newborn photography

Welcome home, little one!

These sessions include relaxed, lightly styled portraits of your baby as well as more candid, snuggly photos with the whole family.

Hartford Connecticut Newborn Photographer Boston Duxbury Scituate Family Photography Shannon Sorensen

in the comfort of your own home

All newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home. We allow plenty of time for feeding, comforting and changing your sweet baby as needed. We work slowly and safely to ensure they are comfortable and happy.

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session information

Newborn Session Fee - $500.

Includes:

  • Three hours of newborn photography in the comfort of your home

  • Pre-session consultation, planning communications, and travel to your home

  • Online gallery featuring minimum 50 fully edited photos (mix of black & white and color) for viewing and sharing

  • Feature blog post, perfect for sharing with family and friends

  • $250 credit to use towards any art prints or album products of your choice. You’ll receive digital copies of each purchased image to keep for personal use.

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newborn photography f.a.q.

how early should we book our session?

As early as you feel comfortable! Usually around the beginning of your second trimester, it’s good to reach out to inquire about a session. You session is booked based on your due date, as we know they might arrive early, late or right on time! Once your baby arrives, we will confirm your actual session day and time. Newborn sessions are scheduled to take place within the first 14 days after your baby is born, ideally around days 7-10, while they are at their sleepiest, snuggliest stage. Newborn sessions are scheduled on weekday mornings from 9am-12pm. We will do our best to schedule around immediate family so all parents and siblings can be present, if desired.

do I have to clean my house for photos?

No no no no noooooooo. Please. Do not.

Life is messy. Kids are messy. First days home with a newborn are messy. The very last thing you should be worried about is cleaning. In nearly 10 years of going to people’s homes for newborn sessions, I can tell you that we are all the same and it’s FINE!

As your photographer, I will scout out the best light and location for your photos. Trust me when I say that we do not need a lot of room! Do only what you are comfortable doing and trust me that I don’t worry about how anyone’s home looks. Promise!

do I need to provide blankets or outfits for the session?

I travel with an assortment of wraps, outfits, blankets, buckets, crates and bowls to use for your baby’s portraits. If you have your own swaddle wraps, hats or headbands you would like to use for the session to personalize your photos, we’ll absolutely use them! However, you do not need to buy or provide anything for the session if you do not want to. I do not recommend using onesies with sayings during a newborn session, mostly due to the snuggled up nature of the baby. Not all newborn onesies fit well (usually too big!), making it difficult to pose the baby in a way that you can read it. These types of items make great candid personal photos!

do i get rights to the photos?

Copyright remains with the photographer, Shannon Sorensen Photography. However, for each individual image purchased or included in an album, you will receive a digital copy of that image to keep for personal use. Personal use includes making additional copies for yourself or to gift to family or friends, or to use on a baby announcement, holiday card, etc.

For more information on why it’s better to purchase professional prints, feel free to visit this blog post.

can our dog be in photos with the baby?

I will never say no, however, I highly recommend the dog is included in photos with the whole family, where the baby is held by parents or a big sibling. You know your own pet best, and how well they are trained to sit still. In the best interest of the baby’s safety, I prefer not to pose babies alone with animals.

do we have to get dressed up for our session?

That is entirely up to you! Some families opt to be dressed and coordinating, others prefer a more “day in the life” look. As these photos are taken at home, it is your choice for how you want the photos to look. Some people don’t want to have to think about putting outfits together, which I completely understand having been a post c-section mama twice!

If you are looking for outfit suggestions that look nicer but are still comfortable, particularly for mamas who may be healing from birth, or want to be comfortable to nurse, I recommend outfits such as:

  • maxi dresses or loose fitting cotton shift dresses

  • maxi skirt with a nursing top

  • loose cotton yoga pants and a comfortable nursing or tee shirt

  • add a long open front cardigan

  • solid colors in muted tones like black, beige, grey, navy blue; or, “soft” prints like small florals or geometrics