Thank you so much for taking the time to inquire. Custom newborn photography is like no other type of photography. It is very special and requires an investment of trust in the person that will be working with your precious new baby. Your photos will be cherished memories forever and heirlooms to future generations. The actual session is only the beginning of creating these precious memories; after your session I will spend an extensive amount of time selecting and editing the best images to showcase in your gallery. I can say without a doubt that working with newborns is my passion.

I am a professional photographer serving the Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha areas. I specialize in custom portraiture of newborns and my studio is located in Big Bend, Wisconsin.

Careful consideration has been given to price so I am able to offer each and every client the very best customer service, creativity for your session and most importantly, a great experience.

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step 1: newborn session retainer fee paid to secure date

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newborn session retainer fee (non-refundable) | $100

session retainer fee is due at the time of booking to reserve your date and is non-refundable.

includes:

Guaranteed session

Photographer’s time and creative talent

Styled session by Stephanie using colors of your choice

Use of studio props/wraps/outfits

Custom editing of images

Parent and/or sibling shots with newborn

View and Order session 14-21 days after your session (can be done online)

 

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step 2: which type of newborn session fits your needs?

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{signature sessions}

Munchkin Signature Newborn

entire posing workflow for a full gallery
**amount of images delivered is based on cooperation of baby**

parents, siblings and/or family images, if desired

prop images

wrapped images

2+ hours

You must choose a collection from the a la carte/collection options below after viewing your proof gallery from your Munchkin Signature Newborn Session provided to you within 14 days of your session date.

 

 

{mini sessions}
**retainer fee is in addition to the investment listed with each type of mini session.  mini session image quantity is listed, option to purchase additional images is available**

 

Mini Newborn | $175

10 high resolution images

3 poses on one backdrop

60 minutes

{*no props/newborn only}

 

Wrap Only Mini Newborn | $150

10 high resolution images

baby is wrapped for the entirety of the session

45 minutes

{*newborn only}

 

*add-on a parent portion {5 additional images} - $100

*add-on a sibling portion {3 additional images} - $100

*a la carte below can be used for mini sessions, but is not required, $200 minimum order requirement

 

{hello little}

*new! add a hello little to your newborn investment | $300
A Hello Little is a special experience for those families who want the first few hours of their newborn's life captured. Held within the first 24-48 hours of your newborn's life, this session is tailored to remembering those first moments. I love to schedule these around family members meeting baby for the first time!  This is not a traditional newborn session; I will not be posing baby or bringing along props. This session is geared towards capturing those candid first moments in a natural way.

 

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step 3: newborn session takes place.  view and order appointment scheduled at this time (can be done online).  Mini sessions can opt-out.

*there is a $200 minimum order requirement with SIGNATURE sessions, digital files are included with this minimum.  Mini Sessions receive 10% of a la carte.

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step 4: view and order appointment.  view your gallery of fully edited images and make purchase from the options below.

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signature session collections

 

Collection One | $850

high resolution images
$300 wall print or gallery wrap credit
12 desk prints
2 5x5 brag books

Personalized App
flash drive

50 personalized birth announcements
20% off additional a la carte

{Savings of $440}

 

Collection Two | $700

*most popular collection*

high resolution images
$150 wall print or gallery wrap credit
12 desk prints
2 5x5 brag books

Personalized App
flash drive

25 personalized birth announcements

{Savings $340}

 

Collection Three | $450

high resolution images
10 desk prints

Personalized App
flash drive

{Savings $100}

 

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a la carte prints & products

prices subject to change without notice

 

 

desk prints

wallets $20

4x6      $20

5x7      $20

8x10    $20

 

mounted wall prints

wall prints 11x14 and larger are mounted for support

on a hard backing; great for framing without glass or

displaying on a plate stand

11x14       $25

16x20        $50

16x24       $60

24x36     $150

30x40     $175

 

gallery wraps

16x20      $80

16x24      $90

20x20      $95

20x24     $100

20x30     $110

24x30     $130

24x36     $150

30x40     $180

 

albums / books

(10 pages, 20 side spread)

 

8x8 album $240

8x8 book $120

 

10x10 album $280

10x10 book $160

 

12x12 album $340

12x12 book $210

 

All session images

(10 pages, 20 side spread)

 

additional digital files to mini session

1    $40

3    $65

5    $80

 

All gallery images | $400

*most popular product*

 

[more products are available]

 

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session details:

BOOKING YOUR SESSION:  The best time to book your newborn session is during your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy (or earlier) to ensure I’m available when your little bundle of joy arrives.  I average 3 sessions a week and my schedule fills up very fast.

The best time to photograph your newborn is between 10-14 days while they are still in that sleepy and curly stage.  After two weeks of age, they tend to be disturbed while sleeping.  They can also become colicky or baby acne can start to flare.

PREPPING FOR YOUR NEWBORN SESSION: I ask that you nurse or feed your baby right before you leave to head my way. A full baby = a sleepy baby. If at all possible try to keep your newborn stimulated a couple of hours prior to our session so he/she will be ready to fall asleep in a cuddly and warm blanket. The best way to photograph your newborn is in their birthday suit. Clothing/outfits not provided by Munchkin Moments tend to be bulky and awkward. If you would like some direct links to custom made newborn outfits from my favorite vendors to use for your session I'd be happy to send along their information, but we have many options already in the studio. Crocheted/knit outfits from stores that are size 0-3 months are too large for newborns and appear bulky in photographs.

SIBLINGS/FAMILY: I do welcome sibling/family shots during a newborn session; however, I prefer sibling shots be taken at the beginning of the session.

PROPS: I supply all of the props but, I welcome any props you may have. I am always open to new ideas! If you see something you like in any of the galleries, be sure to mention it before your session.

EQUIPMENT:  I take pride in my work and only shoot with top of the line equipment. I currently shoot with a Nikon D5, 35 1.4L, 105 2.8L and 70-200 2.8L

TURNAROUND TIME: A view and order session will be scheduled 14-21 days after your session.

 

about me:

I have the two best jobs in the world; I am a mother to three beautiful girls (4, 8 and 13) and I'm blessed to work with babies and children to create lifelong memories. I've grown up and currently reside in Waterford, Wisconsin. I've always had photography in my heart and I'm so happy that I can provide these memories to all my families that visit me.

 

more 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, plan to 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 please bring one even if your baby doesn't take one. I will use it to distract them if need be to continue with posing. 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, or gripe water.

My studio is kept at 75-80 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.

There will be accidents and I’m perfectly fine with that. Almost every newborn I photograph does have an accident on my backdrops. I have three of my own, as well as nieces and nephews, I am prepare for accidents and keep on rolling. So please don’t worry about that!

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

 

 

portions of faq courtesy cb portraits

frequently asked questions:

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? 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.

What should I look for in a newborn photographer? 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.

Why do you recommend newborns to be photographed before two weeks of age? 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. 

 My friend just had some great Christmas pictures done of her family.  She said the photographer does newborns too, would she be a good choice? 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".

How long have you been photographing newborns? Six years. I have photographed over 100 newborns in my career. 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.

Have questions?  Go here to let me know and I'll be happy to get them answered for you!

Ready to book your newborn session? I'm looking forward to working with you!  I WANT TO BOOK NOW!