FAQ

MONTREAL LIFESTYLE NEWBORN AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

by | Feb 20, 2014

When should I schedule my maternity session?

Maternity sessions are typically scheduled between 32-36 weeks (possibly earlier for twins); if you have already passed 36 weeks, don’t panic, it is not too late!  As long as you are still pregnant we can do it.  I encourage you to book early though, sessions are limited.

 

When should I schedule my newborn session?

Newborns are best photographed within the first 10 days after their birth.  During this time they are generally very sleepy which makes posing them easier!

 

How can we book a date when we don’t know exactly when the baby will be born?

Since we don’t know the date that your baby will be born, I will just pencil you in to my calendar to know around when to expect you.  You will need to contact me as soon as possible after your baby’s birth to schedule an exact appointment.

 

How long does a newborn session take?

approximately 3 hours for a studio style session and 90 minutes for a story session.

 

It is the morning of our session and the kids woke up sick:

Call or email me ASAP to reschedule!  If you or your children are under the weather, it is not the best time for photographs.  We will reschedule for the next date we are both free.

 

What is the difference between studio style and story sessions?
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Studio Style Newborn Portraits

Perfectly squishy newborns curled up into amazing poses and settled into baskets, showing off their tininess and their newness.  They are amazing.   Photographing them in this way is so beautiful and presents a gorgeous option for you to be able to hold onto this stage of you baby’s life.

Select from your favorite props in my stash, or I will bring the ones that I am inspired by that day – I will come to your home, with my props and capture some gorgeous photographs of your baby and your family!

A studio style session will last an average of 3 hours, sometimes longer. The session cannot begin until your baby is in a deep sleep allowing me to manipulate them into beautiful poses. A lot of time is spent feeding and calming your baby, to make sure they are happy and relaxed. It is normal to sometimes have a session where I don’t take a single photo for the first 1-2 hours that I am there. I will spend as much time as necessary to get your baby into a beautiful, safe pose.

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Lifestyle Story Sessions

Lifestyle story sessions, include me coming to your home, without any props, to photograph your new family and tell the story of your baby’s first days at home.  These sessions are truly unique, and provide a more documentary view on your lives, capturing the cuddles, your baby’s first bath, first room, and the looks of complete love from mom & dad.

This style of photography puts the focus on the family not on the posing.

We will capture many images, including beautiful family and baby portraits.

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Your precious baby wrapped snugly in their tiny blankets, looking up at you, or sleeping soundly in your arms.

Those tiny bits of flaky skin from months in utero.

The little nursing blister and the perfect bits of hair gracing their tiny shoulders.

Their first stuffed animal, waiting patiently for the day baby will give it a squeeze.

This is what I aim to capture during a newborn story session.

All the love, all the little details – without any stress.

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Whether you opt for a studio style or lifestyle story session, I prefer to photograph your baby within the first 10 days after their birth. Of course, with a lifestyle session, this timing limit is much more flexible.

A lifestyle session generally does not take any longer than 90 minutes. This is because we do not need your baby to be asleep. If baby is awake, I will photograph him/her as they are. If they are feeding, I will photograph you feeding your baby. Of course, if by chance, during a lifestyle story session, your newborn baby falls into a deep sleep, then we will get the baby curled up into some beautiful poses, but we will do so without the use of props.

Imagine your gorgeous baby curled onto YOUR sofa, chair, or bed?  You will always be able to remember how he/she use to fit so perfectly in the seat of that chair…

Expect a minimum of 60 finished photographs

These sessions are very relaxed, and especially great when you have older siblings who will get fed up quickly!

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What if my baby won’t cooperate?

It is extremely rare that a baby does not cooperate through the entire length of a session, however, in the event that I cannot capture enough wonderful images during our time, we will schedule a complimentary session about 1 week later and try again.

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Where is your studio located?

I no longer work in a studio.  I love the original and creative imagery that I can create by coming to your home.  Your images will never look like anyone else’s photographs!

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Are the props provided or do we get our own?

I provide all the props necessary for a studio style session. You just provide the cute baby!

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Are the props washed between sessions?

Yes!  All fabric props are washed after each session using mild baby safe detergent.

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When do we get to see the photos?

Within 3 weeks following your session, I will send you a link to a private online gallery from which you can select the images you would like to purchase.

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What if the session is taking too long and I am annoyed:

Please tell me!  I will continue to work until I feel like I have an amazing selection of photographs for you.  If you decide that you want to end the session early, just tell me!

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I'm currently booking lifestyle family, newborn, maternity and branding sessions.  Please contact me to get more information or to chat about a session for your family.

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