Welcome! I am a maternity and newborn photographer who specializes in on location sessions done in the comfort of your own home. I am based in Salem, Oregon but am happy to travel up to 60 miles which includes the greater Portland area (Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, Newberg, McMinnville, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Canby, Oregon City, West Linn, etc) , Corvallis, and the Oregon coast.
Newborns are best photographed within the first two weeks of life which is why I highly recommend that you contact me and book your session while you are still pregnant. Maternity sessions are best done when you are between 32-36 weeks along. Of course these are only guidelines and not set in stone!
I absolutely love photographing newborns! I know from experience that they grow so quickly and within a blink of an eye those precious newborn days are over. I also know how important safety is when it comes to handling newborns and you can be assured that I will not pose your baby in a way that is unsafe or uncomfortable. Newborns are used to being curled up and most will happily curl into any number of positions but I make no guarantees on any certain pose since not all poses work with all babies. Your baby’s safety and comfort are more important then a photo.
Newborn sessions are very different from other portrait sessions and there is no right or wrong way for your baby (or you!) to act. I will give you lots of helpful tips to help ensure that your baby will be sleepy during our time together and we will work at your baby’s pace. Newborn sessions are not rushed so plan on your session lasting 2-3 hours. I bring everything I need to your home including blankets and gender appropriate props for you to choose from. If you have a special item or pose you would like me to use let me know beforehand so I can plan how to incorporate it into your session. Babies are best photographed in the nude so save the adorable outfits for later.
I utilize both natural and studio lighting and will determine what will work best at the time of your session. I don’t need a lot of space and please don’t worry about what your house looks like, I am well aware of the chaos that a newborn brings and know that the last thing for you to worry about is crumbs on the floor or piles of dishes in the sink! I do encourage immediate family members to join in with the new baby for some first family portraits. I know it can feel like the last thing you want to do so soon after giving birth but I promise you will look back at these special photos and be glad you did.