Maternity & Newborn Sessions
At what point in our pregnancy should we schedule a maternity session? It's best to schedule within the 2nd trimester to ensure availability, but we can typically work expecting Mamas in on a shorter notice, when needed.
Do you provide a wardrobe? Yes, we do have lots of options available to pamper our Mamas. Dresses, tutus and bandeaus, gowns, and sometimes even a simple drape of fabric. Of course, you are also welcome to wear your own clothing. We are happy to provide guidance for the most appealing color pallet and design.
At what point in our pregnancy should we schedule a newborn session? The sooner the better. There are some weeks where we can easily fit someone into the schedule last minute. There are more weeks that we just can't. We only take a limited number of newborn sessions per month, and for that reason, we often stay pretty booked up in advance. If baby is very close to arriving or just born, don't panic! Send us a message and we will see what we can do.
How old should the baby be when we bring him/her in for photos? As as general rule, under 10 days is best. But we've photographed many babies past that age with ease.
How should I prepare for a newborn session with Tiffany Smith Photography? Don't worry, we've covered all the bases! Once you book a newborn session with us, we start by sending you a questionnaire to get to know you and what you are looking for a little better. Once that's completed, we will send you a prep guide, which will detail what you can do to make your session go as smoothly as possible. This guide includes simple tips on how to prepare baby, what to do and not to do the day of the session, what to bring (if anything), etc.
What do I need to bring for a newborn session? Not much. Unless you have something specific that you want used, such as a family heirloom, hat, blanket, etc. Our studio is stocked full of goodies specifically for newborns. We have a wide variety of wraps, baskets, blankets, hats, hair bows & headbands, backdrops, and props. We also keep a cart full of all the essentials for baby including diapers and wipes.
How long does a newborn session generally take? On average, about 2 hours. Sometimes less, and sometimes a little more. It all depends on baby and how he/she is responding. The baby is in control here. We want them to be comfortable and happy at all times, so for that reason, a newborn session is something you cannot rush. We often have babies come in and never realize what is happening. They just sleep right through their modeling debut! But there are other occasions when we do have to take the time to feed and soothe baby. Every session is different.
Can we also do sibling/parent photos? Yes. Your session can absolutely include some photos with the proud big brother or sister, as well as with parents. If you opt not to, that's fine. We will spend more time on baby's photos.