Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)

Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)


1. How long is the session?

Your photo session is up to 45 minutes long.

The shoot begins promptly at the scheduled time.

If traveling to your location, please arrive early to park and be ready on time for your session to begin.

If you are not prepared to begin the session at this time, any delay in start time will result in a reduction of the session time for the amount of time of your delay.

To extend the length of the session past the scheduled time on the day-of, coverage is billed at $100/15 minutes.

2. How many of us will be included?

Your complimentary session includes one subject. Any additional subjects (including furry friends!) are billed at $55/each after the session.

3. When will my photos be ready?

Your online gallery of images selected are posted 4 weeks after the session. You will be able to select your favorite images from the gallery to download and have printed. Your gallery is active for 30 days.

4. What are the prices for prints and downloads after the session?

Click here to view the price list which will be included in your photo gallery for easy ordering!

5. What time will the shoot be? Where will we shoot?

We’ll want to assess this specifically for your shooting location. 🙂

MATERNITY SESSIONS: Typically OUTDOORS (See our favorite locations in Nor Cal and So Cal)

NEWBORN SESSIONS: Typically INDOORS. We find that newborns are most comfortable at a warm indoor environment. If we shoot outside will not be able to do any cute “naked baby” photos and we also take the risk that your newborn may not be happy in the elements!

The best indoor locations have large windows (or glass doors) with BRIGHT + INDIRECT sunlight.

We want to use the ambient light but do not want direct sunlight shining in the room at the time of the session. Take a look at your nursery/bedroom and when it’s brightest time of day without direct sun in the room and let us know.

Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)

The most flattering lighting is soft and indirect from big windows in these rooms!
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)

5. What tips do you have to help our little one feel happy and camera ready?

  • Feeding always helps! Even if you feed your baby before we arrive, they can grow fussy later into the session. Have a bottle on hand to help soothe the baby in the middle of the shoot if needed.
  • Keep the room warm. Babies don’t like shivering!
  • Bring out a blow-dryer. Seriously! It works miracles to create “white noise” in the background if your little one is cranky. Just plug it in and leave it nearby.


6. How should we dress ourselves and the baby/children?

The only “rule” we have is VARIETY! Gone are the “GAP” days with everyone coordinated in white tees and jeans 🙂 Instead, we love seeing color and personality. The key is: coordinating colors.

Find a way to coordinate without looking too “matchy”. While you don’t want to look like twins/triplets, you do want the look to feel balanced. One thing to remember is you don’t have to wear the same exact color. The same color family would work well too (example: bold purple and light purple). Style-wise, make sure you both match the overall “feel” of your look. 

A colorful accent – POP!

Accents photograph amazingly. Here are some ideas:

  1. A bright piece of standout jewelry paired with a neutral outfit
  2. A bright blanket or throw paired with neutral clothing
  3. If your baby is wearing neutrals, go ahead and slip into a bit of color (or vise versa). The contrast will look awesome on camera!
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)

Options, Options, Options!

It’s generally recommended to have several different outfits for a baby. Sometimes no clothes is needed at all for the cutest infant photos. But collect a few options to choose from. You will not change your outfit, but they might!

6. What props should we use?


– Pets
– Newborn clothing (shoes/onesies)
– Floral crown
– Handwritten signs (Coming soon, Baby’s name)


– Pets
– Letter blocks
– Floral frame around baby (see examples here) All you need is a simple bouquet of flowers from the store, and we’ll arrange it!

– Basket/Bassinet
– Stuffed animals
– Family heirlooms
– Nostalgic items from your hometown/favorite teams
– Swaddle blankets
– Favorite hobby items (musical instruments, movie memorabilia)

Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)
Preparing for your Photo Session (MTW)