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What to Expect at Your Newborn Studio Session

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When should we schedule our newborn session? 

Typically during the third trimester. A retainer and signed contract are due at time of booking. Clients can email when baby is born to schedule. Babies are best photographed between 7-14 days old. Laura photographs newborns on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and early afternoons.

How long are newborn sessions? 

We offer two options: a petite newborn session which lasts 1-2 hours and full newborn sessions which typically lasts two – four hours. We allow extra time for soothing, feeding and changing. Laura uses flow posing to smoothly transition between props and poses. Please note that babies remained diapered during petite newborn sessions.

When should we feed our baby? 

It is helpful when babies are either feed in the studio before the session begins or just before leaving home to ensure baby is content and sleepy. 

Do we need to bring our own props? 

That’s up to you! My portrait studio is filled with blankets, buckets, baskets, wraps, bonnets, pants and headbands! I have adorable styles for boys and girls. I often hand knit special items for newborn sessions if time allows for this. You are also welcome to bring your own outfits, headbands and props from home.

What should we wear? 

Keep it simple, natural and light weight. Neutrals, white, black, and gray are always good colors for parents and siblings to wear with newborns. Siblings often look beautiful in a pale blue or pink. This allows for creating classic, timeless portraits.

Will my baby be comfortable while being photographed? 

Yes. Your baby’s comfort and safety are always on my mind. I never use harmful poses.  I have taken several classes on posing newborns and newborn safety. I have also cared for three babies of my own. I keep the studio warm and clean. I play white noise to soothe babies and keep them comfortable. It is really helpful to bring a pacifier, even if you are not planning on using one. It can really make or break a newborn session.

Do you edit your images? 

General editing is included with all packages. I recommend bathing baby and using Eucerin Baby lotion on baby’s skin before your session. Acne and flaky skin may occur with newborns but the editing process removes these imperfections. 

How much say do we have in the styling process? 

As much as you would like! Clients are welcome to email preferences prior to the session. Let me know your thoughts on clothing, colors and props to ensure the final photographs are to your liking (otherwise we can discuss it when you arrive). The studio is full of outfits, backgrounds and props. I often prepare items prior to your newborn session in an effort to keep the session flowing smoothly.

What should we expect from our final gallery? 

Following your session, Laura selects the best images for processing and retouching. It takes time to carefully select the best images from your session — based on expressions, poses, lighting, sharpness and general aesthetics. The final images are individually enhanced into a work of art. The turn around time to view your gallery is three weeks after the session.

Will we be able to display our portraits? 

Photographers generally believe that portraits should be tangible works of art for your home, in addition to digital files for social media and archiving. That’s why we offer collections with high quality products, like leather photo albums, custom wall displays that complement any home. Adding a family member is a momentous occasion, our heirloom quality products ensure that your newborn portraits will be enjoyed for generations!


Hi, I'm Laura Mares! I'm thankful to be a wife, mother and Pittsburgh lifestyle photographer. I photograph because I believe that life is simply beautiful and every person has a story worth telling. I'd love to tell yours.

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