It has been such a joy watching this sweet and smiley little boy grow over the past year! Enjoy a few of my favorites from Mr. Ashton’s Mickey Mouse themed cake smash!
This sweet and smiley little guy just celebrated his first birthday and what better way than with an in-home cake smash session? It was so fun to see him enjoy that cake and give a bunch of adorable smiles. It was hard to choose just a few but here are my favorites from little Max’s first birthday cake smash session!
If you are considering a newborn session for a June 2019 due date, now is the time to contact me. I only take a limited number of due dates per month and my slots are already half full. Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!
outdoor “Christmas themed” set
5-10 digital images
Saturday, November 24th & Saturday December 1st – Hastings, MN
*limited time slots available and are first come first serve
*full payment required at booking to reserve your date and time
If you are considering a newborn session for a November due date, now is the time to contact me. I only take a limited number of due dates per month and my slots are already half full. Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!
It feels as if the summer has barely started and I cannot believe it’s time to already start thinking about the Fall! My summer newborn spots are 90% full through August so if you have a July or August due date, now is the time to get on my calendar before I am not able to take any more. Simply fill out the interest form below and I will send you more information!
Booking a photographer to capture baby’s newborn stage is on the to-do list for many expecting parents, but not all the parents think it needs to be done in advance, before they even deliver the baby. I often get last minute inquiries asking my availability for their newborn baby. Sometimes it is too late to book a newborn session after your baby arrives because I am fully booked at that point. So why book a newborn photography session before your baby arrives?
This is something a lot of new parents ask: How can I even book a session when I don’t even know when the baby is going to arrive? My baby could arrive early or late.” This is of course very true. Unless you will have a scheduled c-section, you won’t know exactly when your baby will arrive.
Here is how my system works to make sure I photograph newborn babies in time for all my booked clients: I take a certain number of due dates per month, with 2 maximum due dates per week. I mark my clients’ due dates on my calendar and once the baby arrives, we will schedule a firm date for the session. I want to make sure all of my clients have the opportunity to get an appointment at the best possible time, which is within the first 2 weeks after birth.
I also want to be able to be flexible for my booked clients. Some clients might need a few more days due to delivery complications. Some babies might need a few more days before their first photo session due to jaundice, for example. I always prioritize my booked clients. Occasionally I will have openings and I will try my hardest to squeeze new clients in if I can. If newborn photography is something that you really want for your family, then I recommend scheduling ahead just in case.
I currently only have one spot left for June, one for July and am fully booked for the month of August. I am now booking for September and October – so if this is where your due date falls and you are interested in learning more about my in-home sessions, contact me today!
When Should I Schedule My Fresh 48 Session?
Scheduling is suggested as soon as you know you want one. I suggest 3-4 months prior to your due date to ensure availability. I typically only accept a few of these sessions per month.
When and Where Will it Take Place?
The session will take place at the place of delivery (hospital, home, or birthing center) They are scheduled within the first 48 hours after delivery during daylight hours.
What do you think makes Fresh 48 so special?
Fresh 48 is special because there are very few (if any) things more raw, important and emotional in life than having a baby. For a lot of moms and parents the first couple of hours and days after delivery can be a blur because of all the changes, actual labor and post delivery. I want you to REMEMBER how beautiful the two of you looked as brand new parents. I want you to REMEMBER how it felt to look at your brand new baby and to DETAIL how fresh and new they looked just coming into the world. There’s nothing like it.
Do I need permission from the hospital?
In almost all cases your photographer will be treated as just a visitor so it’s generally okay.
Can I book a Fresh 48 and Newborn session?
Yes, please! They are perfect compliments to each other and one is no substitute to the other. In fact, if you schedule a newborn session along with your Fresh 48 session, you will receive a 20% bundled discount!
Do you do actual time of birth photos or just after?
Just after! Birth photography is amazing, but currently my schedule does not allow for me to accept birth sessions.
How long will you be there?
Approximately 1 hour.
When do you think is the best time for photographs?
I suggest trying to plan the photo session around baby’s first bath if possible. Sometimes asking the nurses to hold off on doing your baby’s footprints is a good idea so I can capture that as well.
When should I contact you to come?
I ask that you contact me (or that someone does) after you go into labor or as soon as baby is born so we can ensure availability for the suggested time-frame.
What if labor takes longer than expected?
No worries at all! Just let me know when your little peanut arrives and we can schedule from there – regardless of labor length.
What if my baby needs to be in the NICU?
In this event we will stay in touch and it is handled on a case-by-case basis. We may need to work with hospital staff to find out what we are and aren’t able to do. In the event that I am unable to photograph the Fresh 48 as planned due to these circumstances your paid retainer will be applied to a future session.
Anything special (regarding the photos) I would need to bring with to the hospital?
Babies look great in just a diaper or a white onesie. Pack an extra shirt for dad just in case (grey, white, black or neutrals look best) and if you’d like basic makeup. You certainly don’t need to wear makeup for the session but some moms like to freshen up a little.
What if I deliver early?
I try to be on-call and available to you for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date. If you deliver earlier than that time-frame I will make every effort to still be available to you.
What is your cancellation policy?
A $150 retainer is required to hold your spot, and if you cancel, this is non-refundable.
If you can’t make it due to strange timing or an unexpected emergency medical problem, will I get a refund?
Absolutely! A full refund of your retainer will be given in this situation or applied towards a different session type if you choose.
Will hospital staff be in the pictures?
My intention is to photograph immediate family only, so in most cases, no.
Do you have a question that wasn’t answered? Feel free to contact me! I look forward to working with you and capturing these precious & fleeting moments as your family grows!
What’s so great about in-home newborn photography sessions you ask? As a mother of four, I can tell you that trying to get out of the house during those first few days is TOUGH! That’s why I make it easy for my clients and travel to you! I want you to spend more time snuggling that precious little bundle rather than having to spend hours trying to pack up and drive somewhere. With my in-home newborn photography sessions, you don’t need to do a thing other than make sure baby is nice and tired when I get there! A feeding and good burping right before tends to do the trick.