Congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life! It’s a huge transformation, and change of any kind can bring along some anxieties. My job is to help make this process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Here are some of my most frequently asked questions…
When should I schedule my newborn portraits?
The best time to have your baby’s newborn photos taken is when baby is younger than 14 days old. Timing is very important for the style of photography that I do. After 2 weeks old, babies are physically and developmentally very different. They are alert, often very fussy and prone to startling. This is also the time when newborn acne and colic set in for some babies.
What if baby is early or late? I can’t predict the birth!
Don’t worry! When you book your session, we will choose a tentative session date about a week after your due date. You will keep in touch if anything changes in your pregnancy, and have someone contact the studio within 48 hours to confirm or request a new date.
When should I contact you to book my session then?
As soon as you are twelve weeks, you are eligible for booking a maternity or newborn session. Most clients book when they are around 16-22 weeks pregnant, and because my studio books up in advance, I recommend booking your spot as early as you can.
If you have procrastinated and baby is due soon, please still inquire, as the studio calendar is constantly changing as babies are born early/late so there *might* be a spot to offer.
What if my baby is already born? I really wanted photos taken of him/her!
For their safety and comfort, older newborns (2-4 weeks old) have a more relaxed, unposed session with few props, if any. Your baby will most likely be awake the entire time.
Where is your studio located?
My studio is in the new part of Langley, it’s an easy 20-30 minute drive from Vancouver along highway 1, 200 street exit. I am happy to serve clients from not only the Fraser Valley, but from Vancouver, North Vancouver, Chilliwack, Surrey, and all of the Lower Mainland as well. We have had clients come from other parts of the province, as well as from Washington! It is very common for my “out of town” city clients to arrive up to 45 minutes early because the trip was so easy and short! It takes about the same amount of time to drive across Vancouver to UBC as it does to drive to our studio!
Do you travel to client’s homes to do newborn sessions?
Never, sorry. My lighting, props, and backdrops are not portable, so all newborn and baby sessions take place in my cosy and relaxing studio. I supply everything except for baby and its milk!
As a mother myself, I understand how it’s important to rest in the postpartum period, and I work to keep baby calm and peaceful so you can rest and relax knowing that baby is safe and in good hands! It’s not uncommon for nervous parents to watch me work with their newborn for a few minutes, then relax completely and go take a nap in the nursing room or on the couch in the main studio!
What should I wear?
My style of photography is light and airy, so white, ivory, pastel, or soft neutral colours photograph best with my backgrounds.
I do have a selection of flattering white gowns and blouses for mama’s postpartum body, as well as classic white dresses for big sisters (up to size 4) .
After booking your session, you will be sent a session guide that has advice on how to prepare. You can go “shopping” in our wardrobe once you arrive at the studio for your session, and I will guide you to the pieces that are most flattering for your figure. My gowns and pieces are stretchy and I will clamp and tuck for a custom fit as needed. Most of my pieces will fit S to XL.
Does my newborn session include family images?
All of my packages (as of Jan 2020) include images with baby and its parents. I offer a longer and larger package that can accommodate an older sibling. Additional charges apply for more than one sibling, or to include a grandparent.
Please note that the studio space and my workflow are not designed to accommodate an audience, so kindly leave your friends and other relatives behind on session day.
If your package includes a sibling: Family photos are taken first, and then big brother/sister can leave for a date with Daddy for the rest of the session. It is important to keep the studio dark and very warm and quiet/peaceful for the newborn portraits, so older siblings always must leave after family portraits are done, without exception. The studio is close to the local mall and McDonald’s, as well as having parks and trails nearby, so there are lots of options for Daddy. Mama can send dad a text when it’s time to return to pick her and baby up (or leave in her own vehicle).
Will you retouch baby’s skin?
I hand edit and professionally retouch all of your baby’s images for a beautiful AND natural result. I will take care of common things like blotchy red patches and flaky skin on baby. I also pose and light family images for flattering portraits that you will cherish for years to come!
When will I receive my images from my session?
Your private online gallery will be ready for viewing and downloading within 3-4 weeks of your session. I will also provide a personal printing release that has tips on printing for best results.
How do I book a photo session?
Use the contact form on this website and we’ll get started! We will discuss details of your session, select dates and I will then forward you an online invoice for the retainer to hold your spot. A retainer payment and a signed online contract is required to book your session. We accept credit cards online, or email interac transfers.