The first year of life marks many changes in a baby’s life and goes so quickly. The long lashes and sparkle in their eyes, the movement of their mouth and the funny faces, the wiggle of the toes and the dimples on their bottoms, are all are parts that we never want to let go of. Those precious moments should be preserved for years to come. There are a few times in that first year that you should schedule your photo sessions. Within the first 15 days, at three months, at six months, and at the one year birthday. Each of these times document the unique stages that your baby will be at. Typically, for the first session, we try to capture the naturally sleepy baby and sometimes have to wait to get what we want. The third month session is where we will start to see some real smiles, more bright eyes, and fun giggles. A super cute outfit or any dress-up props are nice here. The sixth month session will show some go-go-go as those fantastic smiles have gotten bigger and have now turned to scoots, rolls, and crawls. The one year mark is where we will do a smash cake and see some real personality. Any of the sessions can be done fully in the studio or outdoors, depending on your style and what you are looking for as an end product.
It is hard to be a new mom. The way you see the world is now totally different now. You are in charge of another human’s life! When having your baby’s photos done, you need to relax. Any tension that you bring into the studio, your baby feels. Infant sessions usually take up to two hours, sometimes more, depending on how everyone is feeling. Doing the first shoot in your home, where you are more relaxed, will be easier on the both of you. After the the first few days, you will start to notice a pattern in baby’s sleep schedule as well as when they seem to sleep the deepest. We should schedule the session for that deep sleep time. This first session should be done within the first ten to fifteen days. For this session, our goal will be simply to document the tiny, sleepy, infant time, including all of the parts of fingers and toes. We don’t need to go in to this expecting big smiles, just baby. I feel that newborns look best photographed nude, or in just a diaper, or in a plain white onesie. Most baby clothes are way too big for newborns and just don’t photograph very well. Keeping the clothes extremely simple keeps the focus on the baby. Cute hats and props that define you as parents are a wonderful addition to add interest to the photos. Army boots and firemen helmets are still my favorite! I suggest adding both Mom and Dad in on these photos, too. You may not feel like you should be photographed at this point, but you should. Years down the road, your child will love to see you as you were when they were first born.
The three month and six month photos can be done at either my studio or again at your home. Feel free to bring a few different outfits. You can have a little fun with style, but still stick to the basics of solid, similar tones. This would also be a good time to add in any siblings or pets if you’d like. I feel it is better to wait a few months to add in the “bigs” and “furries” as they sometimes have a hard time being calm around a newborn and can overstimulate the situation. For the first year birthday session, plan on having some fun and getting a little sticky. Bring at least 2 outfits, one for the “sitting pretty” photos and one to play with cake in. We will do this session at my studio, and you will appreciate not having to do the clean-up!
We can set all of the appointments ahead of time if you would like to have a full first year package or you can schedule them as they come along. If you would like to document every month, we can do that too. There are some cute ideas out there for both of these packages and we can get really creative. If you have a particular idea that you would like to set up, just let me know ahead of time so I can gather any props we may need. Please feel free to be creative. I make most of the props that are offered in-house, so if you have any ideas or things you would like made, please just ask.
Individual Sittings: $200
First Year Package, sittings at 10-15 days, 3 months, 6 months, and one year: $600
Full First Year 12 Month Package, mini-sessions for all months other than the first at 10-15 days, 3 months, 6 months, and one year: $1200
Each Sitting Fee Includes:
- Location of choice within 60 miles of Traverse City
- Unlimited proof set in a bound softcover magazine
- 10 5×7 (or equivalent) prints
- Online proofing viewable for 60 days