Newborn Sessions

 

I specialize in lifestyle newborn photography. The session is held at your home or mine (please let me know your preferred location ahead of time). For sessions held at my home, I have a small studio set up and we can use my bedroom and living room for candid photos. Instead of posed newborn shots, I love to capture the relationship between the new baby and his/her parents, siblings and pets. This doesn’t mean that I won’t take individual photographs of the baby; I will capture detailed shots of his/her little toes and fingers as well as a few posed blanket shots. In addition to candid photos, I will take traditional posed shots of the parents together and separately with the baby. I am happy to incorporate any ideas you might have! 

Posed blanket shots are all about patience. The baby will often fuss during a session but no worries; it is my job as the photographer to hold and comfort your baby until they get sleepy enough for a certain pose. Capturing these beautiful moments cannot be rushed, so it’s important to remember they may take some time (it’s the perfect time to get a minute to relax during your hectic life as a new parent). To make the session as seamless as possible, it is important to try to stay relaxed, keep the room extra warm, and keep the baby’s bell full. We will pause as needed so that you may feed the baby. After we get the traditional posed pictures, we will move on to candid photos of the baby where he/she can be awake or sleeping. This is where I will capture those special every day moments with your baby so that you have images to hold onto and remember. 

See the newborn checklist to know how to make this session go as seamlessly as possible. 

 

Scheduling

Sessions should be scheduled a few months in advance. If you schedule within the month and I do not have availability for a traditional 3 hour session, please contact me about a shortened {lifestyle only} session that I may be able to fit in to my schedule!

  • Please let me know within 2 days of the baby’s birth so we can schedule the session within 5-10 days of birth (the earlier, the better).
  • Session is held at your home or mine. Please let me know your request ahead of time. I have a small studio set up and we can use my bedroom and living room for candid photos. 
  • If we do the session at your home, please make sure an area with the best natural light from windows or doors (must be a large area) is cleared for me to be able to set up the session.
  • Session fee includes session time, all digital images with print release, portraits with parents (together and individually posed and/lifestyle), siblings, and pets. The great part of hiring a lifestyle photographer is that I try to capture a little bit of everything for you! 
  • + Twins – double the cuteness but no worries, there is no extra cost! You just birthed 2 adorable humans, you deserve a break!

Please e-mail me at jesslombardiphotography@gmail.com to schedule your session. You can copy, paste and fill this out so I have all of your info:

Due Date:          Will session be held at your home or photographers home?        Names of who will be in the photos:              Are there pets in your home and would you like to include your pets in the session?            

Since it is pretty much impossible to know exactly when the little one will be born, at this point the best we can do is have a tentative date, based upon your "due date". However, once your little baby is born, make sure to email or text me (301-661-6443) so we can firm up the session date and make a definite date that will work for us both! Babies are often best photographed between 5-10 days of birth. Please contact me within 2 days of birth to ensure we get the best time and date scheduled.

 

Session Length, Poses, & Props

There is no telling how long the session will take. I usually try to keep it under 3 hours but sometimes we get lucky with a sleepy baby and it may only take 2 hours. I only book one newborn session/day and never double up. Please don’t feel the need to apologize if the session is on the long side; it’s totally ok, all babies and sessions are different. As far as poses/inspiration images go, I cannot guarantee that we will get any specific images but I will surely do my best to get the images that are of most importance to you and your family. If baby allows, I will start with your priority shots (family, baby in a wrap, baby on tummy, etc) and then fill in the gaps. We typically get between 3-5 different setups. I will bring enough blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands for the entire session but if you have something you'd like to use, please feel free to show me when I arrive. I love using family heirlooms and homemade blankets to personalize our session. I work with my twin sister, who is sometimes my photography assistant and is also a graphic designer and can create birth announcements, customizable banners, digital backgrounds, holiday cards, invites, and other digital imaging that you may be looking for to add that personal touch to your images. These add-ons start at $10 and up - contact me for more information. 

 

Session Checklist

  • Dress baby in a swaddle the morning of our session with just a diaper. This way it will be easier to get some photos without waking him/her.
  • In the 12 hours leading up to our session feed the baby as much as possible.
  • 45 minutes before our scheduled start time have your house be warm, around 75-80 degrees (This will allow baby to be comfortable naked). If the house is colder than it should be upon arrival I cannot guarantee any posed blanket shots, but we can certainly still get candids with the baby awake on the blanket as well as all of the lifestyle photos. 
  • It can take me at least 20 minutes to bring in my gear and set up if this is at your home. I may ask the Dad or a Grandparent (if one is around) to please help me if possible so that I can set up as quickly as possible so we have more time for photos. Please make sure a large, flat area is cleared for my set up even if it means furniture has to be moved.
  • If possible, try to start feeding the baby close to when I will arrive (remembering it will take me about 20 minutes to set up). I know that babies don’t eat on a schedule yet at this age, but if it works out that they can eat right before we start, it makes for an easier/quicker posed photo session. 
  • Dad or Mom will be my assistant with posed shots, I will guide you through the process. Your help is more for safety so that if I have to adjust the baby or a blanket the baby will be watched at all times. When the baby cries it will be your instinct to pick the baby up, please do not do so unless I ask (which I know will be difficult). The baby is safe and I will ensure the baby falls back asleep with your help, soothing the baby, rubbing the babies back, keeping the baby warm, using a pacifier, etc. (Please make sure you have a few pacifiers available during the shoot). 
  • If siblings are included, prep them for the photo session but do not stress if they are not cooperative. They are kids after all! It's usually fairly easy to incorporate them candidly.
  • Parents, you will be in these shots so please make sure you are groomed, dressed and ready upon my arrival for your pictures to be taken. I recommend whites, grey, and neutrals for posed family shots and in lifestyle shots you may wear whatever you are comfortable in - so please have all outfits ready to be throw on - and extras in case you get peed or pooped on, which happens 99% of the time - so please don't worry if it does :)!

Do you have any questions? As always, I am just a quick email or phone call away. If this is your first time contacting me, please do so via e-mail so I have all of your details first. I look forward to capturing this special time in your families life and congratulations!! 

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