Photo Credit:  Danny Farmer ,  Creative Director for Inemode.com

Photo Credit: Danny Farmer, Creative Director for Inemode.com

1. When is the best time to schedule a newborn photo shoot?

  • The best time to schedule a newborn photo shoot is typically when your sweet, precious, squishable baby is between 4 and 12 days old. Some photographers prefer to shoot when the baby is younger or older than that, but 4-12 days is my personal preference. At this age they are still very sleepy and moldable!

2. How should I prepare for the newborn photo shoot?

  • Similar to the maternity photo shoot, consider bringing some of the following items: sonogram photo(s), little socks or shoes, boy/girl colored lace or ribbon, pearls or girly accessories for a girl, sports or boyish accessories for a boy, a baby blanket or quilt, and any special family heirlooms or nursery items you want to feature in the photos.
  • If possible, please keep your baby awake for 2-2 1/2 hours before the photo shoot. This will make the baby super tired and allow us to get the beautiful, sleepy shots we’re aiming for!
  • Please bring a newborn pacifier with you (even if you do not agree with them or plan to use one on a regular basis.) I will be trying to keep your baby asleep and will be moving him/her in and out of objects and poses for several hours. I will use the pacifier to keep him/her as sleepy and content as possible. You may throw it out as soon as your session is complete!
  • Please, please, please make sure the baby eats right before we begin the session. If needed, you’ll be able to feed the baby after you get to my house right before we begin taking photos (and any time we need to during the session, too, of course.)
  • Feel free to bring an iPad or magazines to keep yourself occupied during the session. Be ready to be my “on-call assistant,” though…I might need an extra hand in a few of the poses to ensure that your baby is 100% safe!

3. What should I expect on the day of the newborn photo shoot?

  • Expect lots of messes! I’m prepared for lots of spit up, pee/poop, and tears (as long as it’s all from the baby.) :)
  • Expect us to be extremely patient and take about 5-10 photos every half hour or so. During a newborn session, we’ll spend 95% of the time getting the baby warm, comfy, fed, and happy.
  • Expect to either nurse or feed the baby several times during the session. A full tummy is the key to gorgeous, sleepy newborn photos.
  • Expect to be HOT – I typically turn the thermostat to about 78-80 degrees so the baby is happy and warm.
  • The photo session will last between 2-3 hours, depending on your baby’s comfort level.
  • If your hubby or other children would like to join, they are welcome! If you’d like the siblings to have a few photos together, we will start the session with the sibling photos, and then add mom and dad (if you choose). After the sibling/family photos are finished, I’ll ask dad to take the kiddos to another room so mom, baby, and I can focus on the newborn photos. *Note: if you do want photos with the baby, refer to the information above about choosing outfits and the color palette chart below!

4. What should my newborn wear to a photo shoot?

  • NOTHING! Okay, well maybe  a diaper. Clothes on a newborn usually look awkward and baggy, and that’s not the look we’re going for. However, we might finish the session with one outfit you’d like to feature!

5. What should I expect after the photo shoot?

  • After the photo shoot, I usually can’t wait to copy the photos to my hard drive and get to work on editing/reviewing them! You can expect to see a “sneak peek” photo on my Facebook page either that evening or the next day.
  • After I go through the process of editing all of the photos, I will contact you to setup a time for our ordering appointment. This is the most exciting part of the process where we look through all of your edited photos and decide what you'd like to order (digital files, albums, prints, etc.)
  • I will post a watermark version of the photos you purchase on my business Facebook page and blog. Please feel free to tag yourself in the photos on Facebook (which will help me increase my client-base).
  • After the photo shoot, I hope you’ll be so excited about your experience and your photos that you’ll want to tell all of your mommy-to-be friends and family members to check out my portfolio on my website and contact me if they’re interested in booking a session!

 Photo Credit: Chloe LaFrance,  Chloe LaFrance Photography

Photo Credit: Chloe LaFrance, Chloe LaFrance Photography

1. When is the best time during my pregnancy to schedule a photo shoot?

  • The “best” time to schedule a maternity photo shoot will vary; for some women, it might be between weeks 32 and 36 (or between months 7 and 8), for other women, it might be week 25. You’ll want to aim for a 2-4 week window when you have a cute, pronounced “bump,” but you aren’t experiencing too much swelling or discomfort yet. You’ll also want to consider how flexible you are standing, sitting, laying, walking, etc. and try to schedule the shoot during a window that you’re still able to do most of these things fairly comfortably (I know nothing is really comfortable right now, though!)

2. How should I prepare for the maternity photo shoot?

  • Consider bringing some of the following items to the shoot: sonogram photo(s), little socks or shoes, boy/girl colored lace or ribbon, pearls or girly accessories for a girl, sports or boyish accessories for a boy, a picnic blanket or a quilt that compliments the colors of your outfits for all of the photos we’ll do on the ground, and any special family heirlooms or nursery items you want to feature in the photos.
  • Think about the tiniest of details. Your hands will be featured in most of the photos. Consider getting a manicure the day before (what a great excuse to get pampered, huh?!) Take your time getting ready on the day of the shoot. Some mommies-to-be even decide to go to a salon to get their hair and/or makeup done on the morning of the photo shoot. This is completely optional; it is up to you if you want to do something like this!
  • As hard as it may be right now, try to get as much sleep as possible the night before the shoot. We will be moving around (A LOT :)) – we’ll be standing, sitting, on the ground, etc. *Note: I never want you to feel pressured into a pose. Communication is very important before, during, and after our photo sessions. You will not hurt my feelings if you tell me you aren’t comfortable with something.* Your energy level will be evident in the photos, so try to sleep as much as possible the night before and try not to overexert yourself the morning of the shoot. You’ll want to budget about 1-3 hours for the shoot (depending on the weather/lighting situation and your exhaustion level.) You can rest assured that I will take my time and not rush during the photo shoot. It is my goal to deliver the best possible images I can for you and your family.

3. What should I expect on the day of the maternity photo shoot?

  • We’ll spend 5-10 minutes getting to know each other so I can get an idea of the style of photos you’re aiming for.
  • Expect me to be a total dork and do whatever I can to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the photo session (this may or may not include a free tummy tickle, or maybe not – sorry, things just got a little weird.) Seriously, though – the more comfortable you are with each other and with me during the session, the better your photos will be. I know you and your family will cherish these photos for several generations, so I want us to work together to make the best product possible.
  • As I mentioned above, expect to be moving around A LOT! This is your free pass to let your hubby know that you really can’t unload the dishwasher or even walk to the mailbox today!
  • Depending on the location you choose, expect to not be able to pee for 1-2 hours. Try to get your water intake way before or after the photo shoot. However, we will definitely find or make you a bathroom in the field if needed. Trust me, it’s been done before.

4. What should my family and I wear to a maternity photo shoot?

  • You might want to refer to a color palette chart (like the one below) to decide on a color combination. A general “rule” would be 2-4 neutral colors and one additional pop of color (such as a scarf or chunky jewelry.) Avoid outfits with overbearing patterns such as a floral or checkered patterns. Although, sometimes a cute chevron pattern in a scarf can be the perfect accessory to compliment the color scheme. Try to also avoid trends or styles that will be out of style in the near future; think of timeless colors and patterns. Dresses are also a classic maternity photo look. If you decide to wear a dress, try to find one that is flowy, yet elegant. A belt just under your bust helps to highlight the smallest point of your torso and adds beautiful curves to your figure. Think of dressing from the top of your head to the tip of your toes (for you and your hubby!) – your shoes will be visible in many of the photos, so be sure to wear shoes that match. With all this in mind, don’t get too bogged down thinking about your outfits – just remember to keep it simple, comfy, and focused on your belly!
  • For more ideas, check out THIS board on my Pinterest page!

5. What should I expect after the photo shoot?

  • After the photo shoot, I usually can’t wait to copy the photos to my hard drive and get to work on editing/reviewing them! You can expect to see a “sneak peek” photo on my Facebook page either that evening or the next day.
  • After I go through the process of editing all of the photos, I will contact you to setup a time for our ordering appointment. This is the most exciting part of the process where we look through all of your edited photos and decide what you'd like to order (digital files, albums, prints, etc.)
  • I will post a watermark version of the photos you purchase on my business Facebook page and blog. Please feel free to tag yourself in the photos on Facebook (which will help me increase my client-base).
  • After the photo shoot, I hope you’ll be so excited about your experience and your photos that you’ll want to tell all of your mommy-to-be friends and family members to check out my portfolio on my website and contact me if they’re interested in booking a session!

Do you have any other questions that I haven’t answered on this page? Feel free to email me through the contact page and I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have!