services offered by Peoria, IL photographer Pat Hermann
Congratulations!!!! If you are looking at this page then that means you must have a bundle of joy on the way....or maybe two....or three (god bless you!)
Once you've decided that you want to have a professional to capture the first few weeks of your new baby's life in the art form you will want to contact me prior to the birth of your baby. It's best to book prior to the birth so that you have a spot on my calendar! I suggest to book approximately 6-8 weeks prior to your due date or as early as the beginning of the second trimester. If you didn't find me until now and you are due soon or have already had your baby I may still be able to book you in! There are no guarantees if you book last minute or contact me after your baby is born. So be safe and book NOW!
The Eagle has landed!
Once you've brought that beautiful new little person into the world I ask that you contact me within the first 48-72 hours of birth. Typically after birth, you end up in recovery and just kinda hang out and try to get some "rest" but end up bored in between snuggling your new bundle of love! Depending on how and when you end up giving birth will determine how long you and your baby's stay will be in the hospital. As long as everyone is happy and healthy (always what we hope for) a natural birth is normally 2-3 days and a C-section is normally 4+ days.
I prefer to book newborn sessions between the first 10-21 days of life. By this time you've gotten home and have about a week under your belt figuring out how to live like a zombie with your new bundle of no-sleeping, pooping, constantly eating-new love of your life! It also helps siblings adjust if you have other children. If you are breastfeeding the first several days are a transition from colostrum to breast milk and can be rough on both Mom and baby. Normally by day 7-10 you've both figured it out, your milk has come in, and the insanity has become slightly more "normal".
It is important to get in within the first 2-ish weeks of life because once your baby is older than 16-21 days he/she will be awake a little more often and less flexible. That does NOT mean I can't work with older babies! If you haven't found me until your baby is over the age range stated above that doesn't mean I can't book you in for a newborn session and offer some sleepy and some awake images. It's not always an ideal age for super sleepy poses but it can be done and is totally worth capturing their newness even over the "suggested age."
The In's and Outs of each session:
Each newborn session typically averages about 2 hours and is booked for 3 hours. Please a-lot for 3 hours just in case we need some extra feeding and snuggle time. This is extremely important as we operate on "Baby time" so patience is very important for both the photographer and Mom & Dad! Poses take time to perfect (your photographer is a perfectionist) and sometimes a baby will fuss a little before they relax into the pose I put them in. Please know that I will never put the baby in danger or allow fussing to become anything more than that. Someone will be right with the baby at all times. Sometimes I have an assistant photographer who helps me, but if she is not available then I may ask you to assist me with a hand, finger, or just stand next to the baby while I step away to grab the shot. For most of the session, I want you to relax and enjoy the silence, the break, catch up on some social media and your baby in the sweetest poses.
The baby is tastefully nude in most of the photographs, baby can be swaddled or be adorned with the cutest prop newborn outfits provided by the photographer. Baby is kept warm by my "baby kryptonite" space heater, blankets, and soothed by sounds from the BabyShusher. The studio room does get pretty warm as previously noted (about 76-80 degrees) so don't forget water to keep yourself cool and hydrated!
Because the baby is nude most of the time, there is a very high chance something or someone will get soiled. It happens all the time and the photographer has been christened by tons of babies, it's just part of the job! The linens and the photographer are cleaned prior to each session. I do keep the diaper on loosely in between shots and when moving baby around for Mom and Dad's protection, but I can't guarantee you won't be doodled on if you're in a pose with a naked tushy!
I love to have both parents and siblings to attend the sessions! IF your baby has siblings then we start the session with sibling sets. After we finish with siblings/baby I will do family photos if you wish to have them done. Once the family images have been captured I ask that arrangements be made to have Dad/Grandma/Aunt/Friend to leave with the siblings. Driving separate cars works best in this scenario or you can have someone take them to a local park or place for breakfast/lunch. If that is not an option, that's okay we can make it work!
The Reason to Invest!
The investment in newborn photography is worth every penny. Your baby- that little tiny thing- that you cooked in your belly for 9 long months- that you labored and pained to bring into this world- that tiny little life will grow so fast before your eyes and will begin coo-ing, smiling, crawling, clapping, walking, talking, and stealing your heart with each new and amazing day. The first few months are a blur, the days are long but the weeks pass by so quickly. These moments are fleeting and hard to remember due to lack of sleep, feedings, changing hundreds of diapers, and trying to get back into the swing of life! Newborns are only newborns for a short time. Savor it forever by booking a newborn session and capturing this once in a lifetime memory!
Session Fee - The newborn session fee is $100 and includes the 2-3 hour session located in my Peoria, IL studio. The studio is stocked completely for you and your session! You don't need to bring anything with you unless there are heirlooms are personal items you'd like photographed otherwise we have it totally under control! All sessions are styled based on what you'd like to see by filling out a questionnaire prior to your session. Each session is unique and put together just for your baby! Sibling and family images are included in the session fee and will come out of your final total package chosen.
Investment & Packages - After your session is completed you will return to the studio approx 1 week after your session to view and see your final gallery. Most final galleries include 25 images. At that time I will review all products offered and you will choose a package. To view packages and pricing please email me for more information. Most clients invest an average of $800-1,000 on products, digital images, and future sessions at this ordering appointment
To Book, Your Session Contact Me NOW!
If you are ready to book please click the Contact link to send an inquiry to book a consultation meeting.
Consults can be done over the phone if you are too far to come in for a consultation or if you have already had your baby.
IF you've already had your baby and want to book please click the Contact link and send me a message to see if you can be worked into the schedule.