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.
If your baby is already here, please contact the studio to find out if I can accommodate such a last minute booking. Sometimes I can squeeze you in, but I strongly recommend booking in advance for best results.
What if my baby doesn’t sleep?
Baby’s safety and comfort always come first. An awake baby cannot be posed or put into props, for safety reasons. Awake newborns are unpredictable and can roll or even push with their tiny scrawny legs. An awake baby means more images of their alert face, images of them swaddled or happily kicking about on soft blankets, and interactive images with baby’s parents. That first eye contact? So precious! Awake sessions yield beautiful images, they are just more lifestyle than posed.
NOTE: It is physically impossible to force your baby to sleep or to smile on demand.
We can never guarantee any poses, props, outfits, or setups, as baby’s comfort and safety come first. If baby is uncooperative or awake on session day, we may not be able to fulfill your requests. You will always receive a full beautiful gallery, but the setups and poses achieved depend 100% on baby. We provide a session guide with tips for how to prepare for your session. Following the guide is a great way to help ensure a seamless experience.
What is a composite image?
Composites are used for dangerous setups (like hanging setups), or when time won’t allow for setting up such a full setup. A composite image is a combination image made of two or more images laboriously merged together for a realistic effect. I photograph the setup and the baby separately.
I cannot guarantee that baby will cooperate, as often composites require very specific posing on baby’s part or the composite merging will not be possible. Awake babies cannot do composites.
Where is your studio located?
My studio is in the new part of Langley, near Costco – 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?
Of course! This is the beginning of a new relationship for them, too! I keep the focus on mama, but am happy to include baby’s daddy and big brother/sister in a handful of images. Additional charges apply for more than one sibling, or to include a grandparent.
Please note that the studio is not designed to accommodate an audience, so kindly leave your friends and other relatives behind on session day.
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 delivered 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 2 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.