Sarah Shearer Presents: Preserving Memories | Hello Baby Newborn Session




First of all, congratulations on the new bundle of joy you are expecting. Becoming a parent is truly the most important and rewarding job you will ever have! Newborn sessions are my joy. Those sweet brand new little angels are my muse.

You will never forget the first moment you laid eyes on your daughter or the first time you heard your son cry. These are truly magical moments. As much as we hope and pray they will stay forever, they grow up anyway. Those first few weeks seem to fly by and each moment becomes a fleeting memory.





When was the last time you had portraits made at a large chain studio and actually had the luxury of your photo session including props that were custom ordered just for your session? Did he/she seek to find out who you are, what your style is, what your goal is with the session they performed? Can you remember the name of your cookie-cutter in-store photographer? The answer to all of that is probably no!

Custom photography is simply that... a custom experience tailored to suit you, your style, your personality and your needs. When I am contacted for a newborn session far enough in advance of the actual session date that is scheduled, I have the luxury of ordering props such as hats, blankets, baskets, etc. that are suited entirely for your session. You can not walk into a cookie-cutter studio and expect them to have a lamb hat to match the  theme in your baby's nursery and even pair that hat with a backdrop that fits your color scheme. With custom photography (and enough time beforehand!) that is entirely possible.

​I can also guarantee that the "photographer" from your cookie-cutter photography session will not be going home that night to spend many hours editing those photos, removing blemishes, blogging about your session, and going the extra mile for customer #2634. Custom photographers do! I spend many hours perfecting your images to create a unique gallery that truly makes my clients' personalities shine through; a gallery that will preserve an incredibly important memory in your lifetime!






Once you decide to schedule a session with me, we will set a tentative date based on your due date. 

I understand that babies rarely come when predicted and I will accommodate their personal plans for arrival.

But a due date will give us a base line. Once your infant is born, please get in touch with me and we will finalize our date and time.

They sleep better, don't have colic yet, and usually haven't started developing baby acne or cradle cap. If you are a c-section Mom, we can work out something.

I know that recovery can be slow and painful. Many of my clients have Dad around for the session to help out.









Once I arrive I will give you some time to feed and soothe your baby. I start my sessions by taking some portraits of your baby on a beanbag or boppy pillow.


After that, we will move on to some relationship poses with Mom, Dad and Siblings after which I will move on to photographing your newborn in the props that have been chosen. Before I leave, I will ask you to sign a model release to promote my business without compensation.


~ Have any hats, bows, headbands, blankets, props, family heirlooms or other items you may want in the shots ready.

~ Make sure the room or rooms are warm. Your baby will usually have their clothes off for most of the session so it needs to be extra warm.

​~ Have room or rooms where the baby will be photographed tidy and clutter free please. You should wear lightweight breathable clothing since it will be very warm where we are shooting. If you would like to be in some of the photographs we will shoot these first before you get disheveled or sweaty due to the warmth in the room for your little one.

~ Your hands may be shown in some photos. Please have nails trimmed and clean.

~ Turn off phones or any other distractions during the photo shoot.

~ Try to have at least one other person there with you during the shoot to help. Sessions can often get long and tiring for all involved.

~ Have water on hand.... newborn sessions make you thirsty!!

~ Before feeding baby, remove all clothes and socks. Unfasten diaper so it can be easily removed and wrap baby in blanket. This will help eliminate any creases or red marks on the baby's body.

~ Feed baby approximately a half-hour before session is scheduled to begin. It is imperative that baby is well fed and burped. :)