{l mini newborn session} | Fuquay-Varina Newborn Photography :: Raleigh Newborn Session

A newborn mini session is a quick and easy way to capture the essence of a newborn without all the hassle. For this family, The images were all taken in their foyer. No need to straighten the whole house, or even need a large space. They wanted to incorporate some sentimental items since both of their fathers had passed away. The flannel fabric is actually a robe that one of their dad’s wore, and the maroon fabric is an old fishing shirt that another wore. It is so special to me to be included on heirloom portraits that will be cherished for a lifetime. As you will see, in a newborn mini session, we can add variety by changing the type of wrap, head band/bonnet, and prop. Usually these sessions last one hour, and the baby is so comfy and cozy because they are swaddled nearly the entire time. This is the perfect session if you want all of the focus to be on baby!

The Pros and Cons of Four Types of Newborn Photography | Fuquay-Varina Holly Springs Apex Newborn Photography

Are you pregnant and considering hiring a newborn photographer? Overwhelmed with the thought of sifting through all of the different photographers in your area, their prices, packages, what is included, when to book, AAGH! It can be so confusing! I have put together this handy guide to help you narrow your decision. General advice when choosing a newborn photographer:  

  • Make sure you like their style!  This is the same as shopping for clothes.  Certain stores are known for their style.  Don't expect to go into Forever 21 looking for a style that is more like J. Crew.  Every photographer has a certain style of shooting and editing.  Check out their galleries on their websites, Facebook, or Instagram and get an idea of what they will deliver to you!
  • Go with someone with experience in newborn photography!  Again, don't go to a dermatologist expecting them to fix your cavity.
  • Determine what is important to you.  Is it price? The number of digital images included in a package?  Ease of not having to leave your home/hospital room? Knowing what you value can help you narrow down your search based on what the photographer offers.

Here are some of the common options for newborn photography:

 

Pro

Con

Hospital Provided Photography

  • Complementary session
  • Most budget friendly for images/products ($100-200)
  • No travel (they come to your room)
  • Quick session
  • Fast turn around on images

 

  • No control over choice of photographer (large company)
  • Timing may be rushed due to discharge
  • No choice over appointment time - may miss important moments like with new siblings
  • Limited options as far as posing (hospital furniture)
  • Needs natural lighting - hospital room may not have window

Fresh 48

 

  • You hire a photographer to come to the hospital room
  • Schedule the time that is convenient for you
  • Capture details of baby in hospital
  • More personalized than hospital provided photography
  • Time frame is usually 1-1.5 hours
  • Usually offered as an add-on to a studio or lifestyle newborn session
  • Price varies from $200-$800
  • Need natural lighting - hospital room may not have window
  • Limited options as far as posing (hospital furniture)

Studio Newborn Photography

 

  • Traditional posed newborn images (usually naked)
  • More customized & varied session with props on hand in studio
  • Professional photographers are trained on safety and posing of newborns
  • Lighting can be controlled with studio lights
  • Not in your home

 

 

 

  • Babies need to be less than 2 weeks old
  • Most photographers require you to travel to them (can be tricky after delivery)
  • Usually the most expensive ($200-$1000)
  • Usually the longest type of session (3-4 hours)
  • May not include sibling or parent portraits (check with your photographer)

Lifestyle Newborn Photography

  • At your home (no need to travel)
  • Easier with older siblings & pets
  • Quicker session (1-2 hours)
  • More candid approach
  • Captures personalized nursery
  • More moderately priced ($150-500)
  • Hybrid approach can incorporate props and minimal posing
  • Tells more of a story
  • Find out more about my lifestyle newborn sessions here.
  • Requires light de-cluttering of rooms photographed
  • Natural light needed
  • Not ideal if you do not like your home decor or do not have a nursery set up

 

 

{lifestyle newborn session} | fuquay-varina newborn photographer :: holly springs newborn photographer :: raleigh newborn photography

Y'all.  This session might take the cake for my favorite in-home session thus far in 2018.  Here are a couple of reasons why.  First, this is a repeat client of mine.  I love that I get to document my families growing and meet their new nuggets! Second, can we talk about adorable kids? They have the best eyes and hair!  Third, this kiddo slept.the.whole.time.  The whole time.  It might go down as one of the fastest sessions I've ever done.  Fourth, being a mom of boys myself, I do love some brotherly love! And lastly, this is the perfect example of how to have a lifestyle newborn session with an older toddler.  Little man did NOT want to have anything to do with pictures.  My attitude towards that is, cool.  Let's roll with it.  There is no point in forcing a young child to sit and look pretty.  That is not what they are made to do! So, in my sessions, I try to calm the parents nerves and say, "they'll get in some.. just wait.."  What this meant for this family was him playing in his play room and bringing them all sorts of fun cars, toys, and requesting snacks.  But, it was the inquisitive nature of this toddler that kept me snapping pics.  He lovedddd looking at his little brother.  By the end of the session, without prompting I might add, I had little brother in a crate and big bro just walks over and starts pointing at his toes.  He was saying how little his toes were and was trying to count them.  Then, he sat, and compared his toes to little brothers.  It was a.dor.able! And this is why I am a self-proclaimed "over shooter."  If I had just stopped and packed up my camera, I would have missed all of this! Love it!! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Thank you, Andres family, for continuing to allow me to capture these moments of your life!

{margo} :: Clayton Newborn :: Raleigh Newborn Photography :: Fuquay Varina Newborn Photographer

Welcome to the world, Margo!  This little girl has been blessed with an amazing family that I had the pleasure of hanging out with during her newborn session.  Her big sister was a little camera shy but we managed to get some adorable pictures of the two of them.  I love getting family shots of the newborn with mom and dad because they are only that little for so long!! I had a hard time deciding which of these images was my favorite because she rocked out her newborn session and we got so many good ones!  I think they might take the cake for largest newborn gallery yet! They followed the newborn session prep guide I sent them almost to a T.  It doesn't make the session go perfectly, but it definitely helps the chances!fuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newbornfuquay holly springs newborn


Newborn sessions are best done between 5-21 days so that they are nice and sleepy and can be curled into the cute poses.   Amy only accepts a few newborns each month, so schedule your newborn session early in your pregnancy!

Amy Fansler is a natural, and studio light photographer based out of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. serving the greater Raleigh area (including Holly Springs, Apex, and Cary) who specializes in maternity, newborn, family, and senior portraits.

Contact her today to schedule your Newborn Session today!

amyfanslerphoto@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/AmyFanslerPhotography

#amyfanslerphotography on Instagram and Twitter!

{ava} :: fuquay varina newborn photography :: raleigh newborn photographer :: cary newborn photography

If you follow me on Facebook, you will have noticed that I posted a few of these images of Ava already.. what can I say?  I am absolutely in love with her newborn portraits.  She had the best skin, cutest head of hair, and I got to try out a few bonnets from a favorite local vendor (Birdie Blue Props:  https://www.facebook.com/birdieblueprops). She was a dream.. Her mom was a veteran so any time she made a peep, mom was like, "I got this..." and gave her just a little taste of her bottle and it settled her right down.  These are a few of my favorite images! Enjoy!

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Newborn sessions are best done between 5-21 days so that they are nice and sleepy and can be curled into the cute poses.   Amy only accepts a few newborns each month, so schedule your newborn session early in your pregnancy!

Amy Fansler is a natural, and studio light photographer based out of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. serving the greater Raleigh area (including Holly Springs, Apex, and Cary) who specializes in maternity, newborn, family, and senior portraits.

Contact her today to schedule your Newborn Session today!

amyfanslerphoto@gmail.com

919.291.0611

www.facebook.com/AmyFanslerPhotography

#amyfanslerphotography on Instagram and Twitter!