When Should I book my Newborn Photography Session?
It is best to book your session as soon as you can, in your 2nd-3rd trimester is ideal.
How old should Baby be for a Newborn Session?
Day 6 to 14 is the best time to photograph your baby. The first 14 days works best to get peaceful sleepy, poses. After two weeks of age, they are more likely to be disturbed while sleeping, and can also become colicky or baby acne can start to flare, it doesn't mean it is impossible, I have photographed babies up to 5 weeks, it is not ideal but can still work out nicely. Once your baby is born, call me as soon as possible and let's schedule the day for you to come in.
How Long does a Newborn Session last? It depends on the session you book but it is not uncommon for a full session with a newborn to last about 2.5 or even up to 3.5 hours, allowing plenty of time for feedings and comfort. They are not rushed at all. I include a list of what you can bring to help soothe the baby on the day of the session.
What Kind of photos will be included?
Your gallery will include the precious portraits of baby using my blankets, wraps, and props you see in my gallery (more of a posed feel). My style is not just one thing, I go for a soft but striking look, modern but not trendy, my photos are all consistent in that they are always my unique artistic expression.
I like to focus on the baby, so I like a minimal set up, I don't use a ton of themes or props.
My main goal is that the images are beautiful and timeless.
Where will the Session take place? Do you Travel to a clients home?
Sessions typically take place in Whittier on the border of Los Angeles and Orange County. The Whittier location is subject to change depending on different factors. I have everything set up for your session as far as lighting, controlled temperature, props, backdrops etc. I can travel to your home for an extra fee depending on the distance. *(Due to covid I am not doing any newborn sessions in clients home for the time being).*
Do you provide the Props and Wraps etc.?
I provide all the beautiful props, blankets, bonnets and headbands you see in my photos. I have been collecting for years from the best vendors from all over the world. You do not have to worry about bringing any props or clothes to your session. I style your set ups based on your color preferences and no two are ever exactly the same. Your photos are one of a kind just like your new baby. If you have a keepsake or heirloom you want to include please let me know what ideas you have so we can discuss and plan ahead of time to bring your vision and my style to life.
When will I receive my finished photos?
Turnaround time for your final edited image gallery to be sent to you is 2-3 weeks. I edit each photo myself, this is part of what make the photos my personal style. I do not send them to anyone else to edit for me, I hope that you choose me because my photos stood apart to you. I deliver my artistic interpretation of your beautiful baby from the styling, to the photos captured, to finishing them off with my personal editing.
What Should us parents / siblings wear?
If your package includes sibling/ family photos I recommend you wear soft neutral colors such as beige, grey, blush, soft blue or green tones. I don't think you need to all match but don't all wear different colors. You don't want to wear loud, bold colors or logos. The photo should focus on your faces not your clothing. A side note for moms... make sure your nails look nice, no chipped polish because your fingers may show as you are holding your baby. I am always happy to consult with my clients on what they are planning to wear.
If my Baby was recently born is it too late to book a last minute session?
Contact us ASAP if your baby was just born! When I say JUST born I mean 3 days ago, 6 days ago, once you reach 14 days your chances do start to go down for a session but there is always hope. Photography is my only job so unlike many photographers who have day jobs and can only book a few sessions a week, my schedule allows for me to book any days I want to and depending on my schedule many times I can make a last minute booking work.
How long have you been photographing newborns?
I am a fully licensed and Insured business. I have 10+ years of experience in caring for newborns and children. I actually started to care for newborns at 12 years old, being the oldest child of the family. I had a sibling born when I was 12, 13, and 14, so I was helping to feed, change diapers, soothe and care for infants at an early age. Not to mention I have my own 2 children now. Nurturing babies has always come very naturally to me and my number one priority is always your babies safety, comfort, and care. I pride myself on my 100+ 5 star reviews from parents who have trusted me with their most treasured newborn babies.
Please research your photographer and make sure they know what they are doing. When you hire me you can be sure you are handing over your baby to someone who only treats and handles her newborn clients like her very own. Newborn photography is a very specialized niche but unfortunately there is no real training required, even very leaders in the industry who teach others have been accused of not being safe. Only you can do your research to decide who you feel 100% comfortable with handling your brand new precious baby.
What do I need to do to Book my Orange County Newborn Photography Session?
Contact me either by email or phone and I will send you over the package options. Once you decide which package you want I will send over the booking information which includes a questionnaire, a contract for you to read and sign that goes over all of my policies, and lastly an invoice that is a non refundable retainer to hold your appointment and goes toward your photos. A 'What to expect" attachment is also sent with your invoice and that has answers to many questions you might have. Once I receive everything back signed and paid you are officially booked and in my calendar. All that is left to do is contact me once baby arrives and we decide on a day and time for you to bring baby in!
Please let me know if you have any other questions, I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Nicolenjoli is a professional photographer specializing in Newborn photography located in Los Angeles on the border of Orange County. Clients come from all surrounding cities including Whittier, Downey, Covina, Fullerton, Brea, Chino Hills, Yorbalinda, Placentia, Diamond Bar, Pasadena, Downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Anaheim, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Orange County and beyond! Los Angeles Newborn Photographer.
We are slowly picking up the pieces from being closed up since March due to covid. I normally shoot in my home studio but now that my children are not actually going to school and I would rather not have clients in my home at the moment... I am renting a perfect little studio in Old Town Tustin that has been working out great. I take every precaution wearing a mask of course, washing my hands as always and sanitizing everything. I have a fan going to circulate fresh air in addition to a Hepa air purifier. My #1 priority has and always will be the safety of my newborn baby clients. I started to shoot again slowly and carefully and I am so happy to be back doing what I missed so much. As of May 2021 Update: Our Studio is now in Brea California.
When should you book your Los Angeles Maternity Photography Session? What I always tell my clients is anytime between 30-37 weeks could be the best time. It depends on a few different things. Every pregnancy is different and every woman is going to grow at a different rate. What I know for sure is we want your belly to be nice and round and unmistakably very pregnant. Most women are going to be nice and round by around 30-32-34 weeks. Some women have changes in their face and that can also be something some women might want to consider. Those last 7-10 weeks we tend to grow a lot and quickly so it's important to think about these factors and plan accordingly, booking somewhere in the 3-6 month mark is perfect in my opinion, it gives you time to get things squared away and communicate with me on how your feeling so far and start the communication about your outfit, your location, etc...
The other important thing to think about when thinking about when to actually shoot your session is how you are feeling. If you wait until you are 37 or 38 weeks, you are ready at any moment to possibly give birth, things get uncomfortable, you may not be getting the best sleep at night, your ankles and feet are probably swollen, and there is pressure from your baby getting ready to come out. During a maternity session you want to have some energy, and you want to feel good. If outdoors there will be some walking involved ( bring comfy shoes for that, even if it is just for the walking ) Here in Southern California we get so many beautiful sunny days, we get to shoot outdoors all year...
If you prefer indoors there will be posing under lights... and sometimes even standing in a pose or closing your eyes for a couple seconds can put you off balance with a big belly. It's important not to wait too long so you can enjoy your session. You want to make sure you don't arrive on an empty stomach and make sure you are hydrated. I recommend getting your hair and make up done so you can feel your best ( I have artists / stylists I recommend to you if you request). As for what to wear, I have gowns to choose from, sometimes I can even special order you one, or you can wear something you have picked out yourself. In our studio that is located right where Los Angeles county and Orange County meet you have a little more privacy. You can just drape fabric over your shape, or even bare it all if you want to really capture your pregnant body... Miracle that it is! If you would like to get more information or chat about booking your Orange County maternity session contact us here!