Newborns will decide how the session goes... because they don't actually care about what pictures you do or do not want. Ideally, our session will take place between 2 and 7 days after delivery in the comfort of your home. Infants are considered "newborn" until they are 4 weeks old, however those over 7-10 days of age may not be posed in certain "curly" poses as their alertness and little muscles develop quickly, making it difficult and sometimes even dangerous to attempt them. Asleep or awake, 2 days or 22 days old, I promise we will get some amazing and memorable images for you to cherish forever.
How long will the session take?
Most of my newborn sessions take 45 - 60 minutes, but may take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours. Please leave plenty of time for your session - I'm going to make sure I'm not in any hurry so you shouldn't be in one, either.
Where will our session take place?
I prefer to shoot newborn sessions in your home. If you prefer to use a studio, rates are from $25 - $40/hr and need to be booked for a minimum of 2 hours.
What should we wear?
Having a baby is tiring, and since I only need your hands for newborn pics, you don't need to worry about getting out of your PJs if you don't want. However, if you insist on combing your (and any other kids') hair and brushing your teeth for a family picture, I will make sure I honour your efforts. Newborns are usually photographed in a wrap or blanket, a specially made newborn romper, or nothing at all. I advise against "street clothes" because as adorable as those little shoes and jeans are, newborns are too floppy and squishy to model them properly. I keep a small collection of newborn outfits in stock, but can happily provide you with the names of local suppliers who specialize in making handmade custom keepsake hats and clothes for newborns if you'd like to purchase your own.
What should we have ready?
It's best if baby is (or babies are) as sleepy as possible for the session, which means you should be prepared to a) love (stimulate) your pumpkin(s) until tired and b) get the baby (or babies) "milk drunk" during your session. If you included special items in your maternity session like an ultrasound photo or heirloom sleeper/blanket/crocheted booties, make sure you have this on hand.
What's included with my session fee?
My travel time to and from the session location, your camera time, and basic post-processing (image clarity, colour corrections, removal of blemishes, etc.) before highlights from your session are featured on the pictureLOVE blog. Advanced edits such as removal of braces are charged at a fee of $50/image. Please note that image retouching is limited to things that are "temporary" - I will get rid of bruises and pimples but you get to keep your scars and dimples.
How many pictures will I get?
Generally, a session yields 10-25 images which are provided in both colour and black and white (20 - 50 images total). This number varies greatly with the mood and cooperativeness of the subject(s). My goal is to capture the following images at your session, in no particular order:
sleeping curly pose
finger gripping hands
head cupped in hands
feet compared with hands
naked bum in hands
tiny ears and shoulders
teeny tiny finger- and toenails
How long before I get my photos?
I ask for 8-10 weeks for delivery of images, though on average the wait for teasers on the blog is less than 2 weeks. Can I have the files? Yes! You will receive your watermarked webshare images in a private Google gallery, and the high-resolution files via electronic file transfer. USBs or CD/DVDs are provided on request for a nominal fee.
Can I share my pictures on the internet?
Yes! I love it when you share the blog post from your session, @ me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use these hashtags: #pictureLOVEtm #HopeWalls #YEGphotographer. You may also share individual watermarked images from your Google album online anywhere you like provided you DO NOT crop the watermark off. Again, I'm all over the @ and #!!!
Where should I get prints made?
You are welcome to get prints made anywhere you like however for best results I suggest using Technicare or the following:
Paper prints up to 11x14 - McBain, Costco, London Drugs
Mounted prints and canvases, prints larger than 12 x 12 - Vivid Print
I provide design for other specialty products including magnetic photo books, albums, calendars, and other keepsakes at a rate of $50/hr + costs and shipping using a variety of professional printers including WHCC, Finao, and SmugMug.