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Maternity + Newborn Sessions

Welcoming a New Life

Maternity + Newborn Sessions

The moment
a child is born,
the mother
is also born.
She never existed before—
The woman existed
but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.

— Rajneesh

Hey Momma! Celebrate your pregnancy with beautiful images that capture the joy and the anticipation of welcoming a new baby into your lives.  There is no other feeling on earth that can compare to thistime in our lives.  Create something unique for you and your partner to share with your children one day that will help them paint a picutre of where their life started.  Once baby arrives, we get busy and quickly forget how beautiful and important this time is in our family's story.

Maternity sessions are also a great introduction to family photography and a perfect opportunity to tell your family's story from a natural beginning point--before baby joins the team. They are a great way for me to get to know you, your partner and your home a bit better before a newborn session, which is where the two stories meet.  I will pick up on important details about your family and get to know how each of you perform in front of my camera, which takes a little of the stress out of a newborn session (especially for dad!)

Once baby arrives, the fun begins!  Lifestyle newborn sessions will help you tell the story of your new life and capture details and moments that will quickly change as your baby begins to move toward important milestones during the first year. There is no other time in life quite like the first few weeks of a new life. 

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The Maternity Experience

Once your session date is confirmed, we will connect briefly over the phone to discuss the details and location of your session. We'll talk about how you want to capture the experience of your pregnancy, whether it is a more intimate session capturing the beauty or challenges of pregnancy or a session with your partner capturing both your unique connection and the excitement and anticipation of a new life.

Ideally, your session will take place at a location that is important to you, whether that is your home, your neighborhood, a park, a lake or a favorite urban spot . I have a handful of locations I know and love, and will be happy to help you choose a natural or urban backdrop that will highlight your vision if you do not have somewhere specific in mind.   Treat this session like a date.  Come prepared to show off the love that created this new life who is as eager to know you as you are to know them.  Maternity sessions are a great excuse to carve out some space and time with your partner that does not involve a to-do list or a diaper bag.  It's an opportunty to re-group and celebrate while I capture simple moments of meaningful connection between you, your partner and a beautiful, baby bump.

The Newborn Experience

Typically lifestyle newborn sessions are done in your home during the first 7-10 after birth, but they can be done up to 4 weeks after birth.  My approach to photographing newborns is based on meaningful connection and stories of love. I'll capture special moments with each family member and baby as well as more candid and playful moments of the family all together lovin' up on baby. If there are siblings, we will capture those images first so that they can be free to play during the rest of the session. It can be helpful to have a friend or family member at the house who can watch siblings during the rest of the session so that Mom and Dad can be in photos together with the baby. There will also be time for photos of baby alone; these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest. I take photos of babies swaddled or undressed, poitioned in a way you'd find them naturally...on a bed, in their crib, in your arms.

Viewing + Ordering Images

1-2 weeks following your photo shoot, we'll meet at your home or at a coffee shop for your viewing & ordering session. You’ll have the opportunity to view your edited images, select your collection, customize your beautiful wall art and purchase additional prints or digital images.  You'll end the viewing session feeling confident about your selection of images, knowing where and how to display your framed or mounted art and you will have gained a few more hours of your life back to enjoy with your family instead of on Pinterest trying to figure out what to do with your hard drive full of images. If you choose the Maternity + Newborn package, we'll go through your images, select your favorites so you can have them to share with family and friends and we'll talk about some options for displaying the mages from your session or how they could be combined into an hierloom story album with the images from your newborn session.