Megan Carey Photography Newborn Guide

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Want to learn all about the newborn photography experience at Megan Carey Photography? You have come to the right place. Here you'll find session information, pricing, frequently asked questions, a checklist, testimonials and gorgeous new babies!

Text of Megan Carey Photography Newborn Guide


  • First of all, congratulations on the new bundle of joy you are expecting. Becoming a parent is truly the most important and rewarding job you will ever have! Newborn sessions are my joy. Those sweet brand new little angels are my muse.

    You will never forget the first moment you laid eyes on your daughter or the first time you heard your son cry.

    These are truly magical moments. As much as we hope and pray they will stay little forever, they grow up anyway.

    Those first Those first few weeks seem to fly by and each moment becomes a fleeting memory.

    LEDELHVAs a newborn photographer, I strive to capture those first few weeks and turn the resulting images into a work of fine art to be treasured forever. Newborn photography requires loads of patience and planning, two skills I have down to a science! I will shower your little one with TLC while you sit back, relax and bask in the glow of your sweet baby.I know that I am holding your greatest treasure in my hands; safety is always my top priority.


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  • Custom photography is simply that a custom experience tailored to suit you, your style, your personality and your needs. When I am contacted for a newborn photography session far enough in advance of the actual session date that is scheduled, I have the luxury of ordering pprops such as hats, blankets, baskets, etc that are suited entirely for your session. You can not walk into a cookie-cutter studio and expect them to have a lamb hat to match the nursery theme in your babys nursery and even pair that hat with a backdrop that fits your color scheme. With custom photography (and enough time bebeforehand!) that is entirely possible!

    I can also guarantee that the photographer from your cookie-cutter photography session will not be going home that night to spend many hours editing those photos, removing blemishes, blogging about your session, and going the extra mile for customer #2634. Custom photographers do! We spend many hours perfecting your images to create a unique gallery that truly makes our clients personalties shine through; a gallery that will preserve an incredibly important memory in your lifetime.

    When was the last time you had portraits made at a large chain studio and actually had the luxury of your photo session including props that were custom ordered just for your session? Did he/she seek to find out who you are, what your style is, what your goal is with the session they performed? Can Can you even remember the name of your cookie-cutter in-store photographer? The answer to all of that is probably no!

  • Once you decide to schedule a session with

    me, we will set a tentative date based on

    your due date. I understand that babies rarely

    come when predicted and I will accommodate

    their personal plans for arrival. But a due date

    will give us a base line. Once your infant is born,

    please get in touch with me and please get in touch with me and we will firm up

    our date and time.

    Babies are best photographed in the

    first 10 days of their new little lives.

    They sleep better, dont have colic yet, and usually havent started developing baby acne or

    cradle cap. If you are a c-section Mom, we can work something out. I know from experience

    that recovery can be slow and painful. Thats why I offer sessions in the comfort of your own home.

  • GXULQJ\RXUVHVVLRQOnce I arrive I will give you some time to

    feed and sooth your baby while I set up and

    we make final styling selections. I start my

    sessions by taking some portraits of your

    baby on a beanbag. After that we will move

    on to some relationship poses with Mom,

    Dad and Siblings after which I will mDad and Siblings after which I will move on

    to photographing your newborn in the props

    that you have chosen. This order may be

    changed due to the disposition of young big

    brothers or sisters.

    Before I leave, I will ask you to sign a model

    release. This allows me to use your images

    to pto promote my business on my website,

    social media, and marketing materials.

    Now you can relax and dream about all the

    beautiful images that will soon be yours. I go

    through the images from your session and

    select the best. Once I have the final cut

    selected, I meticulously edit each individual

    pictureto correct any blemishes. If you purchase

    digital imagesdigital images, I will provide a usage license (aka

    print release), so that you can print your images

    at the lab of your choice without any hassle.

    Your images will be ready for viewing within

    two weeks, at which time we will sit down to

    view and order. You now have wonderful,

    precious images to remind you of the innocence

    of of your newborn, and you have documented in

    a beautiful, meaningful way what those first few

    days of life were like. BLISS!


  • 1HZERUQ6DIHW\Newborns are photographed very early intheir lives in part because of their flexibility.They are still incredibly fragile though. It is essential that they are handled with the utmost care. Part of this is being able to readbaby and respecting their physical comfort.I will not I will not force any baby into a pose that theyare not comfortable in, nor will I place them in a pose or prop without proper support.This means that often parents or family get to be a photographers assistant for a day. Any time baby is in a prop or basket, I will ask that someone sit next to them, and I will give clearinstruction to them so thinstruction to them so they will be confident. Many of the cutest poses are done by compositing more than one image together. The image to the right is one of the images used to create the hammock portrait. This was a three person job, and would not have been attempted without many hands and an incredibly sleepy baby.

    Styling a session is one of my favorite partsof newborn photography. After getting to snuggle with beautiful little ones of course! I love to hear all about your plans for theirnursery and your own personal style. This helps me to create a completely personalexperience experience for you with gorgeous images you will cherish and display proudly. With enough time before your session, I will search, purchase and even custom commision props for your session. Many of my favorite vendors are in Europe and Australia, so I prefer to have styling consultations via phone, email or even over a ggood cup of Starbucks a minimum of 6-8 weeks before your due date to ensure plenty of time for items to arrive. I also have a large stash of props that are versatile to match any style.


  • Have any hats, bows, headbands, blankets, props, family heirlooms or other items you

    may want in the shots ready.

    Make sure the room or rooms are warm. (If we do the shoot at your location). Your

    baby will usually have their clothes off for most of the session so it needs to be extra


    Have room or rooms where the baby will be photographed tidy and clutter free please.

    YYou should wear lightweight breathable clothing since it will be very warm where we

    are shooting. If you would like to be in some of the photographs (and I will likely try to

    talk you into at least one or two shots) we will shoot those first before you get

    disheveled or sweaty due to the warmth in the room for your little one.

    Your hands may be shown in some photos. Please have nails trimmed and clean.

    Silence phones or any other distractions during the photo shoot. You are welcome to

    take pictures of your session. In fact, I love seeing pictures of me in action!

    TTry to have at least one other person there with you during the shoot to help.

    Sessions can often get long and tiring for all involved.

    Have water on handnewborn sessions make you thirsty!!

    Before feeding baby, remove all clothes and socks. Unfasten diaper so it can be easily

    removed and wrap baby in blanket. This will help eliminate any creases or red marks

    on the babys body.

    Feed baby approximately a half-hour before session is scheduled to begin. It is

    imperatiimperative that baby is well fed and burped.


  • Includes a 20x24 canvas of the image of your choice, a set of three mini accordion albums (same design), $100 print credit, and a digital birth announcement slideshow (imageswatermarked). ~$725 value

    Includes your choice of one Cherish canvas gallery withthe images of your choice, 5 digital images of your choosingon a custom wood USB drive with keepsake box, $150 print credit, and 10% off your a la carte purchase. ~$1625 value

    Includes your choice of one Treasure canvas gallery with theimages of your choice, a 10x10 inch 10 page album with yourchoice of leather or linen cover, your full digital gallery on a custom wood USB drive with keepsake box, $200 print credit, and 15% off your a la carte purchase. ~$2725 value

    6HVVLRQ)HHThe session fee covers the pre-session consult, the session time, the viewing session, and session styling. A $150 non-refundable retainer is due upon booking, and the remaining $100 is due at the session. That $100 is applied as a credit to collection purchases only, and is not applied to the purchase of a la carte products, nor is it refunded if a collection is not chosen.








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