images on social media?

A.The images on social media have our watermark to protect the image. These images are low resolution and if you were to print them, you would get a very poor looking picture. We are an honest family and we ask that you wait until you order your images and we provide you with your final downloadable gallery with high resolution images. Those are the very best ones for printing. They will not have a watermark once you download them.