Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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I get a lot of questions about timing, clothing, and what to expect during your maternity or newborn portrait session. Read below for the answers to these frequently asked questions.


I’m expecting a baby! What’s the best time to schedule my maternity session?

Congratulations! I recommend scheduling your maternity session when you are between 30 and 36 weeks pregnant. Most of my clients want to have a noticeable bump without being so pregnant that they are uncomfortable.


What should I wear to my maternity session?

I have several dresses and wraps that you are welcome to use, or you can bring your own outfits. I am also happy to do outfit swaps as time allows.


Should my husband and other children be in the images with me?

That is all personal preference! Your family is of course welcome to participate but I do recommend that additional family members arrive at my studio toward the end of the session. This is more important for newborn sessions, which last a lot longer than maternity sessions.


I just had a baby! When should I schedule a newborn session?

That is so exciting, congratulations on your new addition! I recommend photographing newborns between 5 and 14 days old. During that time period, they are so sleepy still, which makes it possible to pose them in those adorable sleepy newborn poses. If your baby is older than 2 weeks, I would still love to photograph him or her! There are so many cute, sweet and unique qualities about each stage of childhood.


What does my session fee include?

Your session fee covers my time photographing you, editing the images, and preparing a custom presentation for you to view during your Image Reveal appointment. Prints, products and files are available for a purchase at your Image Reveal. I am here to help guide you if you have any questions, and of course I have samples of all of the beautiful products I offer.


How long does a newborn session last?

I always tell my clients to allow 2-3 hours for their newborn sessions. A good chunk of the time is spent calming and quieting the baby and getting him or her comfortable in the poses. I also allow plenty of time for you to feed the baby, have breaks and change outfits.

Again, if your other children would like to be in the images, they are welcome to come but I recommend that they arrive for the last 30-60 minutes of the session so they don’t have to wait very long to be photographed.


What should I bring with me to a newborn session?

Given that these sessions can be quite lengthy, make sure to bring a diaper bag and any supplies you need to feed the baby. My studio has a comfortable, warm, private area that you are welcome to use to feed the baby, but you are welcome of course to feed your baby however and wherever you’d like to.

In regards to outfits and props, I have a selection of outfits for baby boys and girls, and a variety of props and accessories to choose from. I always like to try and match the decor and color scheme of your home with the backdrops and props I use in your portraits, and you are welcome to select props from my collection that you think will best suit the area where you’d like to display the images.


Can I request a pose that I’ve seen in other newborn images?

I will do my best to accommodate pose requests as long as they are safe poses. There are some popular poses that are not safe for the baby and I will under no circumstances put your baby at any risk. Your safety and your baby’s safety is my number one priority.


Can I incorporate my pets in my maternity and newborn images?

Yes, of course! I have a pet photography portion of my business called Animal Reflections Photography and my studio is pet-friendly. Just make sure to tell me ahead of time if you are planning on bringing your pet with you.

Contact Crescent Moon Photo Studio today to schedule your Maternity, Newborn or Milestone Portrait Session!