Why you should book baby’s DUE DATE and not their birthdate.

Why you should book baby’s DUE DATE and not their birthdate.

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

Not all parents know that booking their newborn photographer is something they should do before baby is born. 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.

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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 if high quality newborn portraiture is what you are looking for book early. Custom 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 and photographic style, 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 their 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. I have seen this happen and at this point you may be disappointed in the end result of your portraits when they are rushed and not prepared for. 

 

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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 after delivering. 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 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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Download this FREE newborn design magazine for nursery inspiration and design tips as well as tips and tricks for taking your own photos, special early booking incentives and much more!

 

What is the difference between LIFESTYLE and STUDIO newborn portraiture? Find out HERE!

 

Small Business Saturday – Double Your Dollar!

Small Business Saturday – Double Your Dollar!

Support my small business today and get double your dollar in 2019!

Maybe that means twice as many small portraits on your bookcase.

Maybe it’s that gorgeous frame or gallery wrap you have been eyeing but haven’t been able to jump on the purchase.

Or maybe it is the start to a gallery wall or design grouping you have been wanting to fill that empty wall with.

Purchase HERE!!

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Today is the day to take that first step in making that happen!

This can be for newborns, families, on location, studio or for my 2019 new release of Youth Confidence Sessions.

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Pictured above: 4 20X20 matted frames.

Gift cards are worth double the value from January 1st to May 21st 2019. After May 21st they will revert back to their original value.

Time flies.

Take a step toward making that promise of preserve your legacy today.

Purchase HERE!!

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Pictured above: 20X40 Standout

If you are not sure what would look good in your own home. We won’t leave you hanging. We have special design software and complimentary services to help you with the design in your own home.

 

Busse Woods [Fall Mini Sessions]

Busse Woods [Fall Mini Sessions]

Busse Woods Fall Mini Session

Fall came and went very quickly this year. Thankfully we were able to get mini sessions in at Busse woods before all the leaves were gone. I spent two days photographing 12 families. That followed by another two days helping each family design holidays cards, pick out the perfect portraits for presents as well as the best images for their own homes.

Pets are welcome at all the fall mini sessions!

Bring me all your puppies! Mini sessions, especially at Busse Woods or other forest preserves, are great times to bring them out. Pets are family and I think it is so important to having portraits with them. If a full session seems too exhausting, start by bringing them to a mini session.

Busse Woods gives me so many great places to go for portraits. For families that return to Busse Woods for another yearly session, they do not end up with identical images from previous years. Every time I end up with a different look due to the many different backdrops Busse Woods provides. A few years back I was directly behind me and with a completely different scene, read more here.

We catch silly candid moments during fall mini sessions!

Fall mini sessions are just that, Mini. But that doesn’t mean that they are all business and no fun. Photo sessions should always be fun and these below caught having fun are proof of that.

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How I discovered selecting portrait wall art is like finding the right couch.

How I discovered selecting portrait wall art is like finding the right couch.

 

I recently bought a couch. The last time I went through his process was when my 16 year old was just crawling and since that couch has seen him through snack time, nap time, fort building, sick days and countless popcorn filled movie nights… it was time to retire it to the basement.

As I was making decisions for the new couch I realized how close this process is to buying and selecting portrait wall art.

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 Measure the space.

Both your couch and your portraits will look unplanned and not well thought out if you don’t have the correct size for your space. You don’t want them too small and you also want to make sure that your couch and your wall art have space around them.

Getting the right size for the space is important. Who wants to go through all the trouble of getting a portrait designed and hung and its too small?? No one should have to get up from the couch to walk up to a wall portrait to see what or who is pictured.

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It may cost a little more to get the correct size couch or portrait but you are not doing yourself any favors by skimping on the size. Its a small price to pay for not regretting it every time you walk in the room.

 

Decide on layout

Take a look at the space and decide on how many pieces you want.

One large piece? multiple pieces to create one cohesive arrangement?

I went back and forth between a sectional and a sofa and two arm chairs. I had to consider the space and what would look appropriate. I measured out the size of the couches and placed masking tape on the floors. I left it there for a few days, if I didn’t think it was right I would try new sizes.

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To do this with portrait wall art, hang paper on your wall in the sizes and arrangement you are considering. Live with them for a little bit and make sure that you like the design and layout before you commit. You will have these a long time so make sure you love it.

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Make an inspiration board

It helps look at everything together, put fabrics, frame colors and the images you will be using as those colors will play a roll in the design of the space. Here is a Pinterest board of mine. This is a great resource to make a digital board but printing and cutting out images are still a fabulous (and I think more fun) way to still do it. Step back and look, make changes until you love the style.

 

Decide on Colors and Medium.

Whatever is going in the room needs to coordinate and this includes your portraits. When you are selecting the fabric for your couch you are making sure that it will look good with all the other decor in the room. This holds true for your portraits as well and I am not just talking the color of the frame. Make sure the image will reflect that same look and feel with colors and location. Think ahead on clothing and setting for your portraits.

Getting portraits taken is a lot of prep work. You are getting outfits, making sure everyone is well rested and carving time out of your busy schedule. You don’t want to go through all the work and end up with portraits looking like they don’t belong in your space. You will have these forever and you need to love them. You need to smile at them every time you walk in your room.

 

Decide on quality, which will also decide your budget

  • Do you need it fast?
  • How long do you want it to last?
  • Do you want quality, last for years and years?

My  now basement couch was definitely built to last. It wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t fast. I wanted quality at this time over everything. It may of been my first adult purchase where I made that decision! This time I had to consider the same things, do I just head to a discount furniture store, a chain superstore or that large blue building full of Swedish furniture with instructions that always boggle my mind? Or do I take some time at higher end furniture stores with product guarantees and where it will take some time to get my couch made and delivered?

All of this is important to consider when you are ready for portraits. You can’t have quality, speed and low price in one product so you have to pick what you can live without. Some times speed and low price win, sometimes DIY wins, but for this particular situation quality and a long lasting product won out for me.

 

Go Shopping

See the products in person. Make sure they fit your need. If you need them to last and be of good quality you want to see them in person. Sit on the couch and hold the framed prints or canvas. Not all couches are created equal when it comes to quality in couches and the same goes for wall art. Make sure your photographer is also of the quality you want. Are the images produced properly? Will the paper and presentation be built to last? If you are building a wall gallery or using the images in the same room…. will all of the images coordinate?

Custom Portrait photographers will be able to direct you in proper sizing and design options for your space. They will also assist with locations and clothing. Take advantage of this service and get everything done right the first time. Who wants to drag kids of any age out to this again? And I know no one wants to walk into a room and look at portraits, or your couch, and be frustrated with their decision.

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Bring it to life in your own home!

If you are thinking about your own wall display… head here and get a FREE DOWNLOAD with some wall gallery layouts and tips. Get some ideas for your own home and then bring them to life. Some of them will even work well above a couch… if you happen to also be shopping for one of those!

 

Number 5 – Elk Grove Newborn Photographer

Number 5 – Elk Grove Newborn Photographer

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Elk Grove just got a little sweeter with the arrival of this newborn. And this photographer has the pictures to prove it 🙂 I will just let these first few pictures soak in before I tell you about her.

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Elk Grove Newborn Photographer
Elk Grove Newborn Photographer

Baby L was sent over to my Studio by her cousins who were also photographed here as babies, thank you Miss A & Miss N 🙂 Both of her cousins have had newborn photos, family photos, cake smashes and Easter Egg hunts with me and I am looking forward to sharing that with Baby L as well.

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Elk Grove Newborn Photographer
Elk Grove Newborn Photographer

Baby L turned their family of 6 into a full car! Completing this family of 7 and giving them many reasons to smile every day. Her siblings were very helpful during the session and eager to be the one to hold her for their group photos. I can see how fortunate Baby L is to have so many helping hands around her as she grows up.

Smiles all around

Look at that open eyed laugh! You have to be patient for a smile from a newborn. After they are wrapped up, relaxed, and comfortable they will often give a little smile if you wait long enough. Baby L just kept giving us laughs. I think this newborn enjoyed her portrait session more than I did!

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I saved Mom’s Favorite Photo for last:

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Elk Grove Newborn Photographer

Click here to download your own FREE nursery inspire guide and get some tips and tricks to put artwork in your own home!

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6 reasons to make your High Schoolers Senior Portrait Session a Family Day.

6 reasons to make your High Schoolers Senior Portrait Session a Family Day.

I once heard someone with older kids comment that after the kids get into kindergarten the pedal hits the metal and boom, senior year is here.  For me it was more like 2nd grade, after 2nd grade hyper-speed set in.  If you took the same ride, chances are that your last family photo is a little outdated. You could fall into the category of never getting a professional portrait OR your last portrait doesn’t include the last born child, because you were busy juggling kids and schools and activities. Not to mention no one was ever free at the same time ……. you are not alone and you wouldn’t be the first family I have helped solve this problem.

1. This could be one of your last guaranteed opportunities to get a professional portrait with your kiddo(s).

Life gets busy and before you know it its time for college graduation or their wedding! We thought High school went by fast? I’ve heard it gets faster and the years get shorter.

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2. This is your first or only graduate.

Your senior will no longer have the same school schedule. Their breaks and vacations may not line up with your schedule or your younger children. If you have younger children, take advantage and get some images together with them too as well as the siblings together, because before you know it, those kids will be seniors too!

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3. This is not your first graduate

If you can lure everyone home, this is a great way to get your grown children back out for a portrait. If not everyone in the family will be home, this is a great opportunity to snag some special images of just you and your senior. If they are not the oldest, they may not have many special alone moments and memories of you, let alone professional portraits with just Mom (or Dad, grandparents, the family pet.)

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4. You have never had professional portraiture or professional printed artwork.

If your last family photo is from when they were in elementary school, its time to update it with their current size, smiles and style. Don’t ditch the old one, just make the new one the focal point in your home and relocate the old one to a new location in your home or add it to the gallery wall and keep telling your story.

Your kids, grand kids and great grand kids will appreciate this more then you can understand today. Think about your own grandparents and great grandparents.

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What images do you have of them that you love to look at? Its fun to imagine your grandparents at that age? Maybe one of them will realize how much they look like you at this exact age.

 

5. The family portrait hanging is missing your last child

Like I mentioned earlier, you are not alone. We all know we have grand plans when we have our first child. If you stopped at one you may of maintained those plans but if you had more kids, chances are you understand that those baby books are less and less filled out with each child you added. This probably also extends over to photo albums and displayed portraits. I am a photographer with only two kids and I know this struggle.

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6. You should celebrate too.

We all know that you were a huge part of their success. All those early morning rides, late night study sessions, cheering from the stands, sitting in the audience for every play or band performance, running them something they forgot (even when you said you never would).

That empty wall you have been meaning to design, the gallery wall you want to finish or the current frame you want to update the family image in. You worked hard, it’s time to show off all your accomplishments 🙂

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(virtual software helps decide design, style and size appropriate for your room. Actual images of client homes are used during design appointments.)

 

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If you are worried adding the family won’t keep it special for your senior, that is never the case. The first portion is devoted to your senior only. Special locations to fit your graduates personality and multiple outfits to fit their style still happen. The rest of the family can meet up with us later, fresh and ready to go.

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If you have a 2019 High School Senior, click here to get on the wait list and to receive reminders of Senior Portrait sign up

Fall Family 2018 Portrait sign up waiting list and reminder is here.