Fort Collins in Home Newborn Photography
Why in home lifestyle newborn photography?
Every family has a story to tell. While you can't write the ending, you can document the crazy parts in the middle. The wedding. The new house. The puppy.
An in home newborn photography session is a continuation of that. It shows the home you brought your new baby home to. The sink they had their first bath in. The wooden floors they're going to learn to crawl on.
You don't need to put shoes on. Your dog can be there. The nursery you so carefully decorated is in your photos and on display. In home newborn sessions allow you to just be YOU, without the stress of leaving your house with a giant diaper bag.
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What does the session fee include?
My Fort Collins in home newborn photography session fee is $475 and includes a one to two hour session, 150+ images, custom processing, and an online gallery. Since I am not located in Fort Collins, it also includes my travel both ways.
Where are you located?
I'm located in Cheyenne, but love traveling to Fort Collins for my Colorado clients! I will forever and always take up every chance I can to eat lunch in Fort Collins.
Do you have a studio?
I do not have a studio at this time. All my newborn sessions take place in client homes.
Are family photos included?
Yes!! I include family photos with every newborn session. Depending on the age and temperament of your older children, I typically start the session with family photos (on a couch, your bed, or the floor). I include photos of the entire family, as well as sibling photos (assuming your older child(ren) are up for it). Once those are done, we will move on to photos with mom and dad, as well as baby alone.
How long does a newborn photography session take?
I usually tell clients to set aside at least two hours. We won't take photos that entire time, but inevitably we'll need an outfit change and a snack!
Do you do any newborn posing?
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 (see gallery of images above for examples).
Can we include props? Do you bring props?
I only bring myself, my cameras, and a few neutral blankets to your session. You are welcome to have props on hand for me to include - think stuffies, special blankets, signs) - but they will be photographed from above, similar to a flat lay design on Instagram.
How old should my baby be for a newborn session?
Since I don't do any posing, I don't need your baby to be asleep for our session. I've found that babies under two weeks tend to be a bit sleepier, which makes for quick and snuggly sessions. Older babies will often have their eyes open for more photos, but may also be starting to get baby acne and fussier.
What should we wear for our in home newborn photography session?
I have an entire page devoted to just this subject! Spoiler: neutrals are always a great choice, but the most important part is to be comfortable. For moms: oversized, comfortable tops with leggings. For dads: simple button up and jeans/shorts. For siblings: solid t-shirt/dress and jeans/pant/leggings. Newborn: white or solid colored onesie.
If you want photos of your baby in just their diaper, look into buying a diaper cover. There's not much more unflattering than a saggy diaper!
How should we prepare for our newborn session?
Don't panic clean! The last thing I want anyone with a newborn to do is feel like they need to deep clean their house. All I need is an open spot near a window with soft light. I will help you find the best spot for your photos when I arrive, and will help you take care of any items you may not want in photos (alarm clocks, breast pumps, etc).
If you don't want me in your master bedroom, that's completely fine!! I'll have you show me around the parts of your house you're okay having photographed. Most clients have fabulous light in either the living room or nursery.
What is the best time of day for a newborn session?
Typically mornings. I usually start newborn sessions between 9:30 and 10:30 am, so we can be done by lunch.
Can we include our pets?
Of course!! I love including pets in photos, should you want them included. I have two cats and a (very crazy) dog of my own, so I'm always happy to have them around.
I'm not comfortable having my session in my home, but I really like lifestyle newborn photography. What now?
I would suggest looking for an Airbnb! While you would need to rent it for a night, there are some beautiful options out there, with gorgeous light.
When should we book our session?
I take on a limited number of newborns each month, so I would recommend getting in touch as soon as possible. Most of my clients book around their 6th or 7th month of pregnancy.
Once you've paid your deposit ($50) and signed a contract, I will pencil in your due date. When the baby arrives and you're back home from the hospital, you can shoot me a quick text/email and we'll get you on the schedule! Note that during the months of May through October, most of my newborn sessions will need to be on weekday mornings.
Do you offer Fort Collins maternity sessions?
I do! Please see my maternity photography page for more info.