Q & A
NEWBORN SESSION INFORMATION:
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
As soon as possible. Typically Melanie books at least 6 weeks in advance and only takes a limited number of newborns per month. It's best to book now to ensure you are able to get a slot. For newborns we will set you up for your due date and once baby arrives and you contact Melanie we'll schedule the actual session date/time. At that time, Melanie will provide you with tips to get ready for your session.
DO I NEED TO PUT MONEY DOWN TO RESERVE MY SPOT?
Yes, a $50 deposit / retainer fee is due at the time of booking to reserve your spot for your newborn session. This fee can by sent by mail or can be paid online with a credit card. This fee is non-refundable and is separate from the session fee which is due the day of the session.
HOW OLD SHOULD MY NEWBORN BE AT THE TIME OF THE SESSION?
The ideal time to photograph newborns is at 7-12 days old.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION FEE?
The session fee covers the 1 1/2 to 3 hour session, access to a large selection of props and accessories and 20+ digital images with a print release.
WHERE DOES THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Most sessions take place in Melanie's private, in-home studio located in Brillion, WI. Her studio is separated from the rest of her home with lots of space to spread out and relax.
DO YOU PROVIDE THE PROPS/ACCESSORIES?
YES! Most of the props, headbands and hats you see in Melanie's portfolio are available at the studio for you to use during your session.
HOW LONG DO NEWBORN SESSIONS LAST?
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-3 hours, but the average is about 90 minutes.
CAN SIBLINGS OR PARENTS BE INCLUDED IN THE SESSION?
Yes, Melanie is happy to take a few family/sibling pictures depending on which newborn session package you choose.
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN VIEW MY SESSION ONLINE AND DOWNLOAD THE IMAGES?
Turn around time can be anywhere between 7 and 14 days depending on the time of year and how busy Melanie's schedule is.
Each image is carefully hand edited before it is presented to you in your gallery on her website.
WHAT IS A SESSION LIKE? WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
If baby has a full belly and is sleepy upon arrival to the studio, babies typcially sleep for the entire session. Each pose is done slowly and carefully to keep baby as comfy as possible. You can expect to sit back and relax as Melanie does everything from start to finish unless baby gets hungry. In that case, it is fine for baby to take a break to eat and then finish up the session afterwards.
You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks for yourself during the session. There is free wifi and TVs to watch if you would like. Melanie also has a toy area for siblings if needed.
HOW DO I SEE MY IMAGES AFTER MY SESSION?
Approximately 2 weeks after your session, you will recieve an email/message with a link to a private online gallery.