Dear Wonderful Clients,
I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your incredible support throughout our photography journey together. You are the driving force behind my passion, and your trust means the world to me.
Sharing Your Moments: When you tag me in your social media photos and tell your friends about your experiences with me, it touches my heart deeply. Your simple act of sharing allows your friends to discover my work and know it's mine. It's like a beam of sunlight on my business!
Connecting with Your Family: Photography is a deeply personal business for me, and I've cherished every opportunity to get to know your family and children. Learning about their interests, witnessing their growth, and capturing your precious moments have been some of the most rewarding experiences in my career.
Reviews and Responses:Your reviews and responses after receiving your final gallery are like music to my ears. Taking the time to share your experiences and how my work has impacted your life fills me with immense joy. Your stories provide valuable insights and help me focus on the areas that truly matter.
Capturing Milestones: Each time you invite me back to capture more milestones for your family, my heart soars with excitement. It's a testament to our special connection, and I relish the opportunity to create more beautiful memories together.
Trust and Adventure: I adore the trust you place in me during our sessions. Your willingness to be adventurous and embrace the spontaneity of the moment allows me to capture your family authentically, resulting in photos that reflect your true essence.
High-Quality Sharing: Your commitment to downloading images instead of screenshotting them for sharing ensures the best possible image quality. Your dedication to presenting my work in the best light is deeply appreciated.
Open Communication: Your honesty about your insecurities and preferences regarding photos is invaluable. Knowing what you love and what you'd like to improve helps me tailor our sessions to your liking, ensuring you adore your images.
Booking in Advance: I'm thrilled when you plan sessions in advance and look ahead to upcoming milestones. It enables us to secure a spot on my calendar, preventing any disappointment due to a full schedule.
Displaying Your Images: Seeing your images displayed proudly in your home and receiving photos of them brings immense joy to my heart. Your decision to treat these images as cherished artwork warms my soul. Please continue to share these home photos with me.
Personal Referrals: Lastly, your personal referrals to family and friends are the lifeblood of my business. Your enthusiastic recommendations carry tremendous weight, and I am deeply grateful for your willingness to share your positive experiences.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to be a part of your lives and for making my photography journey so incredibly rewarding. I look forward to capturing many more beautiful moments together in the future.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Tips to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of the newborn photography session:
Dress Simply: Dress your baby in loose-fitting clothing to avoid any marks or indentations on their skin. A simple onesie or diaper cover can work well.
Wardrobe for family: Please wear neutral color outfits for your family session. White always looks nice. There is clothing that looks cool in life, and it loses in the photo. For example, vibrant purple, vivid orange, or hot pink will not give a beautiful shade on the face of the one who wore such clothes, and, at the same time, on the face of others. Solid colors photograph well. Big logos, graphics, characters, or busy patterns can be distracting.
My favorite choice for moms is flattering flowy dresses that are framed under the bust with neutral tones. For dads, I love a classic solid button down shirt, polos or a henley.
Pack Essentials: In your diaper bag, bring along extra diapers, wipes, pacifier, and a change of clothes for your baby. Accidents can happen, and it's best to be prepared. Also, bring some water and snacks for yourself and your family members.
If the baby normally does not take a pacifier, please have it just in case. Newborn sessions are new to your baby and they often want to self-soothe by sucking more often than normal. I promise that using a pacifier during a session will not encourage bad habits!
Feeding Time: Usually a full baby is a happy baby! Try to feel the little one right before they arrive, but sometimes that is not always possible if a long drive is ahead of ypu. If it has been more than an hour and a half since baby has been fed, I typically recommend my clients go ahead and have a feeding before we get started with photos. If you prefer to bring along a bottle with breastmilk or formula, make sure you have that in your diaper bag. If you need anything specific for nursing (nipple shield, Boppy pillow, etc.) be sure to bring those along as you are packing for your session.
Stay Calm: Babies are sensitive to their parents' emotions, so try to stay relaxed and calm. If you're feeling stressed, it can affect your baby's mood.
Be Ready for Breaks: Newborns may need breaks for feeding, diaper changes, or just to comfort them. Be patient and understanding if the photographer suggests taking breaks during the session.
Keep Baby Calm: To help keep your baby calm during the session, consider using techniques such as swaddling, gentle rocking, or a pacifier if your baby uses one. These can help soothe your baby and make them more comfortable.
Be Patient: Newborn photography sessions can take time. Be prepared for breaks and moments when your baby needs attention or soothing. Patience is key to achieving great shots.
Never Force a Pose: If the baby is not comfortable in a certain pose, it's crucial not to force them into it. Always prioritize the baby's comfort and well-being over a specific shot.
Relax and Enjoy: Remember that the primary goal is to capture beautiful memories of your baby. Enjoy the process, and don't stress too much about achieving perfect shots. Sometimes the most natural and candid moments are the ones you'll treasure the most.
By following these tips and working closely with your photographer, you can have a successful and enjoyable newborn photography session that results in beautiful memories of your little one.
Newborn safety, it’s our absolute number one priority in any newborn photo session and we won’t do anything the parent isn’t comfortable with.
When hiring a newborn photographer, it’s important that your preferred photographer is trained not just in how to use a camera, but in how to ensure baby is kept happy, comfortable, and safe throughout the session. The means relying on natural light or soft flashes when photographing a baby, posing babies in a way that’s safe and comfortable while also beautiful, and utilizing post-processing techniques—such as composite imagery, eliminating jaundice, and even smoothing out things like scratches and blotchy skin that are very common with newborns. The bottom line is that there are things that a professional newborn photographer will know how to do well that novice photographers simply don’t know about. You’ll often find that newborn images are more expensive than other types, but that cost is a reflection of this key knowledge and attention to detail.
Safety Education completed by me:
APNPI Safety Education training course.
Kelly Brown Newborn Photography safety training.
APNPI Safety Checklist
When Should You Schedule Your Newborn Session?
The best time to photograph newborn babies is when they are under two weeks of age, after two weeks babies are a little harder to settle and things like colic and baby acne can start to flare up. You can contact me at any time during your pregnancy to give me an estimated due date, I will then make a tentative booking and when you arrive home from hospital with your brand new baby you can contact me to arrange a suitable time and day for your session.
I forgot to schedule a newborn session is it too late?
It is never too late to have your baby photographed. It is important to manage expectations of a session. Curly sleepy newborn photos are never guaranteed but usually achieved with babies under 2 weeks. A 6- week baby may sleep during a session and have awake time, but may not be able to curl into womb positions or want to be wrapped. I do believe that generally babies can be successfully photographed at any age.
Some of my favorite photos from baby Carsten's newborn session. Her parents brought her to my Santa Clarita photo studio from Lancaster.
My newborn sessions are held in my studio in Santa Clarita, CA or in the comfort of your home. If the weather is warm enough and you are comfortable with the idea, we can take the session outdoors.
Lucia traveled from Orange County to my Santa Clarita studio for her newborn photo session. Her mom booked Lucia's session two months before due date.
When you book your newborn session in advice you know you will get to have your session in the ideal time frame (7-14 days old) and not have to settle with your second or third choice photographer because I don't have space left in my schedule. Time moves so fast once your baby arrives.
I love photographing this beautiful family! We've done many sessions together and it is an incredible honor to be trusted like this.
The best investment that you can do is doing a portrait session with the people you love. It an investment of which worth will only grow with time. As your babies grow and when it will be time to say goodbye, your family portraits will become the most valuable thing you own.
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I've been photographing this family for a few years now and was so excited to capture them as a new family of four.
Lifestyle newborns sessions are relaxed, and natural. I come to your home for a two-hour session and capture those tender moments between your family and your newborn baby. These sessions are ideal if you have plenty of natural light flowing through the window of your home. I usually bring a few simple wraps, and headbands for your baby and ask parents to have some of their favorite outfits, and blankets ready for the session.
It was in-home lifestyle newborn session in Santa Monica, CA. Maia's parents choose a combo ( lifestyle + poses) newborn session for her. Simple, light and all about the baby. Exactly how I like.
About My Business Name
The decision on how to name my photography business has been made during lunch at my previous job. Now I can talk about photography a lot, but in those days, at the beginning of my photography career, I talked about it nonstop. Suddenly, my manager and friend who I had lunch with, told me that I need my photography website…and we have to come up with the business name. How about ZOOMphotoraphy she asked me? Sounds not bad but it was already taken. Then it was ZAMphotoraphy first three letters of my last name …. also taken by a Texas guy (now we follow each other on Instagram) …. and then we came up with ZAMMphotoraphy maybe not a very fancy name but definitely a catchy one. I have some clients who told me that, since it was so easy to remember, they were able to found me after seeing my advertising on social media for six months.
My story about starting in photography is in All About Me site, but I want to share how I made my start in newborn photography. I always wanted to photograph babies but had no experience nor portfolio, and an amazing thing had happened: two of my friends and neighbors got pregnant 6 months apart. I remember my first newborn session as if it had happened today. Baby Lila was a month old and didn’t want to sleep at all. She was looking at me with her big and curious eyes and was really interested in what I was doing. I didn’t understand much what I was really doing even after watching hours of online newborn photography classes. When it was time for Lila's potty and she left it on my blanket, my friend asked me if I really wanted to do newborn photography. The soiled blanket didn’t discourage me. My answer was “yes”. My second baby was Samantha. She was also a one month old. I prepared this session thoroughly. If my first session with Lila lasted two hours ( this is how much time I had), Samantha’s session lasted two days for six hours each. Thanks to my friend, Samantha's patient mom, I got a lot of practice. Right now, both girls are 5 years old and, thanks to them, newborn photography become a big part of my life and my career.