Simply Joyful Moments Photography | FAQ



Do you offer family sessions, cake smash sessions, etc.?

Yes I definitely do. I only schedule a limited number of these type of sessions per month, so be sure to contact me as soon as possible to book your session. 


How far in advance should I book a newborn session?

As soon as possible. Newborn sessions can be booked as soon as you like, I receive some clients who book a session shortly after confirming their pregnancy. A tentative session date will be scheduled, and then we will finalize a date after baby is born, depending on if he or she came a little early or was a little too comfy in Mom's belly. :) Most clients schedule their newborn session around their 5th-6th month of pregnancy.


Where can I find your pricing?

I would love to send you our complete pricing menu. Please contact me for all the details and to find out all that is included when you book your session with Simply Joyful Moments! :)


Do we have to bring our own props, blankets, etc. to our Newborn session?

All you need to bring is yourselves! :) All props, wraps, blankets etc. are included with your session. All newborn clients have access to my fully equipped photography studio, which has an extensive prop library. That being said, you of course may bring an outfit or item with you that has special meaning to be photographed with your child. 


What about Maternity gowns? Do you have any?

Yes! I have a full wardrobe of maternity gowns that clients are more than welcome to wear. 


What if my baby is awake the entire session?

No worries! I have years of experience in newborn photography and posing newborns. I have a few tricks of the trade up our sleeves. :) Many parents are surprised at how I'm able to get your sweet one to sleep when they usually have trouble. That being said, I cannot guarantee a sleeping baby, but I also adore eye contact from alert babies! :) These are some of my very favorite shots. However, if baby is inconsolable throughout the entire session and I am unable to capture any images for you (this has yet to EVER happen) I would gladly welcome you back for a complimentary session as soon as I can get you on my schedule. 


How soon after birth do you hold newborn sessions?

Ideally, between 7-14 days old is the most desirable time to photograph newborns. This allows mom and baby to recover some from birth, while baby is still young enough that they are still sleepy and more easily posed. This allows for those super cute sleeping baby images that everyone adores! :) 


Can we get some family/sibling pictures also?

Most definitely! All maternity and newborn sessions include immediate family and sibling portraits as well. I want to capture every part of your story. Plus those Big Sis/Big Bro and images with Mom or Dad with baby are always everyone's favorites!


Do you do outdoor maternity/newborn/family sessions?

Yes I do. Weather permitting, I adore outdoor photography with natural golden light. Outdoor sessions are typically scheduled  just prior to sunset between April and October. In case of inclement weather, the sessions can be moved into our studio.


When during my pregnancy should I do my maternity session?

The best time to photograph your Maternity portraits is between 28-34 weeks of pregnancy. This allows me to showcase your blossoming belly, but helps you to not be so far along into your pregnancy that you are too uncomfortable posing.


Do you offer a discount if we book maternity AND newborn sessions?

Yes I do. I offer 10% off session fees when booking a maternity and newborn session at the same time. Please contact me for pricing.


Ok, this all sounds great! I'm ready to book, what is the next step??

Wonderful! I'm so excited to work with you! Just send me a quick message so we can go over all the details and welcome you into the SJM Family!