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uniontown newborn photographer

 

newborn & maternity

You either have a brand new baby, or you’re about to, so the last thing you need is hassle. I want to make it easy for you to have beautiful photos, and for you to enjoy the experience of having them made. So I’m happy to help you through the entire process, from deciding what collection is right for you and your newborn, to booking, to planning your session, to hanging images you love in your home.

Babies don’t keep. Let me help you preserve the memories of your pregnancy and your little one’s fleeting newborn days to enjoy long after they’ve grown into spirited toddlers. You won’t regret it.

Organic, natural, baby-led portraits

What does that even mean? I love simplicity, because newborns are perfect all on their own. So I take a less is more approach when it comes to props, using wraps, swaddles, and your own environment. I also work with positions that your newborn is naturally happy in (that’s the baby-led part). It makes a very personalized session, and a comfortable experience for you and baby.

I’m also happy to work with items that are meaningful to your family, and have incorporated homemade blankets, heirloom toys, and other sentimental pieces into newborn sessions.

pittsburgh newborn photographer, organic, natural, baby-led
pittsburgh newborn photographer, organic, natural, baby-led

In-home newborn sessions

I do newborn sessions right in your home. You won’t have to pack up all of the gear, get your tiny new baby into their carseat, and hope that you’ve nailed the timing on traveling with them. Instead, you can relax with them in a space where they’re comfortable, with all of their things handy.

I cannot stress how much I do not expect you to clean your entire home for newborn sessions. Snuggle your newborn, and do not touch those dishes on my account. I mean it.

Maternity portraits

Maternity sessions and other milestone portraits (like 6 month photos, or birthday sessions) can either be done in-home or outdoors. In-home portraits are a great option if this is not your first kid (and you’d like to have photographs with their siblings), or if you’d like to take a more “day in the life” documentary approach to your portraits.

Most moms schedule maternity sessions around the 7 or 8 month mark (far enough in to have a visible baby bump, but not so far in that you no longer want to move.)

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pittsburgh fresh 48 newborn photographer

Birth stories and Fresh 48

I’m not able to offer birth photography right now (we have an almost four year old, and I just can’t be on call for it.) However, I do offer Fresh 48 sessions, which are done in the first 48 hours after birth. These often take place in the hospital, but are sometimes done in-home, and capture your first days with your new baby.

You’re likely already tired of hearing people tell you that it goes so fast, but it REALLY does (did I mention our baby is almost four?!) You blink, and they’ve been home a month already. Capturing all the little details, from their tiny wrinkly toes to their chubby rolls, is priceless. You won’t regret it.

When should we book?

Newborn sessions are best scheduled during their first two weeks. They really do change that fast. You’ll want to book your session before the baby arrives, so that I can keep a few dates free on my schedule (especially if you’re considering a fresh 48 session.)

pittsburgh newborn photographer, organic, natural, baby-led
pittsburgh maternity photographer, motherhood story, newborn

The first year

All of my portrait sessions are booked a la carte, so that you can purchase only what you love. However, I do offer one collection, for baby’s first year.

It includes your maternity session, newborn or fresh 48 session, six-month sitter, and birthday session. If you’re planning on getting portraits for each of these milestones, this collection is a better deal than purchasing each one separately. Check out the pricing page for more information about it.

Newborn & Maternity FAQ

When are you available for a session?
You can see my calendar for available dates.

What kind of sessions do you offer?
I offer portrait sessions for engagements, maternity, newborn, family, my signature wildling sessions for kids, milestones (smash cakes, birthday portraits, and the like), and anniversary portraits.

What do you mean by “session fee”?
If you’re opting to just pay a session fee, and purchase prints or files individually, then the session fee only includes my actually coming to take your photos. I’ll upload your proofs to a site where you can view them, and if you love them (which I obviously hope you love them) you can purchase digital files with print rights, and/or physical prints. I’m happy to send you all of the pricing information, and I do not have a purchase minimum (although I *do* encourage you to get some real, physical prints) so there won’t be any surprises.

What is a print credit?
I find that offering specific prints – say, 8 wallets, two 8x10s, and six 5x7s – is a hassle for folks. It’s never quite the right arrangement of sizes. Instead, I offer a print credit that you can put toward any of the products that I offer.

But I just need one photo, not a whole session.
That’s not a question, but I’m gonna answer it anyway. Because I generally do lifestyle portraiture (and not a more rigid studio set up), it takes almost as long to get one great shot as it does to get twenty. It’s a process. That said, I do sometimes offer mini-sessions. Since they’re all done in a central location, it’s a little more like a studio set up, and the sessions are shorter and more affordable. If you’d like to know when those are available, sign up for the newsletter.

What if I’m interested in weird portraits, like at a chocolate factory or on a mountaintop?
Good! I embrace weird, and if you’re going for the coveted “strangest photography request” slot, you’ve got a pretty high bar to aim for. Let’s get weird.

What if I’m totally not photogenic?
Take a look through my blog. Now consider that nine out of ten of those people told me that they aren’t photogenic, are nervous in front of a camera, and take terrible photos. None of these folks are models, they’re just regular people. It’s my job to make you look great, and it’s my job to make you feel comfortable while we’re shooting, and you look fabulous.

Do you travel?
I love traveling, but it can be prohibitively expensive for portraits. If you’re interested, I’m more than happy to get you a quote. If you’re in my usual coverage area (which is anywhere between Pittsburgh and Morgantown) you won’t have to worry about it.

Do you work with LGBT or non-traditional families?
I sure do. My goal is to make everyone I work with feel comfortable and respected.

Where do we start?
The first contact that I have with people is usually through email, although you’re welcome to call or text. Then if you think we’re a good fit, we can talk about what you want out of your photographer, and go over your plans for your session. If you’d like to see when I’m available, you can see .

When will I get to see my photos?
Your photos will be processed two to three weeks after your session. I upload the finished images to an online proofing site so that you can view them right away, and you can also download your files through them. Select photos are also added to the blog and Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, feel free to tag yourselves and your friends. If you’re more of an instagram person, I add a few photos to my instagram feed as well. If you’ve ordered an album, you’ll have proofs two to three weeks after your photos are finished. You can make changes to the album if you’d like (swapping/adding/deleting photos), and choose an album cover. The album is usually in your hands two or three weeks after the order is made.

What’s a digital gallery?
I upload all of the finished images, and you’ll receive an email when your photos are available. You’ll be able to view and download all of your photos online, and can send the link to friends and family to view as well, and you are also able to order prints and other products through that service.

happy customers

Morgantown maternity photographer

Roxxie

Mama

She is awesome! Great work and fabulous attitude! Can't wait to see her again when the baby comes.

newborn and family photographer • pittsburgh, uniontown, brownsville

Emily

Mama

The photos are amazing!

let’s do this

I’m all for making this process as easy as possible, so get in touch with any questions you have. There’s also even more information (yes, including full pricing info) on my portrait pricing page. Whether you have some questions or are ready to book right now, you can email, call/text, or fill out the form below to get in touch. You can also use the link below to schedule a session or meeting. Easy peasy.