The Newborn Photoshoot Experience

 

Your life is worth documenting.  Welcoming your new addition is such a special and beautiful time in your lives, and it’s an honor for me to rejoice in this time with you.  I tend to be drawn to neutral colors, soft textures and pure light.  But I’m also happy to use that fun pop of color on occassion.

The Experience

I enjoy walking through this experience with you. One of the ways I do this, is by offering an in-home planning session with the goal of learning who you are as a family, your personalities, your hopes for the shoot, your style.  All of these details will help me to plan your photoshoot and be intentional with what I capture. Another benefit to this in home consultation is to talk through different ideas or visions you have for the shoot. Knowing your personal style allows me to properly plan for your photoshoot as well as envision different custom prints and heirloom art pieces that will be beautifully displayed in your home. Some new parents can feel stress when thinking of their upcoming newborn photoshoot: will my newborn (and other kiddos) cooperate,  what will we wear,  what will we do with the images afterwards?  My hope is to alleviate this stress. I will walk you through all this detail and planning…every step of the way! Your newborn photoshoot will  be a beautiful, and positive experience.  

Lifestyle and Posed Newborn Sessions 

Both Lifestyle and Posed Newborn Photography can take place in your home or in my professional residential studio.  No matter which style you choose, the process and goal is the same: for you to have a beautiful, stress-free experience with your new addition that you will appreciate for years to come.

Lifestyle Newborn Photoshoot

Very simplistic in style and captures you and your newborn at home in YOUR own environment.  No props –just you and your babe. Lifestyle photoshoots typically last 1 hour.  And we can focus on your little ​newest addition.

Obviously we are in a pandemic and so I am very cautious.  I take my temperature for days before, as well as wear a mask during our session.

Posed Newborn Photoshoots

A posed session includes all props needed including posing bean bag, several blankets, swaddles, hats, headbands, etc.  Posed newborn photoshoots typically takes between 3-4 hours, depending on how often he/she likes to eat.

All the props, blankets, etc are sanitized before every session.  I also only take at most 3-4 posed newborn sessions per month so that I can focus on quality experience for each client (and this also keeps the germs away).

These are done in SJP’s residential studio in Peachtree Corners.  There is an option to do the posed session in your home as well.

For the studio session, I also will wear a mask, and monitor my temperature (and any symptoms for days before the session).


Outdoor Newborn Photoshoot

During warmer months (mid-March to October), we can do the session outdoors rather than in your home or in the studio! The temperature should be at least in the 70s. But the warmer the better for the new additions who can’t regulate their body temperature yet.

Details. Details.

  • To book your session, you pay the retainer fee, and sign the contract. Then we set up your pre-session consultation
  • Pre-session consultation- we plan and prepare for your session
  • After booking, you will receive a digital Newborn Preparation Guide so you can feel even more ready for your session
  • We pencil in a tentative date for your newborn session, but solidify the date after your new addition has arrived. Posed newborn sessions are best done within the first two weeks of your babe’s life. And between 1 week to 6 weeks is best for a lifestyle session
  • Lifestyle sessions are in your home and last about an hour (or we can do them outdoors)
  • Most Posed newborn sessions are done in my professional residential studio and last about 3 hours (there is an option to do the posed session in your home as well!)
  • Mom and dad, and siblings are encouraged to hop in some images for some family shots (this may limit the number of individual newborn shots)
  • After the newborn photoshoot experience, I will come back to your home and show you your final images (about 50-80 images) and then I will help you choose what images to order for the heirloom art you’d love to display in your home. You won’t have to figure this out on your own.
  • You can do a combination of a lifestyle and posed newborn session.
  • The newborn retainer fee ($300) is due to reserve your session. Any art, prints, products, and digital files are purchased separately  

Have more questions?  See the Commonly Asked Questions page.

The Photoshoot Experience

*Session Planning

*Experiencing Your Personalized PHotoshoot

*REVEAL and Design appointment

*artwork Delivery

Session Planning1.

Our goal is to capture the every day beauty of your family, and to get the images displayed on your wall so you can enjoy them every day without having to scroll through a device to find them.

In order to have a great experience, I will come to your home for a pre-session consultation. This is a great time for us to get to know one another and we begin planning your session. We begin with the end in mind. You will be able to show me the different walls where you envision displaying your art. And this also allows me to get to see the style of your home-which will help us to plan your session and your wardrobe, because we want your artwork to feel as if it was always there.

For newborn sessions we discuss the newborn images you are drawn to, and the features of your babe you want to remember forever. For family sessions we talk about your kiddos' personalities, the phases they are in right now, your favorites parts of their spunky personalities, and the little quirks that make them their awesome selves.

Your Personalized
Photoshoot
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Whether you have just welcomed you first newborn, or we are capturing your toddlers or teenagers, your experience matters. It is my goal to make you feel beautiful, seen and known. No matter what hoops or hurdles you had to jump through prior to your session, I want your experience to be positive and light-hearted. So that when you look back on these moments we documented, you remember how beautiful you felt. How present you were able to be with your kiddos. The joy and laughter experienced as you skipped rocks or picked flower. Or that moment your newborn revealed her first (gassy) grin.

Reveal and Design
Appointment
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After a couple of weeks, your images will be ready! We can schedule an in-person or virtual reveal session. During this time, you will grab a box of tissues, and sit back and relax as we relive the photoshoot experience through a slideshow. You will then select those images that are must-haves for your wall, and those hilarious outtakes that will be perfect for the album (and great for later embarrassment down the road).

Remember how you've intended to print your wedding album, or print pictures of your first baby? But then life got in the way, and here we are years later, and you still don't know what to do with those digitals? Don't worry, that won't be your experience with SJP. We will guide you every step of the way and you will leave knowing exactly what art you will be displaying on your wall. And on those rough days, the moments we captured-those stolen glances, mischievous eyes, and belly laughter will ground you-reminding you that you are doing a great job Mama (and Dada).

 

And side note: We can even create a beautiful design incorporating the other photos that you've intended to hang and haven't gotten around to (from your wedding, your first child's newborn pictures, etc.)

Artwork Delivery!4.

HOORAY! The day finally arrives and all your hand-crafted heirloom art has been delivered to us. We will inspect it to make sure it is perfect. And then we will hand-deliver it to you! Yes, we will bring it to your door, because we believe it is too valuable to be tossed in the mail.

 

Our heirloom art is hand-crafted by various artisans. And it comes with a lifetime guarantee. So if your images ever fade, warp or turn yellow, we will replace them! We believe these pieces of art are heirlooms and should be treasured, enjoyed daily and passed down for generations. We only work with small, hand-crafted vendors, rather than high volume, fast labs.

 

Which also means that what we offer cannot be found at other print labs, and are unique to the small vendors we work with. We offer hand-crafted frames, heirloom albums, prints, canvases and prints adhered to wood.

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