Life is made up of everyday special & beautiful moments. We never want to forget the smaller details we love and adore. Victoria Sturdy can help you remember these moments by capturing & creating gorgeous images of your little ones. Her work is creative, imaginative, colourful and timeless.
The short answer is, as soon as possible. It is not unusual for me to have mums book in their fifth or sixth month, particularly if they are interested in maternity photos as well as newborn. However, please don’t hesitate to contact me to check availability even if you are late in the game. Whenever I am able to squeeze them in, I do accept last-minute bookings – sometimes even after the baby is born. There is never any harm in asking!
How long will my newborn session last?
Generally, I tell clients to set aside 4 hours for a full newborn portrait session that includes family images. Often we will finish before then, but my cardinal rule is that I am never in a rush. Usually the parents are ready to leave before I am ready for them to go! I never schedule more than one session in a morning so that I can focus 100% on each client. Bottom line, I will work as long as it takes to get images that satisfy my quality standards. I strive to give each and every client to highest quality service and ensure that you have beautiful images to remember your baby’s first days. A lifestyle session usually will take closer to 2 hours, sometimes as short as 90 minutes if baby doesn’t need to be fed while I am there.
What do I need to do to prepare for my newborn session?
A few days before your session, I will send over a detailed “what to expect” guide that will lay out everything you need to know about how to help make your newborn session successful. It will include suggestions about what to wear if you need help deciding, and give you a basic idea of how the session will flow. The most important thing is to relax and be yourself! One of my core principles is that I am never in a rush during a session. If we need to stop and feed baby again, that is no problem!
Do I need to provide any blankets or props for my newborn session?
For newborn portrait sessions: I have at my studio or will bring all the blankets/backdrops and wraps that I need for the session. I also have a wide selection of handmade knitted hats and headbands to use, but if you have a special item that you would like me to incorporate into the session, I would be happy to use it! I always take into account your nursery colors in planning which backdrops and wraps to use.
For lifestyle newborn sessions: I generally rely on items in your home for these shoots so that your images will be unique to your family and reflect the items that you are actually using with your baby. If you have a particular blanket or other item that you like or that has sentimental value that you would like to incorporate into the session, please feel free to have it out and bring it to my attention when I arrive. I love to use items that are special to the family!
Newborn Props and Sentimental items?
I don't do not use elaborate prop setups such as sports themes (e.g. baby posed on a basketball or football) or animal themes. This kind of newborn image doesn’t fit with my style or brand.You are welcome to discuss any sentimental props you’d like to include in your session but I have a huge selection of adorable hats and props as well as a group of trusted and talented vendors that frequently custom-make items to be photographed in my sessions.
It is very important that whoever you hire to handle your precious little one be educated and fastidious about newborn safety. spents months and hours posing newborns in addition to having had three newborns of my own. I am a member of BANPAS (Baby an Newborn Photography Association. I am fully up to date on all CDC recommended vaccinations, as is everyone in my household. If I have any symptoms of illness in the days leading up to your session, I will inform you of this and reschedule the session. It is rare that this occurs, but it is definitely not worth risking a newborn’s fragile immune system! In terms of posing, I utilize only beanbag posing and steering clear of any poses or images that would require a parent to spot. I will never put your baby in an object she could fall out of. I am always careful not to force babies into a pose if their bodies don’t want to bend in a certain way. If baby seems uncomfortable with a certain pose, I will move on to another. I am always within arms’ reach when a baby is on the beanbag. And I keep an eye on the temperature to ensure that the room is neither too cool nor too hot for baby, and by monitoring her color, especially on the hands and feet. Your newborn’s safety and comfort are my top priority.
What kind of packages do you have for ordering prints or digital images?
When you select your session, the listed price includes the creative session fee and a certain number of high resolution digital images with printing rights (a few packages also include an album). Your digital images will be delivered in an online gallery that is serviced by my professional print lab. You can order a variety of products through your online gallery, including small prints, canvas, standout prints. Family members with whom you share the gallery may place their own orders as well, and the products are shipped directly to the buyer. It’s fast and convenient!
This is such an important question! I strongly recommend that clients order prints and wall art through their online gallery from my professional lab. I cannot guarantee the results when images are printed through big box stores or online print retailers such as Bonus Print or Snapfish. These retailers are focused on quantity not quality, which is why their prices are so low. They do not calibrate their printers as often or as well as a professional print lab, and for this reason the prints from these stores will often have issues with the exposure and colors. It is less expensive in the long run to get it done right the first time!
Why should I order an album?
I encourage all my clients to consider purchasing an heirloom album for three reasons: (1) an album is the perfect way to enjoy your newborn images for now and for many years to come. It’s portable and easily accessible on any shelf or coffee table. (2) the albums you can order through me are amazing quality. I work with some of the top album vendors available to provide my clients with albums that are vastly superior in quality and durability to the photo books offered by big box retailers. (3) when you order your album through me, I take care of the design work and make sure that the project is completed in a timely way. Once you receive your album, you can cross it off your to-do list!
My turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. Each image is edited by hand to make sure that baby looks her best in each one. Skin is lightly smoothed and retouched and any baby acne or red blotches and flaky skin on the face are removed. If your baby has a stork bite or other temporary birthmark, let me know if you would like me to edit it out or leave it as is. Permanent birthmarks are left intact unless requested to be edited.
What gear do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon 3300 paired with the 50mm f/1.4 L the majority of the time. I also use A 18-55mm and a 10mm wide angle. I edit all my images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I only use natural light as I feel it is the most flattering for baby and family