cheyenne newborn photographer
Why did you become a newborn photographer?
Looking back at my own kids' newborn photos, I'm not just looking at their perfect little lashes. I'm reminiscing about that blanket they loved, where we lived, the pets we had. Their photos don't just show their perfect little fingers and toes, but also the life we had and the people who were a part of it.
Lifestyle newborn photography focuses on the connections you and your family have with your new baby. Laid back and in the comfort of your own home. You'll receive images that not only tell your story in a real and meaningful way, but are also beautiful enough to hang on your wall.
What does the newborn photography session fee include?
All my newborn sessions are all-inclusive: they include the session (typically two hours, depending on how everyone is feeling), 100+ digital images, custom processing and an online gallery. Newborn photography sessions also include a slideshow when your previews are delivered. USBs and albums are available for purchase separately.
Do you do any newborn posing?
I bring myself, my camera, and a couple neutral colored blankets to sessions. If you have lightweight blankets that lend themselves to wrapping, I'm happy to do so, otherwise I will photograph your snuggly baby on a pile of snuggly blankets. If you have a special item you would like included, I'm more than willing to do so, but I don't supply any props.
Posing newborns means the "head on chin" style of photo. Posing newborns is difficult, and requires hours of training to pose safely. I've decided to go in a different direction with my style, so I do not do any posing of newborns in my sessions.
Are family photos included in your newborn photoshoots?
Yes!! Lifestyle newborn photography puts an emphasis on the entire family and how the new baby fits into that home. If you have older children, I typically start the session with photos of the entire family, followed by sibling photos, then photos of mom and dad with baby. By that point, the newborn is usually ready for a snack, and post-snack is the perfect time for some baby only photos! During downtime, I get photos of the nursery and/or details around your home that help tell your story.
When should we schedule our newborn session?
Babies are often fairly sleepy in the first two weeks, which is great for photos! But if you have family visiting, or it just doesn't work with your schedule, anytime in the first 4-5 weeks should be fine. But that said, it's very dependent on your baby - I've photographed sleepy newborns as old as 7-8 weeks!
Most of my families inquire two to three months out from their due date, but I've had families book me after their baby was already here.
Do you have a studio?
Not at this time. All of my newborn photography sessions take place in my clients' homes.
If you would prefer a location other than your home, I suggest finding an Airbnb. There are some gorgeous rentals in Cheyenne, and I'm happy to help you find a location with beautiful light.
What should we wear?
Something comfortable! For mom, my suggestion is usually a neutral top, paired with comfy jeans or leggings. For dad/partner, neutral shirt and jeans. For siblings, jeans and neutrals, or a soft dress (honestly, you just had a baby, so whatever you can get them into is fine!).
For babies, simple is usually best. We can always add colors and patterns with bows, blankets and wraps. Solid colored onesies are always a classic, timeless look, and pair well with parent outfits. If you decide to you'd like a "diaper only" photo, pick up a diaper cover from Etsy or Amazon to avoid the saggy diaper look!
Avoid neons in both clothes and blankets/sheets, as they can create some odd color casts on newborn skin.
If you need help choosing outfits, I'm happy to help! I also have a blog post with more specific info on what to wear for your newborn session.
Do I need to clean my entire house for the photo session?
No!! I typically find the room with the best light, and we'll most likely shoot near a window. As long as there's a place for you to stand, it works for me! If you have a nursery (and want it photographed), we'll make sure to photograph in there too.
More blog posts to the rescue! I have a post dedicated to preparing for your newborn session, including how much to clean (spoiler: not at all) and how to prepare siblings.
Can we include our pets?
Heck, yes! I love including pets in newborn photography sessions. I have a dog and two cats myself, so I'm not bothered by excited fur friends. If they're upset by my visit, you're also welcome to keep them in the backyard until it's their time to shine.
Even if they aren't ready to cooperate with their new human sibling, I'm happy to try and take photos of them by themselves!
Do you offer birth photography?
As much I would love to, due to the scheduling conflicts with having three kids still at home, I'm unable to do so at this time.
Have more questions about newborn photography sessions?
Please get in touch! I'm happy to answer any and all questions about my newborn sessions.
Ready to book? Have questions?