Newborn Sessions

Sitting Fee

$450

Professional Hair and Makeup Included

Fully guided session

The sitting fee is required to book your appointment and is non-refundable. It covers the pre-session consultation, stylizing and design of session, fitting appointment (if applicable), professional makeover for two, portrait session, and your viewing appointment. Please see below for more information about the session. All newborn sessions include full access to our studio props, wraps, accessories, and client closets and consists of portraits of baby, parents, siblings, and family poses. 

The Newborn Session is designed for babies between 5-21 days old. Newborn sessions typically lasts 2 hours.

  • No digital images or fine art products are included in the sitting fee.

  • All fine art packages and products are purchased separately and are not included in the sitting fee.

  • All sitting fees are due at the time of booking to secure your date and are non-refundable.

  • Individual portraits start at $275. Collections start at $1200. Please contact the studio for full investment information.

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Our heirloom fine art products are unique and beautiful just like your family! 

They are handmade from the finest of leathers, fabrics, linens, and craftsmanship. All of our mounted prints are processed like film and are chemically produced and sealed into the paper, No ink involved so they never smudge, fade, or alter from their initial beautiful state that you love. We offer fine art canvases, mounted lustre finish prints, portfolio boxes, custom framing, and albums. 

Please use the contact tab above to schedule a conversation about how we can help preserve the moments that matter the most to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

{When should I schedule?}

The sooner the better! We take a limited number of newborns each month, so that we can maintain the flexibility necessary for these sessions. We understand that there is a good chance your baby will not come on his/her due date so once you sign a contract and pay the retainer fee, you will be “soft booked”. Then we simply ask our mamas to keep in touch with us if you happen to deliver early or are running late past your due date.

{When and where does the newborn session take place?}

Newborns are best photographed during the first 1-3 weeks of life. Newborn sessions can be done later, but your baby will not sleep as easily through the posing and may also not be able to curl into all the cuddly newborn poses we usually do.  If your baby is older and you are wondering if your baby is still able to have a newborn session, please contact the studio. All newborn sessions take place in the home studio of Aven Willow Studios.

{What is a newborn session like and how do I prepare?}

Because your baby has been in the womb at 98.6 degrees for the last nine months, the studio is kept warm so please dress appropriately for your comfort! Shushing noises and/or womb sounds are played to assure baby is sleeping sweetly through the poses. Sessions are baby led and usually last anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the type of session chosen as well as the baby. You will receive additional prep information once booked which includes feeding your baby a full feeding right before coming over to the studio, as babies with full bellies tend to sleep well. Please be prepared to also feed on demand if breastfeeding, or bring many extra bottles if bottle feeding. If you are nursing, please avoid spicy and gassy foods both the day before and the day of the session. I also recommend bringing a pacifier, even if baby is not taking one, to help aid with posing. We use this soothing tool when baby is not hungry, but needs pacification while posing. Please also bring a soft blanket to wrap baby in between poses if needed.

Parent/sibling and family shots are typically done at the end of the session. With this in mind, we usually recommend that dad or another person take the older siblings out during the first portion of the session. Children, especially younger ones, can become restless in a warm studio. We have a park and playground within walking distance and stores and restaurants within one mile of the studio. For parents, you are welcome to sit close and watch us work with your little. Or you may choose just to sit back and relax! For some parents, this time will be your first moments alone since baby was born! So feel free to bring a book or put your head back and take a nap.

When you book your session, you will receive a questionnaire to fill out. This will give us direction as far as the color scheme that you would like us to use. From there, we will choose props, outfits and backdrops that we feel will accomplish the look you desire. If during the session you see something that we are using that you do not love (Or the opposite: you see something that you love that we are NOT using) just let us know so we accommodate!

We offer a complete line of maternity gowns, which are very comfortable for new mamas to wear during their portion of the newborn session. We also carry a large line of dresses for little girls. (Please contact the studio to see if we have the size you will need.) For dads and little boys, we recommend solid, light colored clothing. White shirts and tan pants are always a good option! We like light and simple clothing so that nothing distracts from the newest addition. For your newborn, we have everything that he/she will need! Most of my props are hand-made to fit my style of photography, so store bought clothes typically don’t fit in. However, if you have something of sentimental value, please feel free to bring it for the session.

{Your Session}

Your session will be completely customized and stylized before you arrive at the studio. During your session Jodie will expertly pose your precious new baby in blanket poses and prop poses, and the full newborn session always includes Family, Mommy & Baby, Daddy & Baby, and sibling poses! This will be a fun, relaxing session around 2.5 hours in time (or 1 hour in time for petite sessions). Jodie is a certified and insured newborn photographer and an EMT and has had years of experience as a photographer and several years and thousands of hours of specialized training and experience as a newborn fine art portrait specialist. She always takes her time handling and posing your baby softly and safely; perfecting each little detail before snapping the photos. We know these portraits are more than just ink on paper for you. It's your legacy! We aim to treat you to a beautiful experience and create a lasting addition to your legacy that you, your children, and your family will cherish and love for generations to come!

 

{After the Session}

Before you leave your session, you will pick a date and schedule your gallery reveal & ordering appointment which typically takes place 2-5 days after the capture of your portraits. At the ordering session you will see the gallery of your beautifully finished portraits for the first time! It is important that all individuals that are part of the final decision process are present at this appointment. You will be picking and choosing your favorite portraits at this appointment and will be making your final decisions on the beautiful fine art products for your home. All products must be paid in full at the ordering session unless a payment plan is chosen. No products are ordered until the payment plan is paid in full.

All products are hand designed and ordered by Jodie Jolley and re-editing takes place to fit the needs of each specific product ordered... all professional touches adapted over years of expert product creation.

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