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What to Expect


Lifestyle newborn photography is a unique experience from studio/posed newborn photography.  It is more relaxed and free flowing with a focus on simplicity, connection and storytelling. In these sessions, I have the opportunity to capture photographs of a newborn interacting within their very first environment, with their belongings to look back on and their home.

When I first arrive, I generally ask for a tour of your home.  Here we will chat, go over the details you'd like me to capture for your session, meet your new addition and become BFF's with your other kiddos if you have more or even fur babies.  I'll get familiar with your space, the light and I'll discuss my plan for your session.  At every newborn session I follow the baby's lead, or if there is a toddler running around, they are the boss for the day.  I have a loose order in which I shoot, but I keep that completely flexible depending on feed times, cuddle breaks, and toddlers being toddlers.  I give direction and guidance to a point, such as positioning you in the best light, asking you to look at each, look at your baby, etc. but mostly I am just creating a space and opportunities for connections to happen naturally.  We usually start in the master bedroom, move to the nursery/kids bedrooms and then to the main living area.  If the weather cooperates we can also take some portraits in your yard.   Our session will be 1-2 hours in length.

One of the great things about a lifestyle newborn session is that we can photograph your new addition anytime in their first 4 weeks.  If you really want photos of your sweet, new baby asleep and dreamy, then it's best to do your session within the first 3-10 days.

How Do We Prepare Our Home?


Clean, declutter, but don't stress!  I love "lived-in" homes, but the reality is that you don't want anything too distracting in your images.  You also don't want sterile.  So find the balance that is right for you.  The main spaces I generally shoot in during a session are the master bedroom, the nursery and the main living area so these are the areas you should focus on when preparing for your session.  Again, if you need some guidance you are more than welcome to send me through some images of your spaces for advice before your shoot.  Ultimately I will only shoot in the areas with the best natural light.

Clothing


I always suggest neutral, some pops of color, textures and COMFORTABLE.  I love bright, airy, whites, grays, bright pops of color and simplicity when it comes to newborn photography.  You don't want your family to be too matchy-matchy, but you will want to coordinate.  For baby you are free to have a few outfit options to use through the session.  One might be a simple white onsie, another might be a daytime outfit with some amazing prints, texture or color and you might want some images of baby wrapped in your favorite muslin or special blanket.  Your session need to represent YOU and your family honestly as possible.  Before your session, feel free to send me photos and ideas and I will be happy to give you wardrobe advice.

Investment & Delivery


The Complete First Year Lifestyle Milestone package {20% savings}
$1580
4 Narrative Lifestyle Sessions to be used for newborn, 4, 8 and 12 months
4 - photographer led, lifestyle sessions that focuses on the loving connections within your family, while documenting the little details of life as you know it, right here, right now. We'll spend about an hour together at each one, being silly and laughing a lot, while capturing who you are as a family.
each session includes:
What to wear and outfit guidance before session
1 hour session
Includes entire gallery of 30 edited images with print release via digital download
Gallery received within 5 days of session
The Essential Lifestyle Newborn Session
$495
A candid-based, photographer led, lifestyle session that focuses on the loving connections within your family, while documenting the little details of life as you know it, right here, right now. We'll spend about an hour together, being silly and laughing a lot, while capturing who you are as a family.
session includes:
What to wear and outfit guidance before session
1 hour sessionIncludes entire gallery of 30 edited images with print release via digital download
Gallery received within 5 days of session
The Fresh 48
$395
A quick candid, lifestyle session that focuses on capturing you and your new baby within the first few days of your lives together in the hospital. This session includes:
30 minute in hospital session
20 edited, high-resolution image downloads with print release via digital download
Consultation before your session over the phone
Gallery delivered to you same day in the hospital (because I know you can’t wait!)
Digital image downloads with a print release
The Mini Maternity Session
{free with purchase of newborn session, no substitutions if not used}
$295
A completely posed, photographer led session that focuses on getting you as you are while you are pregnant with your new bundle of joy. We will spend approximately 30 minutes together getting images for you to have to look back on and remember this amazing time in your life.
session includes:
What to wear and outfit guidance before your session
30 minute session
10 fully edited, high resolution images with print release via digital download
Your gallery received within 5 days of the session
In regards to your photos, as I sort through all of the images from our session, I choose to edit the ones that best represent you. I love to give you the images where there are beautiful expressions, and priceless moments being captured. While I do not edit and/or share every image from our session, I do strive to deliver the best photo(s) of each pose.

I will post a few sneak peek photos on my facebook page. (If you prefer I not share the images on facebook and /or on my website, this is completely okay and I will respect your wishes. Just please let me know this fact prior to our session.)

I will aim to have your photos edited and ready within one week of our session. You will also receive your photos on a personalized, password protected, online gallery. This allows for the quickest delivery of the images, for you to easily view and share your photos. From there you are welcome to order print products through me, through your own personalized online store.

Please note: 50% of session fee is due as a retainer and is required at the time of booking. This will enable you to secure your preferred date and time for all your photography sessions. Remainder of full amount is due 48 hours before session is to take place.
* A travel fee of $35 is required for anything more than a 15 mile radius outside the zip code of 60516, up to 30 miles. Anything over 31 miles is the mileage times 1.3 for travel fee.

I’m a Downers Grove family and small business photographer, but I work across Chicago and the western suburbs, including Hinsdale, LaGrange, Oak Brook, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Clarendon Hills, Wheaton, Burr Ridge, Glen Ellyn, Lemont, Naperville, Westchester and Lisle.