Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a newborn portrait session?
Our newborn session is $149, or you can include mom, dad and siblings for a family newborn session which is $179. We also have a variety of “Watch Me Grow” packages if you are looking to document your child’s first year.
Session fees include the session, retouching of all the final images, an in-studio order session to make your purchase decisions and an online gallery following the order session for nine days.
When should we schedule our session?
Ideally, we like to have newborns in the studio before they are two weeks old. Babies change so much in the first month and the first two weeks are when we have the chance to get all the snuggly, sweet sleeping baby images. After the two week mark, many babies get “baby acne” which can last 6-8 weeks. At that time they also start their first big growth spurt and it can be difficult to get them to settle down away from mom. If you can call the studio either from the hospital or as soon as you get home, we can get you on the calendar as soon as possible.
How long does the session take?
A family newborn session can sometimes take 3 hours. A single child newborn session often lasts 2-3 hours. The session completely depends on how much the baby sleeps! Its really important to us that our new parents view this as a relaxing, stress-free experience, so we never rush a newborn session. As we work with the baby, many of our moms have some quiet time on the couch and a few even nod off! If Dad is in the images and needs to return to work quickly, we can generally capture all the images with him in about an hour.
What should we bring for the session?
Newborn sessions generally take longer than any other kind of session. You should come prepared to spend two hours at the studio. This includes everything for baby– clothing, diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers, burp cloths, blankets, and any special items you would like included in the portraits. If mom and dad are to be included in the session, you should bring your clothing for the session and a change of clothes, just in case!
How many different outfits can we do for the session?
Most of our newborn sessions have the baby naked, since newborns hardly ever fit in their clothing and we prefer the timeless look it gives to our images. You are welcome to bring an outfit or two for your newborn portrait session, but outfit changes often make it difficult to keep the baby asleep and could possibly reduce the variety of images we are able to create.
Do you have clothing and props at the studio?
We have a limited amount of clothing for baby– overalls, rompers, tutus, etc. but we do have a wide selection of props. You are always welcome to email to ask about a specific prop or idea, or you can also come hunt through our prop room to see what you like! If you have any “must have” item for your session, please let us know so we can be prepared.
How far in advance should we schedule our newborn session?
Since we want to photograph newborns when they are as young as possible, we try to schedule the session as soon as we can. If you can contact us from the hospital when the doctor says you are going home, we should be able to fit you in within the next two weeks. If you pay your session fee in advance, we will reserve one session spot per week starting a week before your due date.
What should we bring to the portrait session?
Bring anything you may need to care for the baby– diapers, bottles, pacifier, extra clothes, etc. Also bring things for yourself such as a tablet, book or snack since these sessions can last a few hours!
You are also welcome to bring things to incorporate into the images. If there is a theme to the nursery, a stuffed animal that is important, a heirloom blanket, etc. please bring it with you! You can bring as much as you wish and Linda will go through it all and use whatever she can that works! If there is a prop, hat, headband, etc. you have seen in our portfolio, please contact us to ensure availability and sizing.
What if they have a blemish?
Newborn babies are almost always going to have blemishes and skin issues. Scratches, acne, peeling, etc are totally normal and to be expected. If your baby has specific trauma from birth, please just let us know when you schedule your session. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and minor imperfections are corrected as part of the session fee.
What if they get sick?
The health of our tiniest clients is a high priority for us. If you think something is wrong, PLEASE go directly to the doctor and let us know when you can! We will do everything we can to reschedule your session as soon as the baby is ready!
When do we see the images and order?
About two weeks after your portrait session, we have you come into the studio for your order session. At this session we show you all the final images and show you a variety of products including designed pieces, wall portraits, frames, canvases, storyboards, etc. It is best that anyone involved in making the purchase is present at this session, as many of the products are only available at this time and this session gives you the best pricing for all of our products. Orders are sent to the lab immediately after the order session and most orders are ready for pickup in two to four weeks.
The gallery above shows some favorite images from countless portrait sessions over the years! The blog posts below show our recent work with newborn babies in our Tallahassee studio! You can also use the search bar below to find specific things on the blog!
Welcome to the world baby Leo! Leo was a little older than most newborns I photograph, but he was as sweet as he could be! He is all about being held and snuggled, but if he gets hungry, watch out!! This tiny little guy has a huge set of lungs and he really lets...
Finley was such a perfect model for her newborn portrait session in the studio! She is so plump and wonderful, I could have played with her all day!! Her parents wanted a studio session, but with an outdoor feeling. What says "outdoors" more than a tiny baby...
I love when we can incorporate older siblings into a newborn session! Its the beginning of their role as big brother or big sister and capturing those sweet moments is such a blessing! I know they and their family will treasure them forever! Tallahassee...
Jacob is the sweetest most content baby, MOST of the time! We originally scheduled his newborn portrait session during his "witching hours" where he is just annoyed with the world, but I quickly realized we needed a different time of day! He came back a few days...
Liberty was such a sweet model for her newborn portrait session! She reminds me just a bit of her big brother at this age, but while she has a head FULL of hair, poor Caleb had none! I love how we mimicked some of the images of her big brother's newborn portrait...
Charlie is so perfect and sweet! I loved all the baby snuggles he gave me for his newborn baby session, I honestly didn't want to give him back to his parents! I LOVE this perk of my job! I get to love all these wonderful babies and document their whole first year,...
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