If you're considering booking a Dallas newborn baby photography session for your little one, you likely have plenty of questions about the process. From what to expect during the newborn photography session, to how to prepare your baby for their newborn photoshoot, how to schedule the actual newborn session date when you don't know when they'll actually arrive..etc. This comprehensive newborn photoshoot FAQ's page can provide answers, to all your newborn photography questions.

1) Where Are You Located?


Newborn photography sessions take place in my home studio, located at 4014 Dalton Dr. Rowlett, TX. The studio is a custom designed private space which holds everything needed for your custom newborn photoshoot experience. My Dallas newborn photography studio is stocked with an extensive amount of newborn props, outfits, headbands, bowls, beds, baskets, hats and much more. Use of all creative props is all included in your newborn photography collection price, total.


2) When Is the Best Time Frame To Get Newborn Photography Photos Done?


When scheduling your newborn session with any newborn baby photographer, the earlier the better. Babies younger than 14-16 days tend to not wake up as frequently and as easily. A mere 48 hours in a newborn’s life is very crucial when preparing them for their newborn photoshoot. I have witness many, many times after the 14-16 day mark, babies have discovered the art of stretching! Once that happens…they won’t let us curl them up in the cute little newborn photography poses, without a fight.


3) How Do I Book My Newborn Session Without Knowing When My Baby Will Arrive?


Because I only take in a limited number of newborn photoshoots each month and my weekly calendar stays consistently busy between maternity and cake smash photography and also being a high volume shooter, I highly recommended booking your newborn baby photography session in advance.


Booking your newborn photoshoot in advance will secure your newborn session within the first two weeks, from birth. If you don’t pre-book your newborn session and contact me after you baby has delivered, it’s very likely I will not be able to scheduled your newborn photography session date within the recommended, two week time frame. Pre-booked newborn photography clients will always have priority on my schedule.


In order to schedule a definite date and time of your baby’s newborn photoshoot, I highly recommend you contact me once you have been admitted. Only then, will I keep a few days open within the next week or two to make room for your upcoming scheduled newborn session. Once you and your baby have been successfully discharged, please contact me again and from there a definite date and time is scheduled 6-10 days following your release.


4) What’s The Difference Between The Full & Mini Newborn Session?


The 3-5 hour newborn baby photography session will give you a total of 10/12 different set ups (including the macro photos; hands, feet, lips..etc) which totals up to 20-25 images, give or take. Collection also includes the family and (or) sibling photos. Family photos will add an additional 6-8 more images.


Family photos are complementary to the newborn photography collection and does not change the price if clients choose not to include them. If you’re not able to do the family photos portion, the complimentary family photos available to you, will be forfeited and will not be available to redeem for future sessions. Please note, clients are not allowed to schedule two different session dates, for both the newborn and family photos. They must be done the same day.


The mini newborn photography collection keeps your baby wrapped throughout the whole newborn photoshoot, in order to move through several newborn photo transitions in a short amount of time with 5/6 different looks, that are simple, but yet unique in their own setup. Each setup will give you 1-2 images (close-up & far away) totaling your 10-12 digital files. However, this newborn baby photography collection does not include family or sibling photos. You’re welcome to add the family/sibling photos to the mini newborn collection and is priced at $125.00. It will add an additional 6-8 digital files to the collection.


Although each newborn baby photoshoot collection does have a time frame listed, sessions aren’t actually completed until said number of photos are captured. They might run a bit longer or shorter depending how well your baby stays asleep through the transition of each pose.


Once booking has been confirmed, you will be emailed a detailed and informative newborn session parent prep guide on how to prepare your baby for the session, what to expect and an abundant amount of other helpful information that’ll give you a good insight on the session. You will also be emailed a session questionnaire on your preferred color scheme, pose/props..etc.


The links below will show you a visual sample of the full and mini newborn baby photography session.


**Full Newborn Session

**Mini Newborn Session


5) How Do We Decide On Which Props To Use, Color Palette..etc?


Once booking has been confirmed, you will be emailed a newborn photoshoot session prop questionnaire. The questionnaire will have an abundant of information that you will either select from multiple choice or fill in the blank. On the questionnaire, you’re welcome to list any said ideas you’d want for your newborn baby’s photography session.


6) My Baby Has Already Been Born & Past The Time Frame To Get Newborn Photos…Am I Too Late?


Although, I highly recommend clients book their session in advance, I do have openings from time to time. However, please note after the 14-16 day mark, transitioning older babies from one pose to another, can become a bit difficult. It’s harder to achieve "newborn" photography photos after this short window because they’re more sensitive to touch, become more alert with movement and are harder to curl up into those sweet fetal positions because of their increase in ligament strength.


You might disagree and feel as though your older infant is still very much in a newborn phase, which I couldn’t agree with you more. However with my expertise in being one of Dallas's leading newborn photographer and photographing hundreds of newborns, I have witness for a majority, it’s a challenge. With that being said, I do however understand all babies are different. I have photographed older infants with great success. As long as you’re aware, newborn photos might or might not be possible to achieve. In such case your baby’s photos will be with your baby wrapped, open eyes.


With older infants, I’d recommend the mini newborn photography session and again, this also applies to premature/NICU babies. Even though they might finally be within the normal range of a full term baby, I’ve witness time and time again, they cannot stay asleep for the extended period of time of 3-5-hours, for the full newborn session. More time is spent trying to get them into a deep sleep, than actually taking said photos. Not to mentioned, with premature babies being laid out in the incubators for a while; it certainly does increases their ligament strength even more. Which in turn, makes more uncomfortable and difficult to curl and mold them into the majority of newborn positions.


7) What Safety Precautions Have You Incorporated Into Your Studio Business?


I’m vaccinated with the both COVID dosages and Tdap vaccine. I’m continuing to wear double face masks during all studio sessions and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Clients are required to wear a mask when entering my home but have the option of removing it when they arrive to the studio. Shoes must be taken off at the door.


I have begun the process of booking maternity, newborn and cake smash sessions full time, however on the contingency of, every other day. During that rest period, it will allow me to adequate time to thoroughly disinfect the entire studio; door handles, light switches, camera gear, floors, couches, seating chairs, walls, floor..etc and also run my air purifiers throughout the entire day to clean the air.


Please note, there is absolutely nothing more important to me than the health and safety of all my clients. Taking all the necessary steps to ensure the studio environment remains safe and clean for your studio session is my utmost priority so if there’s anything else I can do to help alleviate concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.


8) I Would Love To Do Both! Can I Book A Posed Newborn & Lifestyle Session On The Same Day?


Unfortunately, you can not. Clients have to book either, or. If you’re leaning more towards a posed newborn session, my advice would be to book the mini newborn collection. Get yourself small handful of beautifully curated newborn posed prop photos. Once your baby hits their next milestone, which is about 2/3 months, book the Lifestyle baby session. That way you’ll little bit of both. Sweet sleepy posed newborn photos and then of course, baby photos where you can capture some amazing awake, sweet bonding parent/sibling photos. Important to note, Lifestyle newborn photos are completely propless and do not include the use of any props/setups.


If you’re adamant about doing both, the same day, clients can book the posed newborn session and add the lifestyle session as, an add on at full price. No discounts will be given for combing both, the posed newborn session and Lifestyle session.


This also applies to the full newborn collection that includes the family photos. The family photos for this collection are photographed in a traditional style with baby, just as you see in the newborn gallery. Newborn/family photos for the full newborn collection are not done on the “Lifestyle” setup unless, the Lifestyle collection is an add on to your existing collection.


9) Do You Offer In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Sessions?


Yes, I do and it’s priced at $695 for a 1.5-2 hour session with a digital download 25-30 high resolution edited files with full print release. With the lifestyle newborn sessions, family and (or) sibling photos are already included.


Please note, a travel fee might be added to the collection if your location is more than 40 miles from 75089. With lifestyle newborn sessions, no studio prop/posing is involved. The only studio items that are brought for in home newborn sessions are wraps, hats, outfits, headbands..etc. Client’s also have up to 4 weeks to book the lifestyle in-home newborn session. In home sessions do not require booking the session within the recommended two week time frame, since no intricate newborn posing is involved.


Feel free to click on the link below to view a sample newborn lifestyle session.


Lifestyle Newborn Session


10) Do You Photograph Twins & Do You Charge Extra?


I do and no, I don’t charge extra for twins. However, my studio policy is with twins, I only booked the mini newborn session. Because of the delicate nature of producing and constructing beautiful images for just one newborn, I’d much rather sacrifice quantity over quality when working with two babies.


Please note; parent/sibling photos are also not included in this collection but you’re welcome to add it to your collection for an additional $125. It will add an additional 4-6 additional files.


11) Do You Offer Prints, Canvases & Albums As An Additional Purchase Option?


Yes, I do! Once you’re files have been delivered via the online gallery link, you have the option to purchase printed products directly, from within the gallery. Orders are sent directly to our professional print lab and shipped straight to you. The link below will show you our current albums designs. Newborn albums are available for purchase for $395 plus tax. Prints start at $8.99 for a 4×6 | $12.99 for 5×7 | $21.99 for 8×10 | $27.99 for a 11×14 and $36.99 for a 16×20.


Baby Albums


12) Can I Bring/Incorporate My Pet & Other Non Immediate Family Members To The Newborn Session?


Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the studio. If you’re wanting your pet involved, I would recommend the lifestyle newborn session in the comfort of your own home. Also, family photos with your newborn baby are for immediate family members, only.


• $35 retainer fee due upon booking

Lily Hayes has always kept her newborn, maternity and cake smash photography collections simple, transparent and all inclusive. Our booking process is seamless and hassle free with only amount due upfront is a $35 booking fee. However, $35 booking fee only applies to newborn, lifestyle and maternity sessions. Cake smash photography sessions require a $150 booking fee. Booking fee, is applied to the total amount due. Remaining balance is due 24 hours prior to your session date.


All inclusive pricing; you select the collection that include the said number of files and you pay the listed price. The collection price includes photographers time, creative talent, session design, editing of your images. As well, as the rendering of high resolution digital gallery. Gallery is available for digital download. The photos are yours to share, print, treasure and adore for years to come.

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Lily Hayes is highly ranked Professional Dallas Newborn Photographer, Dallas Maternity Photographer. Also, specializing in Cake Smash Photography in Dallas & Dallas Family Photography. Servicing Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, Wylie, Rockwall and surrounding cities. Studio is located east of Dallas right off George Bush.