7 Reasons to Book Your Newborn Portraits BEFORE your Due Date

7 Reasons to Book Your Newborn Portraits BEFORE your Due Date

They are only tiny for so long, don’t wait until after your baby is born! 

I just talked to two parents who said they wished they knew to book their newborn photo session before their due date arrived. We were able to get them in but they still wish they would have known to book ahead of time. This isn’t something you want to leave to the last minute and here are a 7 good reasons not to wait to book your session AND a fabulous bonus for booking with our studio early. 

1.  Time Flies By. 
I know, I know… it seems like you have so much time to get everything done, but 40 weeks flies by. Parents get busy the closer to delivery. Take care of everything you can early on.
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2.  High Quality Newborn Portraiture is in High Demand. 
There are tons of people to take your pictures, but high quality newborn portraiture is in high demand right now. If you wait until after your baby is born you may not have the luxury of choosing your preferred photographer, or you may not be able to get in right away. Newborn photography isn’t something you can repeat, you want to get it right the first time. 
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3.  Booking Early Secures Ideal Newborn Photo Time. 
It is ideal to get baby in before two weeks of life, although later time can be accommodated, this time is before baby acne sets in, their skin peels and while they are still very sleepy. Booking your due date means that your photographer and you have communication established and you have a spot on the calendar. 
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4.  You have No Idea When Baby will Arrive! 
They may arrive early and if they do, you will be happy that you are prepared with your photographer and all you have to do is send a message that you have checked in to the hospital. You do not want to be calling around for photographers when you are in the hospital. 

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5.  You Get to Establish a Relationship with your Photographer.
This is so important! You don’t just want to take the first one you find on google or the cheapest. These photos are your baby’s first photos, this may be your baby’s first outing, newborn portraits may be your first outing. You want to make sure you are with someone you trust and someone who will understand how important this is. All of my newborn clients have already provided me with nursery photos and color schemes before delivery. I already know a little about them and baby even if we didn’t do a maternity session. They have literature and they know how to prepare for the session well before baby arrives. 
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6.  Maternity Portraiture Add-ons.
Speaking of maternity, that is another great reason to book your due date. Most photographers, like myself, offer complimentary maternity add-ons. So if you are thinking of a maternity session, think newborn too! 
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7.  Bonus Items!
Some photographers also offer early booking incentives as well, like Kelly Fitzgerald Studio. With us you get some awesome extras for booking early because we love to spoil our clients and share with them the things we love too!
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5 Tips to take photos of your newborn at the hospital

5 Tips to take photos of your newborn at the hospital

Are you packing your hospital bag? Or at least started making your list of what you might need? We have something for you to add to your bag! (If you already delivered, CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you! Don’t stop reading because this will still be helpful for tips on photos of your little one at home).

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I know things can be overwhelming after birth, but trust me, you’ll want to make sure you capture those first few hours after delivery.

  1. Get the details: diaper, name tags, footprints, babies length, 
  2. Use window light: hospital rooms are not flattering backgrounds for photos.
  3. Black & white: this can also help with those unappealing hospital room colors as well as distracting backgrounds.  
  4. Change your perspective: Photograph from above, the side and change your angle to avoid cluttered backgrounds. 
  5. Take my favorite photo: you spend a lot of time getting to know your little one from your bed, don’t forget that moment.

Sure, this all makes sense now and you may think you will remember it all. But trust me, its a whirlwind. That’s why I have created a PDF download that you can print or save to your phone now so you have it ready for delivery day. 

This applies to home births too! No matter where you deliver you want to make sure to capture those fleeting moments.

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Whether you have a high-end DSLR or a camera phone. It doesn’t matter. Don’t miss these oh so important moments! I love photography and will do my best to help your family start your family legacy off right.

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I would be honored to capture your newborn with my professional newborn portraits, please do not hesitate to call before your baby is born. We love to form our relationships with parents early on. 

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Christmas Photos – Des Plaines

Christmas Photos – Des Plaines

Christmas Photos in our Des Plaines, IL studio.

Our Christmas Photos were a huge success as displayed by the smiles on these faces. A simple White Christmas set up in nothing but white (obviously!), allowed for each client to show off their personality.

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Pajamas, dress outfits, special friends, letter boards and even special Christmas decor made it into some sessions.

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Of course your furry family members are always welcome! Say hello to Toby and Bella, in that order…

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The only thing that was more successful then this day were all the amazing cards and products that went out! The oooh’s and ahhh’s and test messages sent over the gorgeous cards were the best thank you’s I could get. Check some final products out here!

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So many reasons for a summer portrait session!

So many reasons for a summer portrait session!

Summer is a great time for family portraits! The weather is beautiful, everyone is typically more relaxed with their schedules and happy to be able to spend so much time outside.

The front of your house & your yard are the best places to be!

Your pup should be in photos too and your backyard is a great place to make this happen. Your pup and your kids are comfortable in your backyard and the images will mean a lot with your home and yard as a backdrop.

Maybe summer is when the front of your house looks the best? Our kids will always remember their childhood homes. The front of the house will always hold special memories which makes it a fabulous backdrop for a family portrait.

Flowers and Gardens

The gardens are beautiful & blooming! Whether it is your own garden, your neighbors garden, a local garden or at a forest preserve. Gardens everywhere are gorgeous and wonderful to spend time at in the summer.

Kids love flowers and they make for gorgeous and colorful backgrounds.

You can make a wish on a dandelion or find a field and run through them.

Sprinklers, splashpads and swimsuits

You can play in a sprinkler or a splash pad at the end of your session as a fun reward for the kiddos. You will get documentary images that will really emphasize the personalities and relationships of your family.

Ice Cream and Popsicles

Ice cream and Popsicles! Nothing says summer like some ice cream. This is another fun way to end a portrait session and get some great images of summer to decorate your home with every summer season.

Have a picnic!

You can have a picnic! Kids love having a meal outdoors, bonus if it is at a park! We can start your session with a picnic and then end with some great family images both posed and relaxed.

More time and less Chaos

Sometimes it is easier and less stressful to get your annual photo session in during the summer months. If you are a teacher or your kids have less activities in the summer, this might be the best time to get your portrait session in.

Sandcastles and beaches

The beach is always fun! After a few fun images you can also hop in the water, have a water fight or just have fun together! Gorgeous images AND wonderful memories attached to them.

Princess dresses and other summer outfits

You can wear your princess dress… ok, so yes you can always wear your princess dress. However sleeveless is hard to pull off comfortably any other time in the midwest. This goes for other cute summer outfits. We get some adorable summer outfits for our kids but there is such a short time to wear them.

The Park!

As a parent we spend a lot of time at the park. I encourage every family to have a least one session at their neighborhood park, or any park they spend a lot of time at. When you are in the park phase it seems like you have so much time to schedule this session but all of a sudden one day your kids don’t need a push, then you are not going to the park weekly. Then your kids are going to the park without you!

Because all of your kids are home.

If you are the parent of an older child you know that having them all home is uncommon and possibly the best part to the start of your summer. Now that they are all home and a little easier to schedule time with, book your session. Come the end of August when the house gets a little quieter, you will love looking at these images.

Soak up the summer sun, collect some memories and bring me along to create some fabulous art for your home. Hit the contact button to discuss details and ideas for your session.

Location is key [Niles Family Photographer]

Location is key [Niles Family Photographer]

I often see people posting questions or recommendations for locations for a photo session they have coming up. The comments usually fill up with forest preserves, places those friends have had sessions or somewhere special to the friend recommending. I always think to myself…. ‘call your photographer.’ Communication with your photographer before your session is important. I am not talking about mini sessions for a quick updated photos, just Custom Portrait sessions. You and your photographer should get to know each other either through phone conversations, questionnaires, chatting over coffee or some wine…

Because location is key

Location, colors, time of day, time of year and clothing will all impact the image. Picture this family in a long grassy field at sunset. Would they look good, yep. Would it produce a great image? Absolutely.

However this would not be the look we were trying to achieve. It would not be reflective of their personalities, they would not be as comfortable during the session or even looking at the final images.

Begin with the end in mind.

What are you trying to achieve?

What is the end result?

This started off as a photo session for a Christmas Card but after lots of talking and brainstorming ideas, this evolved to more.

After careful consideration and planning, they added their favorite image to an empty wall in the main part of their home that has been patiently waiting for the perfect piece of artwork. But something that big that will be the focus of the room, something that will be looked at every day, cannot be thrown together. Patience pays off. Scroll to the bottom for some iphone images on the installation (Full Blog Post to come.)

Long awaited installation day….

There are plenty of ways to get your family portrait up on your wall. Let’s put your family in the artwork showcasing your personalities. We don’t have to have a traditional portrait. Let’s get together and think outside the box to create artwork that fits you and your home. Something that makes you smile everyday.

Schedule a consultation!

Consultations will give you some ideas on where to hang your portraits and will let me get to know you, your family, what you love to do together and the best way we can showcase that in your home.

Contact HERE to set up a time

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Newborn Booking Box

Newborn Booking Box

Whats included??

  • Family Newborn Portrait Session
  • Shhhh…. Baby is sleeping sign. double sided & ready to hang with 2 unique designs.
  • An amazing Pre/Postnatal Yoga 5 Class Pack: Because taking care of momma is important before and after birth. Baby can join you too!  
  • 175.00 portrait gift card for our studio: We love artwork and want you to have more from this fleeting moment.
  • Professional design expertise and software for your nursery and home.
  • Mom’s Yeti tumbler: Because raising tiny humans is exhausting and we know your coffee doesn’t stay hot and your water never stays cold.

But my baby isn’t born yet? Is this for me?

I am not due for awhile. Click the link below to find out why you should book before your baby is born:

Read more about why you should book your DUE DATE