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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.

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 some images of your spaces for advice before your shoot.  Ultimately I will only shoot in the areas that have the best natural light.

Clothing


I always suggest neutrals, some pops of neutral colors, textures and COMFORTABLE.  I love bright, airy, whites, grays, pops of natrual colors 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 needs to represent YOU and your family as honestly and raw 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, over $350 in savings on sessions!}
$1580
4 Narrative Lifestyle Sessions to be used for 3, 6, 9 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
Up to two hour session {depends on baby that day and breaks}
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:
Up to an hour in hospital session
20 edited images with print release via digital download
Consultation before your session over the phone
Gallery delivered within 1 day (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
Up to 30 minute session
10 edited images with print release via digital download
Your gallery received within 5 days of the session
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.