best rochester ny newborn photographers

Frequently Asked Questions

what do i need to bring to my newborn session?

It depends on the session being booked. I provide outfits, diaper covers, hats, bonnets, props, and headbands for newborn babies. I ask that parents bring extra formula or breastmilk if available since we will be moving baby more than usual they tend to get more hungry then normal. I highly encourage bringing a soothie pacifier to help transition from poses to keep baby sleepy. Even if they don’t take one at home they are usually able to get the hang of it during the session. I encourage moms to bring a drink and light snack. It can get hot in the studio so you can wear layers to be able to get more comfortable. For cake smashes I provide the cake and d├ęcor.

how long do newborn sessions last?

It depends on the baby and how sleepy they are. Prepping them before hand helps a lot to get the sleepy baby poses. Typically you can expect to be in the studio for 1.5-3hours.

who can come along to the session?

I ask that only people being photographed come to the sessions to limit people in and out of the studio.

who can be photographed during the session?

I encourage immediate family members to be in the pictures, they can participate in all types of sessions. I do ask that a family member or friend take siblings to another location after their part of the session is done for the newborn sessions because it can get very hot, I can never give a timeline of when we will finish up and it may be a while. It also is good to have a quiet peaceful atmosphere when posing baby and siblings sometimes don’t have the patience to sit and wait.

How do I book a newborn session when I don't know when baby will arrive?

When you book a session, I pencil in your due date on my calendar. Once baby is born I ask that you contact me within the first 2-3 days so we can schedule a day and time that works best.

What age do you photograph newborns?

I typically schedule newborns when they are 5-15 days old. I want to get them in while they are still sleepy and curly to capture that newborn look.

What should I/we wear?

I always recommend white dresses for women/girls and white shirts with jeans or khakis for men/boys. If you would like a little color you can add some very light neutral colors. This will keep the focus of your images on the important part-you and your family. For newborn sessions I recommend baby come in a fresh white onesie and a zip or snap up pajama that way it is easy to get the pajamas off and I can start taking pictures of the baby in the onesie right away if they are sleeping from the car ride. I provide everything else the baby will need to wear to be photographed. For sitter and 1 year sessions I have outfits you are able to use for baby. For maternity sessions I have a few options of what you can wear, if you prefer to wear something you have we can discuss that as well.

When should I book a newborn session?

As soon as you feel comfortable doing so, but the sooner the better. I only take on a few sessions a month since I only do photography part-time. I book on a first come first serve basis.

What Covid-19 practices do you have in place?

I wear a mask for all sessions. During newborn sessions both my assistant and myself wear a mask, gown and practice hand washing/sanitizing throughout the session. We will continue to do so to provide the safest environment for your baby. After a session, everything is wiped down and all linens are washed in their own load of laundry with Tide Free and Clear.

What experience do you have handling newborns?

I worked on the Birth Center at Strong Memorial Hospital “catching babies” for close to 8 years. I would provide care as soon as they were born, and attend births sometimes multiple times a shift. Between that and photographing newborns for 7 years I have handled thousands of newborns and am very in tuned with what they need, and how to safely position them.

Where will the session take place?

All sessions are done in my studio in LeRoy, NY.

Who do you serve?

I serve the Rochester and Buffalo areas. I have also had clients come from Syracuse.

If you have any additional questions about my photography services that are not included above please reach out, I would love to hear from you!

Stefanie Nicole Photography studio is located in LeRoy, NY. Also serving surrounding areas which include, but are not limited to Buffalo, Syracuse, LeRoy, Batavia, Pavilion, Geneseo, Spencerport, Pittsford, Penfield, Webster, Chili Henrietta, Gates, Brockport, East Rochester, Irondequoit, and Fairport.

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