STUDIO NEWBORN SESSION FAQ’s
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE MY BABY’S NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION?
Sessions should take place when a baby is 1-2 weeks old. Because there is such a short window of time to do that “newborn” look, I recommend you schedule your session BEFORE your baby arrives to ensure I have space on my calendar for you. I book up far in advance, so there is a chance that I can’t do your session if you wait too long, which I hate when that happens 🙁 I know we don’t typically know exactly when a baby will arrive… but I will still get you down for a tentative date and then we will reschedule if necessary!
IS IT OKAY IF THE BABY SLEEPS MOST OF THE TIME?
Yes. That’s actually ideal! And why we schedule a session as close to their arrival as possible.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING DOES THE BABY NEED TO WEAR?
Unless you have a favorite outfit that’s important to you, babies photograph best when naked, wrapped in soft blankets and posed with cute props. So no need to bring anything!
If you have a special family heirloom or toy you would like included in your baby’s photographs, you are welcome to bring them to the session. Aileen has a large selection of wonderful props from the best vendors located all over the world that she will use though, so again, you don’t need to bring anything.
SHOULD BOTH PARENTS ATTEND THE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
Totally up to you! If you aren’t taking parent shots, you both don’t have to be present. I have an assistant who helps me throughout studio sessions and is that extra pair of hands I need.
CAN OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS COME ALONG TO OBSERVE THE SESSION?
Sure! Just keep in mind that newborn sessions are lengthier as extra time is needed to accommodate feeding, changing, and occasionally calming a fussy baby.
HOW LONG DO NEWBORN SESSIONS LAST?
It depends on the session package you have picked. My simple baby package only lasts about 1.5 hours (because it includes less poses and props). The other sessions can last up to 3 hours long because I include more blankets and props as part of those packages… and if you choose to have sibling or family shots taken as well, those can take up to an hour in a 3 hour session to do sometimes. Babies are unpredictable! So it’s important we leave enough time for extra feedings or soothing if necessary. I promise, it’ll be worth the wait!
WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?
My studio is in a commercial office building near downtown Napa. My exact address is 1827 Clay Street and I am located on the second floor where I share a waiting room with 4D Ultrasound of Napa Valley.
HOW DO NEWBORN SESSIONS GO?
I will send you tips on how to prepare for your NB session after you have notified me of your baby’s arrival. If your baby is early or late, we will reschedule your session to try to get you in when your baby is 5-14 days old.
I’ll tell you how long you need to keep your baby up before the session to ensure it’s sleepy for its session. I’ll also tell you when to feed to make sure we get the most out of your session as well when it comes to that. Ideally, I want you to feed your baby before you leave the house so that its stomach has time to register that it’s full and fall asleep in the car ride. Even if your baby is awake when you arrive, that’s fine… as long as we know you just fed him/her a big meal, I will start with wrapped shots to help your little one fall asleep and then transition to naked shots after that.
I’ll have you take your little one out of the car seat and take him/her out of their zip-up outfit and down to their diaper. I’ll also ask for a pacifier from you if you have one (to help with soothing throughout the session) and that’s it!
There is a chance your baby will pee, poop, or get hungry. If it pees or poops! Don’t worry! I am prepared. I have wipes and extra diapers if necessary! Nothing I’m not used to! So don’t worry! That’s totally normal and expected. If your baby happens to get hungry throughout the session, that’s fine too… we’ll take a break and I will hand you your baby to feed him/her more by breastfeeding or bottle, whichever you prefer.
You are welcome to rest and make yourself comfortable during the session in my waiting room where I have magazines, drinks, and coffee that you are welcome to have! My waiting room and studio are separated by a glass door so that that I can keep my studio at a toast 80 degrees because that helps keep the baby nice and warm and allows me to pose them easier. Parents aren’t typically comfortable in that heat, so the waiting room will be at a more comfortable temp for you all. So even though you’re separate from your baby, you can still look in and watch everything me and my assistant are doing! And if you have any questions or want to be in the room with us as well, you’re more than welcome to join us! It’s just a little hot in there!
Once you’re all done, I will hand you your baby back and you can pack up your things and head home!
If you are good with me posting sneak peeks, I’d be happy to…. but if you want me to keep your little one’s pics off social media, just let m know! And that’s fine too.
I’ll send you an invoice for the balance of your session to be paid at your earliest convenience, but a check or cash is also an acceptable form of payment as well.
PICTURES ARE TAKEN, NOW WHAT?
A week after your session, I’ll send you a gallery of proofs. I will have done “soft edits” of your pictures, where you will then get to choose your favorites from. Once you have picked your favorites, let me know… and I will then edit those images to perfection for you in my four different styles: no filter, b&w, matte filter, b&w matte.
So if your package includes 10 images like in the simple baby package, then you will actually be getting 40 images total (10×4 editing styles).
If you would like any additional images edited, then you will have the option to select single images for $20 each, or upgrade to the premium digital package for 20 extra images for $300.
Once you have informed me that you’ve selected your favorites, you can expect your final gallery to be ready for you 3-5 days after that which I will send to you via email with a link.
CAN I ORDER PRINTS THROUGH YOU?
Yes, you will have exclusive access to a professional printing lab to get the highest quality prints available if you choose to purchase through your gallery, which is also really convenient. It’s not mandatory that you order through them, but I do highly recommend it since other companies like costco or shutterfly can distort the coloring of images, so that’s a risk you take by choosing to order through another company.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO MY ONLINE GALLERIES?
2 weeks! After that… it will be deleted. So please make sure to download your pictures right away and back them up!! I cannot be responsible for your images years later if your computer crashes, so it’s up to you to make sure you save your images on an external hard drive and thumb drive, just in case any of those crash or go bad years later. You can never be too careful… and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN DOING STUDIO NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?
Almost 4 years now! I had a home studio before my studio on Clay Street… and did over 90 newborn sessions in 2017. I also went to learn from Kelley Rydan, a world renowned newborn photographer whose work I really admire, and completed one of her workshops before progressing in the studio newborn photography world. I wanted to make sure I learned some secret techniques to help sessions go smoothly and ensure a baby’s safety throughout, which is why I have my assistant for studio sessions where tricky posing is involved.
WHAT IF MY BABY CRIES AND DOESN’T LIKE A CERTAIN POSE?
I will never force anything on a baby. If they get upset, I will certainly listen and let them tell me what they’re willing to do! If your baby is just a little fussy however, then I will wait it out and use some soothing techniques to still get the shot. The majority of the time, the baby will just go right back to sleep… so not to worry. I have years of experience now with babies and can tell the difference between their crying and what they need.
My assistant and I have been called baby whisperers many, many times! And parents often joke about how they’d love for me to go home with them. Granted, every baby is different… but I try to make my studio as warm and cozy as possible for babies and more often than not, babies sleep the whole session through. If not, we take a break for feeding… then back to sleep they go! There really isn’t anything stressful about my sessions since I’ve got it down by now… so you can relax knowing that.
I HAVE A TODDLER WITH A NAP SCHEDULE:
I only shoot on Tuesdays and Thursdays for studio sessions because those are the days my assistant can help me; however, I am willing to adjust a session start time if we need to work around your other children’s schedules. I want your toddler to be as happy and cooperative as possible… so typically, I will start with the wrapped/prop shots of your baby by itself to give the older sibling a little time to get comfortable in my studio, and then about a half hour later we can start the sibling and family shots to get them out of the way and allow one of the parents to take the big sibling home if they want! They’re welcome to stay the whole time, but that is typically how I do things. And I’ll be honest, these can be the hardest shots to take sometimes for siblings who maybe haven’t adjusted to life with a baby yet. So I just ask that you keep expectations for sibling shots at a reasonable level since toddlers can get uncomfortable in a new environment and feel the pressure from everyone around them. Being calm and prepared to be patient with them is best!
READY TO BOOK?? Please take a look at my current pricing guide on this website here first and email me at AileenSavagePhotography@gmail.com with your due date then to get the booking process started! I’ll collect a $100 retainer from you to get your session date reserved and then your session balance will be due the day of your session.
Thanks so much!