For all of the newborn sessions that I offer: these take place in the comfort of your home so that you don’t have to worry about going anywhere with your tiny baby (just getting out of the house for that first doctor’s appointment can be an ordeal).
1. Mini Newborn Session – I only photograph the baby (or babies in case of multiples) and it takes about one hour. Pros: short session saves time and money, gets all of the details you want to remember about your baby. Cons: doesn’t include family, especially parents; some moms don’t feel like being in front of the camera right after birth, but it’s important for your child when they grow up so they can remember how much you loved them when they were born.
2. Full Newborn Session – I photograph the baby with their parents and any other immediate family members (such as older siblings) and it takes typically between 2 and 3 hours. Pros: everyone that matters most in baby’s life can be photographed too, more session time = more photos! Cons: most expensive session I offer and can be very time consuming
3. Lifestyle Session – The goal of a lifestyle session is to document the details of your newborn and their family in their new environment, especially in the nursery or in another beautiful location in your home. Pros: more casually structured session, can include family members, less expensive than a full session Cons: less time than a full newborn session, no iconic newborn poses
4. Fresh 48 – this session takes place in the first 48 hours of a baby’s life at the hospital or birthing center. Pros: captures the first days of your baby’s life, can include family Cons: Mom may feel exhausted after giving birth or during recovery
5. Maternity – take photos of your baby while they’re still in your belly! Even though we can’t see your baby yet many moms love to capture their baby bump in all its glory. Pros: remember what it felt like to be pregnant Cons: some moms may feel uncomfortable, either physically or psychologically (I’ll do my best to help with both aspects!). This session takes place at an outdoor location so we may be subject to inclement weather.
Ready to choose? Email me! Or learn more about pricing by clicking the services tab above.
Why won’t my baby stop crying?!
I think most new parents have at least heard of colic (which is a period of unexplained and prolonged crying in babies), but what is it really? Well have you heard of purple crying? “Purple" is an acronym developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome that helps new parents understand what it means when a baby “has colic” or when their baby seems to be crying for no reason.
Here’s what the letters stand for:
P – Peak of Crying: this type of crying peaks when a baby is 2 months and lessens by 5 months
U – Unexpected: you may have no idea why baby is crying. The baby has been fed, changed, and slept recently but the baby keeps crying.
R – Resists Soothing: anything you try fails to soothe the baby’s crying
P – Pain like face: the baby appears to be in pain and has a look of distress but no cause of pain is apparent
L – Long lasting: crying can last 5 or more hours in one day
E – Evening: baby cries more in the evening, often called the “witching” hour as crying escalates as the day comes to a close
So what do you do if you think your baby is in the “period of purple crying”? According to the experts at purplecrying.info: “The best thing that caretakers can do is stay calm. ... Keeping your emotions in check – staying calm – is important for your own sake, but also for your baby.” If you are finding it too difficult to stay calm, here are a couple of quick tips:
1. Breath – take several long and slow breaths
2. Go for a walk (either with your baby or ask someone to watch your baby)
3. NEVER shake a baby – it is far better to let a baby cry than to lose control. If you feel like you’re losing control, lay the baby down in a safe place and go into another room for a few moments to calm down. Then get help from family and friends or neighbors. Be honest: tell them this is overwhelming and you need some help taking care of the baby. People want to help, but they won’t know you need help unless you ask. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help -- it could save your baby's life.
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This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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