How it works
Nothing gives us more artistic satification than capturing images of your sweet newborn. We thrive on creating a work of art where your brand new baby is the purest of subjects. It truly drives us during each and every session to capture your baby in the most beautiful light and the most luxurious, organic inspired set ups. We notice and take time for the details.....perfectly placing every tiny finger into place, gently shifting baby's chin every so slightly for the most flattering angles, adjusting padding under baby's head for the best position to the light, extra smooth and artistic swaddle wraps for a polished look. These are just a few of the many details we notice and what sets our work apart.
Our newborn sessions are never rushed, allowing for both soothing and feeding breaks throughout. Your baby's comfort and safety is paramount to us, which is why you will always have two of us tending to your baby. Both Matt and Jess are current on all vaccinations, including the Whooping Cough/Tdap immunizations. As parents ourselves, we know first hand how precious and sensitive those first few weeks can be. We've been there. Our goal is to provide the most welcoming, calming and comforting environment from the moment you step through our doors. We open our home studio to you and your new little love, so that we can provide the highest quality service.
Upon arrival, your newborn will immediately be embraced by the warm temperature, soothed by the heart beat and womb sounds on our Sonos system, calmed by the faint lavendar scent diffusing in the air and comforted by the very loving, baby whispering hands of Jess. As we are busy creating art with your baby, you are free to truly relax in the adjacent parent area. It will give you some much needed time to take a nap (almost everyone does, don't be shy), have some quiet time, or catch up on any emails, texts, calls, etc. Many of our clients are surprised that they really have nothing to do while they are here for baby's session. The biggest "to do" might be for one of you to run out and pick up a bite at any of the local spots all within walking distance; Porto's, Romancing the Bean, Simply Coffee, Blvd Cafecito, and more.
During the session we will take baby very gently through a variety of poses; some "bare baby" shots and some "prop" shots, capturing multiple angles, perspectives and those tiny details along the way. We find that a combination of these looks gives a beautiful variety of images in your proofing gallery and clients are always grateful for a diverse collection to choose from. We will also take a break or two for a cuddle, a feeding or a diaper change throughout the session and sometimes can call parents over for a quick peek at their sweet love looking absolutely angelic in their set up. If you have chosen to include parent shots with baby, we typically capture these at the end of each session. We will take you through our work flow that includes shots of parents with baby, together and individually, capturing different angles and expressions as we go.
We conclude the session only after we feel we've captured the shots we need to present a beautiful proofing gallery to you. For newborn only sessions, you can expect a 2-2.5 hour session, and for newborn plus parent sessions you can expect a 2.5-3 hour session. As Matt covers off next steps, when to expect your proofing gallery and how to order your images, Jess will hand you back your clean, freshly diapered and fully dressed little love. We will show you a handful of the custom portrait products that we offer, like our Heirloom Newborn Album, Grandparent Brag Book, Reclaimed Barnwood Frame, Metal Wall Prints, etc. and answer any questions you might have.
*we schedule all newborn sessions within the first 5-14 days of birth, as this is when they are still in their sleepiest state and can more easily be placed into those beautiful, curly newborn poses.
*all newborn sessions are held in our home studio located in Burbank on weekdays only at 10am. All our our equipment, studio lights and props are set up and ready to go. We do not offer in-home sessions.
*we provide all props for our newborn sessions; baskets, crates, bowls, wraps, little hats, bonnets, headbands, blankets, etc. We have curated an extensive prop collection over the years. Many of our pieces have been custom made for our studio from our favorite vendors and most of our wraps and layering fabrics come from high end Italian mills. We handwash all our delicate props in a free and clear natural detergent and all our blankets are run through a sanitizing wash cycle after every use.
*regarding the actual timing of your newborn session; once your contract and retainer are received we would add your due date to our newborn schedule. We ask that you then add us to your "baby is here!" email/text list, so we can be sure to stay up to date as to when baby is on the way. As soon as we get word that baby has arrived, we will then schedule the actual date of your newborn session, typically anywhere from 5-14 days of birth, depending on our schedule. We always account for a little wiggle room if baby decides to come early or late. We like to remind parents that the scheduling of the newborn session is completely dependent on our schedule and will be a date that we assign once baby has actually arrived.
*the safety of your newborn is our highest priority. Both Matt and Jess are current on all vaccinations, including the Whooping Cough/Tdap immunization. With over 650+ newborns photographed to date, you can rest assured that we have years of experience in photographing and safely handling newborns. Your new baby will be in extrememly loving, capable and safe hands.
*we are a professional, fully licensed and insured business. Please note that this business is both Matt and Jess' full time employment; not a part time job or hobby. We invest back into our business, pay taxes, and are quite serious about maintaining the utmost professional and fair services to our clients.
We look forward to capturing your new little love!
A custom newborn portraiture session with Matt Cramer Photography begins at $1295. The average investment per client typically ranges from $1600-$2400. Our newborn collections are all inclusive and include a set amount of fully retouched, hand edited high resolution digital files delivered via digital download, with rights for personal reprint. Please note that there are NO additional costs like "session fees", etc. We also include a product/print credit in each collection that can be applied towards professional prints or any of the custom products we offer such as Heirloom Albums, Reclaimed Barnwood Frames, Metal Wall Prints, etc.
Maternity, Sitter and One Year/Cake Smash sessions are pricing differently. They are shorter sessions and are priced accordingly. Please inquire.