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Your Newborn Photo Session Questions Answered | Issaquah Newborn Photographer

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Your Newborn Photo Session Questions Answered | Issaquah Newborn Photographer

When you’re looking for a photographer to document your newborn, I know how questions can be swirling through your head. You’re welcoming this person into your home just a few weeks after giving birth, you want to make sure she’s the right fit for you. Beyond just the easy, do I like this photographer’s work, it’s the more personal questions about the photographer herself and then how will this go.

To help save you time and make you feel at ease, I’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions by moms looking to book a newborn photo session with me.

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When does my newborn photo session take place?

Babies change so rapidly that first month, so to capture those tiny details before they start filling out, I suggest scheduling within the first two weeks after birth.

However, as long as the session takes place within the first two months, I would still consider the session a newborn session. I get it, recovery can be difficult or just getting into the swing of things with a newborn (and maybe a toddler too) and the thought of getting ready for photos seems overwhelming. Don’t fret, you will cherish the photos of your sweet baby whether they were taken 3 days or 30 days after he was born.

I do not pose your baby unnaturally or require that baby sleep during your session, so a little bit older baby is just as beautifully photographed.

Bonus Tip: Families who book a Fresh 48 session with me often feel a little more relaxed to push out that newborn session to 2-3 weeks allowing them more time to recover and settle in. With those fresh after birth photos already taken, you can rest a little easier. Plus, moms who do a fresh 48 and a newborn session are always surprised by how much their baby has already grown and changed in just a few short weeks.

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What happens if I need to change my newborn photo session date?

The most important thing is you and your baby’s health. Should you be scheduled for a newborn session and find someone in your family sick or yourself needing more recovery time, let me know asap. If you’re a day or two away from your session we can always reschedule for a time when everyone is healthy again.

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Are you vaccinated? What if you get sick on my session date?

I am fully vaccinated. In fact, I’ve had my TDap with each of my last 3 children (and will have another with my baby due in December closer to my due date).

I also ensure that I am healthy before coming to your home. I do not want to put anyone at risk, so I will always reschedule if I’m sick. I also always wash/sanitize my hands when I first arrive in your home.

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What kinds of photos will I get in my newborn session?

This is my favorite question because it gets into the nitty gritty of my work! I take a variety of photos of your family. While I have a basic workflow, your children help dictate the direction of a session. I mean, if your toddler is excited and ready to snuggle with his baby brother right away, we start there. If big sister needs time to warm up, I can focus on mom or dad with baby.

Your newborn gallery will full of images of your family all together, just mom and baby, mom and the kids (if there are older children), dad and baby (and other kids), just baby, siblings. All of your images will be provided in both color and black and white so that you can decide which version is perfect to be displaying in your home.

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What if I’m not ready when you arrive?

I honestly do not expect everyone to be ready when I arrive. Of course, I don’t mean, don’t try to be ready. However, I know how long a newborn can take to nurse and that you may have a toddler you prefer to dress at the last possible minute.

When I arrive in your home, I spend the first few minutes saying hello to everyone and getting a feel for the space or spaces I will be photographing your family. I will be looking for the best natural light in your home as well as seeing a nursery (if there is one). I will also wash my hands, get my gear out, and be ready to start when you are. Often just baby or baby and dad are ready first and I can begin with them while mom touches up her makeup or tosses on a spit-up free shirt.

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What should I wear for newborn photos?

I have an entire post dedicated to this topic, so make sure you check out What to Wear for a Newborn Photo Session. There are two most important tips I want you to remember. First, keep baby in a well fitting onesie or sleeper. You may need a newborn or premie sized outfit to fit snugly. However, we don’t want baby drowning in clothing so we cannot see all of those tiny details. Second, be kind to yourself and remember you just had a baby. Keep your outfit comfortable and neutral. I typically suggest mom wear a dark tank with a loose/flowy sweater for overtop.

Each family who has booked a session with me narrow down what to wear. Moms often send me photos of things laid out so that I can give tips and advice. Plus, a bonus of me coming to your home, it’s easy to change right then should your top not feel comfortable that morning.

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Hopefully you found the answers to all of your questions here. Of course, please leave a comment or contact me if you have any other questions. You want to be comfortable with whoever you invite into your home to document this special, fleeting time. I want to help you feel comfortable before I even step foot in the door.

Peek below for a “few” more favorites from this sweet baby boy’s newborn photo session.

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The Maternity and Newborn Photo Session Experience | A First Hand Interview

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The Maternity and Newborn Photo Session Experience | A First Hand Interview

I could tell you all about my goals for your maternity and newborn sessions. I could describe my style and show you tons of photos from each session. However, who better to give you a feel for what that experience is like than from a mother who just had maternity and newborn photos with me done? So I bring you an interview with Julie, who’s family I photographed this past spring/early summer as they welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl.

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Q: This first question is a big, multi-part one! Why did you decide to have maternity and newborn photos done? Did you have any concerns or worries before you booked your sessions? Why did you choose Neyssa as your photographer?

 A: I always knew that newborn photos were a must for our family. Maternity photos, on the other hand, were just a dream. They were something I envisioned and very much wanted but I also knew it was another expense.  That all changed when I came across Neyssa’s photography business which included an affordable lifestyle maternity and newborn session bundle (with an album included)! You mean I COULD have both?! The decision was easy and my dream of having both experiences quickly turned into a reality. I knew it would be so special to build conversations with our daughter around photos of being in mama’s belly to then seeing herself in our home at just a few days old.

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Q: Could you describe your experience for your maternity photo session?

A: Our maternity photo session was a wonderful experience! Neyssa was amazing to work with and helped us find a beautiful outdoor location for our session. It felt as if we’d known Neyssa for years! She and I also discovered our love for the same show Friends. Could this BE a better fit?! She had my husband and I laughing throughout the entire afternoon. She reminded us to simply be ourselves and that was so helpful. Neyssa even sent us preview photos just hours after our session! Her professionalism and punctuality blew us away!

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Q: Now let’s chat about once baby girl was here. What was it like having Neyssa come to your home to photograph your family just a week or so after giving birth?

 A: It was so nice to have a visitor! The best part was that we didn’t feel rushed in the morning to get ourselves and baby Penelope ready as the session was in our home.  I can’t imagine trying to get out the door with our family put together just nine days after giving birth. We also took as many nursing and diaper change breaks as needed without feeling pressure to hurry.

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Q: Could you describe your experience for your newborn photo session?

A: Another reason we chose to work with Neyssa is because she’s a lifestyle photographer. I didn’t want anything too posed or shots in a studio. I wanted pictures that clearly displayed real life moments. She captured this perfectly! One shot that I adore is of Penelope and I.  I’d just swaddled her, and the light and color contrast of the photo were breathtaking. I get emotional every time I look at it.  

The three of us were relaxed during the session and it was nice to be in the familiar environment of our own home. Once again, Neyssa sent us a couple preview pictures soon after our session, which I very much appreciated, and it truly shows the passion she has for her work.

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Q: What did you think when you saw your newborn gallery? Any favorite photos?

A: We were so excited to get our photos back! My husband and I honestly love all the photos; it’s hard to choose our favorites! Our top pictures are one of Penelope when she’s swaddled on our bed and looking directly over at the camera. Another is where she’s looking right at the camera smiling with her tiny bow. I also love the candid shots of our family. The lighting was spot on and Neyssa captured our family’s joy in all the photos.

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What I also loved is that we received both black and white and color photos for each session. This was great when we were in the planning phase of displaying the photos in our home. With our newborn photos, we printed photos to hang in our entry way and went with a theme of combo color and black and white. The result is beautiful! 

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Q: How was the process for having your sessions made into an album? 

Creating our album was such a thoughtful process for our family. Once my husband and I were finished choosing our favorite photos, Neyssa created a draft album by carefully placing each photo to fit a beautifully themed layout. I loved the collaborative process as we had input and could move photos to a different spot or page, change a picture from color to black and white, etc… Neyssa was extremely quick and responsive throughout the editing process! She even had the album shipped directly to our home so we could have it in time for our daughter’s one month celebration with family. It arrived in only two days!

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 Q: What was your favorite part of the entire experience?

I loved capturing such precious moments with my little girl and husband. The best part is having these beautiful memories that will live on forever.  Neyssa was a joy and we will work with her again to document the growth of our family!

Wow, thank you, Julie for taking the time to share your experience with others. Your kind words and honest review mean so much to me.

To see more from their newborn session, click through this “small” preview of their gallery!

If Julie’s experience sounds like one that you’d like for your maternity and newborn session I would love to chat with you and get your due date on my calendar. Together we will walk through planning your maternity and newborn sessions.

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What's the Difference Between a Fresh 48 and a Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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What's the Difference Between a Fresh 48 and a Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

If you’re expecting you are probably finding yourself faced with numerous decisions. Will you cloth diaper or use disposables? Will you bottle feed, breastfeed, or a combination of both? Will you co-sleep? Will you offer a pacifier? And my favorite decisions, what will you name baby and how will you decorate the nursery?

Then there is the decision of how you will document this sweet baby's arrival. Do you do hire a birth photographer, have a fresh 48 session, do newborn photos in a studio or have a lifestyle newborn session? The options are endless, which can feel great that there is the right option and photographer out there for you. However, it can feel overwhelming, too. I want to help ease that burden by answering one of the most common questions I get;

What’s the difference between a fresh 48 and a newborn photo session?

In the simplest sense, a Fresh 48 happens within the first 48 hours after birth while you’re still in the hospital or birth center, whereas a newborn session takes place within the first 1-2 weeks (or up to a month, really) within your home.

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Both a Fresh 48 and a Newborn photo session document your love and your baby’s tiny details.

However, how they do this is different. A Fresh 48 focuses on the newness of it all. I capture those hospital details like the hospital blanket and bassinet, the hospital bands, those wrinkles toes, and the umbilical stump. We capture that glimmer in your eye as you ride on the adrenaline and joy of bringing new life into this world.

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During your newborn session we capture your baby’s tiny details, but in the setting of your home. I use the spaces where life happens and where your child will grow up, like “the big bed” or master bedroom, the living room and the nursery. I capture those special details you put into making the nursery special. We are also able to include your pets, too.

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A Fresh 48 session is shorter and more casual than a newborn session.

Of course, both sessions are laid back and relaxed as I let baby guide the pace. However, during your Fresh 48 I try to be in and out as quickly as possibly while getting the photographs you want. You just had a baby, and I want to let you get back to recovering and relaxing, so a session lasts around 30 minutes (depending on the number of nurse interruptions!). While you may change your clothes and freshen up a bit, your attire will still be casual and comfortable (looking for ideas, check out What to Pack for Your Fresh 48 Session).

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A newborn session, on the other hand, lasts anywhere from 1-2 hours. It is a relaxed time with plenty of time for a cup of coffee, diaper changes, feedings, and gushing over your sweet new baby. You’re able to dress up a little more and take a shower, overall just feel a bit more put together. For your newborn session you have had some time to settle in a little bit to life with a newborn.

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Do you book a Fresh 48 session or a Newborn session?

Now for the ultimate decision, which do you book? As you can see this family chose to book both a fresh 48 and a newborn session. They saw the value and difference in both sessions, and as you can see how much baby boy changed in even a short two week period.

Does this mean you need to book both sessions to “properly” have your baby captured? Of course not. It comes down to what is most important to you, and what fits your lifestyle and budget. I hope this helped you understand the similarities and differences as you consider each type of session for your upcoming arrival. Make sure you scroll through more peeks from this baby boy’s fresh 48 and newborn session below, they will give you more of an idea of what to expect!

Still have more questions regarding a Newborn or Fresh 48 session? Or ready to get your due date on my calendar? Contact me and let’s do it.

A few more from their Fresh 48:

A few more from their Newborn Photo Session:

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The Newborn Photo Session Experience | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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The Newborn Photo Session Experience | Seattle Newborn Photographer

You have looked through my newborn portfolio and you’ve read about lifestyle newborn photography. You may be convinced that this is the style you want for your newborn’s photos and maybe even know that I’m the photographer for you. Or maybe you’re still not sure. Either way, you may be wondering what is the newborn session experience like? I am here to walk you through what to expect when I arrive at your home to capture your sweet new babe.

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I will ask for a tour when I arrive at your home.

This isn’t to check out your square footage, or how clean (or how not clean) your home is. I am merely looking for the areas in the home with the best light where we will be spending our time photographing your family. I also use this time to check out the nursery (if there is one). Typically, sessions take place in the master bedroom, living room, and the nursery (or a mixture of these rooms). Again it completely depends on light .
Once we have decided on the right spots within your home to photograph you, I check for distractions (that bright pink water bottle by the night stand, phone cords, etc) and have dad help me move them.

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While mom finishes getting ready I focus on dad and baby.

Mom has spent all morning nursing the baby and getting baby ready, I do not expect you to be ready the moment I walk in the door. Usually, mom is touching up makeup, putting on a clean top (that hasn’t been spit up on), or doing any other last minute things. I use that time to not only take a little tour, greet that sweet new baby, but also focus on just dad and baby.

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Once mom is ready, we focus on the entire family.

Photographing just dad and baby leads naturally to adding in mom wherever we are. If there are older siblings we capture the entire family while they have the greatest attention span. And, of course, if you have fur babies, they are welcome to join in too!

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There is a general flow to a newborn session however, baby leads the way.

I have specific images I am after - such as dad and baby, entire family, mom and baby, siblings (if applicable) and just baby. However, I expect baby to need to stop for a feeding, diaper change, or even an outfit change. If baby is rooting too much to be just held by mom, we let her nurse. Or if baby is wanting to be snuggled instead of just laid down in her crib or on the master bed, then you snuggle the baby. I have no “rules” for what your baby must do.

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Your baby may be awake or asleep during your photo session.

Again, I have no expectations. It is okay if your baby is awake the entire time, if your baby sleeps the entire time, or if your baby is awake and then naps. Since I let her guide the session, I ensure she is comfortable and happy (yes she may cry, but that’s how she tells us she’s hungry or needs a new diaper). So do not worry if she was up all night and is now super sleepy, or if she’s wide awake. Your gallery will be full of gorgeous photos of your new baby either way.

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We will take breaks for feedings, diaper changes, and even a cup of coffee.

As I mentioned above, if baby needs to eat, we let her eat. If mom needs another cup of coffee, brew one and take a few sips. During this session, dad brewed me some coffee and we sat and chatted while mom nursed a hungry baby girl. And with full babies comes full diapers.

Nursing photos are up to you and your comfort level.

Speaking of nursing breaks. Feeding your baby is such a special time for bonding. If you would like me to capture that time of you together, I am more than happy to do so (I do not share those images online even if you’ve given me permission to share photos from your gallery). However, if you are wanting privacy, I give you as much space as you need - in the other room, or just chatting with my camera down.

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Newborn Photo Sessions take 1-2 hours.

Depending on how many breaks or needed, if there are other children involved, and how much I snuggle your baby (just kidding on that last one….sort of!), you're session can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Two hours may sound like a long time to schedule out, but I promise, it never feels that long.

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Newborn photos are easy like Sunday morning.

You just had a baby, you’re getting little sleep, and you’re figuring out life with a sweet new baby. While I know how important having this time document is, I do everything I can to make sure the process is as relaxed and easy as can be. I want it to feel like you’re spending the morning chatting with an old friend, showing off your love for this little life who has turned your world upside down.

Are you expecting? Contact me to book your newborn session and get your due date on the calendar.

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