What to expect from a newborn portrait session…
Welcome to Melissa Treen Photography! We are so glad you stopped by to visit our newborn photography information page. Below we will discuss our typical newborn portrait session and what to expect from the experience. Our newborn portrait photography sessions are usually scheduled during the beginning of mom’s second trimester of pregnancy. Maternity portraits are normally scheduled between weeks 26 – 35 of pregnancy. We typically “pencil in” your due date on our calendar when scheduling the maternity portrait session to hold a spot for your newborn session.
We accept a limited number of newborns per month, so we always encourage moms to schedule their newborns portraits as early as possible. Always check with us to see our availability though, because we understand the importance of newborn portraits, we try to accommodate newborns into our schedule whenever possible. Once we have “penciled in” your due date on our calendar, we simply ask you to contact us within 24 – 48 hours after delivery to reserve your newborn portrait session. This allows us time to place you on the calendar and plan for your session. We photograph most babies with the first 5 – 10 days after birth.
Now let’s begin with a little background… Melissa Treen Photography is a custom portrait photographer, which makes a little different in ways that our clients appreciate. We are often found hand delivering orders along with little “surprises.”
We take a tremendous amount of time creating and editing your images, to produce the best quality results. We communicate with our clients often and even provide feedback through texting, email or even in-person regarding what to wear and many other areas in preparation for a custom photography session. We are well known for taking the time to call each client prior to booking a session, speaking with them, hearing their voice, listening to what they are looking for and paying attention to the details. Call us old-fashoined, but we still believe in quality and customer service.
We enjoy meeting each client, getting to know their families and watching them grow in this journey of life. Melissa Treen Photography specializes in maternity and newborn fine art portraiture. We have invested a tremendous amount of time, energy, and resources in education within the newborn photography arena. We have attended multiple workshops, both online and in person, to help perfect the unique art of newborn baby portraiture.
Those beautiful baby pictures are created through years of experience in the newborn photography industry. Safety is of our utmost concern, it is always on our mind prior to and during your session. We go to great lengths to ensure your baby is safe from beginning to end. Some of the posing you will see on our website is done through the use of composites, which is a process that helps us achieve a particular look or pose by using multiple pictures merged together into one final image. We have mastered our post processing (editing) programs and know exactly how to achieve the desired look for our newborn portraits. This allows us to safely position the baby during the session, while achieiving unique looks through the use of our professional editing software.
In fact, our Baby Planners can attest to the fact that this routine of “safety first” continues through baby’s first year as we capture those precious milestone sessions. Our “sitting” session normally occur around 6 months of age, and while we encourage our Baby Planners to wait until baby is sitting independently, even a good little sitter has an occasion to tumble. We have mom, dad or an assistant close by at all times to spot us during our photo session. Often, we are removing mom or dad or their hands from the background as they are always within reach of baby. Again, we are experienced in safely posing babies and editing the images to create the final look we desire.
What makes us a little different…
One thing that separates us from other newborn photographers is that our newborn portrait sessions include the time & talent of both Melissa Treen, your photographer, and one of our newborn assistants. Together, we style and pose baby throughout the session, with safety as our number one priority.
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We take a baby first approach with each newborn photography session. This means, baby is the boss! : ) If baby needs changing or feeding, we work through that throughout the session. We allow baby to snuggle up into naturally comfy positions and also pose baby into a few sweet positions during the session. Every baby is different and every newborn portrait session differs as well.
Normally, our newborn portrait sessions last approximately 2 -3 hours, sometimes a bit longer. We take pride in providing attention to the details during the session and allow time for perfecting the art of newborn portraiture. We often are asked how we are able to get those beautiful sleepy baby portraits. It does start with a sleepy newborn and we provide our clients with information to prepare them for their newborn photo session.
Our clients are well prepared and well informed prior to their newborn photo session. This information includes a routine to help begin the session with a sleepy baby. We also continue to work with baby throughout the session to comfort and soothe baby to sleep. Occasionally, we will have a few open eyed newborn portraits as well and that is okay too. : )
We strive to create a unique gallery of newborn images for each client. We customize each session to look a little different from the last, and work hard to make each newborn portrait experience unique in all ways. This is where our background in design comes in handy, as we love to play with colors and textures in props and accessories. We work with the most trusted vendors in the newborn photography and prop industry to bring our clients the newest and safest props and accessories to incorporate into baby’s photo session.
We spend countless hours shopping and preparing for each session to provide our clients with a vast array of goodies from the best vendors in the industry. All these things put together, deliver beautiful baby images that are unique to you and your family.
Once your session is complete, the editing process begins. We take each gallery image and perfect the tone, quality, clarity through our editing process. Every image is hand edited to compete our artistic vision. We will compile a minimum of 20 – 25 images (sometimes more) for your proofing gallery.
These images represent the best of the best from your custom portrait photography session and have each been hand edited to ensure the best quality. Our editing process normally takes between 1-3 weeks, and you are contacted when it is complete and ready to share. We take great pride in producing a gallery of images that you will fall in love with! : )
In addition, to a gallery of images, our Baby Planners will view an exquisite sample birth announcement custom created to announce and celebrate the arrival of their new baby! A complimentary set of our custom birth announcements are included with every Baby Plan. We offer a Baby Portrait Plan that covers the milestones of baby’s 1st year. Included is the newborn portrait session, the sitting session (usually between 6-7 months when baby sits independently and the big birthday portrait session, which includes a fun cake smash at the end! : ) It offers amazing bonuses and gifts throughout the year and our clients LOVE their baby plans. So much so, that over 90% of our newborn clients are also Baby Planners. : )
to reserve your custom photography session or for more details, please email or cal us at (336) 706-4400