Kitchener – Waterloo Newborn Photography Sessions
What do I need to know before booking a session?
Hi! My name is Amy, I am a newborn photographer servicing Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding areas. I have been photographing newborns since I first started my business in 2013. My style is posed newborn photography that is light, classic and organic in nature, I use mostly neutrals, and my hats and headbands are simple in nature as I prefer the focus to be on the baby and not on the prop . I do also offer lifestyle sessions in client homes as well, which are relaxed sessions, in your own home, focusing on family interaction with new baby. If you like the look of an in home session, but for whatever reason your home isn’t suitable, my studio bedroom is also available for these types of sessions.
I have trained with 3 of the leading newborn photographers in the industry and I am well versed in newborn safety. With over 6 years experience photographing newborns, your little one is in good hands.
TYPES OF SESSIONS
Currently I offer three sessions.
The first is a mini wrapped session. That means that baby will be wrapped for all shots, with 2-3 set ups. There will be no naked posing.
The second is the full studio session. This session includes between 5-8 set ups with props and nude posing (nude if baby allows).
Lifestyle session. This session can take place in your home or in mine. If its taken in your home session takes place in baby’s room, master bedroom and possibly the family room as well. These sessions focus on interaction between the family, parents are an integral part in this session and will be in about 75% of the photos.
I know it seems impossible, but newborn sessions are actually scheduled in advance, typically a great deal in advance. Most people will book their newborn session at the beginning of the third trimester. I am only able to schedule so many sessions per month and do book up quickly, so booking in advance ensures that you have your spot when baby arrives. I try to accommodate last minute requests if at all possible, but booking in advance ensures that you have your spot and don’t have to worry. When baby is born I ask to be notified in the first 48 hours of birth, I will then send you possible session dates and times that are somewhere between 5 and 16 days after birth. This is the time when baby will sleep the best, and is able to get into the curly poses that you see in my portfolio.
Should you have something special that you wish to incorporate into the session please let me know before hand so I can plan the session accordingly. I have a selection of set ups prepared ahead of time, so any special requests need to be made before the session. If you have any colour preferences or prop/pose requests (that you have seen in my portfolio) please let me know ahead of time. Please note that I will not put babies into dangerous props such as helmets or in fire fighting equipment due to safety reasons. Please keep your requests limited to 1 or 2 things, I have a flow that I use to help keep baby comfy, and keep the session going smoothly. Not all babies are comfortable in all poses, I can not guarantee any particular pose for this reason.
Should you wish to have family images done, please note that they will be done at the beginning of the session, children will be asked to leave the studio once their portion of the session is completed so we have a quiet environment to do the newborn session in.
I currently work out of in home studio in Kitchener, Ontario. The studio is in the basement, down one flight of stairs. It is a one room studio, I do not have an entertainment area or a play area, this is why siblings are asked to leave when their portion of the session is over. There is seating for a maximum of 3 people. The studio is kept quite hot for the comfort of the newborn so you will want to dress in layers for comfort. For allergy purposes, I do have a hypoallergenic dog who stays upstairs in a bedroom during sessions, also the studio is full with props made from wool, wool allergies are rare but it is worth mentioning.
PREPARING FOR THE SESSION
You will be sent a prep guide for how to best prepare for the session, it is very important that the guide be followed to ensure a successful session.
Booking your newborn session can easily be done via email. To book your newborn session, I do require a $100 plus HST non refundable retainer that ensures you have a spot on my calendar when baby is born. In addition to the retainer, a signed contract is required as well. Everything can be done electronically. Just fill out my contact form here to inquire about availability.