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Willow Baby Photography

San Francisco, CA
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  • Maternity Photography

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Willow Baby Photography captures images that allow families in San Francisco to revisit beautiful moments for years to come. Denise, the photographer, offers newborn, christening, baptism, baby dedication, and gingerbread party photography services. Having premature babies made her aware of the importance of a clean studio and working environment to keep babies safe. Denise is a former kindergarten teacher who loves to work with newborns and their older siblings during photo sessions. She also has a maternity gown collection for full- or mini-maternity photo sessions.

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Tracey Osterman Photography

San Francisco, CA
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Tracey Osterman is a newborn and family photographer who aims to capture families' joys and milestones in San Francisco. She has a background in teaching, which enables her to interact with kids and other family members easily and make photo sessions fun. Her custom newborn sessions strive to document and immortalize the moments and details of the baby. She also provides maternity, personal branding, and couture photo shoots. Tracey Osterman Photography offers options like digital albums, edited images, print releases, and access to styling services.

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VenusGirl Photography

Oakland, CA 94601
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  • Family Portraits
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  • Maternity

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VenusGirl Photography works with individuals and families in San Francisco. For over 15 years, it has been providing a variety of photography services to enable clients to preserve their special moments. The studio captures the first few days of babies through its newborn photo sessions. It captures eight to 12 newborn poses with their families. It also handles family and maternity photography projects. Owner Heather Barlin got her first camera when she was 12, and her work has been published in Rolling Stone and NBC.

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Angela Adel Photography

1528 N Main St, Suite 106, Walnut Creek, CA 94513
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  • Birth Photography

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Angela Adel Photography takes pictures of newborns for customers living in San Francisco. The company covers every stage of an infant's life, from maternity to their child development milestones. The business focuses on taking candid shots using natural light. Shoots vary in duration, from one to three hours. The resulting photos are retouched, high-resolution digital images. The studio is run by photographer Angela Adel, herself a mother to 2 girls. She started the business in 2020.

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Carly Tabak Photography

San Francisco, CA 94105
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Photographer Carly Tabak makes use of iconic San Francisco locations in her portraits of families, couples, and kids in the Bay Area. From Ocean Beach to Lover’s Lane, Carly Tabak encourages her subjects to have fun and relax during every shoot.

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Happy Me Photography

San Carlos, CA 94070

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San Carlo-based studio Happy Me Photography handles both studio and on-location photography sessions within the Sa Carlos CA. Their area of expertise is Newborn photography, they photograph newborns and babies up to 12 months of age. They also do cake smash photography with an emphasis on candid moments and natural lighting environments. Their most popular package, The Impression Package, lasts up to 75 minutes and comes with a complimentary disc of edited, high-resolution images.

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Icarian Photography

Berkeley, CA 94705
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Icarian Photography specializes in shooting families in natural looking settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. They do not charge travel fees within thirty miles of their 94705 zip code. Their overall goal is to make families and babies look beautiful in a relaxed session.

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Jenna Christina Photography

San Jose, CA 95134
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Jenna at Jenna Christina Photography specializes in newborn, maternity, and family photos for her clients in the Bay Area but is also willing to travel. She prefers photos in a documentary style that capture the messy moments instead of posed photography.

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Jennifer Maesen Photography

Pacifica, CA 94044
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Jennifer Maesen is a photographer in San Francisco capturing images of babies, families, and couples from around the Bay Area. Her overall goal is to collaborate with her clients to provide photographs that will be unique and treasured for many years.

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Jessica McCoy Photography

Benicia, CA 94510
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Jessica McCoy Photography is located in Benicia, California. Jessica takes photos of babies, kids, and families from around the Bay Area. Jessica McCoy says that her favorite photos are the ones that are unplanned and capture real emotions.

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Kate Fim

35 Chestnut st, San Francisco, CA 94549
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Kate Fim is a newborn photography studio that serves clients in and around San Francisco. Owner and sole photographer, Kate, is passionate about producing classic portraitures of newborns as well as babies and kids. Aside from conducting in-studio sessions, Kate also provides on-location photography sessions. For advanced bookings, Kate can shoot photos of newborn babies within 7-15 days after childbirth. Aside from newborn photography, Kate Fim also offers family photography sessions.

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Katie Rain Photography

San Francisco, CA 94123
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Katie Rain with Katie Rain Photography provides lifestyle portrait photography to families in the Bay Area of San Francisco as well as Los Angeles, Orange County, and New York City. Katie Rain’s award winning portraits feature natural light and unique locations.

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Mariana Maya Photography

San Jose, CA 95110
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Located in the Bay Area, Marianna Maya provides maternity, newborn, and family photography to clients in the Bay Area. Her art has been displayed in galleries in Chelsea, and she is a member of the Wedding Photojournalistic Association. She strives to capture life’s crazy and fun moments in her work.

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Marilee.Co

San Francisco, CA 94107
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Stephanie at Marilee.co is available to clients in the Bay Area. She photographs families, infants, and couples. As a designer and creative director, she strives for vivid photos that tell stories and are a true visual representation of her clients’ relationships.

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Photography by Emily Payne

San Francisco, CA 94107
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Emily Payne is located in San Francisco and has over 14 years of experience with newborn and maternity photography. She strives to provide more than just photos of your family but true artwork that you can enjoy in your home.

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PhotoUncle

1234 Flickinger ave, San Jose, CA 95131
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Catering to customers in San Francisco, PhotoUncle provides portrait photography services, including newborn and maternity sessions. Photoshoots can be held at an outdoor location or in-studio in San Jose. Photographer Vish combines lifestyle and documentary shots in his portrait sessions. His spouse and partner assists him in brainstorming photoshoot sets and ideas as well as in editing photos. Each personalized session with PhotoUncle comes with all the clicked and edited pictures in color and B&W. Some of PhotoUncle's other offerings are family portraiture, kids, headshots, and boudoir sessions.

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Sara Pietras Photography

Oakland, CA
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  • Maternity
  • Family Portraits

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Sara Pietras Photography provides services in the San Francisco metro and the nearby areas. Owner Sara Pietras is a lifestyle photographer who offers newborn photoshoots. She handles babies who are six months old and younger. Her 15 years of experience as an early childhood special educator helps her to deal with various types of children's personalities. Pietras' Fresh 48 session documents the mother and baby's moments during their 48 hours in the hospital. She also conducts maternity and family photography sessions.

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Shefali Parekh Photography

Union City, CA 94587
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Shefali Parekh Photography is located in Union City, California, serving clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Shefali Parekh founded her studio in 2017, specializing in newborn, maternity, family, and lifestyle photography. Ms. Parekh describes her style as natural, capturing the candid moments of love between family members. Maternity sessions take place on location an hour before sunset. In-home newborn sessions are natural, without posing, typically 6-20 days after birth. Booking 2-3 months in advance is recommended.

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Tarah Photography

San Francisco, CA 94107
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Tarah Beaven focuses on newborn, maternity, and family portraits. She is located in the Bay Area. She has been featured in many publications including Good Housekeeping and The Wall Street Journal. She prefers photos that are natural, modern, and capture her clients’ personalities.

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The Enloe Creative

2067 42nd. Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116
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The Enloe Creative is a photo studio providing services to families from San Francisco. The studio offers newborn photography and family photoshoots focusing on authenticity and comfort. Along with photoshoot sessions, the studio also provides artwork mockups for photos and handcrafted frames made with sustainable materials. Photographer David has previously worked as a search and rescue technician, outdoor guide, and flight instructor, and is a member of 1% for the Planet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Newborn photographers have the skills and knowledge to create enchanting photographs while ensuring the baby’s safety. They’re comfortable holding newborns and setting up captivating poses with care. They understand what’s comfortable for the infant and how various positions will photograph. 

Props and unusual poses are often a part of newborn photography. Some newborn photographers specialize in creating unique and fascinating photographs.

However, those methods aren’t essential for capturing a beautiful, engaging photo of your baby. Simplicity, skill, and experience can work wonders. A discussion with potential baby photographers and a review of their portfolio can help new parents choose the newborn photographer that best meets their needs.

When is the best time to schedule my newborn session?

Newborn photography session scheduling can be challenging. Parents have a very narrow window after the baby arrives to secure those time-sensitive photos. But babies don’t arrive on schedule. So, it’s best to find a newborn photographer well in advance of your due date. Be sure they're flexible and available in the weeks prior to and after that date.

How soon should you have your newborn photo shoot after birth?

Newborns are easily identifiable by their size and the tight fetal position they had in the womb. But they don’t maintain those curly poses for long. So, it’s important to have their photo shoot a few days after birth. Try not to wait over two weeks post-childbirth if you want the brand-new infant image for your photos.

How long does a newborn shoot typically last?

The length of a newborn shoot varies. But expect it to take at least two hours, possibly three to four hours. The infant’s comfort and safety are the priority. Little ones are unpredictable, and the photographer might need to wait until Baby has been lulled to sleep. Plus, the infant will probably need to be fed and changed during the shoot.

How much does newborn photography typically cost?

On average, professional newborn photographers charge between $100 and $300 per hour, and the photo shoot can easily take up to four hours. Those fees should include the digital images. Parents will pay separately to have them printed. Other photographers charge flat fees per session or per number of photographs. Most of these services start at $100 or higher.

Why do you photograph babies between 5-14 days old?

 A productive photo shoot is difficult with newborns younger than five days. They’re hungry and restless, as they’re not yet familiar with being outside the womb. Wait about five to seven days when they’re on a somewhat reliable feeding schedule and sleepy and relaxed for longer periods of time. But waiting longer than two weeks risks losing that familiar newborn look.

Where can you buy newborn photography props?

Common props such as hats, headbands, bows, blankets, wraps, baskets, bowls, and holiday items are accessible at most large retail stores and e-commerce sites. More unusual props — stork sacks, small prop instruments, hammocks, movie props, and superhero outfits — can be purchased on Amazon, Etsy, in craft stores, garage sales, and flea markets. Relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are also likely sources. 

Can you have your newborn photo shoot at home?

In-home newborn photo shoots are common. Some photographers even prefer it. Parents and their babies are comfortable and more relaxed in a familiar setting. But the photographer may want to first check for sufficient light in the home to ensure professional results. It’s best to discuss these requests before hiring a newborn photographer.

How do I prepare as a photographer for a newborn photo shoot?

Let the parents know exactly what to expect. If you’re doing an in-home shoot, visit the home before the session to assess lighting and potential areas for the shoot. Eat beforehand and clear enough time on your schedule in case the session goes long. Use a checklist for supplies and pack your gear the night before. Wear comfortable clothing. And be open to inspiration.

What materials should a photographer bring to a shoot for a newborn?

A backup camera and lenses are a good idea. You should also download a white noise app or soothing music to use during the shoot. These distractions help drown out camera shutter sounds that can startle Baby. Pack props, pillows, and blankets, and a newborn posing beanbag is a popular option, as well. Don’t forget your camera stand and lights.

How do I prep clients for a newborn shoot?

Let them know what to expect before the shoot. Give them a handout or link to your website for helpful tips and information. You should have a page dedicated to this. When they arrive at your studio or you get to their home, take time to make sure everyone feels comfortable. Answer questions they may have before beginning the shoot.  

Should a photographer use flash for a newborn photo shoot?

In newborn photography, safety is paramount. While it's not likely to harm the infant's vision, pop-up flash photography is not recommended. Ambient lighting is usually a better option. You can use natural light, modulated indoor light, and white studio lights. If flash photography is necessary, use low light external flashes and bounce them off a wall or ceiling.

How could someone practice newborn photography without a baby?

Start by getting used to being around babies, holding them, and noticing how parents handle their newborns. Turn to friends and relatives with babies and watch videos of newborns. You’ll be far more comfortable when you photograph your newborn subjects. Studying, photography classes, and working as a photographer’s assistant or apprentice can also help prepare you.

What is a marketing idea for a newborn baby photography?

Newborn photographers have an extremely specific target audience. So, focus your marketing efforts on expectant parents in the places they frequent. Offline, consider advertising with businesses who have the same audience, like prenatal care providers, retailers who sell baby clothes and supplies, and publications that focus on pregnancy and babies. Create a website to spotlight your work, and use online marketing to attract traffic.

Where can a photographer learn about newborn safety prior to the shoot?

Turn to hospitals, prenatal clinics, and businesses that cater to expectant parents. They are likely to have many resources and references you can follow up on to learn about newborn safety.

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