Newborn Session Info

“Button noses, chunky baby legs, tiny fingers and toes…there is nothing quite like capturing these precious details of your child when they are brand new, so that you may look back on your newborn portraits for years to come.  I love that I am able to do that for so many families in the Charlotte NC area, and hope to have that honor for years to come.”
~Kristen

 

CREATIVE FEE | $125*

Creative fee covers:
-artist’s time and talent to create your images; please allow 4 hours on average for your newborn session
-newborn posed images, prop shots, and parent/sibling images if desired
-email consultation to discuss any special ideas you wish to incorporate and plan your customized color scheme
-travel within the 15-mile coverage area (Most of Charlotte NC as well as Union County is covered)
– 50 professionally enhanced and fully retouched digital proofs, usually more – never less
-three week online gallery for viewing, selecting, and ordering images

* Creative fee is due at time of booking, within 48 hours to secure your date.
* Creative fee does not include any prints or digital images.

**Travel sessions welcomed! **
Any location outside of 15 miles each way from Indian Trail, North Carolina (28079) is charged the current standard federal rate of travel (presently $0.57/mile) for any overage. When submitting your inquiry, please include your address if you’d like distance checked for your session!

MOST POPULAR SMALL PRINT SIZE PRICING:
5×7 – $20
8×10 – $30
11×14 – $45

DIGITAL FILES PACKAGE | $300
For those who want them all, our most popular choice! All of your high resolution, fully retouched images from your session, with a personal print release and pro-quality lab recommendation so you may make your own prints at your convenience.   ***Digital Package price is in addition to session creative fee.

All session creative fees and orders are subject to NC state sales tax, and applicable shipping fees.

 

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WHEN TO SCHEDULE
Please email BEFORE your baby is born to schedule your session. If you are pregnant, then it is time to book.  This is extremely important, as it is very hard to work newborns into the schedule at the last minute, and we don’t want you to miss your chance as we typically book newborns  3 to 5 months in advance – sometimes sooner!
When you book, your due date is used as a tentative session date to hold your place along with your creative fee (and any applicable travel surcharge if you are outside of the base area included).   Mom and Dad then just add Kristen Hinson Photography to their list of people to contact with the news that their new peanut has arrived, so that we can start looking at date options to get baby in within 10 days of birth!

WHEN TO PHOTOGRAPH
We typically photograph newborns within the first 12 days of life.  Newer babies sleep more and aren’t easily disturbed when touched, which is important for the unique poses we will capture. Getting you on the schedule before your newborn is ten days old helps to ensure a great session! After that time frame, babies become more alert and are easily disturbed when moved around.   If your newborn has already arrived and you are just now inquiring about a newborn session, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we love older babies too!

THE SESSION
Newborn sessions are held in the comfort of your home, with some outside setups if weather and light permits.  Because we photograph so young, it can be very difficult for a new family to pack everything but the kitchen sink to take to a lengthy portrait session.  Kristen also loves to utilize a finished nursery for lifestyle images of parents and baby, as well as other personal items you may wish to incorporate!

Plan to set aside 4 hours for a newborn session.  Every baby is different, and their schedules vary, so it’s important that your session is scheduled for a day that you don’t have other obligations or appointments.  It is necessary to allot time for feedings, diaper changes, and cuddle time if necessary!  We bring several setups to achieve the art-style posed images on blankets that you see on this site, as well as equipment to photograph baby with parents in the nursery, or on a simple backdrop should the nursery be incomplete or unavailable.  Rounding out your session are prop shots – buckets, baskets, etc, filled with fur or blankets and placed on a wooden floor setup.

WHAT I BRING
Everything.

I bring every single thing you will need for your newborn session.   From blankets to hats and headbands, baskets and buckets, even the wooden floor for prop images. Sometimes parents do wish to purchase a special hat/headband/item from Etsy or other shops, and that is absolutely fine!  I also welcome the incorporation of things from your home, antiques, or any special ideas or interests you’d like to incorporate.

AFTER THE SESSION
Your images will be fully enhanced, including basic retouching, then placed in a password protected online viewing gallery about three weeks after your session. You may share your gallery with family and friends – in fact, we’d love it if you did!  The gallery will be posted for three weeks, during which time orders may be placed directly through the website or by email.  (**Notify us before placing orders if you desire advanced retouching on any of your images; slimming, teeth brightening, and other cosmetic retouches are available upon request and are included in your creative fee!)

Please inquire if you would like us to design a custom collage print, birth announcements, canvas, or coffee table album. Other products are also available – see the product section of the website or shoot an email with what you are looking for!  After placing order and receiving payment, prints will be shipped in about 5-7 business days. Custom products such as digital tins, canvas, and albums may take longer.

TYPICAL SESSION INVESTMENT
Your total investment will vary depending on your family’s individual needs, be it beautiful canvas art pieces for your walls, or a digital package so that you can make your own prints, or anything in between! After payment of creative fee and orders placed, the average client spends between $400-$800 on their newborn session.

READY TO BOOK?
Send us a note through the contact tab above, or send an email to kristen@kristenhinsonphotography.com.  The creative fee is due at the time you book in order to secure your session date, along with any applicable travel fees. All invoices not paid within 48 hours unless previous arrangements have been made will result in your date being released so that others may have a chance to book.