I’ve been meaning to make some changes to my policies on baby sessions for a while, and every now and then, you realize how necessary those changes really have become. Sweet little Eva came for her “newborn” session recently, and was a last minute add-on booking. Somehow in the process of email correspondence, I misunderstood about Eva’s age. I usually only offer my newborn mini session (the Petite Newborn session) for babies under 14 days old, since after the 14 day mark, most newborns take longer to settle and a longer session is needed. I offer my full-length newborn sessions through 5 weeks old (which is pretty generous by industry standards), but the shorter session is intended for just babies within that two week time frame.
Eva’s mom contacted me and wanted to book a session for her baby the same week. I had been already having a busy week, but I never like to turn away a baby if at all possible! So I squeezed them into my schedule, and realized after they arrived that she was well past the two week window. It was totally my mistake for not following up in more detail!
So, going forward…I am going to start making sure that anyone who books after baby is born goes through a phone consult with me prior to the session. I also will not be taking any newborn bookings with less than 48 hours notice because anything shorter does not allow clients to go through my session prep process, which is so crucial for the success of the session. I also am restructuring my session options to include two options only…newborn and sitter (or standing once baby gets around 1 year old). The phase between newborn and sitting is often a very difficult time of transition for babies, and many are quite fussy at this stage. The majority of my props and baby wardrobe options are sized for either newborn or sitter, and I realized it didn’t make a ton of sense to continue to hold onto a bunch of items for between that range when I honestly don’t enjoy those sessions in that in between period.
Little Eva was sweet but she made me work for these photos! These photos below are a few of my favorites from her session, which actually took place on the second day she came in. The first day she came in was just lots of crying unfortunately.
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