Hey Emily! Do you take Newborn Pictures?
I get this question a lot, and the answer is not a simple one! I DO shoot Newborn Sessions, & they take place in the comfort of your own home! I capture precious & natural interactions between Momma, Baby, Daddy, & Brother & Sister! Here's usually how the conversation goes:
When do we schedule our Newborn Lifestyle Session?
We try to schedule the session within the first 2 weeks of your little one's arrival, often on a weekday morning! You should try to schedule your session at least a month in advance!
What parts of my House need to be clean for this?
We will take the pictures in the rooms with the best light! We usually will take some in the nursery & on mom & dad's bed. If your living room has a good amount of natural light, we can shoot there too!
How is this different than a Studio Newborn Session?
A studio will provide you with gorgeous pictures of your sweet bean wrapped in beautiful fabrics, posed with props & backdrops. I bring nothing to the session other than myself & my gear. You're welcome to swaddle your baby & put her in a couple of different outfits, but I won't be dressing or posing her alone.
My focus is on the family and capturing your connection & love, so the pictures I take of Baby will be in the arms of a loved one. Take a look at some of my favorites from my most recent lifestyle newborn session below! If it's not your cup of tea, I do have someone I'd recommend at the bottom of this post! :)
OK, sounds good so far! So what is included in the price?
I will come to your home, and I'll be there for about an hour. I'll post a sneak peek in the next few days, and an online gallery of 50+ images will be delivered to your inbox in 2 weeks. You will be able to download high-resolution images as well as order prints, albums, canvases, etc. directly from my gallery site. Your online gallery will be active for 3 months before expiring, so you'll have plenty of time to download your images and complete any orders!
Be sure to check the "Prices" tab at the top of this page for current Family Session pricing. I require a 35% nonrefundable deposit to secure the date, and I'll send that to you through Square where you'll be able to pay via CC!
Lifestyle Newborn Session in New Bern, NC:
OK Em, these pictures are great, buuuut I think I'm looking more for Studio-Newborn Pictures. Who do you recommend?
Hey, that's ok -- I want you to have the pictures you've been dreaming of! For studio-style images, I would recommend Michelle Salsman in Downtown New Bern, NC. I've yet to meet her, but many friends have used her & her work is beautiful! :) Check out her website here: https://michellesalsmanphotography.com/
Can't you just feel the warmth of their adoration for one another in these images? April & Steve's love story began when he walked across the room to say hello at Persimmons Restaurant in Downtown New Bern in Eastern North Carolina. So it was only fitting that we ended up back there for their engagement session! I had such a great time taking these pictures -- now I'm even more excited about their wedding at The Ocoee River Barn this upcoming September! Here are just a few of my favorite shots from their gallery! Enjoy! :)
The Meadows Inn Bed & Breakfast in Downtown New Bern provided the perfect place for Ashley & her gals to get ready for her wedding that would take place less than 5 minutes away at The Maola at Riverside. They stayed in the Bear Master & Guests Suites which were located on the top floor of the Inn. There were so many lovely places tucked in and around the inn that were perfect for the First Look Moments! Here are a few of our favorite getting ready pictures from the day!
Getting Ready Location: The Meadows Inn
Venue: The Maola at Riverside in New Bern, NC
Coordinator: Donna Swindell
Decorations: Anna Simeon
Cake: Peggy Gibson
Hair: Krystyn Carey at Split Endz
Make up: Kerri Lockey at Amazing Nails & Facials
Dress: Simply Blush Bridal
Rings: Hearnes Fine Jewelry
Florals: Mary Gierie-Merrell at Harris Teeter
DJ: John Cole
Chris & Zack's wedding is one that we'll never forget. Their joy was infectious. We had so much fun just capturing the genuinely happy moments shared by everyone who was there!
"Problems Divided, Joys Multiplied" Both Bride & Groom wrote this phrase into their vows, and it's honestly come to mind quite a bit since their wedding day. I love the sentiment. As a team, they've promised to walk the journey of life together, conquering lows together, celebrating highs together, and cherishing the inbetweentimes, together. What a beautiful phrase! Wishing you both twenty thousand more days of multiplying the joy captured in these pictures!
Dress:Blush Boutique /Willowby by Watters
Flowers: Mary Gierie-Merrell / Harris Teeter
Venue: New Bern Yacht Club in New Bern, N.C.
Catering: Posh Nosh Catering @zovik jreisat
Rings: @roblyn company, Raleigh
Hair: @Kristin Overly at The Suites at La Bella Donna Salon & The Bear & The Beard
DJ: @Seth Felder, Durham / @sftv919 / @lovespinnc
We loved the simplicity and intimacy of this wedding day. There were so many beautiful tears shed throughout the ceremony! Their personal vows were powerful, and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd! Congratulations to Verity & Austin on the start of their marriage journey together! We were honored to celebrate with you! Here are a few of my favorite portraits from the day!
Dress: Thornbury Brides
Hair & Makeup: You Glow Girl by Tonya
Catering: Thee Catering Company
Florals: Harris Teeter Mary Gierie-Merrell
Decor: Occasions To Celebrate
Rings: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Neil Callahan
Suits: Mens Suit Warehouse
Bridesmaids Gowns: David's Bridal
Venue: Meadows Farm & Venue in Maysville, North Carolina
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