your questions answered
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 or 6th month of pregnancy.
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 newborn collection. 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 beautiful maternity gowns for clients to wear during their sessions. I have multiple colors, styles, and sizes to ensure the perfect look for your session. During our pre-session consultation, you can look through the maternity gowns and choose which you would like 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 my 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!
When during my pregnancy should I do my maternity
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.
Simply Joyful Moments Photography specializes in custom portraiture including newborn photography, maternity photography, and family photography in Columbus, GA, Fort Benning, GA, Phenix City, AL and surrounding areas.