They will for sure - life doesn't stop for a photo session! We plan every newborn session to be 3 hours so that you can relax. After photographing hundreds of newborns, I know this is the perfect amount of time for both baby's needs and beautiful images.
Being fussy is par for the course: it will not worry me, and I don't want it to worry you. In the 12 years I've been photographing newborns, I've only had one baby fuss the whole time- and if that happens, we re-shoot for free. I have lots of experience calming fussy babies - my own four, and everyone else's!
Siblings are such an important part of a newborn shoot! I'm peaceful and patient - I've got a whole set of games in my head to engage siblings so we get images that are meaningful. Siblings are welcome to stay for the whole time or just come for the first hour and then go home with a grandparent or sitter.
You are not alone - women confide this fear to me regularly. However, in my follow up surveys, moms often say they left the session feeling "encouraged, beautiful and relaxed." They end up being SO thankful they overcame their fear. Your relationship with your newborn is beautiful - stunningly beautiful - even if you don't feel yourself yet.
We've expanded on this topic below about what to bring and what to leave home. We will guide you on what the whole family should wear. We will also let you know about baskets, wraps, swaddles and headbands (much of which we already own!). We don't want you to waste money - we'll help you get just what you need.
Feel no pressure to buy/bring any of this - we have it all, but we welcome you to bring favorite things to make your session personal! The things I have are muted-tone, natural fiber items. If you are looking to purchase something, many families look to Etsy.
Location and Directions
Studio/Farm Address: 11730 Waters Road, Chelsea MI
From the road, you will see the red studio barn and a big gray farmhouse on a hill beside it.
Please park on the grass on the east side of the studio barn. (There are garden boxes along the side where you will park.)
Day of the shoot
On the day of the session if you need to reach us, please do not call the studio manager or send an email.
Please text or call your photographer!
Amy - 2 4 8 . 3 0 2 . 5 1 5 0
Candice - 2 4 8. 5 5 6. 6 7 8 3
Hannah - 7 3 4. 4 7 4. 1 2 8 2
Stephany - 7 3 4 . 2 2 1 . 3 1 4 0
If it seems like it may be too hot, too cold, too windy, or too rainy for your session we will get in touch with you! You will be contacted the day before, or the day of your session regarding weather. If we need to reschedule, we leave time blocks open for just that purpose.
In Case of Illness
Please let us know as soon as possible if you have illness or injury. We are happy to reschedule you at no charge, but really appreciate the notice! If anyone has a large visible cut, bruise, or rash, please reschedule. Anything issue that is small (such as a pimple, etc) we can remove in post processing. If you are unsure, please text us a photo.
You are welcome to as many clothing changes as reasonably fit into your scheduled time. We do have a private changing area.
If you are looking for something new for your shoot, get inspired by our favorite makers.
The most important thing is to dress in favorite items that make you feel great, and feel like yourself. Clothing does not need to be the same color, but keeping things on same same palette does help. For palette ideas and inspiration for every season, please see our board on Pinterest.
If you are not planning a change of clothing, please bring a spare outfit for the kids. It's a farm—and mud, chickens, puddles, and the unexpected happen!
We love pets! They are always welcome. Please do remember that we have free-range chickens, so if your dog is likely to chase them, please keep him on a leash.