Maternity & Newborn Sessions

Pregnancy portraits is a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of motherhood. For that reason, we specialize in maternity portraits as a way for you to show your excitement and love to your upcoming daughter or son. While maternity photography can seem intimidating to some women, our friendly, experienced staff are dedicated to making expectant mothers feel and look beautiful​​

Here are some tips to keep in mind so you can show off your special glow and joy:

Schedule your session around six moths
It’s about the bump! So come in around 28 – 32 weeks when your bump is noticeable, will stand out in your maternity photos and you are still feeling comfortable.

Bring your family members
Capture the memories by sharing your experience with your significant other, siblings and family members. Additional fees apply.

LET'S PENCIL YOU IN! We recommend that you schedule your newborn session PRIOR to your baby's birth to ensure a spot on our calendar. Contact us during your second trimester and we'll pencil you in. Then, shoot us an email soon after you deliver so we can arrange a time for the session.

BIRTH DAY! Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. However, the BEST time is between 3-7 days after their arrival.

Babies tend to do a lot better with the session within their first 7 days. Somewhere around day 8 they discover the joy that is stretching! Once that happens ... they're not about to let us get them into those curly poses without a fight!

After day 14, it's almost impossible to get baby into that deep sleep that came so easily in their first few days ... so it's unlikely that we'll be able to get them into any of the more bendy newborn poses.

Beautiful portraits are not expensive… they’re priceless!

All sessions include

  • A 1-hr portrait session in our state-of-the-art studio or outside on our landscaped studio grounds.
  • One outfit per session
  • Pre-session consultation & planning
  • Session guide to get the best images
  • professional retouching on your chosen images

What to expect at your session

Once you have your session date, you will want to start planning everything you will need for it. Be sure to have all your clothes ready and ironed the day prior. If you have small children try not to get stressed or feel rushed, children pick up on our emotions very quickly and can start to feel uneasy about the session if they sense you are.

HAIR & MAKEUP
Don’t try a new hairstyle just for your session; have it cut about a week before your appointment. Fresh, natural makeup as well as “evening” makeup photograph well.

GLASSES
Problems with glasses can lead to extra retouching charges. We can remove normal glare on glasses, but tinted lenses cannot be lightened even with artwork. If your glasses are tinted or exceptionally thick, they can distort the way the camera photographs the eye. In this case, you should ask your optometrist for a pair of plain glass frames to wear for your portrait session.

WARDROBE
In a family group, proper clothing coordination is critical. When decorating a home, a major concern is to coordinate the colors and tones of the walls, carpets, drapes, and furniture. Similar coordination is necessary when selecting clothing for a group portrait. Choose clothing in the same tonal ranges so that no single member of the family stands out because the clothing is too light or bright as compared to the rest of the group. Bold stripes, plaids, checks, and prints are visually confusing and do not photograph well.

Why choose Charleen

Creative
Photographs

Charleen will treat you like the unique individual that you are. She listens to your ideas. She asks lots of questions so both you and your family get exactly what you want. And most importantly, she makes the extra effort to make your senior portraits creatively unique, unlike anybody else.

Have More
Fun!

Your portraits are a big deal. You want to look great and have fun while being yourself. Charleen’s creative talent and broad experience will help you to feel completely relaxed and comfortable at your session. When you feel good while being photographed, you’ll look great in your portraits!

Because,
Kids...

Kids are curious, rambunctious, sometimes shy and like to do things on their own terms. We expect kids to be kids and Charleen’s experience and patience can wrangle the meltdowns and help the shy kids come out of their shell allowing you to enjoy the session.

Exceptional
Customer Service

You want a photographer who makes you feel comfortable, listens to your ideas and goes the extra mile. Charleen understands what it feels like to be camera shy and will make sure you have not only a great experience, but also the best possible portraits.