When is the best time to schedule Newborn Portraits?
Schedule your newborn session while you are still pregnant. Most families secure their newborn session when they are on their second trimester. The photo session will be scheduled between 8-15 days old. I’m willing to work with newborns up to 4 weeks old. Just know that babies older than 12 days tend to be more alert and awake during the session, so more wrapped and "unposed" photos would be done.
Where will the photos be taken?
The Newborn Session is at my home-in Vernon, Wisconsin. Sessions are Monday thru Friday after 3:00pm OR anytime of the day on Saturday-Sunday. No sessions on holidays.
Is it safe to do a photo session during COVID-19?
I have added some extra safety measures to my current measures so that I can still offer Newborn Sessions to my clients. Newborn sessions are when the baby is 8-15 days old.
I am scheduling one session a day every 48 hours to allow deep cleaning and sanitization of the studio. Every blanket, wrap, prop used will continue to be washed/sanitized after each session.
Session will be at my home studio, therefore I will not be wearing a mask but if you feel uncomfortable, please let me know.
Only the parents and siblings, if they are being photographed, are allowed to come to my home. At this time, no photos with other family members will be done.
I now require my clients to remove their shoes, wash their hands and they may wear a face mask if desire.
As usual, my sickness policy will still be in place.
Is it safe to do a photo session of a newborn?
In a short answer, yes!
You might be hesitant of taking your baby out of the house at such young age. To give you a bit of perspective, when you take your baby to the pediatrician, you are exposing your baby to other sick kids and air with germs. At my home, it is only you, your spouse, your baby and myself. I do not allow sick people into my home. My husband and toddler will be away from the space we’re utilizing. It gets cleaned and sanitized after every session, as well, as everything the baby touches. It is a cozy place, and you are right there behind me, watching the whole session.
As a professional, and as a Mom, I take your baby's safety as paramount. I will never put them at risk, not in dangerous poses, not unsafe props, not in a dangerous environment.
What kind of clothing does the baby need to wear?
I provide everything for your session like soft blankets, headbands, hats and cute outfits. If you have a favorite outfit that's important to you, you can bring it.
Should I bring props?
Not really. If you have a special family heirloom you would like to include, you are welcome to have them for the session. We may not use all of the items but I will let you know what will work best. Currently during covid-19 I’m not doing any prop session with newborn. All, newborn & with an outfit.
Can you recreate this picture I saw on Pinterest?
While I enjoy looking at other photographer's work for inspiration, I cannot copy exactly someone else's work. That is their style, their creation and their art. I am hoping you are hiring me for my own style and creativity. Additionally, not every baby will do every pose and safety is my main concern. I encourage you to show me what poses, setups you have in mind and we will still create something beautiful and unique for your baby.
Should both parents and my other kids attend the photography session?
If you would like to include parents/siblings photos, yes! absolutely. Family photos are done first and I always recommend that the other parent takes the children after their photos are taken.
Can other family members come along to observe the session?
Only the parents should attend the newborn photography session for several reasons. There is limited sitting space. The newborn session is a lengthier session, as extra time is needed to accommodate feeding, changing, and occasionally calming a fussy baby. When too many people are present, it can stress the baby and we want a peaceful environment for him/her.
What if my baby is older than 2 weeks?
Beautiful images can be captured at any stage. However, you should know that once beyond this “new” stage, I may not be able to get the curly poses and that an “unposed” Newborn Session may be the best option. If you are sure you want specific poses, please ask about those during your pre-consultation. Premature babies are a different case because most likely I will base their session counting from their actual due date. I handle it on a case by case basis.
How many photos can I expect to see in my proof gallery?
I go through your entire session frame by frame and choose the most perfect images to add to your proof gallery. Usually a 2 hour session generates about 25-30 images for you to review.
Will you provide unedited images?
It is my policy that no unedited images or raw files will be given to clients for any reason.
How much editing goes into these photos?
The edits of all photos are my artistic interpretation. Basic retouching and edits are determined at my discretion. By looking at my portfolio, I hope you get a vision of what I can accomplish. Your first gallery to select photos , you will see your images with soft edits and ready to be finalized only with enhanced colors and minor touch-ups. Images are delivered as complete in the final gallery and any further adjustments or changes requested by the client will be first evaluated and if the image will be re edited.
What is your Reschedule Policy?
In the event you need to reschedule your session, please contact me at least 72 hours in advance in order to transfer your retainer fee to the new date, otherwise, a new retainer is needed to reschedule. The new date must be within 7 days, although availability is not guaranteed during fully booked months.
What is your turnaround time?
2-3 days after your session, I will post a sneak peek on my Facebook Business Page under "Annie Lova Photography". This will give you a quick peek of 4-5 photos from your session. I try to keep all photos as natural as possible. Within 7 days, your proofing gallery will be sent to your email with instructions on selecting photos based on your package you bought. Once selection is made, allow 7-14 days for editing. Your gallery will be up for download & I will send you an email to access your final gallery. Please note: Gallery is open for 3 months and will be deleted after the expiration date. To reopen will be a fee of $10.00.