FAQ Newborns

all about newborn sessions with nancy bearer photography
When should we contact you to book a newborn session?

It is best to contact me sometime in your second trimester if you are interested in having a newborn session booked. This allows for me to notate your due date and to allow sufficient availability around that time frame for your session. But if you don’t, that is ok too! I do the newborn sessions during the weekdays from 10-1 so I can often fit people in. But the more advanced notice you give me, the more time I have to plan your session to make it exactly what you dream about having.

How will we know when to schedule our newborn session?

Once your baby decides to make his or her arrival, you will contact me via phone, email, or text to let me know the happy news. I will be in touch with you so that we can decide and narrow down a date for your session. The session will ideally be booked when your baby is between 5-9 days of age. It is best that we start the session just after your baby’s feeding. I will ask that you don’t eat anything spicy the day before and that you keep the baby awake in the morning for a few hours before the session so that we have a better chance of a very sleepy baby.

At what age is the best time to schedule a newborn session?

The ideal age to schedule your newborn session is between 5-9 days. This is a very important time frame as your baby will still be sleepy, squishy, bendy, and cooperative in order to achieve the portraiture that you see in my portfolio. It is preferred to schedule the session no later than 2 weeks of age unless due to unforeseen medical issues.

What can we expect during our newborn session?

It is best that we start the session with your baby well fed. Most of the session your baby will be bare with special consideration to pose them in ways that will cover them. Because your baby will be bare, it is important that we keep their environment warm, around 85 degrees in the studio. If we are slightly uncomfortable with the temperature having clothing on, then your baby will be comfortable with no clothing. I use a space heater for the immediate area as well as white noise to keep your baby sleepy and to keep them warm and cozy. It is very likely that we will have several potty accidents. Everything I use is washed and cleaned. It will be important to keep towels and wipes nearby and spare clothing for parents (just in case). Most of your baby’s session will partake when they are sleeping. It is during this time that I am able to move them from pose to pose, prop to prop, and position them without them moving or being disturbed.

Can I get family shots or shots with my other children?

Yes! We will also take any family pictures that you wish during your session. If there is a sibling we will do those photos in the beginning. If it is a young sibling (under 10), then I will ask you to only bring them for only the first 30 minutes of the session, so that I can focus on your baby. Newborn sessions require a lot of patience and I can’t work if there is another child in the room. My space is small and there is nowhere for the other children to play. Most parents will bring two cars so they can take the other children home. Please don’t bring additional people or family members like grandparents unless they are driving you as the setting I have is intimate and space limited so the less distractions the better.

How long will the session last?

Your baby will run the show and we will take several breaks for feeding and consoling. A newborn session will typically last 1.5 – 2 hours and your little one will usually do best during this amount of time. This amount of timing usually allows for a few various poses on a textured blanket background for the very classic and timeless portraits, 2-3 “prop” set-ups such as baskets, buckets, etc, and a few family and sibling shots. I usually take multiple shots and compositions of the different setups, which results in a gallery of about 20 images depending on your chosen package.

What should we wear for our newborn session?

I usually suggest solid white or neutral tops with sleeves paired with blue jeans for your family images, maxi dresses work great for moms and older siblings.  Avoid any patterns or logos. Sleeveless,  3/4 sleeves look best.  Solid colors will keep the attention to your baby rather than your clothing. Don’t forget to have a spare outfit in case of accidents.

When will our pictures be ready?

You will receive a sneak peek teaser from your session on Facebook within the first few days of your session. The completed session will be uploaded to a private gallery within 3 -4 weeks of your session. During the Fall season October – December, turnaround time is 4-6 weeks. Last minute bookings may have an additional extended wait time, it is best to book in your 2nd trimester.  I will contact you when your gallery is complete. Once your gallery is complete, it will remain available for one week. During this time, I will help you with your order and go over different products available to you. We will also design your birth announcements during this time. Once your gallery expires, in the event of a non-order,  there is a 35.00 to reload your gallery for an additional 7 days, All orders are due before your gallery expires.

What about props?

You don’t need to bring anything for the baby at all! I provide all the props and do not generally accept outside props. This is because I maintain a certain style with my imaging that I create using props that are specifically selected by how well they photograph. I do make special exceptions if items are extremely sentimental. I do not photograph any sports themed or flashy props that will take away from your baby.  My goal is to create timeless artwork for you that you will treasure for a lifetime. I would love for you to tell me a few colors you might like me to use with the baby that you think would look good in your home. I will use mostly neutrals that I know match most homes so that your photos will always look great hanging up anywhere.

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