K + L | Denver Newborn Photographer

This session stole my heart for SO many reasons! I met K+L in the summer of 2021, when I helped with their engagement session in the RiNo district. While they had a Wyoming wedding (hello, Jackson Hole), I headed back to Denver for their in-home maternity session in summer 2023 (blog coming soon!), and finally got to meet their new baby during their newborn photo session in late 2023.

K and L now live in an adorable home in northwest Denver. Tree-lined streets, Craftsman porches, patio beers…I can see why they haven’t left Colorado!

We spent a lovely morning hanging out in their sun-filled nursery, getting to catch up on their updated plans, now that they were a family of 3 (humans, anyway!).

About me

While I’m located just over the Wyoming border, I love traveling to Denver for newborn photo sessions. My husband is a native Coloradoan, and is a graduate of CSU. We got married on the banks of the Big Thompson in Loveland, and travel to the Boulder area frequently to visit family.

We have three kids (including a set of twins!), so in-home newborn sessions have quickly become one of my favorite types of sessions to photograph – I love getting to meet new families, hear their stories of how they got to where they are today, and find out how the first couple weeks of parenting this new bundle of chaos has gone! Snuggling and comforting tiny babies is my jam, as is winning over your two year by a quick read of their favorite book (and maybe a piece of candy or two).

I just adore getting to meet families like K + L, and watch them grow over the years. While I’m not photographing weddings or engagements anymore, I love getting to meet families during a maternity session, and watch them become parents just a couple short months later.

Benefits of In-Home Newborn Photos

You’ve just had a baby, so it can be intimidating to think about inviting someone new into your home just days after birth! But there are SO many benefits to an in-home newborn session for Denver families.

Relaxed.

Not to brag, but I am REALLY good at putting people at ease. Being a twin mom has turned me into the world’s most patient person. Spills, trips, tears, chaos – it’s my everyday life, and I am here for it.

Being in your home means you have everything at your fingertips. Extra diapers? You have a million. New shirt for your spouse when baby spits up down their back? Done. Snacks because you completely forgot about breakfast? You’ve got a full pantry and your favorite coffee.

I don’t expect my newborn clients to have a spotless home. Most sessions are photographed from the waist up, and usually take place in the nursery, living room or master bedroom (and the last one is DEFINITELY optional). I’ve photographed families around moving boxes, half put together cribs, and piles of toddler toys (that you’ve put away a million times already).

Turn on your favorite playlist, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and we’ll get started!

You can include your dog!

The vast majority of my clients have dogs, and those dogs are a very important part of their family. By photographing your family at home, you’re able to include your dogs in whatever they feel most comfortable. For some pups, this is hanging out in the backyard until the end of the session, but for others it’s the ability to roam free for the whole session. I’m the proud owner of an extremely anxious herding dog, so I’m comfortable with all dogs (and cats!), even the more challenging ones.

Personal to your family.

One of my favorite parts of looking back at my own newborn photos is getting to see where we lived when we brought our kids home. I had worked SO hard on painting their nursery, and I vividly remember the day we put our glider together. Seeing the place we loved, with the tiny humans we adored, brings back the flood of smells, sounds and memories.

Real-World Reviews

Still not sure? Maybe K can help! Here’s the review she left after her maternity session:

– Words From Clients –

Liz is just magic. She is so warm and easy-going and immediately makes the whole family feel at ease. My husband *hates* getting his photos taken, and he has said, “wow that was so much fun!”… if you’re looking for not only someone who will provide you with gorgeous, timeless photos but also someone who will warm your heart – look no further!” – Kate

Planning Resources

Newborn sessions can be overwhelming! I’ve put together several resources for my newborn clients to help make the process a bit easier.

What to wear for a newborn session

To make the task of figuring out what to wear for your session a bit easier, I’ve put together a post with tips for what to wear for parents, siblings and baby.

What to expect during a newborn session

My newborn sessions are a mix of gentle direction and guidance (aka “I’ll tell you what to do with your hands”), but I also don’t pose newborns. I will wrap a sleepy newborn up in a blanket, or swaddle a fussy baby, but there won’t be any head on hands, or baby in a basket of flowers.

For more information on what to expect during a newborn session, head to this link.

Best age to schedule newborn photos

The question I get most often is “when should I schedule newborn photos?”. The internet may tell you that newborn sessions need to be scheduled in the first 10 days, but that is only true for sessions with posed babies. For more documentary style newborn photography, the baby can be anywhere from a few days old to 8-10 weeks old.

Most of my clients schedule their session for between 7-21 post-due date. For more info on why I don’t say “7-21 days of age”, head to this link!

Pricing

I know the fourth trimester with a newborn can be incredibly hectic, which is why all of my newborn session fees include all the final images from your session (aka “all inclusive session”). No having to pick 5 images, or pay $$$ extra after your session for the images you just can’t live without! Your gallery can be shared with family and friends, where they’ll be able to view and download any and all photos.

You can find my newborn photo session pricing here, although I do charge a travel fee for sessions in Denver, Golden, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, and Lakewood. To get a quote on the cost for a Denver newborn photo session, use my contact form to get in touch!

Newborn Session

$650

Looking for a digital-only package? Includes your newborn session and all your final images.

Newborn Sessions include:

  • In-home session
  • Family photos, as well as photos of baby alone
  • All your final digital images (typically 75+ images).

Deluxe Newborn Session

$1150

Want to make it as easy as possible? Plan on a custom designed album, delivered to your doorstep within 4 weeks of receiving your gallery.

Deluxe Newborn Sessions include:

  • In-home session
  • Family photos, as well as photos of baby alone
  • All your final digital images (typically 75+ images)
  • 10×10 professionally printed album.

Sessions outside of Fort Collins, Timnath and Wellington will incur a small travel fee, based on location – contact me for more details.

Products

Digital Images

Digital images will be delivered within 3 weeks of your session, in an online gallery.

Newborn clients will be able to share the entire gallery with family and friends, for unlimited downloads.

Albums

Deluxe Sessions include a 20 page, 10″x10″ album, with either a linen or leather cover. Your baby’s name will be embossed on the front cover.

Albums are available for a la carte purchase:

  • 10×10 Album: $600
  • 8×8 Album: $450

Canvas Prints

All canvas prints are 1.5″ deep, stretched over a wooden frame, and come ready to hang.

  • 8×10: $125
  • 12×12: $175
  • 16×20: $250
  • 16×24: $300
  • 24×36: $450

How to book a newborn session

Step 1: Inquire

Get in touch using my contact page! I’ll reply within 24-36 hours. Since babies are on their own timeline, I will pencil your due date on my calendar once I have a signed contract and deposit in hand (both can be handled electronically).

Step 2: Schedule Your Session

Once you’ve delivered and are ready to schedule your session, you can reach out through text or email to let me know! I will send over dates for your session. All of my newborn sessions take place in the morning, starting at 10 am or later.

Step 3: Session Day

Session day is here! Plan on approximately 2 hours for your session. That gives us plenty of time for photos as well as snacks, diaper changes and breaks.

Step 4: Gallery Delivery

Your full gallery will be delivered to your inbox within 2 weeks!

Frequently Asked Questions

Nope! All of my newborn sessions take place in client homes.

I recommend neutrals or earth tones for the whole family. Cream, gray, muted green/brown/blue all look lovely on most people. Jeans or leggings with a comfy, oversized top for mom, t-shirt and jeans for dad.

For baby, I recommend a well-fitting onesie or gown (long sleeved or short sleeved) in a solid color or minimal pattern (tiny stripes). While newborn dresses and elaborate outfits ARE adorable, it also means one more thing to adjust when we finally have baby settled. I have yet to meet an overall strap that will stay on a two week old!

If you want photos of tiny baby feet and hands, plan on an outfit that accommodates that (ie no footed jammies).

I tell my clients to set aside 2-2.5 hours for their session. That will give us plenty of time for photos, as well as diaper change, snacks (for people of all ages), and any soothing of baby.

If you have an older child, their portion of the session will be done as soon as they feel comfortable joining us. Photos of the whole family and sibling take about 30 minutes total.

Of course! I have a dog and two cats myself, so I’m not bothered by excited fur friends, including jumpy dogs. If they’re upset by my visit, you’re also welcome to keep them in the backyard until it’s their time to shine.

For newborn sessions, I bring two cameras, a 50mm lens, a 35 mm lens, and a small flash setup (stand, umbrella, light), as well as a couple simple wraps. I prefer to use client swaddles and blankets to personalize the experience, but not everyone has stretchy, neutral swaddles on hand!

Yes! All my newborn sessions include photos of baby solo, baby with family, baby with siblings, baby with each parent, as well as a couple solo sibling photos.

While I ask that clients set aside about 2-3 hours total for the session, your older children will only be needed for about 30 minutes at the start of the session to wrap up whole family and sibling photos.

For me, one of the most incredible parts of the early days with a newborn are the connections being made with the rest of the family. Kisses from dad, snuggles with mom, hugs from big brother. For that reason, I’ve decided to focus my newborn sessions exclusively on lifestyle newborn photography, meaning that my sessions focus on the family and their connections with the family, versus on baby alone, surrounded by props and decorations.

I do include photos of the new baby by themselves, but these are typically minimal in style, using the crib or other blankets you have on hand. While I might swaddle them and adjust for the best light, I will not be posing your baby.

Since I don’t do any posing, I don’t need babies to be asleep for the session. Most of my clients schedule their session for 7 to 21 days post-birth (unless your baby was born early, then it’s 7-21 days post due date).

For newborn sessions, you will receive a generous sneak peek album and slideshow within 3 business days of your session. Your full gallery will be finished and arrive in your inbox in 1-2 weeks.

I do! See my maternity session page for more info. Contact me for pricing in the Denver area.

I have more answers! Send me a message and we’ll chat.

Planning Resources

Newborn photos shouldn’t be stressful. You have enough on your plate with a brand new baby in your home! I’ve put together a few blog posts with some helpful tips for preparing for your newborn session:

What to wear for your newborn session

When to schedule newborn photos

How to prepare for a newborn session

What to expect during an in-home newborn session

Book Your Session

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