Newborn Portrait Studio Info
Austin Newborn Photography is a full-service, baby portrait studio that caters exclusively expectant and new mothers. Our newborn studio offers the luxury of custom portraits that will become family heirlooms. You want to document this joyful time and we want to help by creating beautiful imagery for you.
Austin Newborn Photography only accepts a limited number of due dates per month. This allows us to provide our clients with a memorable experience.
As a custom portrait studio, it is Austin Newborn Photography's goal to create beautiful pieces of art for you to display in your home. We have an exclusive line of heirloom products, including hand-printed fine art prints, luxe wall art pieces, and heirloom albums. We understand that digital images are important, too, and our packages include fine art prints as well as digital images.
Contact us today to inquire about our sessions. Once you've booked your session we'll schedule a time for an in-person consultation and tour our beautiful studio and see the quality of our heirloom fine art products first-hand. We can't want to design a memorable portrait experience for you.
We Love Babies and we'd love to meet yours.Contact us today to schedule your Newborn Session.
We only book approximately 8-10 due dates per month. We suggest you book your newborn session early in your second trimester. Austin Maternity Photography studio clients should inquire as early as possible.
Our schedule often fills weeks in advance. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU INQUIRE IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DUE DATE.
Newborn Session Fee INFO | What is a Session fee?
Session fees are due at the time of booking. The Session Fee secures your preferred date on our schedule.
Unless otherwise stated, the session fee covers only our time together in the studio & does not include any prints, products, or digital images.
It covers the planning and prep of your session. Your Maternity and Newborn Session will include the time and talent of both Valerie and her assistants.
If your session fee includes a "package credit" This is a Pre-payment towards your package purchase.
about 3 weeks after your session we will meet at the studio to look at your portraits. at this session reveal you will select your favorite images and artwork.
All prices are subject to state and local sales tax.
*Prices subject to change. Contact us for most current pricing information*
Our full newborn experience. Includes an up to 2.5 hour session in our fully stocked Newborn Studio. Can include family/parent/sibling poses.
This session will give the most variety in props and poses
Includes $250 Package Credit
Petite Newborn Session
Our Simply Newborn, PETITE sessions are perfect for parents wanting just a few newborn images.
BABY ONLY | ONE HOUR SESSION
Baby is posed swaddled. 1 backdrop and two prop sets.
Includes 8 Digital Images
Petite Belly to Baby
FOR MOM ONLY
up to 45 min studio maternity session
Hair and Makeup INCLUDED
Access to our studio wardrobe
8 Digital Images
approx 2.5 hr studio session
newborn posing and family
$100 Package credit
Now Offering In-Studio Hair and Makeup!
What is a "mother Focused" Maternity Session?
Austin Newborn Photography | Austin Maternity Photography specializes in Belly to Baby Portrait Sessions. Currently, due to covid, we are focusing on MOM. Since May of 2020 we have been primarily photographing MOM only for Maternity. Recently, though we've begun to relax that requirement for our maternity sessions and are allowing your partner to participate in your maternity session. However, as stated we're still MOTHER FOCUSED. This means we will pose your partner in a couple of poses, but the session is to Celebrate Motherhood.
“A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities”
When should I book my session?
You should book your maternity and/or newborn session as early as you feel comfortable. Be aware our schedule can only accommodate 10-14 due dates a month. It is recommended you book some time in your second trimester.
Your newborn session will take place when the baby is between 10 days and six weeks of age. Our preference is between 14 and 21 days. This gives baby and mom to settle into a bit of a pattern and have recovered from delivery. in these early days, it can be difficult to get out and about. We like to start our newborn sessions at 10:30 and our studio days are Monday through Thursday.
We often cannot accommodate LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS. You are highly encouraged to inquire early.
Almost all pre-booked newborn sessions are TENTATIVE. Once the baby arrives we adjust that as needed.
Your newborn session will take place at the Valerie kay Photography / Austin Newborn Photography studio. Our studio is fully equipped with everything we need for styling a unique, creative session to capture those fleeting little details of your tiny, new baby.
The studio is located in North Central Austin on North Lamar..
We do not offer in-home newborn sessions. our studio is private. we currently only book one session per day. there is room for us to set up and work efficiently. Being in the studio allows us to follow creative whims when inspiration strikes in the middle of your session. We do not travel to client's homes.
How do I prepare for my session?
The morning of your session you should give baby a bath, play, and try to keep baby awake. Give baby a good feed and baby will most likely fall asleep on the way to the studio. It is important that you dress baby in a sleeper that snaps or zips up the front. Pulling clothing over baby's head often upsets them. We want a nice, sleepy, calm little one.
it is important that baby is sleepy for their session. Many of the poses require baby to be in a very deep sleep. We ask that if you can bring extra bottles of expressed milk or formula. This helps us to sooth baby into positions with bottle as opposed to handing baby over for a top off each time they become unsettled.
We also ask that you bring a pacifier even if baby is not using one regularly. The one they send home with you from the hospital is perfect. if baby needs soothed into a pose we will often have to pop the pacifier in for just a few minutes as baby settles into the position required for the pose. if you do not have a pacifier we keep individually wrapped pacifiers in the studio in case of emergency.
Do I need to bring anything to my session?
Just you, baby, and as mentioned above milk and a pacifier. Our studio is equipped with everything we need. We supply all props, outfits, hats, wraps, headbands, and backgrounds. You do not need to bring any "newborn" clothing or wearable props. In these early newborn days everything is just too big. Baby clothes in "newborn" sizes do not photograph well at this stage and often distract from baby's sweet, tiny features. We suggest you keep any little outfits you have for photos at home when baby is a little older. Many of the commercially made newborn "photo props" are made to fit babies that are closer to 2-3 months, they are often scratchy, and do not photograph well.
AT THIS TIME DUE to the coronavirus / covid19 pandemic we cannot allow outside props.
How long will my session last?
We offer two newborn session types: Our petite newborn session is 45 minutes. In this session we photograph baby only. Baby is swaddled and photographed in a variety of props. the swaddle, hats, headbands, and bonnets are swapped out between sets to add variety.
The signature newborn session can last up to 2 - 2.5 hours. During this time we photograph baby in a variety of poses and props. This session can include portraits with parents and siblings. Please let us know in advance if you wish to have family portraits and if there will be siblings at the session. If you have a pet you'd like to include please let us know. We love including your fur babies, but need to know in advance to plan accordingly and someone will need to take your pet home after their part is done.
What should we wear for our family portraits?
The simpler the better. solid, neutral colors. Avoid busy patterns.
These images are photographed from the waist up.
We suggest creams vs whites and grays vs black.
AT THIS TIME DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS / COVID19 PANDEMIC we ask that siblings leave after their portraits are made and that only same-household, immediate family come to the studio with you.