Frequently Asked Questions
How much is a newborn portrait session?
Our single child studio session is $100, or you can include mom, dad and siblings for a family session which is $129. 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!
Avery is one bright eyed little girl who is very interested in the world around her! She also has a lot to say and grunts even in her sleep! I think she will grow to be one feisty little girl and I am so excited to photograph her first year! Tallahassee...
Samuel is the sweetest little squish! He was all snuggles and newborn baby wonderful for his newborn portraits-- even when big brother wasn't super interested in holding him. I am so excited that I get to photograph his first year and keep watching this awesome...
Just look at baby Rory's little floofy hair! Yes, I know "floofy" isn't a word, but to me it perfectly describes this abundance of wild wispy hair he has! He was such an awesome baby for his newborn portrait session, I could have played with him all day! So...
Baby Leia is about as cute as newborn babies get! She has such a full head of dark hair and the most pinchable cheeks! I had the most fun with her newborn portrait session and since she has two big brothers and is named Leia, of course we had to borrow some of their...
Baby Bristol is the youngest of three and I would wager she is probably the easiest! She is such a sweet girl and barely ever makes a peep! She was a bit particular about how I posed her hands for her newborn portrait session, but I eventually got her to agree to do...
Madison is such a sweet little thing! She is absolute girly perfection! She was awesome for her newborn portrait session and I am super excited that I will photograph her first year as part of our Watch Me Grow baby portrait plan! Tallahassee Newborn Baby...
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