At Ms. Studios we’re all about celebrating how fierce and amazing women are and I can’t think of anything more fierce and amazing than growing another human being! In addition to a Maternity session, there are 4 types of ‘baby’ sessions to choose from, you can incorporate one or all as you wish. Keep in mind that scheduling can be tricky when you’re dealing with babies who have a mind of their own about when they would like their birthday to be. Please call during your 2nd trimester so we can work on setting tentative dates based around your expected due date. This will make sure we get you on the calendar and then you can provide updates as your pregnancy progresses.
Birth Session – A birth session is literally a session in the labor & delivery room documenting the actual birth process. It can be done for natural birth as well as a C-section with the permission of your doctor and hospital, which you would need to secure in advance. It is very ‘photojournalistic’ in style. There is nothing you need to do to prepare for a birth session other than confirm that your doctor and hospital do not have any regulations against photography in the delivery room. With the unpredictability of Mother Nature, these are very hard to schedule in advance and require the photographer to remain local and be ‘on-call’ for roughly the last 3 weeks of your pregnancy. At present we are only taking a very limited number of birth sessions under special circumstances. Please call for current information if you are interested in a birth session.
Fresh 48 Session - A Fresh 48 session is for families who wish to document their child’s first days and all the excitement surrounding those days without photographing the actual birth itself. It is a ‘lifestyle’ session held in the hospital within the first 12-48 hours of your precious baby’s life. These are not quite as difficult to schedule as a birth session, but again, we are working within a very small window to get this session booked and on the schedule due to the unpredictability of Mother Nature which necessitates the need for the photographer to basically be ‘on-call’ as your due date nears. This session requires no prep on your part; all you have to do is love on that sweet baby and allow us to document it.
Newborn Session – Newborn sessions occur within the first 3-10 days of life and can be held in my studio or your home. Babies sleep more soundly in the first few days and since they are used to being curled up in the womb this means they are more inclined to stay in those sweet baby poses at this age. After that they figure out how good stretching feels and some of those adorable poses may not be achievable. If baby is particularly red or jaundiced, we will try to schedule closer to the 10 day mark. Scheduling is not as tricky as birth and/or Fresh 48 but babies have a mind of their own so additional time must be scheduled for the session so that we can build in time to feed or sooth baby between poses. We may not need the whole time, but we dedicate a 4 hour window for your Newborn session. The style is more ‘studio portrait’ and requires a bit of prep to make sure baby is comfortable and content. Here are some tips to ensure a successful Newborn session;
New Family Session – If there is some reason that we can’t schedule a Newborn session within the first 10 days, don’t fret. A New Family session is designed to celebrate the new family member and your new family dynamic at a few weeks or months. The only difference, depending on when we can schedule the session, is in the types of poses that we can achieve. Babies are much more complacent in the early days with a Newborn session and we can achieve some poses that just aren’t realistic after a couple weeks or months, but that doesn’t mean we can’t achieve beautiful heirloom quality portraits of your precious family. These sessions are often even less stressful for new parents because by this time you have settled into more of a routine and you aren’t quite as sleep deprived. So there are pluses on both sides.
Whatever type of session you choose, or all four if you like, let Ms. Studios be your Newborn Photographer to help you welcome this amazing new little person into your lives and your family.