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the newborn portrait experience

welcome + congratulations!

 We are thrilled to help you celebrate your new family member! 

See the steps below to understand how your session is designed to be easy, enjoyable, and take you all the way to the finish line.

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design consultation

start with the end in mind

We will start by understanding what you really want to get out of your portrait session.  It is perfectly fine if you do not know the answer to that yet!  I will lead you through questions that will help us establish your true goals for the session, and this will help guide the rest of the design.  Great sessions are the result of care in planning and design, and our design consultation gets me the information I need to do just that. 

Design consultations can be by phone, zoom, or in person.  Here are a few questions to help you think about your vision before we meet.  Great portraits start with agreat relationships, so let’s chat!

planning for the long term

Parents come back to update their portraits as their families grow and change.  Your design will account for that, so that it is easy to modify, add to, or grow your existing collections as you get new and updated portraits with each session you schedule.

Baby's Nursery with Pictures and ladybugs

a few things i’ll help you discover…

Beautiful printed photography album of family

HOW do you prefer to look at your printed images?  In albums?  On the wall?  Flipping through a stack of matted prints?

WHERE do you want to display them? Are there empty wall spaces that you have been wanting to fill?  Outdated pictures you are ready to replace?  A grouping you already love, but want to add on?

WHAT is your style?  Do you lean towards framed wall art or open canvas?  Clean lines or ornate detail?  Matching artwork or mixed collages?

WHY do you want a session now, and what one or two images do you really want to get out of a session at this time?

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Photographer taking picture of Dad holding his newborn baby

your session

what to expect

I’ve worked with hundreds of newborns, and have a smooth workflow in place to make sure your session is calm and relaxing.  You’ll get to see the design created based on our design consultation.  We follow your baby’s schedule and needs, so if we need to take a break for you to feed or snuggle your baby, we can.   

You can participate in your session, or relax and just watch, or even put your feet up and watch your favorite show while I work with your baby.

I have a playroom available to keep older siblings happy and engaged while they are not being photographed.

hair + makeup artistry

These are images you will treasure for a lifetime, and I want them to be perfect for you.  Mamas of brand new babies are often too tired to want to take care of themselves, so for your session you do not need to worry about a thing.  Professional Hair & Makeup Artistry will make sure your face and hair are flawless.  My HMUA will work with you to understand your personal style and preferences, and make sure you look like your best self.

baby safety

Your baby’s safety is my first priority during a session.  I’ve taken many precautions to make sure my studio is a safe environment for my littlest clients, including:

  • Training in a hospital Labor & Delivery on safe handling of newborns
  • Staying up to date on all shots required for newborn caretakers
  • Washing all baby props with dye-and-fragrance free detergents
  • Full interior electrostatic disinfection with organic cleaning solutions before every session
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ordering appointment

selecting your images + products

You’ll get to see your gallery of image options at your Ordering Appointment.   I’ll be on hand to guide you through selecting the products that best meet your needs, and choosing the images that work best with those products.   And because we will have worked closely to coordinate preferences for colors and style, your images will capture all those fleeting and beautiful details of your brand-new baby and fit perfectly in your home.

step-by-step guidance

I will guide you through selecting the products that best meet your needs, and choosing the images that work best with those products.   With my design software, you can see exactly what your images will look like in an album layout or on your own walls, including changing sizes, layouts, and frame designs.

Photographer showing clients their album from family photo session
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Collection of framed and unframed wall art portraits in client's newborn's nursery

delivery + installation

all the way to the finish line

The last (and most thrilling!) step of each portrait session is to sit back and relax as your images are delivered and professionally installed in your home.  I oversee every installation and make sure your final step is the perfect finish to your portrait experience.

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let’s chat…

sample work

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Newborn baby boy laying in a white basket on a cloud of white fur
Family photo from a newborn portait session with Mom, Dad, and newborn baby boy
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Eyes open newborn portrait of newborn baby girl in purples. Photo by Colleen Hight Photography.
Newborn baby girl in blue, navy, cream, and tan. Photo by Colleen Hight Photography.
Newborn baby boy lying curled on brown and cream background
Newborn Baby Boy Portrait in Froggy Pose by Colleen Hight Photography

Simplify Choosing Your Newborn Photographer

A quick reference that Includes the best questions to pick the photographer that's just right for YOU, a simple chart to quickly and easily compare your top choices, and timeline for reserving and working with your 1st choice photographer!

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