Newborn sessions are a fun opportunity to bond with your little one, watch them make all those cute faces in their sleep, and capture moments to last forever. That newborn phase is just so sweet but so fleeting. Your baby's first weeks of life outside the womb are full of surprises, lessons, and incredible bonding. I love capturing sweet newborns before these days fly by.

When I shoot, I greatly shoot for the baby. I imagine that baby growing up, looking back on baby photos, seeing the home her parents lived in at the time, the way her big brother would poke her in the face as he learned to be gentle with babies, the dog who watched over her and barked at potential intruders.

When hiring me for your newborn session, it's important to remember that I am, first and foremost, a birth photographer. I will likely be on call for one or more families during your session. There is always a slim chance that we may need to reschedule the session, either before or during the session. (It has happened that I’ve been called to a birth as I was driving to a newborn session.) Also keep in mind that I must remain within a reasonable range to clients for whom I'm on call. If you live far over an hour from the Denver area, we'll need to shoot in my studio. If I become ill or my family is ill, I will require that we reschedule our session. I will not risk exposure to newborns. Your flexibility and understanding is very much appreciated, and is a requirement for me to accept you as a client. ***

If a member of your household is sick with a cold, cough, or flu, please reschedule with me. I work with brand new babies on a regular basis, and it's so, so important that I don't expose those little ones with very vulnerable immune systems to illness.**

(C) 2014 Michelle Garey Photography

Scheduling

I love working with babies 6-10 days old. Newborn sessions are about 2 hours long. This time is spent weaving together the story of this period in your lives. It's a good idea to reserve your session a couple months in advance, and then give me a call soon after birth to nail down a specific date. **Note that if the first two week period isn't possible, I have no problem scheduling out further.

Location

My goal is to make these sessions as stress-free as possible, and to tell YOUR story, so I work in and around your home. Some of my clients have homes under construction, or are in the moving process. If you desire gorgeous lifestyle newborn images, but don’t have the right space available to you now, we can select from a number of gorgeous homes for rent by the hour, starting at $125 per hour. I recommend booking the space for two hours, particularly if you have young children. To view the spaces, click here. That said, your home is more photogenic than you know, and will have more meaning to yourself and your babe when you look back on these images 30 years from now.

Family

Family members like grandparents, parents, and siblings are encouraged to join us!

Preparation

  • Please have disposable diapers on hand for your session. You do not need to buy anything else in preparation for your session. My style is very minimalistic, and I generally do not photograph babies in elaborate outfits or with props. I do bring wraps, headbands, hats, and blankets.

  • It’s helpful to have your home a bit warmer than usual. Babies love it warm!

  • Baby should be wearing only a diaper and swaddle when I arrive. Please secure the diaper more loosely, to avoid it leaving dark marks on your baby’s skin.

  • If your driveway is very icy, please spread sand or salt so I don't fall. I'll need to take several trips back and forth with heavy gear.

  • Your hands will be in some of the images. Please remove old nail polish and bandaids, then moisturize. Add a clear coat, if you'd like. 

WHAT TO WEAR

I recommend soft, neutral colors. The simpler the outfit, the more timeless your images will be. Be sure to have an alternate outfit picked out to wear in the case there is an accident on your shirt. For outfit ideas, check out my Pinterest page! You don't need to worry about shoes.

If you'd like some skin-to-skin images with dad and baby, it's best to warn dad in advance!

(C) 2016 Michelle Garey : Denver Birth Photographer

What to Expect

During your session, you can expect me to offer light posing suggestions. We’ll likely go from room to room doing weird things like cuddling on the bed (I’ll photograph, not cuddle… promise), and sitting on the floor. I’ll swaddle your baby, put them to sleep, and capture all of their delicious details.

My style is incredibly minimalistic. I do bring wraps and hats and a few props, but overall I prefer to tell a more authentic story, and to direct attention to the baby, not the setup.

Cost

Newborn sessions are $595 and include approximately 25 retouched digital images in both color and black and white, a print release, and custom announcement design. Half of your payment is due at the time of booking, and the other half you can pay at or before your session via cash, check, or credit card.

Other

For those with allergies, note that I do own a dog. All of my wraps and blankets are washed after use with a gentle, scentless detergent.

 

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In-Home Newborn Photography Sessions in Denver, Colorado : A Birth Revered

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