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Sutherland Photography

St. Louis, MO
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Sutherland Photography is a luxury newborn portrait studio serving clients in the St. Louis metro. From the planning phase and the main newborn session to appointment ordering and heirloom artwork selection, photographer Maggie Sutherland takes care of customers every step of the way. Her studio offers a curated collection of couture gowns for moms and wraps, bonnets, and props for babies. Maggie has had her photos featured on Magnolia Network and Bump, Baby, & Beyond Magazine.

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Stephanie Mueller Photography

St. Louis, MO 63021
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Founded in 2014, Stephanie Mueller Photography is a boutique photo studio that's located in St. Louis. The studio, which is run by photographer Stephanie Mueller, specializes in newborn portraits. Stephanie has extensive experience working with newborns and is focused on providing families with a safe, nurturing environment during their photo shoots. She has worked with more than 775 families to capture moments with their newborns and her work has been published several times, as well as winning numerous awards including being voted as a Finalist in the Photographer category in the 2022 St. Louis Magazine A-List Awards.

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Aim with Mia

1120 South 6th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104
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Aim with Mia Photography is a photography business that is located in St. Louis. Its newborn photographer, Mia, photographs newborns within the first 21 days of life. She holds newborn sessions at the client's home or in-studio and usually takes two to three hours to accommodate set changes, feeding times, and clean-ups. The 2020 Two Bright Lights Editors' Choice Awards winner is a registered member of Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International, keeping her up-to-date with the best practices in newborn photography, and a certified special education teacher. Aim with Mia Photography also specializes in maternity, couples, family, senior photography, and headshots and offers one-hour mini newborn sessions. The 2020 Two Bright Lights Editors' Choice Awards winner is a registered member of Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International, keeping her up-to-date with the best practices in newborn photography, and a certified special education teacher. Mia is also a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography.

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Carrie Carpunky Photography

5411 Godfrey Rd Suite F, Godfrey, IL 62035
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Carrie Carpunky is a newborn, maternity, and family photographer based in Alton, Illinois, with over nine years of experience working with mothers throughout the St. Louis, Missouri, metro area. Her local studio is stocked with an assortment of props, including superhero costumes and doctor uniforms. She enjoys photographing entire families over the years to document their growth with high-quality prints. Carrie won the newborn contest organized by the International Newborn Photography awards.

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Christine Nicole Hein Photography

715 Lakepointe Centre Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269
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Christine Nicole Hein Photography is a photography studio in St. Louis that focuses on capturing moments in the lives of newborns and families. The studio immortalizes the early lives and growth of newborn babies and offers sessions following the child throughout their first year of life, including their first birthday party and their cake smash. Founder Christine Hein is a certified photographer with Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International and the American Association of Newborn Photography Safety.

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Conner James Photography Inc.

23 Ginger Ridge Ln, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
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Conner James Photography Inc. is passionate about capturing moments for families in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Its owner, Christine Kelly, has been specializing in newborn and family portraiture for nine years. She offers sessions that can be held under natural light or in her studio that is stocked with a variety of props. Because she deals with newborns, she makes safety a number one priority by sanitizing before and after every session. Conner James Photography also works on engagement and senior photoshoots.

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Firefly Universe Fine Portrait Photography

St. Louis, MO 63119
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Firefly Universe Fine Portrait Photography, a lifestyle photography studio, operates in St. Louis but will travel anywhere else in the world to take photographs. Photographer Neshama uses her passion for beauty to catch the happiness in photos of newborns, children, high school seniors and B'nai Mitzvahs. Her goal is to capture those fleeting moments that showcase her subjects as they are. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America.

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Heather Mohr Photography

St. Louis, MO 63104
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Heather Mohr Photography is a newborn, birth, and maternity photographer serving St. Louis, MO, Edwardsville, Il, and the surrounding area. She focuses on capturing the extraordinary moments of a new family through pregnancy, newborn, and family photos. Heather Mohr has been granted the designation as a Click Pro Contributor, and her work has been featured in Lemonade & Lenses, Tao Pan Magazine, In Beauty and Chaos, and Beyond the Wanderlust, among other publications.

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In The Moment Photography, LLC

412 Boone’s Lick Rd, St Charles, MO 63301
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Established by Jill Shadden, In The Moment Photography, LLC is a photography studio located in St Charles, MO that services the Greater St. Louis area. The in-studio newborn session includes family and sibling shots, digital files, a hardcover book of prints, and the use of props and accessories. There is also a baby's first year "Watch Me Grow" plan that offers a discounted rate for families that book 3 or more sessions in baby's first year. Aside from newborns, Shadden also offers sessions for babies, children and senior portraits, family photography, high school seniors, and professional headshots. In The Moment Photography has been in the business for over 10 years.

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JLYNN Photography

St Charles, MO 63303
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JLYNN Photography is a newborn, maternity, children, and family photographer in St Louis. Jessica Ramirez seeks to create timeless pieces of artwork by capturing beautiful life moments. She loves to catch those quirky, intimate family moments that become the most precious memories. She also takes high school senior portraits.

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K Thaemert Photography

St. Charles, MO 63304
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K Thaemert Photography has been taking photos in St. Charles for over sixteen years. Karen Thaemert specializes in working with newborns, children, high school seniors, and families to create photographic memories that stand the test of time. Karen is also ranked among the top real estate photographers in the mid-west, and is often asked to teach classes on the subject. She is a Certified Professional Photographer.

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Kimberly Marie Photography

1079 Johanna Dr, Ballwin, MO 63021
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  • Maternity
  • Custom Artwork
  • Newborn posed
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  • Motherhood
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  • Maternity Photography
  • Milestones
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Kimberly Marie Photography is a full-service studio offering custom maternity, newborn, and family sessions designed specifically for creating custom artwork. Located in West St. Louis County, the studio is equipped with a seating area, a snack bar, a small play area for toddlers, and a private restroom with a changing table stocked with diapers and wipes. The photographer, Kimberly, is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Missouri Professional Photographers Association. She takes great pride in capturing raw moments of joy and turning those into luxury family heirlooms.

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Lee Barrow Photography

834 Berkshire Blvd, East Alton, IL 62024
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Lee Barrow Photography takes photos of newborns in St. Louis. The photography business also provides other photography services including children, engagement, family, maternity, and wedding photography. It offers photography services in packages like the newborn, milestone, and children packages that come with a print credit, and the family, maternity, and senior packages that come with print release. Its principal photographer, Lee Barrow, has been professionally taking photos for more than 10 years.

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O. Photographic Art

344 Mitulski Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385
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O. Photographic Art arranges beautiful newborn photo sessions for new parents in the O'Fallon area. The studio offers a wide variety of props, backdrops, accessories, tiny outfits, and wraps to create unique, original sessions. The general style is highly customized to fit customer's preferences, and O. Photographic Art also offers Fresh-48 sessions, as well as lifestyle newborn sessions. The photographer advises parents to book sessions during the second trimester of pregnancy.

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Rekart Photography

1025 Westmoreland Blvd, Union, MO 63084
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Rekart Photography is a business serving St. Louis and the surrounding communities. It offers maternity and newborn photography services whether they involve baby bumps or milestones. A client closet is available containing a wide selection of maternity dresses for in-studio and outdoor sessions. Its owner and lead photographer, Nicole, conducts consultations to assist clients about what they want to wear for the shoot. In addition to being a newborn photographer since 2014, she has gone through newborn safety training to deliver and care for babies well.

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Sargent Photography

2651 Whitetail Lane, O'Fallon, MO 63368
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Sargent Photography is a newborn photography studio that serves clients in and around St. Louis. The studio specializes in taking photos of newborn babies and one-year-olds, offering milestone photography sessions to its clients. Owner and studio photographer, Amber Sargent also accepts maternity and family photography sessions. Sargent Photography also offers various limited edition and specialty sessions, including holiday sessions, fruit bath sessions, expression sessions, sunflower sessions, and Valentine's Day sessions.

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Shutterbug Photography by Michelle

Staunton, IL 62088
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Shutterbug Photography by Michelle provides newborn photography services in the St. Louis area. Michelle focuses on capturing images of precious newborns and candid photos of silly children as they play. She also specializes in maternity, family, senior, and birth photography. Michelle has a studio to provide her clients with a custom photography experience and creates timeless images. She aims to deliver photos of her clients just being themselves, her relaxed and natural approach seeking to draw out authenticity.

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Sparkle Light Photography

7014 Savannah Dr, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
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Sparkle Light Photography is a studio based in Glen Carbon that serves clients in St Louis and the Metro East area. Founded and managed by photographer Sara Burian, she specializes in newborn photos and captures the baby's moments that parents and families will love and cherish in their lifetime. Client-focused in her approach to her job, Sara also offers maternity, family, and mini sessions and photography services for special events such as engagements and birthdays.

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Sugarfoot Photography

Belleville, IL 62220
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Sugarfoot Photography focuses on photography throughout the first year of life, including maternity, "fresh 48" hospital shoots, newborn portraits, milestones, and first birthday "cake smash" sessions. The studio's main photographer has been taking photos professionally for more than a decade and started out as a wedding photographer before discovering that her passion lay in newborn portraiture.

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Willow & Mohr Photography

6120 Shoger Drive, Suite D, Edwardsville, IL 62025
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Willow & Mohr Photography is a newborn, maternity and child photographer located in Edwardsville, Illinois, and serving the St. Louis area. It offers a variety of studio wardrobe options for maternity, newborn, and baby’s first year sessions. Both studio and natural light is used to create natural, dreamy, artistic images, and the company’s work has been seen in TAoPaN Magazine and the cover of Milky Way Newborn Posing Magazine.

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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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