"Some things are more precious because they don't last long." --- oscar wilde
I don’t know if there’s any season more fleeting than the newborn stage. These tiny people burst onto the scene and life, as you know it, is never the same again. The hours meld into a blur of round-the-clock feedings and changing diapers and snuggling, until all of a sudden that little person is babbling and taking their first steps… Which is why I have a passion to capture those first few weeks of getting to know each other… I don’t want you to ever forget the days you spent watching for every new facial expression, marveling over each perfect detail, feeling the weight of their body curled fast asleep on your chest.
+ I’m expecting! When should we book our maternity/newborn session?
Congratulations! Typically, I recommend scheduling maternity sessions around the 7/8 month mark, when you have a great belly bump and aren’t too uncomfortable. Already past that point? No worries! We will get you on the calendar asap.
Typically, newborn sessions are scheduled within the first two weeks while your baby is still pretty sleepy. We’ll confirm a specific date for our session, once your little one has made their appearance. Baby already here? I’m happy to schedule sessions for babies older than two weeks (as my schedule allows), but in my experience they do tend to be less sleepy at that point. In these cases, our session will focus more on the family together rather than baby posed alone.
+ Who will be included in our session?
Our session will feature baby, but also include pictures with dad, mom, sibling(s) and the family together. I think there is nothing quite like the sheer joy of welcoming a new little person to the world and I want to make sure we include everyone in that celebration.
+ Where will our session take place?
Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home. I’m all too familiar with the overwhelming production that is getting out of the house with a baby, so I bring everything to you. As long as you have a good size window with decent light, I will be good to go.
+ What should we do to prepare our house?
No need for you to do anything to prepare, and definitely please don’t try to clean up on my account. You’ve just had a baby after all! When I arrive, I’ll take a look around to find areas with suitable light. For the family shots, we will probably shoot in your bedroom or living room or really anywhere with good natural light. If we shoot in the bedroom, I recommend decluttering nightstands and stripping down to simple white bedding – either white sheets or a duvet without a cover. Not only does this provide a clean simple background, it reflects the light beautifully.
+ What should we wear for our session?
I recommend babies wear something simple and timeless. A plain white onesie or sleeper is ideal. We’ll likely do some shots clothed, swaddled and down to the diaper. For the rest of the family, I recommend avoiding black or bright colors (such as red or fuschia) which may leave a color cast on baby’s skin. Light colors and patterns photograph well. Always think coordinating, not matching.
+ Do you bring/use props?
The longer I photograph babies, the more I’m drawn to simple, undistracted work. I’ll bring a few plain wraps and blankets to swaddle, as well as an assortment of baby hats and headbands which we may or may not use. I enjoy photographing the unique personality of your baby just as they are. I’m an advocate for natural posing and work gently to achieve that with your baby’s cooperation. I want you to be able to remember all those adorable baby yawns, sneezes, stretches and facial expressions, as well as their peaceful sleepy face.
+ What if my baby cries/won’t sleep/needs to eat?
I’ve photographed hundreds of babies, and believe me, I think I’ve seen it all. Your job is simply to relax and leave the shooshing and rocking and snuggling to me for the few hours we’re together. You are my priority for the day. We’ll take breaks as needed for diaper changes, feedings, etc…
+ How much should we expect to spend? How do you process payment?
Your session begins with a $250 session fee ($100 due at the time of booking and the remainder due at the time of our session). You will receive an invoice to pay these fees online via credit card. This fee is for session time only and does not include any prints or images. After viewing your gallery post session, you’ll choose from a few packages which include high-res digital images from our session, along with 4×6 prints, and the option to add on a coffee table book or archival quality album. Packages range in price from $450-$900. Your balance will be due at the time of package selection. A la carte items such as enlargements, gallery canvas, and brag books are also available.
+ Do you offer a first year package?
Yes! Capturing the first year is one of my favorite things to do. The package includes sessions at newborn, six months and one year. Please inquire for a detailed price list.
+ Who is Penny Gray?
Penny Gray is tribute to my littlest girl who was a most unexpected surprise in a very difficult season of my life. She was the sunshine when my skies were gray, and her name is a constant reminder that we never know what good may come through storms. My circumstances are happily changed for the better now. I’m married to my best friend who loves and supports me unconditionally, we have a crew of 6 who make life wonderfully rich (and loud), and I have a job that I simply adore. We are living our happily ever after, and I couldn’t love the story more.