What to Expect at your Newborn Photo Session

So, you’re expecting! Congratulations! Deciding on a newborn photographer can be a difficult task – especially when it’s your first baby. But once you do book someone, what comes next? What should you expect? I’ll walk you through everything in this blog post!
The ideal time to get on the books with your newborn photographer is before Baby has been born. This allows your photographer to schedule X many babies in a month so that your session is guaranteed. Ideally, newborn photo sessions should be done within the first 2-3 weeks of Baby’s life, but here at Kara Reese Photography we have had successful posed newborn sessions with babies up to 6 weeks old.
Because you never really know when Baby is going to make their grand arrival (unless you have a scheduled c-section), your date and time for your newborn session is usually not determined until you reach out to your photographer after your baby has been born.
You may be wondering what you need to bring to your newborn session. At Kara Reese Photography, we provide everything needed here at our downtown Waukesha studio – backdrops, hats, wraps, props, and even extra supplies like diapers and wipes and refreshments for parents. All you need to do is bring your Baby! But not every newborn photographer provides these things, so be sure to ask beforehand if you didn’t meet with them for a pre-session consultation.
When you arrive to the Kara Reese Photography studio, you will notice that we keep the studio around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in order to keep your little one comfortable. (As you know, babies are used to a 98.6 degree environment inside the womb, so we try to mimic this environment as much as we can to keep them sleepy!) Any family photos will be done first before people get sweaty 😉
After family photos are completed, we will continue with Baby alone. If Baby has older siblings, it’s a great idea to send them home at this time with Grandma or whoever — the sessions can last up to 2 hours, and it’s just not fair to expect a toddler to be on their best behavior in a photography studio that long! But if that’s not possible, we do have a comfy sofa and big-screen Plasma TV with Netflix and Chromecast.
You can rest assured that your sweet little one will be in the best hands at Kara Reese Photography. Kara has been extensively trained by the top newborn photographers in the world, and is one of the most knowledgeable photographers in the greater Milwaukee/Waukesha area in both newborn posing and newborn safety.
After your session is completed, it takes about 2 weeks for us to artfully retouch your photographs. We go through each image one at a time to touch up blemishes, even skin tone, and apply our soft, painterly edits. Once the photos are done, you’ll be invited back to our studio for a private in-person order appointment. We will watch a beautiful slideshow of your images, and then review them together and decide how you’d like to display your photographs. It’s the best part of the whole process!

We would love to hear more from you if this sounds like what you’re looking for in a newborn photographer! Please click on the “Contact Us” tab in the navigation of this website, and we will get the ball rolling!

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    Family Session- Retzer Nature Center

    This family session was just perfect! We had a gorgeous backdrop at the Retzer Nature Center and the girls were absolutely precious.

    This family rocked the layers in their outfits!
    This two were so sweet to each other!
    Love the scarves on these cuties!
    Sweet smiles and a precious family!
    I always try to get a shot of mama with her babies.
    They are absolutely precious and the dresses are the icing on the cake.
    Love their sweet hug!

    Waukesha Family Photographer- Retzer Nature Center

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      Springtime Portraits in Waukesha

      Sweet sisters A&N modeled some hand-knit goodies for me recently. We had a gorgeous evening at Retzer Nature Center with beautiful light!

      So, I’m really excited about a new branch of kids’ photography that’s coming to KRP… when you book a session with us, you’ll have your choice of a Classic kid/family portrait, or the Artist’s Series. This photo is an example of what you can expect from the Artist’s Series… wardrobe fully provided by the studio, more of a dreamy/fairytale feel than your classic portrait. I’ve been really drawn to this style lately and can’t wait to create more art this spring and summer! Please reach out if you’d love portraits like this of your own kids. I’d love to hear from you.

      So darling!
      Sometimes the in-between, serious shots wind up being my favorites.
      I asked her to whisper a secret to her little sister. So sweet.
      Posing with her stuffed bunny.
      I adore when kids bring their lovies to their sessions.
      Cuddling with her bunny (even though you can’t really see him, he’s there!)
      Loved that she brought Baby Doll in for some photos!
      Pretty in periwinkle!
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        Waukesha Newborn Photographer- Baby Maxwell

        Sweet Maxwell was absolutely adorable at his newborn session! I loved being able to incorporate the family’s favorites into the session like obviously their love of Harry Potter. We got to use some fun, bright colors and I love how it turned out.

        Sweet baby Gryffindor!
        He’s ready to head to Hogwarts as soon as his letter arrives!
        He looked so sweet with the little teddy and matching hat!
        This blue was so stunning!
        I love including the parents hands in and the black and white makes it such a classic shot!

        Waukesha Newborn Photographer

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          Flowering Trees in Spring – Waukesha Family Photos

          I was driving around our neighborhood the other day when I stumbled upon this absolutely stunning pink flowering tree. It took my breath away! Trees that bloom like this in the spring are one of my favorite parts of this season. I knew I had to take advantage of such gorgeous scenery before the blossoms turned to leaves. And we had a beautiful day that day: high of 65 (which feels SO WARM when you’ve had winter temps!) and sunny, with a forecast of snow a few days later and lots of rain after that. We needed to seize the day! Luckily, I live next door to two of the sweetest girls on Earth, and their parents graciously let me “borrow” them for some photos. The dresses and flower crowns are part of our Client Closet at the studio, and they suited the scenery so well! Enjoy some of my favorites from our little 5-minute spring family photo session.

          Sisterly love!
          The pink and purple dresses complimented each other so well underneath this tree.
          Such fun to play with your sister!
          A close-up version of the first photo in this blog.
          This was unprompted. So sweet how little sister is looking at her big sister!
          The gorgeous flowering blooms matched her pink dress beautifully.
          I adore her red hair and freckles!
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          • Harriett SchmidtKara, it amazes me how you are able to capture each girl’s personality in your fantastic pictures. You are one talented lady.ReplyCancel


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          telephone | (262) 208-5272

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