Newborn Photography

for the Monterey Bay

 

your baby is safe with US

Besides having over 6 years of experience and being insured to work with newborns, I have the equipment and skills to handle newborns into sweet sleepy and curly poses, which if done incorrectly, can result in injury.

~ patience ~

Your baby is a new, unique individual who can’t communicate her needs (yet). I will never force her into a pose and will take the time to make sure you and she are happy, comfortable, and calm.

~ flexibility ~

I allow for flexibility in my schedule in the event of sickness or any unforeseeable circumstances that might arise from being parents of a newborn.

~ Custom sessions ~

Studio sessions for baby and family with an abundance of props and poses

 

~ B&W mini-sessions ~

Mini photoshoot in my downtown studio with simple props and poses

FAQs

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A NEWBORN SESSION?
  1. Get in touch with me
  2. If you decide to book, I will keep my schedule with at least 2 spaces free a week before and every week after your due date until the baby is born.
  3. Once your baby is earthside, let me know so I can provide you with my immediate availability.
  4. Come meet me at my studio, I will have everything needed from props to drinks, and snacks.
  5. You will receive your images between 1-2 weeks after the session.
DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?

Absolutely!

For mini sessions, you will be able to choose the 5 images you want me to fully edit from a gallery of up to 15 lightly edited images.

For the Essentials collections or packages, you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited images.

Complete collections or packages will be delivered to you all fully edited with up to 25 images.

CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?

Don’t worry! you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.

If you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.

I do offer digital-only packages to businesses (commercial, social media, business profiles) If that’s your case, please get in touch with me to get a quote.

WHAT DOES MY NEWBORN MINI-SESSION INCLUDE?

We will focus on capturing the little details of your baby’s newborn state, her squishy cheeks, hands, feet, etc.

Newborn minis are B&W and they include:

• Up to 90 min photo shoot at my downtown studio in Monterey (only for your baby)

• Black and white themed props

• 6 fully edited images

• 6 – 8″x10″ prints

Add a family portrait for an additional fee.

For pricing, please visit my newborn sessions guide here.

WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?

She will ALWAYS be your baby, but will never look the same.

After the first two weeks of life, babies begin to experience a big growth spurt. As the days go by, their faces begin to fill up and their newborn expression little by little disappears, they begin to be more aware and fussy, and their joints begin to harden making them less flexible.

We can’t keep them little, but we can help you freeze this moment in time so they can see their own journey as they grow.

To ensure that you get the images you’ve dreamed of, our process is broken into 4 parts:

  1. Consultation to customize your images. You are unique, this consultation is necessary for me to get to know you and your needs. We will talk about your expectations, clothing and style, newborn safety, etc.
  2. In-studio photo-shoot. Babies are very sensitive and need a lot of patience. The session will last between 3-4 hours.
  3. After you go home, I will fully retouch your images, create your products, and put them together for you to see them for the first time.
  4. Ordering appointment. You buy only the images you love. This will be the first time you’ll see your final photos, they will be edited and printed for you to take home.

While the in-person appointment is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for you to be able to see the final image in print. Printed images are a better way for you to judge which ones you want to keep.

If you wish to receive your images online, your images will be watermarked and “NOT FOR PUBLIC USE”.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE NEWBORN SAFETY?

A lot goes into creating the kind of newborn images that you see on my website. Most of the effort goes into making sure your baby is happy and safe. Currently, there is no formal education or license required to handle newborns for photography purposes, while this is baffling, it is true.

CERTAIN POSES CAN BE DANGEROUS IF NOT DONE WITH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN MIND.

Newborns are developing little individuals that can’t hold themselves up and whose muscles and ligaments aren’t fully formed. Because of this, it is extremely dangerous for an untrained person to handle your newborn, putting aside the fact that without the right conditions or equipment, your favorite newborn images would be near impossible to achieve.

For the reasons stated above, safety is paramount to my business. No matter what you’ve seen on Pinterest or Instagram, your baby is a unique individual and I will treat him/her with kindness and respect.  I won’t force your little one into any poses just to meet photo expectations. However, I will do everything I can to learn about your newborn photo dreams so I can whisper all my wisdom into his/her ears and make them happen.  Either way, I promise you that the photos you’ll get will be all that you would ever want and need.

Posing

If you have any specific requests regarding poses, make sure to discuss them with me ahead of time.  We need to be on the same page as far as newborn safety.

Please communicate with me

It is very important that you let me know of any questions or comments that you have before or during the session.  I might be the expert but you are the parent, if something makes you uncomfortable please say so, I won’t be offended! This way I can ease away any concerns, explain what’s happening, and make sure everyone is happy with the flow of the session.

Keeping it germ-free

For every session, my assistant and I make sure to wash our hands and disinfect our clothing with natural non-toxic antibacterial spray.

I thoroughly clean my camera equipment before our appointment.

All blankets, fabrics, and hats are washed after every photo shoot with plant-based baby friendly detergent and stored away.

If I suspect that there is a bug going around my home, I will not hesitate to reschedule. It is never worth the risk!

I also ask that if there is a sickness going on in your family to please notify me, due to the nature of my work it is important to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

Every baby is different

Remember, every newborn is a unique individual, therefore I can’t predict what will happen in every session. If the baby is uncomfortable or gets overwhelmed by a certain pose or situation, I will move on to the next shot and revisit if time allows.

Whether you decide to work with me or not, I encourage you to please put your baby’s safety above anything else! For that reason, I’ve put together a few tips to help you find the right photographer for your style and budget, you can find it through this link. 

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERTISE?

Besides having two boys of my own, I have years of experience working with newborns. I know all the techniques necessary to make them feel calm and happy and have a set of safety policies as well as equipment to make the best with every newborn I see.

I LOVE babies, I am obsessed with capturing the little details and characteristics of their newborn state as well as seeing families grow.

Creating those newborn images that you see all over my portfolio isn’t an easy task. However, I can assure you I am trained and experienced and will always put your baby’s safety first.

WHAT DO CUSTOM NEWBORN SESSIONS CONSIST OF?

My customized newborn sessions are designed to capture the most adorable tiny features of your baby with a variety of props and/or blankets.

In order to perfectly match your unique family needs, we will have a consultation to determine a shot-list and selection of props to be used.

I will welcome you in my studio in downtown Monterey or I can bring everything to you for an additional fee.

During this session,  I will gently handle your baby into sweet poses.

Family members are welcome and encouraged to partake.

DURATION

• 3-4 hours depending on the baby.

IMAGE DELIVERY

• After the photo shoot, we will set an appointment for you to see your images for the first time. This is when you select the ones you wish to keep, they will be printed and ready for you to take home.

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH CUSTOM NEWBORN SESSIONS?

My newborn photography services are full service. You will receive fully retouched digital images and prints.

The total cost depends on the number of images you want to purchase.

All my newborn sessions include:

  • Consultation to customize your images. We’ll talk about clothing, expectations, how to prepare, newborn safety, props, etc.
  • 3-4 hour photo shoot at my studio in downtown Monterey.
  • Appointment to select your final images. You will see your images for the first time. They will be retouched, printed, and ready for you to take home.

Whether you decide to work with me or not, I encourage you to put your baby’s safety above anything else!  For that reason, I’ve put together a few tips to help you find the right photographer for your style and budget (even if it is not me!), you can find it through this link. 

NEWBORN PRICING GUIDE HERE

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO MILITARY OR ANY OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to family and maternity Essentials Collections.

WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?

The belly to baby bundle offers you a 15% discount on your maternity session when booking your newborn session with me.

WHAT IS EDITED AND RETOUCHED ON EACH PHOTO?

While I use my expertise to take the best images possible straight out of my camera, editing is still one of the most time-consuming parts of my job, it can take anywhere from 10 min to 60 min per image.

Fully retouched images are the finished products that represent the full quality of my work and cover the following:

  • Skin imperfections (acne, some wrinkles, uneven skin tones, discolorations, jaundice, rashes, etc.)
  • People and cars in the background (your photos will look as if you were completely alone at the beach with your family)
  • Distracting objects or marks on a background, backdrop, or wall
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls
  • Double chins
  • Enhanced sky and sunset colors
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extend and smooth backgrounds for newborn or studio-style sessions
  • Feature enhancements (brightening and sharpening of faces and eyes)
  • Color and ambiance editing to suit my style
WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR MY STUDIO NEWBORN SESSION?

Taking pictures of a newborn is a slow and patience-testing process, please make sure to carefully read and follow the recommendations described in this article: Newborn session: what to expect and how to prepare?

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

For regular sessions, your fully edited printed images will be ready a week to two weeks after the shoot. As soon as your session is over, we will schedule a day for you to come in the studio to look at them.

For sessions where scheduling an appointment back in the studio is not possible, an online proof gallery will be shared with you up to two weeks after the photo shoot. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).

HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use up to 4 photos to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

PAYMENT PLANS FOR NEWBORN COLLECTIONS

Payment plans are available for newborn sessions booked with at least 3 months before the due date.

The total cost of the newborn session can be divided into 3 or more monthly payments before the baby is born.

Please contact me in order to inquire about a payment plan for you.

Please, fill out my contact form to ask any questions or to request a booking. 

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