new baby session at the hospital or birth center
Remember the magic, exhaustion, and wonder of new life.
After 9 long months, you can finally get to marvel at that tiny person you've already come to know so well! The first 48 hours after birth are when your family meets their newest member. There are lots of cuddles, tears of joy, and excited squeals! Scheduling a Just Born session gives you the opportunity to relax and freshen up a bit after your hard work of birth, and have me come in and catch all of those first moments together when you are ready. I love being there to capture the first moments when siblings meet their little brother or sister, or when grandparents come in to meet a new grandbaby to adore!
What is a just born session?
A Just Born Session means that I will come to photograph you and your baby at the hospital/birth center/homebirth location 24-48 hours after baby has been born, during daytime visiting hours. This gives you time to rest and get settled before I arrive. I come for about an hour, and give you beautiful, lifestyle images of you and your baby. A Just Born session might just be you, your partner, and your new baby, or you might want to include your older children, grandparents, or other family and friends who come to visit. You can even schedule your session so that I am there the moment that your family arrives! It's a chance for you to sit back and soak in the moments when your family meets your baby, while I work the camera and catch every smile and happy tear.
Just Born packages start at $490, and payment plans are available
Ready to schedule your session? Let's chat!
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "JUST BORN" SESSION AND A "BIRTH" SESSION?
A Birth Session means having me as your photographer from active labor (around 6 cm dilated), as the baby is being born, and in the 1-2 hours immediately after birth. These sessions can be as unpredictable as birth and can happen at any time of the day or night and can last hours or even days.
A Just Born Session means that I will come to photograph you and your baby at the hospital/birth center/homebirth location 24-48 hours after baby has been born, during daytime visiting hours. This gives you time to rest and get settled before I arrive. I come for about an hour, and give you beautiful, lifestyle images of you and your baby.
HOW SOON AFTER BABY'S BIRTH WILL THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
To get the best images and the most beautiful light, I schedule my Just Born Sessions during daytime hours. Other than that, when I come is up to you! If you are feeling good after delivery and are excited for me to come, I can join you right after baby has been born. Or, if you'd like to get a good night's sleep, a shower, and time to enjoy your baby before I get there, you can schedule your session for a day or two later, closer to when you'll be discharged.
CAN MY FAMILY BE IN THE PICTURES?
Absolutely! One of the great things about booking me for a Just Born session is that we can be flexible in our scheduling. I love to arrive a few minutes before siblings or grandparents arrive to catch the first time that they meet their new baby brother or sister or grandbaby!
DOESN'T THE HOSPITAL PROVIDE BABY PICTURES?
Some hospitals here in town do have a baby photographer through an agency who makes rounds and will offer to do a photo session and sell you a print package. However, there are some big advantages to booking your own photographer. It guarantees that you know your photographer and that you are comfortable with my photography style and my personality, rather than having your session done by someone you've just met. Since hospital photographers have to juggle things like when families will be discharged and when babies and mom will be having procedures done, they are sometimes limited in their scheduling. Having me as your photographer means that you can schedule me to come when you want, so you have time to rest, freshen up, and make sure that the family members you want to visit you are there when I am there.
WHAT IF THERE ARE COMPLICATIONS OR MY BABY IS IN THE NICU?
If there are complications or your baby is in the NICU, I am flexible, and we can absolutely make something work. Some NICUs will allow a photographer to come in once baby is stable, and I'm happy to get some beautiful images for you if this is an option. (I've done plenty of NICU sessions and I'm very comfortable doing them. NICU babies have a special place in my heart!) If baby is going to have a longer NICU stay, I can come back when he or she is closer to discharge. Or, if you prefer, you can transfer your Just Born Session fee to another kind of session, like a newborn or family session in your home.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I GET? ARE THEY EDITED?
A Just Born Session includes 20-25 images, delivered via a private online gallery where you can download your images and a print release. All images are edited and available in both color and black and white. You will receive your gallery within 48 hours, so that you can show off that beautiful baby to the world right away!
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK YOU? AND WHEN SHOULD I CALL YOU TO COME DO THE SESSION?
You can book with me at any point in your pregnancy! A $100 deposit is due at booking and payment is due by the session date, but I'm happy to create a payment plan for you if you'd like. As far as scheduling your session, I tell my clients to just include me in the text/phone calls that you'll make to close family and friends to let them know that the baby is here, and then I will text you to schedule your session for the next day. Easy!
CAN I SHARE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Absolutely! I will give you a set of watermarked images that are optimized for online sharing that are perfect for posting on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I also offer birth announcement cards that I design, print, and mail for you myself, if you are interested!
WILL YOU SHARE MY IMAGES ONLINE?
Only if you'd like me to! One of the reasons I was drawn to birth and baby photography is because each how special and life-changing those first few hours and days are to a family. That's why I love blogging my clients' images and telling their stories! If you prefer not to have your images shared online, I am also very respectful of that.