I generally book 2-3 months out, sometimes longer in the summer and fall. Please plan ahead and schedule your session accordingly. I do allow for last minute newborn sessions, but it’s best if you can schedule ahead.
Maternity sessions are usually scheduled during the 31th – 36th week of pregnancy. Clothing options can include tight fitting tank top or shirt, scarves or sashes to cover private areas, or beautiful wraps or blankets. Bright, trendy maternity styles also photograph very well. Tastefully done semi-nude maternity portraits are a beautiful and intimate way to capture this extraordinary time in your life. Always know that you can expose as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Fathers are encouraged to join the session and should wear simple clothing such as solid colored tee’s and jeans. Beware dads, we may have you bare your bellies too!
It is best to schedule newborn sessions as early as possible. Contact me as soon as you know you are interested in a newborn session, so we can reserve a general date. I can’t stress enough how important it is to photograph newborns within the first 10 days of life; ideally around 5-6 days old. After this short window, achieving the classic newborn poses becomes more and more difficult. Plus, colic and baby acne can rear its ugly head at about 2 weeks.
I have an assortment of blankets and wraps to experiment with, but please feel free to accessorize with fun knit hats, blankets or cocoons of your own. Babies are best photographed in their birthday suits, however, diaper covers can be a nice addition for masking the unpleasant look of disposable diapers. Moms and dads should bring a solid black and/or white shirt for themselves for portraits when holding the baby is required. Newborn sessions can take longer, as diaper changes, feedings and awake babies can slow the process. No worries though, as I will devote whatever time necessary to capture the unparalleled innocence of your precious newborn.