Bellingham, WA Newborn Photographer: Michelle Johnson Photography » Bellingham WA Premier Newborn Photography


When should my session take place?

Ideally, I  like to schedule newborn sessions when the baby is between 4-10 days old (if you are breastfeeding, you may want to wait until day 5 or 6 to make sure that your milk has had time to come in).  This is when babies tend to be sleepiest and easiest to pose.  However, if we miss that window, I do occasionally work with older babies–just be aware that they may be more opinionated about how they do/don’t want to be posed and your session may take a little bit longer.

If you are planning to have your son circumcised, please schedule their session either before the procedure takes place or at least 48 hours afterward to allow time for healing.Bellingham Maternity Photography -23

I recommend that maternity sessions take place when the mother is between 30 and 34 weeks into her pregnancy.

When should I book my session?  How can we set a date for a newborn session when we don’t know when the baby will arrive?

I recommend that you contact me to book your session around the beginning of your third trimester (about 28 weeks).  Once you book, I put your due date on my calendar to make sure that I don’t have too many sessions coming up at the same time.  Once baby arrives, contact me ASAP and we will set up a firm time/date for your session.

Where will my session take place?

Maternity sessions usually take place on location.  I am happy to recommend some places to shoot or if you prefer, I can come to your home for a more “personal” session.  This option works best if your home is reasonably well-lit and uncluttered.  I have also recently started offering in-studio maternity sessions.

I recommend that newborn sessions take place in my home studio whenever possible as we have access to a larger selection of props/backdrops.  However, for a small fee, I can travel to your home for newborn sessions as well.

How long should I expect my session to last? 

Most newborn sessions last between 2-4 hours as it can often take a long time to get your baby settled and ready to shoot.  We also take breaks to feed/soothe baby as needed.

 Do I need to provide anything?

In general, I will provide everything I need for the session; however, if you have anything special that you want to use (hats, headbands, blankets, etc.), please make sure to have it ready.  I can’t guarantee that we will be able to use all of these items, but I will certainly do my best.

If your baby takes a bottle or pacifier, please have those items nearby and ready to use.

Emilyn07Can parents/siblings be photographed with the baby?

Yes!  While the majority of the session will focus on the baby, I encourage moms, dads, and big brothers/sisters to be in a few shots.  I recommend that clothing for family members be kept fairly simple–avoid large patterns/logos


If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!