WHAT TO EXPECT : NEWBORN SESSIONS
Thank you for your interest in CTJohnson Photography! We know planning a photo session can often be confusing and sometimes stressful. The following outlines a photo shoot from first contact to ordering your products, which will give you a better idea of what to expect!
BOOKING YOUR NEWBORN SESSION:
It is best to book your newborn session at least 2-3 months before your due date, as newborn sessions MUST be done in the first 14 days of life. Babies are so squishy, sleepy and cooperative at this age that it allows for better posing. We often cannot squeeze your newborn in if you wait to contact us after your baby has arrived.
As soon as you are interested in booking your newborn session, contact us through our booking form. We will email you back with pricing and discuss the specifics of the session. Our pricing can also be found on the Investment page. Once you have chosen which session or collection you would like, we will send you an email with the booking link for you to access and digitally sign your contract. The $50 deposit is due at the same time; you will be prompted to pay online by debit or credit after signing the contract. Once both the contract is signed and deposit is paid, we will pencil in your due date on our books, and once your baby arrives we will schedule the exact date and time for your session. Your remaining balance will be due at your session. We accept cash, check, or credit/debit at the studio.
About 4-6 weeks before your due date, we'll send along a Newborn Session Prep Guide to help you plan for a successful newborn session, and a questionnaire to help us get to know your family.
YOUR NEWBORN SESSION:
Newborn sessions take place in the studio and last 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! To achieve the sweet, flexible poses you see in my portfolio, we need a very sleepy and calm baby. We highly recommend your session take place when your baby is less than 14 days old, as they sleep more during this age and will be most cooperative to pose and photograph.
We follow your baby’s lead during the session and stop if baby needs soothing, changing or feeding. We supply all of the backdrops, furniture, hats, headbands and wraps for the session. Our style tends to lean more towards simple, neutral images that focus on your sweet baby, rather than elaborate sets and props. Of course we are happy to accommodate special items you’d like to incorporate, but our clients typically have minimal “Pinterest” requests. Newborns are happier if they are not changed too often, and therefore will be swaddled or naked for the majority of the session.
We encourage parent and/or family and sibling portraits with the new baby. We know Mom may not feel like herself right after giving birth, but we strongly suggest you to have a portrait taken with your new baby while they are so young and fresh. If you would like any photos with family or siblings we will do those first, then we can spend the remainder of the session just focusing on your beautiful newborn.
AFTER YOUR SESSION:
We will post a sneak peek from your session on social media within 24 hours! Turnaround is about 2-3 weeks to edit and prepare your gallery. A newborn session typically produces 20-30 edited images, plus black and white edits. Once your gallery is ready, we will send you an email with your gallery link and password. Your gallery will be available for six months after your session.
We strive to make your experience with CTJohnson Photography as easy and stress free as possible! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.