thinking about booking a photo session with jenn lewis photography? let me give you an idea of how it all works, and what to do to best prepare for your session! i'll answer the most frequently asked questions too!
what to expect for...
newborns are photographed within the first 4-10 days after their birth. if at all possible, please book your session before baby is here! my schedule does fill up rather quickly, and we can always adjust your date if baby is earlier or later than expected. once baby arrives, life can get pretty crazy, so if i'm already expecting you, that's one less thing you have to worry about! please put me on the "call list" and have someone call me when baby arrives, so we can adjust the session date if necessary!
before the session: newborn sessions are usually scheduled around 930 or 10am... i'd love for baby to eat once you arrive at the studio (as opposed to before you leave home) if at all possible. also, if possible, keep baby awake in the morning before you arrive. we want baby to sleep through the session to get those snuggly, sleepy, curled up images you see on my website. there's no need to bring lots of outfits for baby... newborns are best captured in their natural state. :)
during the session: newborn sessions typically last about 3 hours. mommy and daddy will spend that time on the comfy sofas in the next room while my assistant and i create art with your sweet baby. i've had many dads (and a few moms!) sleeping soundly on those comfy sofas during the session. we all know you're not getting much sleep during these early days, so please take advantage of this nice little break! new babies do much better for us when they don't smell mom nearby. but trust me, we'll come get you if we need you. :) newborn sessions do take a while because baby will usually take at least one meal break, and sometimes it takes a little time to get them sleeping soundly. newborn photography does take tons of patience, but it's so worth it to get those final images. :) i have lots of little hats, headbands, blankets, baskets, etc to help create your newborn images. if there is a particular prop that you love (or don't love!), let me know ahead of time, so i can be sure to create images that you'll treasure.
after the session: in the days after your session, while you're waiting for me to edit your images, i'd love for you to look around your home to get an idea of the spaces you'd like to fill on your walls. taking measurements is a bonus, and you're also welcome to email or text me photos of the spaces you'd like to fill with your custom art from your newborn's session. about 2-3 weeks after your photo session when i've completed post-processing your images, i'll contact you to schedule your ordering session. you'll come back here, and when you view your images for the first time, and you'll see how much baby has already changed from the day your images were captured. i'll guide you through the ordering process and help you decide what products and sizes will work best to fill the space on your walls. i have samples here of various products that i offer through my professional lab, and if there's something particular you're looking for, don't hesitate to ask, as my lab most likely offers it.
i like expressing my thoughts through photos, so i recently wrote a blog post full of photos describing the senior session experience with jenn lewis photography. please check it out here!
what's in your gear bag (and what kind of bag is it?):
i *love* my camera bag from Jo Totes! i get tons of compliments on it, and it fits my "everyday" gear nicely. i also have a Think Tank Photo bag that i love for those shoots i need to carry all my gear to. it literally fits *everything*. so... back to the question... what's in my bag? i shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 50D as my backup body. I have narrowed my lens collection down to 5... i shoot primarily with my favorite lens, the Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro lens. i picked up the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II this past year for portraits and weddings. i love my wide angle Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens. i keep my Canon 85mm f/1.8 on hand also. i rarely use it anymore, but it's a great little lens, so i keep it as a backup for my 100mm lens. and just for fun, i picked up a Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye a few years ago and love to play with it! i also have several flashes... a Canon 580EX II, a Canon 430 EX II, a Canon 420 EX, and 2 LumoPro LP160s and lots of accessories. the other stuff won't fit in my bag, but i also have tons of other lighting (Alien Bee 800, ringlight, Sweetlight Systems continuous kit, and lots of light modifiers) that i use in studio and on location. no one ever said photography was an inexpensive business!
do you photograph kids and families?
i do. sort of. :) i take kid and family sessions on a case by case basis. i concentrate on newborns, seniors, couples/engagements, and weddings. i also will *always* photograph the kids and families of my loyal clients. several of you have been coming to me for years, and i will always make time for you. you are the reason i am here today, and i will always appreciate that!
how much does it cost for a session with jenn lewis photography and what does it include?
you can find this information on my investment page.