I love photographing newborns - every time I hold a little one, I feel privileged to witness a miracle, a precious little soul fresh from the hand of God. There is nothing else like it! Your newborn is only so little, so fresh and so new once in a lifetime - the soft tufts of hair, button nose, squishy lips, dainty eyelashes, tiny toes... they disappear so quickly, and I count it a joy to be given the opportunity to capture these details for you to remember for years to come.
Newborn sessions are generally booked while you are still expecting so that a time can be reserved for your newborn. They are typically done within the first two weeks of birth because, not only are they the smallest and freshest then (and we want to capture those precious fleeting moments!), but they are also still very flexible and sleepy. Gestational age and NICU stays are definitely factors, and I will work around those if needed.
Once you have scheduled a newborn session, paid your $50 booking retainer, and filled out the questionnaire below, you will be tentatively booked for your due date to secure a slot (it doesn't matter if your baby is early or late, you are guaranteed a session spot when he/she comes). When your little one arrives and you contact me, we will schedule the actual date and time of your session for a day within baby's first two weeks.
I am a natural light photographer. I find it to be the softest and most flattering light for capturing those tiny details and delicate features. As a result, these are best scheduled during the daylight hours, generally beginning somewhere between 11 am and 3 pm, depending on the season.
The session can take up to 3 hours (a lot of this time is spent feeding, changing them, getting them to fall asleep, posing, etc). My desire is to be careful and safe with your little one, so I do not rush the time needed. I usually do these sessions in my home where I keep my backdrops, blankets and other props, but I have occasionally done them in a client's home if you have adequate window light and this would be your preference (additional travel charges may apply if you are more than 30 km from Austin, Manitoba at a rate of .40 per km beyond 30 km). If you are coming to my home, I usually recommend that you come in light clothing. The room will be very warm to keep baby comfortable and sleepy. Please be prepared to possibly be feeding more often than normal as they are being moved around more than usual - it is a big day for them!
- Session includes shots with mom and dad if desired, but please add an additional $25 if you would also like some photos of baby with siblings
- 3 hour session
- 20-30 high-resolution, fully edited and retouched images on a USB drive
- Includes a 10 year online gallery of images to share with family and friends (also a great online back-up of your images if your USB is ever lost or destroyed).
$50 from every newborn session will be donated to Elizabeth's Life Centre in Portage to help young women in crisis. This ministry is a huge passion of mine as these little ones and their struggling moms tug at my heart :)