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Newborn Portrait Sessions – Top Questions Moms Ask

As a mom, I know that when you’re expecting your first baby, you have a to-do list that is a mile long. That’s why I’ve put together some of the top questions that Minneapolis moms ask us about newborn sessions.

Outdoor newborn session mom holding baby smiling

When should I book my newborn session?

To ensure that I am able to best serve my clients and have your due date on my calendar, I take only six Signature Sessions per month. Many expecting mamas will often reach out to book their session before they have officially even announced their pregnancy! Maternity sessions take place anywhere from weeks 26-32 of pregnancy. This allows time to reschedule in case of weather or any health concerns that may arise toward the end of pregnancy. It is also the ‘sweet spot’ of pregnancy when you’ll be feeling energetic. You will start feeling less mobile in your third trimester, so the end of the second trimester is the best time to photograph your baby bump in comfort.

What should I wear for newborn photos?

Neutral tones and colors are best for newborn photos, as they allow the focus of the images to be on the people and not the outfits. Reducing the stress of your newborn session shoot is an important part of the experience, so I have curated a Client Wardrobe with dozens of beautiful dress options to fit post-partum mamas. Not only are dresses beautiful and feminine in photos, they are also comfortable to wear soon after you give birth. The styles are flattering on every body type, and you’ll enjoy looking through the options in your Wardrobe Appointment prior to your session. You won’t have to go shopping at the mall or wait for packages to arrive or purchase something you may only wear once for photos.

Where should I have my newborn photos taken?

We welcome our littlest clients to the studio 1-3 weeks after birth. The sessions are very relaxed and capture a combination of baby alone and baby with parents and siblings. I usually schedule newborn sessions for weekday mornings, when the studio is full of natural light. By coming to the studio, you don’t have to think about having a perfectly clean home or worry about what will photograph well. My goal is for you to enjoy your newborn without the stress of getting the setting perfect – that’s my job!

Do I need professional hair and makeup for a newborn session?

Yes! This is the perfect time for you to be pampered and feel beautiful for your first family portraits with your new baby. Let your spouse take care of baby for an hour while my professional hair and makeup artist gets you ready for your session. Having a professional artist take care of you ensures that you will look your best and your newborn photos will be stunning. P.S. it’s really hard to curl your own hair while holding a baby. Let the professionals take care of you!

Can I bundle a maternity and newborn session together?

Absolutely. The First Year Membership is the most popular option for new parents. The experience includes 3-4 Signature Sessions within 18 months of baby’s first year, and often include maternity, newborn, 6 month and one year old milestone sessions. Along with a savings on session fees, 25 complementary birth announcements and album credits are included.

First Year members will use their album credits to build their baby’s first year album. This album includes 10-15 favorite images from each session and result in a beautiful, large album at the end of the year. It is truly an heirloom piece that you can one day give to your child.

What will I do with my newborn photos after the session?

Your memories deserve to be printed, hung on walls to tell the story of your family. Even the small moments deserve to be savored and poured over by little hands turning the pages of albums.

Families work with me because I help them in the final step of the portrait making process – designing, ordering and installing artwork for them to enjoy in their homes.

My job is not complete until your frames have been hung and your album is displayed on your coffee table. The most popular artwork options are gallery walls of custom frames and albums. These tangible pieces ensure that you enjoy the images from your session for years to come.

Are you ready to book your newborn portrait session? I would love to have the opportunity to work with you and document this amazing time in your life. I’m available to answer more of your questions over the phone through a quick call. You can contact us in order to book your photo session. The last months before your baby arrives are going to fly by, and you’ll be so happy you planned to document this sweet time.

Top Questions moms ask about newborn sessions

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