After spending years as a dedicated nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), nurturing fragile newborns through their earliest days of life, I found myself drawn to a new path - that of a newborn photographer. My journey began in the bustling NICU, where I cared for the tiniest and most vulnerable patients, providing comfort and support to both infants and their families during challenging times. It was a role filled with both heartache and joy, where every day brought new challenges and triumphs.
As I immersed myself in the world of newborn care, I became increasingly fascinated by the beauty and resilience of these precious little ones. I found myself captivated by the unique expressions and tiny details that make each newborn so special. It was during this time that I discovered my passion for photography. I realized that through photography, I could capture and preserve the fleeting moments of infancy, creating timeless memories for families to cherish for years to come.
With a background in nursing, I approached newborn photography with a unique perspective. I understood the delicate nature of newborns and the importance of creating a safe and comfortable environment for them during photo sessions. My experience in the NICU also gave me a deep appreciation for the bond between parents and their newborns, which I strive to capture in every photograph. As I transitioned from the NICU to the world of photography, I brought with me the same dedication, compassion, and attention to detail that defined my nursing career. Today, as a newborn photographer, I am honored to document the precious moments of infancy, creating beautiful images that tell the story of each newborn's journey into the world.
When should I book a newborn photographer?
You should book with me during the second trimester to guarantee that I have availability for your newborn session.
Do I need to bring newborn clothes or swaddles to the photoshoot?
I provide all swaddles, outfits, headbands, bonnets, and sleepy caps in various colors. I also provide the props, layers, and backdrops.
What happens if my newborn is born early?
We use the due date as a placeholder. Most newborns do not arrive on their due date. I only take a limited number of newborns per month to accommodate early and late arrivals. For instance, just last month 3 babies arrived at least 3-5 weeks early, and all had their session in a timely manner. I photograph newborns between 5-18 days after birth (with flexibility for preemies) on weekends in my home studio located in NW Houston. Clients alert me as soon as the baby is born or if or when they receive an induction/c-section date, so that we can pencil them in on the calendar.
Should I wait until the baby is here to book a newborn session?
No. Clients book typically months in advance, sometimes upon knowing when they're pregnant. Occasionally, I can squeeze in a client, but that is rarely possible. It is best to book at the beginning of the second trimester
Why isn't bean bag posing included in the newborn mini package?
Bean bag (or table) posing is where the baby is on fabric and posed with positioners/beans under him/her. It's quite a delicate art. Slow, intricate movements are made to pose the baby without waking her while constantly soothing, but also ensuring he/she's in the best possible position for lighting. Bean bag posing requires significantly more time, because the baby needs to be comfortable (gas-free), full, and sleepy to proceed.
Where do all of your props and textiles come from?
Either my husband makes them, or they come from a local newborn store that is approximately fifteen minutes from my house. I am lucky to live close to one of the most popular newborn vendors in the country. My wraps, outfits, headbands, bonnets, and sleepy caps come from Estonia, Italy, Russia and the United States. I only use trusted vendors that I know don't use harsh chemicals or pesticides in their yarns, since I want to treat my clients' babies as my own.
Do you photograph twins?
Of course! I don't charge extra to photograph twins, as long as I can get extra help from parents with holding. The package pricing and details remain the same even if it does require work. Twins require two of everything, so this is the least I can do to help.