Your Newborn Story.
Thank you for considering Sara Bee Photography & Film to capture this incredibly special time in your life! I know that your newborn story is special and unique just like your family and I am honored to get the opportunity to capture it.
Commonly Asked Questions:
What is a lifestyle newborn story session?
Lifestyle newborn story sessions are amazing! It is a relaxed baby (and older sibling) led session that usually takes place within the first weeks of baby’s life and all in the comfort of your own home. Once your sweet bundle has arrived, you will reach out to me and we will schedule a date for your session at your convenience. Sessions take place Monday through Friday with session times starting between 9 am and 3pm. Occasionally, I am able to accommodate earlier or later session times depending on the season and amount of natural light available.
The day of your session, I will arrive at your home and together we will swoon over your little bundle of joy. By the end of your session, I will have collected beautiful first memories of your greatest adventure, and your deepest love.
What is included in the session price?
20 hand edited digital images of your choice are included with your session package. Additional photos can be purchased for $10/photo or $100 for your complete gallery, and a mini keepsake film can be added on for $79.
A proofing gallery will be emailed to you when your images are finished. From there, you will be able to select your favorites, and shortly after you will be sent a final gallery of your selected images that you can download and share as you please.
You can expect your gallery to be sent to you within 2-3 weeks after your session.
Is a lifestyle newborn story for everyone?
This is a great question, and the truth is, not always. My lifestyle sessions are for families who want photographs of them being together in a way that is connected, imperfect and completely natural. These sessions capture the “right now”, what life currently looks like, and in the space that is most comfortable to you – your home.
Lifestyle sessions are for the nostalgic, the sentimental, and the romantic. It’s for those who like to keep it simple, and for those who see the beauty and importance in their ordinary lives. If you are looking for more posed, or studio style baby wrapping and posing, I am likely not what you are looking for, and that's okay! I can offer you incredible recommendations to studio newborn photographers around the Columbus area.
Will you bring props?
Our hour together will go by so fast! Due to this, I don't bring any props or baskets to my newborn mini sessions. I am happy to pack a couple neutral colored wraps, just in case baby needs some extra comfort.
Do I need to feed the baby before our session?
With my newborn mini sessions, I do recommend having baby recently fed with a fresh diaper on when I arrive. This gives us the opportunity to get the most out of our time together!
Can my other children participate?
Um, yes, and please! Sibling love is the best thing ever. I am all about capturing photographs that record your family learning and falling in love with one another. The reason I do what I do, is so that in months, years and decades time, you will have a visual history of the milestones that have shaped you!
Will we get photographs of all of us as a family?
Yes, of course! This may be your first opportunity to have beautiful, professional photographs taken of your entire family, so we will absolutely get that photo! If you have an older sibling or toddler, don’t stress! However he/she is, regardless of stress or mood levels, is being entirely developmentally appropriate. We will get excellent photos, so don’t worry!
Just want to focus on baby? No problem! Let me know in your questionnaire and we can plan to just focus on baby and/or baby with older sibling(s).
What should we do to prepare our home?
This is a commonly asked question, and the answer is simple; only minimal cleaning is suggested.
We will likely stick to one area/room of your home that has good, natural light, so maybe run the vacuum and remove unnecessary clutter from the floor, nightstands, and coffee tables and call it a day! After all, I am there to photograph you, and your growing family, not your home.
If you have a toddler at home, I suggest having quick, ready to eat snacks on hand that will not make a mess of their teeth, hands or clothing.
How do I know if my home has great light?
As long as your house as a window, we will be completely fine! If your house is surrounded by trees and has a lot of shade, I recommend booking a mid day time slot.
Please feel free to send me photos of areas of your home that you are potentially interested in having photos taken in. I suggest taking them late morning or mid-day as this is when sessions typically take place.
But my home isn’t very pretty?
Please remember the reason that we are taking these photographs – to catch memories of the time you brought your sweet baby home! I’m there to capture your family. Not your sofa, kitchen counters or fine home furnishings. My main focus will be on capturing the connection that you are making as a family!
What should we wear and/or avoid wearing?
Soft or natural tones are going to photograph well. Pales and pastels, as well as earthy tones are fantastic. Varied textures in your choice of clothing also look great! (Think denim, corduroy, wool, linen, cotton).
Ensuring you and your children are comfortable in your clothing is ultimately most important. Children that are able to comfortably move around are happy children.
Clothing trends to avoid – Do you remember in the 90’s where everyone dressed in white shirts and denim? Maybe avoid that! In fact, try to stay clear of being too match-y at all. Instead, try to focus on finding clothing that compliments each other, both in texture and tones.
Try to avoid clothing with large logos or branding on the front, this will distract from the timelessness of the photos that we will take. We want the attention to be drawn to the faces of your beautiful children and not so much Peppa Pig, or Minnie Mouse.
Clothing Brands I love for photography sessions:
Women- Baltic Born*, Jessa Kae*, One Loved Babe*, Old Navy*, Gap, Zara, Ivy City Co*. (*these brands carry plus sizes)
Men- Old Navy, Gap, J. Crew, Express, H&M, Macy's, Target
Littles- Zara, Jamie Kay, Gap, Quincy Mae, Noralee, Rylee & Crew, H&M.
I hope most of your questions have been answered here. I am truly looking forward to the opportunity to capture some incredible memories with your growing family! If you have any additional questions, I will be happy to answer them!
*Covid Update. Your family’s health is of utmost importance to me! I have been fully vaccinated since May 2021. If you have any special requests for your session, I am happy to accommodate.