Kansas City Newborn Photographer | What to Expect From Your Newborn Session

If you’re here, that probably means you have just booked or you are thinking about booking a newborn session with me. How exciting! First of all, congratulations on your bundle of joy!


Choosing a newborn photographer means choosing the person who will be handling your precious new baby for 2-3 hours. That is not something I take lightly. I, myself, am a mom to three young children, ages 5 and under, and I always try to put myself in the shoes of my clients. I am proud to say I am trained in newborn safety, and I am continually educating myself in all things related to newborn photography.


I encourage expectant parents to book their newborn session as soon in their pregnancy as possible. I only take on a small number of newborn sessions a month. This ensures I can dedicate plenty of time to each family no matter when baby decides to make his or her appearance.


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Once your baby is born (or once you have an induction date set!) just shoot me a message letting me know. Then we will schedule a time for you to come to the studio before baby is two weeks old. Newborn sessions are done on weekday mornings and usually begin at 9:30am.

A couple days before our session, I’ll send you a prep guide with a list of things you can do the morning of our session that will help our session run as smoothly and quickly as possibly.


When you arrive at the studio, I will take baby, wrap them up all nice and snug, and I will take over from there. Moms and dads, PLEASE feel free to take advantage and sneak a little nap or relax on the couch.


Sessions normally take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours depending on how many feed breaks or diaper changes baby needs, and depending on how well they are sleeping for me.


Whitney Houseman Photography Studio, Downtown Liberty, Missouri



For families who have older kiddos and will be having sibling and/or family photos taken during your session, I like to offer this expert advice: bring two vehicles to your session! We will finish the family portion of your session first. This way, big brother or sister can get their job finished and out of the way. Then, Dad or Grandma, or another adult helper, can take them home when their part is done. Waiting around for two hours during the baby-only portion of the session is a lot to ask of some young children.


I hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect from a newborn session with me. As always, please let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you!


Whitney Houseman


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