How would you describe your style?
Some words that I commonly use to describe my style are natural, organic, warm with a hint of rustic. Neutral, earthy tones, as well as soft colors, can all be incorporated into your session. I often use vintage and antique props like baskets and crates. These elements allow the focus of the photos to be on the simple and natural beauty of your new baby and the emotional connection between your family instead of bold colors or loud props.
When should I schedule my newborn session?
All newborn sessions take place within two weeks of delivery, so it is important to schedule your session while still pregnant to reserve a spot within this timeframe! I usually book 2 to 3 months in advance so it is never too early in your pregnancy to schedule your newborn session. If you are later than that, or your baby has already arrived, I occasionally have last minute availability and will do my best to accommodate you.
How do I book my session?
Once you decide which collection is right for you, I will send you a contract to sign, a $100 deposit to pay, and a welcome guide. Once you sign the contract and pay the deposit, your due date will go on my calendar and I will hold a session spot for you within two weeks of your delivery date. You must contact me within 48 hours of your baby’s arrival to ensure a spot on my calendar in the ideal timeframe for photos.
What is the best age to photograph my newborn?
The best age to schedule the session is within the first 14 days after birth. This is when babies are most sleepy and curly for the newborn poses. Babies over two weeks old are more alert and sensitive to being posed during their newborn sessions. I provide a prep guide before your session so that you can prepare your baby the best way possible to ensure he or she is sleepy, and I will try my best using the right conditions such as a very warm room, lots of feedings, pacifier, cuddling (yay!), etc.
Where do newborn sessions take place?
All newborn sessions take place in my small home studio in Bridgewater, NJ. This allows me to have consistent lighting and a temperature warm enough to keep the baby comfortable, and access to all of my newborn blankets and props so that you receive the natural and organic style that you see in my portfolio!
What can I expect?
Depending on which session you book, sessions can take anywhere from 1-2 hours for the Petite Collection to 2-4 hours for the Signature and Keepsake Collections. This is so that we have time built in to feed and soothe the baby (which you will see often takes the most time!!). The studio will be kept very warm to ensure your baby’s comfort, so dressing in layers is encouraged. I supply light drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring food along with you. My clients love the opportunity to get out of the house in the first couple of weeks after birth. It is a great time to relax, catch up on email and social media, or even take a nap, knowing their little one is in good hands with me.
Can I get photos of the baby with my older child or children?
Of course! These photos, as well as family photos, can be included in all collections. Please let me know ahead of time if you wish to have sibling photos included in your session.
What is the difference between a Petite Collection (mini session) and the Signature and Keepsake Collections (full session)?
The Petite Collection is a mini session which is 1-2 hours in length and includes just two sets up (One blanket, one prop, and/or one fluffy rug). The Petite Collection comes with 10 digital images (the option to purchase more may be available). Although 2 hours is usually enough time to get baby to sleep for the sleepy poses you see in my portfolio, due to the time constraint, less time is spent getting baby to sleep as compared to the full session. The Signature and Keepsake Collections are full sessions that last anywhere from 2-4 hours (depending on how sleepy baby is for his or her session) and includes 5-6 set ups, with more poses covered as compared to the Petite Collection.The Signature Collection comes with 25 digital images and the Keepsake Collection comes with 30 digital images. The Petite Collection is perfect for parents looking to just get a couple of photos for a birth announcement or who are on a limited budget, but would still like to enjoy a newborn session with Megan Curren Photography (same organic style, access to gorgeous props, similar session styling).
Can I bring props to my newborn session?
I provide all of the blankets, hats, headbands, wraps and props you see in my photos. If you wish to include an additional item, please limit the amount that you bring to 1 or 2. You will be asked to fill out a pre-session style questionnaire where you can let me know if you have any color and pose preferences for your session.
How do I prepare for my session?
Once you book, you will receive a prep guide via email that will give you more information about how to prepare. In summary though – lots of milk, white noise and heat are all the things that go into the session so that we have a nice sleepy baby!! And then as soon as the baby is born, contact me to get your session date scheduled!
When will my photos be ready?
Within 2-3 weeks you will receive an online gallery with the high resolution photos for you to download and a print release so that you can print your photos anywhere at any size.
Do I receive the high resolution photos?
Yes, you receive the full resolution edited images in an online gallery with all packages. The printing rights are included, so you can print anywhere and at any size. There are no hidden fees and no additional purchase requirements.
What is your sick policy?
Sicknesses happen, especially if you have young children! For the safety of your brand new baby, under no circumstances will I photograph your newborn if I am ill. And the same goes for all of my clients that come into my studio… I do not let anyone who is sick enter the studio because I need to keep it as sanitized as possible for all of the newborns that come to see me. Therefore, if you are sick at all, please let me know and we can reschedule. Thank you for your understanding!
Balance payment is accepted on the day of the session via cash, check or credit card.
Contact me here if you have any more questions or to schedule your newborn session! I am looking forward to working with you!