What are the different newborn portrait packages?
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. For all the pricing details, just visit our Sessions page. Please note that all session fees are nonrefundable.
When should we schedule the 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 at the session?
Most of our newborn sessions have the baby mostly 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-- 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 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 that week.
What if they have a blemish?
Small blemishes, bruises and scratches should not be cause for worry. We retouch all of your images before you ever see them and these minor imperfections are not a problem. With more significant issues such as large scratches, black eyes, etc. you should contact the studio immediately to consult about rescheduling the session.
How much are prints?
Prints are sold individually-- gift prints are $39 each and wall portraits start at $89 for 11 x 14. Discounted packages are available at the order session starting at $250.
What do most clients purchase?
Most clients choose a wall portrait or wall collection along with a handful of small prints and some of the many products we have to offer. When you come to the studio for your order session, we will have our recommendations for what we think would be the best presentation of your images. Generally, clients choose to invest between $400 and $2,000 in prints and products from their session. We accept both Visa and Mastercard and there are some no interest financing options available.
Can we purchase the digital images?
We do offer digital files for sale in two different ways. You can choose to purchase a single digital image for $125, or you may purchase all the digital images from a session for $900.
When do we see the images?
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.
How do we order?
The best time to order is at the order session-- this is the time when you will have the greatest selection of products and the best prices for prints and products. We will give you guidance and advice on products and help you compare and select your favorite images at this time. Once all your selections are made, the purchase can be completed with a Visa or Mastercard and your order is immediately submitted to the lab for printing.
How do we prepare for the order session?
Talk over with your spouse or other decision maker to decide what you are interested in, what products you like and what you would like your budget to be. If you are interested in wall portraits, it is recommended that you look around your home for possible placements and measure your walls. With measurements, we are able to ensure the proper size of your wall portrait. Also consider any gift prints you may need to order or any existing frames you would like to fill. Bringing a list of these items is the best way to ensure you order exactly what you need.
How long is the order session?
Order sessions generally last 1-1 1/2 hours. The length of the order session largely depends on how decisive you are and how quicky you can make your selections. If you are not able to reserve this amount of time for the order session, you should consider rescheduling the session so that you are not rushed in making your order.
What if my mom/grandma/third cousin wants to order?
Your entire gallery of images will be hosted online for 7 days for any friends and family to order. The online prices are slightly higher than the order session and only a few standard print sizes are available. If at all possible, you should ask these family members to come to the order session with you so they can make their orders at that time. To view images online, click Proofs in the menu above and enter the passcode for your gallery.
What if my question has not been answered here?
Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with any questions that you have. We are happy to help in any way that we can!