Little’s Photography specializes in capturing love, innocence and beauty in each newborn photo session. We also, are masterful at including the rest of the family – loving mothers, doting fathers, big brothers and sisters too. Each shoot is created on the spot to suit the ways of being of your unique family.
We understand that today more than ever you have an extreme amount of options for photographing this special time in your lives. The market is flooded with new photographers recreating poses they see on youtube or Pinterest. Our shoots are created from scratch, so no two are the same. Each one is special.
There are lots of Mom-tographers out there and some of them do a pretty good job photographing your newborn. But only photographing your newborn is still missing ¾ of it. We believe strongly that it is an experience for the whole family and it lasts at least a year. It’s an investment you will always be happy you made.
When Is the Best Time for Newborn Photos?
Although it seems like you have all the time in the world with your new baby, actually, this phase is speeding by. The ideal time to photograph your newborn is between 5 days to 10 days old.
This is a critical stage for a few important reasons:
- Your baby is obviously at the very beginning of life. Everyday they get bigger and older.
- Newborns are more likely sleep during the shoot
- At this age it is easier to take a photograph which feels peaceful and angelic
- At this age they are still very bendy and like being curled up and swaddled, similar to in utero.
We can photograph a baby at any age, but this newborn phase passes quickly. After 6 weeks babies resist being bundled. They seem to always have either their arms, their legs or all 4 sticking straight out. They are also less likely to fall asleep during the shoot. They seem to be much more aware that something cool is happening and they don’t want to miss it.
How to Use Your Images
Favorite ways to use your newborn images:
- Wall Art Images
- Collages of Baby and All the Little Parts
- Birth Announcements
- A Keepsake Album
- Mini Books
- Photo Gifts
- And More
What to Expect
We create each photoshoot as a special occasion and we treat your newborn like our littlest clients. We make sure they are comfy and cozy and surrounded by the people who love them the most. Our style is to focus on your actual baby versus scenes and dress up things. Yes we have soft wraps, blankets, backdrops and all of the other adorable little accessories you see in our pictures, but the focus is on the baby. His or Her little bodies, feet, cheeks and lips. Your baby is always the star of the show and never overwhelmed by props or trendy things.
We also offer an exclusive photography membership – The Baby Luxe Club. It was developed because many of the parents who requested newborn photography wanted to return back to us for future photos of their children’s milestone moments. If you think this might be you, learn more about membership here.
“I found Little’s photography for my second child’s professional baby pictures. I fell in love instantly. I had tears of joy. Since then we use Littles Photography every type of photography we need. They clearly stand apart from their competitors. They know how to play games with our boys while positioning everyone and have a time perfect system of coordinating with each other to take the pictures. When I show the photos, I get comments that they should be on a magazine cover – I agree.”
– Rebekah W.
What do I need to do to prepare for my newborn’s session?
First keep it simple. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are just a few things you can do that make a real difference.
- Have the baby wear an easy off onesie or have them come swaddled so we don’t wake them up by pulling clothes up over their little heads.
- Feed the baby fully either right before you leave to come to the studio, or plan ahead and do it at the studio. Make sure we know if this is your plan.
- We highly recommend you plan to be photographed with your baby. If you decline, make sure your nails are trimmed if not manicured, because we may want your hands in a few or our designs.
- Lastly, keep your energy low and don’t worry about anything. Your baby will feed off your energy so do your best to just be happy and peaceful. We will do all the rest.
Do I need to bring props, baby clothes, wraps?
No. We have everything we need. However if you saw something you want specifically, then we do need to know in advance. If it’s something we do not have we will tell you and then you’ll need to provide it. Also, some people have specific items they’ve purchased or been given that they want us to use, and we are happy to accommodate them.
Can you photograph my kids or the whole family with my newborn.
Absolutely. This is where we shine. We are experts at working with the whole family. Keep in mind, if you join The Baby Luxe Club, then you may choose to include everyone else when the baby is older. We can help you choose what will work best for your set of circumstances.
What is the best age to photograph my newborn?
2 weeks is ideal. The next best age is the soonest you can manage. If you would like to be sure that you get photos of your baby’s milestones for their first year, consider our Baby Luxe Club, the benefits are in your best interest and the guidance is priceless. Learn more.
When should I call the studio to schedule?
Most delivery dates are unpredictable. We recommend you call to schedule while you are still pregnant and base the appointment on your due date. Then we can make adjustments if we need to. Keep in mind, we typically book up 6 weeks in advance. We always make it work.
Should I do the shoot in your studio or at my home?
We have two answers for you.
#1 Home sessions are only better if you have your heart set on a specific look that can only be accomplished at home. They are more time consuming and more hassle for Moms and Dads. They also cost more.
#2 Studio sessions are more streamlined and less stressful. Yes, you have to get the baby to the studio, but once you do, you sit back and enjoy. Then the rest is up to us. Given that the goal of newborn photography is to capture the newborn and the love of the family, the focus is on the baby and not the environment during a studio shoot. In most cases, we recommend the studio as the best option.
Do I get to keep all the digital images from the photoshoot?
Two of the most common client statements we hear are, “That’s the best picture of myself I’ve ever seen.” and “Well, gotta have that picture.” How does that happen? We do not give you every image we take. Photographers who do that are adding a lot of mediocre images that you will never use, to the 1 or 2 good ones they captured so that it feels like the value is there. We operate differently. For over 20 years we have focused on the experience and quality of the images that we take. Our clients don’t need quantity. This is part of what makes Little’s Photography unique and has made us an industry leader. Our pictures are priced for great. If they are not great, you are not going to buy them. Our job is to make sure they are great. And we do our job very well.
Can I just buy digital images?
Yes you can, however we do not recommend it. We hear over and over again, that even the most well meaning client doesn’t make the time to do anything with them. It’s not a cost savings, so there is really no advantage to only buying digitals.
How long does it take to get the images back so I can share them?
You can schedule your Big Reveal within days of your photoshoot. That is where we wow you with all the great images we captured. At that appointment you make all of your selections, pay for them, and then we get to work with the rest of the process. We promise you will have your finished portraits 2 weeks from the date you ordered them.
Can you recreate a picture I saw on Pinterest?
We can discuss it and if nothing else, use it as inspiration. Newborn babies are like sunsets. They are all beautiful and all different. There are things you can influence and things you can not. We can promise you will love your images of your baby, and who knows, someone someday might try to copy yours.