what to expect from me and important information:

Photographing newborns is my passion. I spend a lot of time getting every little finger and toe positioned perfectly when photographing your little bundle. First and foremost, it is important to me for your baby to look comfortable and peaceful in the photographs and to look like a piece of art. I do love for my photos to appear timeless but do welcome a splash of trendiness in my work.

When arriving at the studio, be prepared to just sit back and enjoy the session. I will take over as soon as you arrive, undressing baby and getting him/her used to me. I will feed baby during the session if you are not opposed to bringing a bottle (expressed breast milk or formula). If you are exclusively nursing, that is perfectly fine. We can take as many breaks as we need to keep your newborn calm. Also, a pacifier is a great way to soothe baby during the session so feel free to bring one if your baby takes one. Many newborns are gassy; to ease their discomfort I ask that you bring a bottle of gas drops to the session just in case. Gas drops are safe for the newest of babies.

My studio is kept at 80 degrees to keep baby comfortable for the session as they will be nude for a majority of it. So feel free to dress in layers or dress light.

I will play white noise during your session to mimic the sounds of the womb.

There will be accidents and I’m perfectly fine with that. Almost every newborn I photograph does have an accident on my backdrops. I’m not a modest person at all and keep on rolling. So please don’t worry about that.

Be prepared to spend up to 3 hours at my studio.

St. Louis Newborn Photographer | Shutterbug Photography | www.shutterbugphotographybymichelle.com

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frequently asked questions:

Q. There seem to be a lot of photographers who say they “specialize” in newborns. Should I just look for the one with the best prices?
A. Price is always at the forefront of any consumers mind, but you have to remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” Going with the least expensive photographer is not a good way to determine who will take your baby’s portraits. Most often the least expensive photographer is also the least experienced photographer. You have to remember; this photographer will be handling, posing, and soothing your baby. It’s not just about taking the pictures, it’s making sure you are working with someone who a) knows how to appropriately handle newborns in general, b) considers the safety of your baby first and c) will provide you with a beautiful final product.

Q. What should I look for in a newborn photographer?
A. The most important thing is for you to look through their portfolio for certain criteria.

1. The pictures should be classic and timeless in nature.

These portraits will hopefully be an heirloom you will pass on to future generations. Pictures that show off the latest fads such as vignette, textured backgrounds, and selective coloring (when all of the picture is black and white except for one small part that remains in color) – will look dated in a few years.

2. The baby should be the focus of the portraits.

When you look through the pictures, ask yourself “What is the first thing I notice?” Are you marveling at how precious the baby is, or finding yourself distracted amidst scenes of fake flowers, huge headbands, tutus, stuffed animals etc.?

Often, the less “stuff” or props that are in the pictures, the better the photographer is. They have the ability to skillfully pose your baby so that he/she is the sole focus of your portraits.

3. The baby should look comfortable, relaxed, and peaceful in the portraits.

As in all portraits, the facial expression is very important. Newborns are so pliable and can be put into all kinds of amazing positions in their first couple weeks of life. A skilled photographer will be able to pose the baby tucked with their feet up by their chin, accompanied by a peaceful, sleepy – even sometimes smiling face.

Q. Why do you recommend newborns to be photographed before two weeks of age?
A. Babies older than two weeks of age are alert longer and do not fall into that deep, deep sleep. Colic may become evident as well as baby acne after the 2 week mark.

Q. My friend just has some great Christmas pictures done of her family. She said the photographer does newborns too. Would she be a good choice?
A. Maybe. Maybe not. The fact that your friend had a positive experience with this photographer is definitely a plus! However, newborn photography is its own special breed of photography. And it’s not for every photographer. I’ve done every other kind of portraits – kids, families, seniors, weddings – and I can say that, in comparison, newborn photography requires a completely different learning curve and skill set than the other types of photography. The most important thing you can do as a consumer is to look specifically at their newborn portfolio. Just because someone is an awesome photographer, doesn’t mean they are an awesome “newborn photographer”.

Q. How long have you been photographing newborns?
A. Two years. I have a lot of experience and patience with babies. My motto is safety first. I will never put your newborn in an unsafe pose/prop.