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Thank you so much for your interest in my newborn photography!  I am so excited about the opportunity to work with you and capture this special time in your lives!

 

Newborn Photography – Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is the best time for newborn portraits?

The best time to have a professional newborn session is within the first 5-10 days of life. This is when your baby is most curly, sleepy, and easiest to pose.  After two weeks of age, they tend to be more alert and easily disturbed while sleeping. The images you see in my portfolio are all taken no later than 14 days of life.

 

When should I schedule my session?

I recommend booking your session before or during your second trimester.  Booking early is best because I take a limited number of newborns each month.  I realize that some babies come early, some come on time, and others come late. Therefore, once you book, your due date acts as a placeholder for me.  Then, I ask that you contact me THE DAY your little one arrives.  This will ensure that we are able to schedule his/her session within the recommended timeframe.

 

Where does the session take place?

My studio is located in my home in Whitsett.  Everything in my studio is controlled from the lighting to the temperature.

 

What about props?

My studio is full of gorgeous fabric backdrops, colorful wraps, headbands, bonnets, hats, baskets, buckets, and so much more!  Most of the props you see in my images I have available in my studio. When you book your session, you will fill out a questionnaire that gives me information about your style, favorite colors, and hobbies.  If you see something you like in my gallery of work, please be sure to mention it before your session.  Additionally, you are welcome to bring in anything that is special to you.

 

What poses will you do during the session?

Every baby is different.  For example, some babies love to be snuggled up and others do not.  Some have very relaxed hands and others have clenched fists. Some poses require a very sleepy relaxed baby and others do not.  Therefore, I will attempt all poses but adjust as necessary for your little one.

 

What about siblings?

Yes, siblings are welcome to be included in the session.  Please keep in mind that it is understandably difficult for toddlers to remain quiet and still while NEW baby is being photographed in a heated studio. For this reason, I require siblings be photographed at the beginning of the session.  Someone will need to be available to take the sibling once their part of the session is complete.

 

What about parent images?

I will photograph parents with baby (if requested).  I will take these images either at the beginning of the session (if a sibling is included) or at the end of the session.  It is best to dress in neutral colors such as beige, white, or black.

 

What about pricing and what is included?

My newborn session fee $175.00.  This includes a 1 1/2-2 hour session with me. Approximately 2 ½ weeks after your session, you will receive 25-50 proofs in a private online gallery that you may share with family and friends.  From this gallery you choose to either order prints or one of my digital packages. The price for these packages is in addition to your session fee. I price them separately so that you have a chance to view your proofs before committing to a certain package.  The pricing for my digital packages are as follows:

 

The Mini: 5 digital images with copyright release - $60.00

The Favorite: 10 digital images with copyright release - $100.00

The Spotlight: 20 digital images with copyright release - $150.00

The Gallery: Up to 50 images from your gallery with copyright release - $250.00

 

What do I need to do to reserve my due date?

I require a deposit of $75.00 to reserve your due date on my calendar.  If you are ready to book, please visit the link below to access my questionnaire and pay your deposit by Paypal.  You can checkout as a guest if you do not have a Paypal account.

 

http://melissaannhebert.com/machform/view.php?id=10991

 

What to expect from me and other important information:

Photographing newborns is my passion.  My passion began after my son was born in 2008.  Since then I have photographed hundreds of newborn babies.  I am very detailed and spend time getting every little finger and toe positioned just right.  When you arrive at my studio, be prepared to sit back and enjoy the session. I will take over as soon as you arrive. I will undress baby and get him/her comfortable.  My studio is kept at 80 degrees to keep baby warm and happy.  So feel free to dress lightly or in layers.  Since your baby will be in his/her birthday suit for the majority of the session, there will be accidents. I’m used to it and fully expect it, so please don’t worry about it when it happens.

 

Once your baby arrives and we’ve scheduled your session, you will receive a detailed session planning guide to help you prepare for the day of the session.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!