When should I book my newborn session?
To ensure your desired session time, please contact me as soon as you know you would like to book a newborn session. I will pencil your due date onto my calendar upon booking. You will then contact me when your baby arrives to schedule your session.
When will my session take place?
It is best to photograph newborns when they are less than two weeks old, with the ideal range between 7-10 days. This is when babies are sleepiest and easiest to photograph.
My baby is already born. Is it too late to schedule a newborn session?
No! While I generally book newborn sessions many months in advance, given the necessarily fluid nature of scheduling newborn sessions, I leave spots open for last-minute openings. Moreover, while I recommend that newborn sessions take place during the first two weeks of life, I am always happy to photograph older newborns with the understanding that it may not be possible to achieve the type of images that work with a very young newborn.
Where will my newborn session take place?
All newborn sessions take place at my in-home studio.
How long will my newborn session last?
Newborn sessions generally last two and half hours long.
What can I do to help my session go smoothly?
Babies do very well in the studio for posing when they are in a very deep sleep. To encourage this I highly recommend stimulating the baby for at least two hours before your scheduled arrival, a warm bath always does the trick. Also tummy time works. This also means keeping baby awake during the car ride here. Sitting next to baby with toys, reading a book, or songs can help with that. Also, please give baby one big full feed right before you leave your home.
Do you include family photos with a newborn session?
Yes, it is $30.00 more. Please keep in mind that young siblings (under 4) may not want to be photographed with their new brother or sister. I will do my best to capture images of your newborn with their toddler or pre-school aged sibling. The Ella Rose Photography studio is geared towards newborn and child portraits. Please note that all family poses and/or parents posed with their newborn will be done sitting down. Not standing.
What should we wear?
Simple is best. I photograph newborns wearing nothing at all or with wraps. If you have special outfits you would like your newborn to wear, I am happy to accommodate, but keep in mind that numerous clothing changes can be disruptive to newborns. I recommend that the rest of the family wear clothing that coordinates without matching exactly. White, Black, or creamy neutrals work great! Children should wear clothes that they like and in which they are comfortable, although it is generally best to avoid busy patterns and logos.
How many images can I expect to receive, and when will I receive my images?
You will receive a link to your images in a private online gallery approximately three – five days after your session. You will be able to choose and download 15 high resolution digital images. Extra digitals can be purchased from the gallery.
Is my session only cake smashing photos?
No! Only the second half of the session involves cake smashing. We will shoot a simple setup beforehand to give you a well-rounded gallery of images. It is important to have photos of your baby to document them at this age separate from the cake smashing ones.
What should my baby wear?
Something to match the theme and colour of your session. For girls- tutu’s with a onesie are popular. For boys- solid t-shirts and blue jeans look great. You can add in hats or necklaces as well. You can also bring a nice outfit to use for the first set of simple photos.
Is The Cake Included?
Yes, the cake is included in the session fee. It will match the decor of your choice.
What do I bring to my cake smash session?
- 2 outfits (1 before cake smash and 1 during)
- Extra clothes for baby to go home in
- Plastic bag for the dirty clothes
- Extra water for baby (Babies get very thirsty once they start eating the cake!)
- Baby’s favorite toys & snacks, just in case!
How will we clean up?
I will have paper towels, a garbage bag, and water to clean up. I recommend changing your child right at the cake smash site. Have wipes and a change of clothes ready to to go.