FAQ'S

Where are you located?

Our studio is located at 1045 Meadow Lane, Newmarket, ON and is available by appointment only. 

 

Do you do on location session?

For newborn session, I currently do not offer at-home location shoot at this time. To achieve the style and quality of newborn images you see on my website, the session will take place at our studio which is set up specifically for newborn photography environment (e.g. room temperature, noise, equipment and lighting).

 

For maternity and family, outdoor location is available upon request for an additional $50 travel fee, to cover travel cost.

 

Do you shoot with natural light or studio lights (flash)?

Professional-grade studio lighting in the studio; natural light and/or portable studio lighting outdoors.

 

Doesn’t studio lighting bother my newborn baby?

Not at all. My studio lights are diffused so that the light from them is very soft, exactly like daytime natural light coming through white curtains. Your newborn is likely sleeping and posed in an angle that the light feathers her, not blinds her.

 

How should I choose a newborn photographer?

Like weddings, timing is essential as this moment cannot be re-done. While price is a factor, consider the style and quality of images and the experience of the photographer in newborn handling and posing. Price is important, however, the least expensive photographer is also probably the least experienced.

 

When should I schedule my session?

Maternity session when you are 30 – 33 weeks.
Newborn session before the expected due date.
Baby session any time, ideally over 3 months.
Smash cake session when baby is 11 – 13 months.

 

How do we schedule a date for a newborn if we don’t know when the baby is born?

Because babies rarely arrive on their due dates, it is best to book as far in advance so I can add your due date to my calendar and secure availability. Pre-booking also allows you to prepare for the session ahead of time, such as planning your wardrobe, indicating which poses you would like me to include and communicating your overall vision for your session BEFORE your new bundle of joy arrives.

When your baby arrives, please contact me as soon as possible so we can secure a date within 3 weeks of your baby’s birth. The exception is if you know your c-section or induction date, the session date can be booked in advance.

 

Why does newborn photos have to be taken in these first two weeks?

Newborns change dramatically in the first weeks of life. The best time for a newborn session between 5 - 14 days old. When they are first born, they are able to bend and curl up into these sweet little poses, mimicking how they lived inside the womb. All these amazing characteristics will begin to disappear after a few short weeks.

 

What if my newborn is older than two weeks? 

It’s not too late to get newborn photos!—I shoot newborns up to 6 weeks old. However, know that the older the baby is, the less likely he/she will look or pose like a newborn. However, I will still get nice images from the photo session.  That’s what is important!

A baby older than 4 weeks has developed further along so their ligaments have strengthened. Because of this, they may not be able to perform some (or even most) of the “curled up” newborn poses. They are more alert and less likely to sleep through pose transitions so the session will have less variety of poses. Your newborn will usually need to be swaddled for much of the session to keep their arms from flailing. For newborns older than 4 weeks, we will focus on wrapped baby, open-eyes and parent/sibling shots.

That being said, all babies are different. I have photographed older infants with great success.

If you decide against newborn portraits, the next “prime time” for a photo session is 3 – 8 months when your baby is able to support their head while on their tummy and/or sit up confidently. We can capture a lot more variety of poses and cute baby expressions at this stage.

 

Why no clothes on the newborn?

Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn. No outfit fits a newborn well and they often look swallowed in clothes.

 

What should I do if my baby is sick?

Sick babies and photo sessions do not mix well. I want you to love your images so please reschedule! One re-schedule is permitted per session and your non-refundable retainer will transfer. Please be considerate and notify me of any changes to the date or time of the session no later than 48 hours prior to the session date.

 

How long will my session last?

Newborn session can take up to 2 - 3 hours to accommodate feeding, soothing, and diaper change times. Baby and maternity sessions are 1.5 – 2 hours. It is recommended that only those who are to be photographed (immediate family members only) be present during your session. Too many people can distract the baby (& the photographer!)

 

Do you offer family session?

Yes I do! 

 

Do you do other photography besides newborn, babies, maternity and family?

Unfortunately no. I photograph bellies and babies up to one year of age at my studio only. I do not photograph weddings, boudoir or on-location events (e.g. birthday parties, baptisms, etc.) at this present time.

 

When will I see my images?

Your password protected gallery will be available within 48 hours after your session. During peak season (e.g. Christmas), the turnaround time may vary by a week or so.

 

I have a question not listed here or need more clarification.

Cannot find what you are looking for in the FAQs about Maternity and Newborn Photography? Please email us any time at lotusbabyphotography@gmail.com and I will be happy to help you!