LD and ME photography | Session Information

 

What to expect...

Portraits are best taken in the morning or late afternoon time slots.  These are the best times for natural lighting and I want to make sure your images will be the best they can be! I also have portable studio lights if necessary.

For maternity portraits, I generally suggest these be taken between 30-35 weeks. 

The best time to photograph a newborn baby is when they are under two weeks of age.  After two weeks, babies are a little harder to settle and things like colic and baby acne can start to flare up.  You can contact me at any time during your pregnancy to give me an estimated due date, I will then make a tentative booking and when you arrive home from hospital with your brand new baby, you can contact me to arrange a suitable time and day for your session.

Your newborn session can take place in the comfort of your home or your preferred location.  These sessions can take up to 3-4 hours, allowing enough time for feeding and comforting.

During our session you can expect a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I want you to feel at ease and enjoy yourself during our time together. I like to get to know my clients and capture their true personalities. With families and children you can expect both posed and candid shots.

Please expect to take breaks if infants and small children are involved. Infants often need breaks to nurse or feed and just get some love from mom and dad. Toddlers sometimes have meltdowns and don’t want to cooperate. That is okay! This is expected with children of this age and this is the norm with sessions with small children. 

With small children it is a good idea to bring their favorite snack and/or toy(s) if we’re meeting at an outdoor location. Sometimes the best shots are of your child being natural and playing with mom, dad or siblings.

With newborns you might want to have a change of clothing as it is almost impossible to avoid accidents such as spit up or getting wet with a naked baby. So, don’t worry, this too is expected and I will have several blankets on hand for infant sessions to swap in/out. Make sure to bring the wet wipes and diapers! Newborn sessions typically last three hours, so please plan accordingly. The room will be kept at a balmy 85 degrees to keep baby nice and warm while in their birthday suit. Parents, I suggest dressing in layers if it is a cool day so you can peel away the layers if you get warm (trust me, you will). If parents and/or siblings would like to participate in the newborn session, we will get those photos taken care of first, so please let me know if you plan on participating.

Here are a few suggestions for what to wear/bring for your session…
(I will also have my collection of newborn props on hand)

Newborns

  • nude is best but bring a diaper cover as well
  • fun hats and/or headbands

  • a simple onesie if you have a favorite
  • for mom, a simple black or white tank, short-sleeved shirt or tube top is perfect. Simple is best, avoid patterns
  • for dad, a black or white t-shirt

Maternity

  • denim jeans (maternity jeans or an old pair that you can button down or unzip for photos)

  • basic tank top
  • flirty or fitted sun dress
  • white button down blouse

  • bathing suit top and fun skirt (if the weather is warm)

  • yoga pants
-just remember, simple goes a long way

  • sonogram photos(s)

  • baby shoes
  • special items you would like to be photographed with
  • and don’t forget to get a manicure!

Families and Children

  • accessories, such as headbands, scarves, jewelry, jackets and hats can really add to your look

  • avoid matching outfits, but rather try to find outfits that compliment each other

  • avoid clothing with logos and busy patterns that will distract

  • Color! Splashes of color really make your photos pop!
  • denim
  • dress-up shirts
  • fun, flirty dresses