NEWBORN & MATERNITY LIFESTYLE PORTRAITS
Newborn photography & maternity portraits with a natural, bright & airy lifestyle feel.
Alvida has been a full time photographer in Orlando for more than 9 years and loves capturing this special time in your life! Maternity photos to document your growing belly and what this transformative time looks and feels like -- and lifestyle newborn photos to capture not just their tiny feet, hands and sweet face, but also the love you feel for this little human who just doubled the size of your heart (for the first, second, fourth or 10th time)!
LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
ALVIDA GROOM PHOTOGRAPHY
CLOTHING IDEAS FOR NEWBORN PORTRAITS
Alvida typically photographs newborns in their own home, using your furnishing and baby room as the backdrop. She will bring a few items to the session (such as baskets and blankets, etc) but prefers to keep the session very lifestyle in nature and use mostly what you have. Lots of natural light definitely helps!
We recommend scheduling newborn pictures in the first 2-3 weeks of life when they sleep more deeply and still have their tiny, sweet newborn faces, hands and feet. :-)
Newborn sessions typically last 1.5 - 2 hours to allow for feedings & diaper changes. Sessions are scheduled between 9 AM - 3 PM during the week, and by special appointment on weekends.
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If your baby is already a month or two old, and you only want to invest in one big professional portrait shoot for the year, Alvida recommends waiting until they are around 6-8 months old, as that is the next key milestone stage that photographs adorably -- when they are sitting up unsupported, and are very smiley & interactive. It's such a cute and fun stage!
NEWBORN CLOTHES & SWADDLES
When planning for your portrait session, lightweight swaddle blankets, diaper covers, headbands, cute onsies or bare skin tends to photograph the best. We suggest saving pretty outfits for when they are older and can sit or stand on their own where you will really notice the outfit. Etsy has lots of cute headbands and handmade items that do photograph well, so its a great place to purchase items you can keep.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR PARENTS & SIBLINGS
For the bright and airy look, we recommend parents wear light colors like white, ivory, light gray, champagne, soft blush or shades of lighter blue. Other colors like navy, dark grays, greens or any color that flatters your skin tone can also work great. Since you will most likely get some spit up on you, or possibly pee-pee, I might suggest saving the fancy clothing for a later shoot. Keep your recovering body comfortable in maxi dresses or other articles of clothing that help you feel as comfortable as possible. (tunics and leggins, easy dresses, wrap sweaters, etc)
In your home, I almost always use the baby nursery, the master bedroom if it gets a lot of light, and use the bed for a place to lay your baby. We can also use tufted ottomans, covered patios, living room furniture and more. And I can bring some baskets and a posing bean bag if desired.
SCHEDULING & WHAT TO EXPECT
We recommend scheduling a session for around the time you are due and we will pencil it in. Once you deliver and get back home, reach back out and we can typically book the session for the following week. (Week days have more availability than weekends.)
The portrait session itself will take 1-2 hours. Ideally, I like to photograph your baby both asleep and awake, and then also do portraits with mom, dad, any siblings and everyone together. Approx 7-10 days after your session, I will post your images into a private web gallery so that you can share the images and order prints, albums or high resolution images to keep. Most sessions average about 100 images. From there we can help you design an adorable coffee table baby book, help you print images for gifts, your walls and more. Since you wont have much time to tackle a baby book in that first year, let us do that for you and give you a wonderful gift you will treasure!
BABY'S FIRST YEAR
Each year we offer a limited number of A Year in the Life Packages, where we document your baby's first year of life through four different stages. The sessions include:
6-8 Month old session
1 Year Old session
At the end of the year, we give you a beautiful fine art album ( 25 pages ) with several images from each of your sessions (you can choose them) to keep and cherish forever. It is a beautiful time capsule from a time in your life that goes by so incredibly fast, and one you won't ever forget.
The yearly package, including the album is $1950.00