The best time to schedule a newborn session is within the first 3 weeks of life when infants are sleepy and easily posed*. Beyond this time frame, poses may be limited as newborns grow, gain strength and have longer periods of wakefulness. We understand the needs of you and your newborn – frequent feedings, changing and cuddling breaks are all factored into our newborn sessions. Our studio space is warm and additional heaters are running to keep your baby toasty while we work with them.
Our studio sessions come with access to all of our props and accessories (backdrops, hats, headbands, wraps, etc). Based on the details/color preferences we will have discussed with you prior to your appointment, we will “style” your session so that everything is ready for your arrival. From there we’ll add your personal touches, so feel free to bring along any special items (hospital crib card, small stuffed animals, handmade or monogrammed blankets, hats) you’d like to incorporate into the pictures. If you choose to have us come to your home for the session, we focus on “lifestyle” photos that capture your family in the comfort of your familiar surroundings. We come with a small “portable studio” setup and a select number of props for newborn portraits. We’ll discuss your style & color preferences with you beforehand so we’ll be certain to have what you like on hand. Photos with family and siblings are always a part of a newborn session! Some parents are hesitant to appear in pictures, but family photographs are precious keepsakes to pass down to your children, so do consider it.
* Every newborn session is unique, we photograph babies according to the poses and props that they will tolerate. Every effort is made to keep newborns warm, content and above all else, safe. Please understand we may not be able to attempt or obtain specific photos you have in mind, we will work with you and your baby to make sure the session is as successful as possible.
We are happy to hold your session indoors or out – at our studio, your home or a nearby scenic location. Your wardrobe may consist of anything you feel confident and comfortable in, but not tent-like. This is your moment to show off what you’ve got and let that baby belly be seen! Suggestions include snug tops that will accentuate your maternal curves, wraps, tank tops and jeans. Solid colors are ideal. Avoid bold patterns, which camouflage the belly. Partial nude or “skin” photos are often part of our maternity sessions. We will discuss what you are and are not comfortable with. Avoid tight-fitting clothing and elastics against the skin for several hours prior to the photo session. Since you will be bearing your belly and other areas, you do not want undergarment dents or lines to blemish your skin’s smooth appearance. Moisturizer is a wonderful thing. Pay close attention to elbows, knees and heels. Tidy nails and hair are a must. Some women prefer to have their hair or make-up done professionally, but it’s all up to you.
If you have any baby items you’ve received that you want to include in the session, bring them along. Shoes, toys and ultrasound pictures can be worked nicely into the photos. Excessive jewelry is discouraged, you’ll want your beauty and mommy-to-be glow stand for themselves. Some women want to include their partner or other children in photographs, others prefer to do the session alone. We’re happy to accommodate your wishes. Consider purchasing this session together with a Newborn Session for a substantial discount off the stand-alone price.
FIRST YEAR PORTRAITS & CAKE SMASH SESSIONS
Celebrate your child’s First Birthday with a very special First Year Portrait Session at our studio, consisting of posed & semi-posed pictures of your cutie sitting, standing, smiling and doing all those tricks 1-year olds do so well. The session is topped off with a fun and messy Cake Smash. We can supply the 6-inch round cake or you may bring one if you’d prefer. Your child’s wardrobe for the session should consist of an outfit of your choice for the “nice” portrait pictures which take place first, something for the cake smash (ideas include: just a diaper w/cover, overalls, shorts, etc) and something clean & comfortable to go home in. Our studio has a private bathroom with a sink, wipes & towels for cleanup afterwards. Since this age tends to lose steam quickly, we move efficiently through the photos. Plan on spending about an hour with us.
SESSIONS WITH TODDLERS/CHILDREN
We recognize that at this stage in your child’s development, they are spontaneous and unpredictable. Our goal is foremost to make sure they are enjoying themselves so we can capture the genuine personality that you know and love. Outdoor sessions include time photographing kids candidly, in their natural state of curiosity and motion. We love play and positive sibling interactions since they bring out the smiles. Discussing the length of the time commitment and expectations for behavior beforehand will help make the session enjoyable for you and your family. We’re very easy going and if you’re worried about a shy child…they usually open up a few minutes into the session. No stressing needed. J
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAITS
You’ve just completed 12 (yes that’s 12) years of schooling and you’ll soon be off to the next chapter in your life! Mark this amazing milestone with a Senior Portrait session. These sessions are casual and enjoyable. They are scheduled at a local spot of your choosing. We would be happy to make suggestions on locations perfect for your pictures.
This session is laid back and fun. The ideal time of day to schedule your appointment is late afternoon so we capture the romantic glow of sunset. Polish your ring, as it will certainly take center stage in several photos. Keep in mind, this session can be purchased as an add-on to your Wedding package for a discount off the stand-alone price.
Let’s face it, your wedding day is a huge milestone in your life. That being said, we like to schedule a consultation appointment at our studio where you will have the opportunity to sit down with both Terry & Melissa to discuss your style and vision for the Big Day. We accept a limited number of weddings per year in order to give you the utmost in quality and dedicated service. When choosing Nutmeg Photography LLC for your wedding photography, you will have both Melissa & Terry covering your entire day, from the bridal party’s prep shots in the morning through to the reception festivites. Your finished high-resolution digital images with a print release are included in your quoted price. Print products and albums may be added into your package as add-ons. Discounts are offered on these items when purchased along with your wedding package.