Newborn Session Fee: $150
Newborn sessions include Laura’s time and talent to capture 25 images presented in a online ordering gallery. Sessions are completed at our studio in Alpharetta and will last about 2 hours. All props/blankets/accessories are provided. The session fee does not include any prints or products.
Mini Maternity Add-On: $275
When you book your newborn session, you have the option to add on a maternity mini session. A mini session is approx 20 minutes long, held at our studio in Alpharetta and includes 10 high resolution downloads. Sessions are ONLY for expecting moms & partner of the baby. A session with siblings, a regular maternity session is necessary; $150 session not including print/products.
On this page, you will find all of the details about preparing for your session. If you have any questions about anything you see on them, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 770-362-4672.
Securing your Session Date
Now that your session fee is paid, the newborn session must be completed within the first 12 days of life. If baby required a NICU stay we will complete the session once the baby arrives home. You will need to book your session within 2 days of arriving home from the NICU. If you fail to contact us to schedule your session your session fee is forfeited. There are no refunds on the session fee if you change your mind after the baby arrives since your date has been reserved and held preventing other clients from booking. Refunds will be given in cases of miscarriage or death.
Dressing the part: For children and families, dress in something fun with vibrant colors that reflects their personality and style. Layers are fun! I generally tell people to avoid black clothing and white shirts – especially t-shirts. Colors are great – the more the better. I also tell people to try to avoid everyone wearing the exact same clothing; I’d rather see you wearing clothes that you like. Try to avoid any clothing with logos or large, distracting prints. Accessories are also a great way to add in accent colors to your color scheme.
We are happy to provide recommendations as well if you’re having a hard time narrowing down clothing options. You can also view our What to Wear Blog Posts to gain some inspiration.
For maternity, feel free to bring a couple of changes of clothes. A strap tank or form fitting shirt will accent your belly, a white tank is super cute. A regular shirt will work just fine with a pair of maternity jean or a button down top so we can open up if you choose. For something a little bit more daring, a black bra and lacy black panties/boy shorts or similar lingerie in white or bright color (hot pink, fuschia, purple). It is quite popular to showcase mom’s beautiful belly “wrapping” mom in fabric. If this is something you desire, please wear a nude colored bra and panties so that it does not show through fabric. Also it is sweet to incorporate with your belly; ultrasound pics, a pair of baby shoes, socks, or cap if you have any. If not no worries. The main key is just wear whatever you will feel most comfortable in.
Maternity sessions should be scheduled when YOU feel most comfortable. That usually falls somewhere between 32 and 35 weeks of pregnancy and it will all depend on your body type and whether this is your first, second or third baby.
Please note that maternity and newborn gallery images cannot be combined. Maternity session ordering must be finalized before the newborn session will be uploaded for viewing.
For newborns, to best capture those fleeting moments of a brand new life, bare skin is preferred with newborns. We have lots and lots of hats, wraps and blankets for your session. If you have a special something feel free to include them. If parents wish to be included, moms please where a tank top/tube top – dads a black or white shirt or no shirt at all if you comfortable.
We will provide all the props and accessories for your session. If you have a preference in color or wish to include a specific hat please include that in the link we send for you to fill out to help us prepare. Your images will reflect our style as shown on our website and blog. Specific hats, headbands and or blankets may not be available at your session as we sift through our items often to keep our items fresh and new.
Newborn sessions are scheduled within the first 7-13 days of life. The day your newborn arrives, send us a text and we will send you dates back for our session. This is very important to ensure the ideal timeframe. During the 7-13 day window the baby will be super sleepy making the session more successful.
The Day of our Newborn Session
If you can keep your newborn up for 30-60 minutes before coming that would help to make them a little sleepier for the session. Feed them after they have been awake for 30-60 minutes and then put them in the car for the ride over to the studio. Please make sure they have a VERY FULL belly before arriving. This is to ensure that once you arrive we can start right away. PLEASE have a bottle of milk (or yourself) along with a paci just in case.
I’M VERY good with newborns, so you will get a nice little break to relax. The session will take about an hour and 30 minutes so please feel free to have snacks, beverages, reading material to pass the time. We look forward to capturing your new love!
Be sure to review our Pricing Guide if you haven’t already. We provided the link with your email. This way, you can begin to think about how you might like to display your portraits and we can also discuss at your session. Additional families (not intermediate family) is $25 per each additional person.
Sessions are conducted at our studio in Alpharetta or an outdoor Alpharetta park location.
Please Be Prompt to your Session
My schedule is often tight and arriving late to your appointment will result in lost session time. If you are running late, please let me know. Your session maybe rescheduled if you arrive over 20 minutes after our scheduled time. If you fail to show four your scheduled appointment, a $50 deposit will be required to reschedule. This deposit will be credited to your account for future purchases.
During the Session
As far as what to expect on your shoot day, I generally like to keep things loose and informal. I’ll shoot a variety of images in various locations or in the studio. I try to avoid the traditional style of posed photography since the images tend to look stiff and forced. Instead, I’ll try to capture your family in more spontaneous and fun moments. Of course I’ll be sure to get photos of the entire family together. I just want the photos to look relaxed and honest.
Please limit your interaction with your child during our session. My goal is to capture genuine portraits and it is difficult to do when a child is told to smile by their parents. Children do, however, like to be made smile. I use several techniques to get your child to laugh, smile and have fun. Please also note that too much confusion in the studio will only cause stress. Be calm and patient and allow your child to warm up to me without your assistance. Often times, 80% of our session is interaction and 20% is shooting so don’t be alarmed if it seems as though your child and I are only playing. These are the moments we went and make for natural smiles and beautiful portraits!
The shoot itself will take about 45 minutes to one hour depending on the number of people in the shoot and their ages. Sessions with infants tend to be much shorter than those with older kids or larger families. Newborns usually take between 1-2 hours.
After the Session
One week after your session, you will receive a password protected link to your online gallery to view and make your purchase. Your gallery will be available online approx. 7 days and all orders and payments must be received within 7 days. If you cannot make your order within that time, a rehosting charge in the amount of $35 will be added to your order and re-listed for additional 3 days. You are welcome to choose the 7 days that will work for you. We recommend reviewing our price list not only now, but again before the gallery is available online. We will hold the images for 30 days after the session, if a purchase is not placed at that time the images will be archived and no longer available for purchase.
Digital Packages & A la Carte Options
When you are ready to checkout, you will select the digital package or prints that fits your needs. Digital Images are not combinable on one CD from different sessions, ie maternity/newborn or baby’s 1st year – each CD is separate.
If you select digital images they will be uploaded to our recommended lab to get you started in your ordering process. All digital packages come with a print release for unlimited printing.
All session fees, prints and products are taxable for Georgia. Prices do not include 6.88% GA sales tax.
All orders have the option of being shipped or picked up. Your order will be commenced upon payment in full. Your CD order, once placed will be ready for pickup or shipping in two business days.
Blog Sneak Peeks & Sharing on Facebook
Once your order is placed and paid in full, we will post a sneak peek on our blog of a few of the favorite shots from your session. If you are on Facebook, we will also upload the sneak peek shots to an album on our Fan Page and tag you in them so you can share them that way with any friends or family. Please note that you are allowed to use them on your Facebook Profile as long as the watermark remains fully intact and the photo is not altered in any way. If there are other images from your session you would like to have added to Facebook, please let us know and we will get them added for you!
Thanks and we look forward to meeting your family!
Laura Brett Photography Studios
9275 Mackinac Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30022