Frequently Asked Questions | Newborn Photography

I get so many great questions when it comes to newborn photography from moms like you trying to wade through the overload of options and information on the internet. I hope this list of answers will help you find peace and confidence and if you have any questions that are unanswered please feel free to contact me anytime! Let's jump right in...

When should I start looking for a newborn photographer?

The best time to start looking for a newborn photographer is around your second trimester. most often mamas are starting to feel better then and welcoming a new baby into your family has begun to be fun! Also, my schedule starts to book out so contacting me as soon as you are able is a great idea.

Is a newborn photography session safe for my baby?

I always take special care with my precious newborn clients. One of the main reasons I love the more natural feel and "un-posed" nature of my Natural Newborn sessions is because I know that your baby will be comfortable. If I am going to do a more in-depth pose I will either have a spotter at the season or have mom or dad keep their hand on baby at all times. Some rare instances I will do a pose that requires a composite in photoshop to ensure that baby is not harmed while capturing the shot. No matter what, if baby seems in any way resistant to what I am doing I will not move forward. I always have plan B,C,W, X, Y, and Z ready for moments like that!

Cayton Heath Photography provides safe and gentle newborn photography in Redding CA
The magical job of being a newborn photography spotter!

Do you do lots of poses and lots of props?

Most of the time I do not when it comes to props. I like to focus on your baby not furniture so my normal setup looks a lot like the above image of a newborn on a bean bag poser. Poses are always something that I try to give variety on. I like far away birds eye shots and close up details. Filling your gallery with options so that you have lots to choose from for your wall, announcement cards, and albums is my goal. I do have to say, however, that each session is different because each baby is perfectly different.

Do I need to provide clothes, wraps, and props for my baby's session?

You do not need to provide any props and wraps unless there is a sentimental piece that you would like to try and incorporate into your newborn session. I normally photograph babies in the nudey or in a diaper cover or white onesie. I provide wraps, headbands and limited props that I know from experience photograph well and create a minimalist baby centric image! If you want to bring props I will need to double check them for baby safety and please know that if I feel baby would not be safe I will not use your prop.

What is the difference between Natural Newborn sessions and Lifestyle Newborn sessions?

Natural Newborn sessions have the more traditional "studio" feel to them where Lifestyle sessions are in your home and the focus is less on the baby alone and more on the baby with the rest of the family. Natural Newborn sessions normally last 3 hours where a Lifestyle Session is about 2. Natural Newborn sessions are normally in my home where a Lifestyle session is always in your home or a special space of yours. The session fee for these sessions is the same. If you are having a hard time choosing between these two styles I recommend participating in my Motherhood Membership where you receive 3 sessions for the price of just 2 session + bonuses!

Do you ever do Natural Newborn sessions outside?

Due to the fact that I can not control the outdoors I do not do Natural Newborn sessions outside. Until a baby is at least 3 months old I do not normally take babies outside but keep them in an environment where I can control things (ie. the temperature, bugs).

What do I need to bring to the session for my baby?

You will need to bring along your baby's essentials such as, diapers, bottles, formula, burp clothes, pacifiers, and so on. I provide a nursing pillow and I always have wipes on hand. I also provide all the creative pieces necessary for the session like headbands, bonnets, wraps, and blankets.

What happens if my baby fusses?

Babies fuss and it doesn't bother me one bit. I will much of the time try to sooth the baby without moving them from the position they are in as having you come and take the baby can over stimulate them and make them feel the need to nurse even if they just ate. If a diaper change is in order we will change baby and and re-set. Because of the needs of a newborn I keep the time slot for each newborn session long (about 3 hours) so that everyone has time to do what is needed to sooth and relax baby. Just know that if you (Mama) are stressed baby will feel that and that causes them discomfort and irritability.

How long is a Natural Newborn session or Lifestyle Newborn session with you?

I leave a 3-4 hour time slot open for Natural Newborn sessions and a 2 hour time slot open for Lifestyle sessions.

Where do you conduct your Natural Newborn Sessions?

Almost always my clients choose to have their Natural Newborn session in my home studio space. However, if that is not the best choice for your family and circumstances I will gladly bring my home studio space to you and setup in your home.

Do you give unedited images to your clients?

I never give unedited images. I harken that to going to Vegas and seeing how the entertainers do their tricks. Your images are captured at the session, put on my computer, culled, edited, put in your proof gallery, and then you have the joy of seeing them for the first time!

How many images can we expect in our gallery of proofs?

The average proof gallery contains 35+ images. Each session is different however, so some have more and some have a couple less.

How much is a Natural Newborn or Lifestyle Newborn session with you?

My creative session fee for any of the sessions I offer is $170. The price does not vary from session type to session type. I offer a discount when you join the Motherhood Membership where you receive any 3 sessions for the price of 2 + bonuses. The Motherhood Membership is $385.

Do you give any kind of discount?

Yes! The Motherhood Membership where you receive 3 sessions for the price of just 2. I have curated collections that give varying discounts off of the A-LA-CARTE prices. Lastly, I offer a discount when you purchase a framed print or canvas 11x14 or larger (35% off the matching digital image).

How much do your customers normally spend after their session?

After the creative session fee for a single session ($170) or the creative session fee for the Motherhood Membership ($385) the amount my clients spend is unique to each one. The average is $300 - $1400.

How long does it take to receive my images after the session?

It normally takes about 2 weeks to receive your edited and finished proofing gallery.

How long does it take to receive the products I order at my reveal and ordering session?

The time it takes to get your products depends on the time of year. Around Christmas can be much longer wait times then other times of the year. The average shipping time for the products you order from Cayton Heath Photography is 3 - 4 weeks.

What if I am not comfortable hanging my own canvases and fine art prints? What should I do?

NOTHING! That's right, nothing! I will return to your home with my handy dandy husband he will install your gallery or single piece for you. Done and Done!

Gorgeous fine art prints by Cayton Heath Photography
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since Twenty-Eleven 
Redding California