It is best to book your session during your pregnancy or shortly after the arrival of your baby. We do not take advance bookings unless you have a C-section scheduled.
We ask our clients to call or email us 1-2 days after baby is born with the arrival date and weight – this way we can schedule you in within the first 14 days. Newborn babies photograph well between 5-14 days old and 6-8 pounds. At this time, they are very sleepy and easy to pose. Smaller babies (5-6 pounds) may be photographed closer to 14 days, while bigger babies may be photographed as soon as 5-9 days.
Newborn sessions generally take 2 to 3 hours. We allow for plenty of time to make the session a relaxing experience. Judi and Julie have a fluid style of shooting which allows for cute props, lots of transitions and many poses. A day or two after the session we send a link to Dropbox for you to see the photos. These images are watermarked and low resolution and are only for the purposes of you choosing your favourite images. After you choose your favourite images, we do final editing and touch ups. We will send another link to Dropbox with the full sized images ready to download onto your computer.
Moms are asked to feed baby before arriving at the studio so that baby is relaxed with a full tummy. If this timing doesn't work, we ask that you arrive 20-30 minutes early to feed baby before we begin. This allows us to start with an outfit or wrap while they digest. In addition, we also have a comfortable setting in the studio where Moms can continue to feed the baby throughout the session. If you want an adorable naked baby photograph, there may be a point when they will poop or pee! It's okay! We are so used to it and it truly doesn't bother us – we just grab another blanket! We also use heaters and white noise to help soothe babies. Since we change and move baby around a great deal during the session, they often want to feed more often than usual.
The Ladybug Photography studio is stocked full of blankets, furs, baskets, knits, wraps and headbands. We have all of the popular colours and styles for boys and girls. We are always on the lookout for new photo props to keep things fresh and new. All materials, wraps, blankets and clothing are washed in dye free gentle detergents and are always kept clean. We have a changing table in the studio stocked with wipes and diapers. You are also welcome to bring anything from your home.
At Ladybug Photography your baby's safety is our priority. Many of the cute baby poses you see have been retouched after the session to bring the magic to life. Your baby is never put in a harmful position. We love babies in natural poses and we also adore the many cute modern poses. We will only provide these poses upon request and can not guarantee any of them.
Our style at Ladybug Photography is classic and timeless. We welcome your input during the session so that the colours and style used will fit your personal style and home decor. We want the photographs to look amazing in your home. You are welcome to ask for any particular post processed style, and we value your input in session planning. You can also just sit back and let us handle all of the details. Often our clients like to bring in sample photographs and we try our best to duplicate the style as much as possible. As the session progresses, we encourage you to look through our clothing and props so that you get exactly the colours and style you desire.
All photography sessions are done in the Ladybug Photography studio located at 2902 South Sheridan Way, Suite 101, Oakville, Ontario L6J 7T4. The studio is located close to Winston Churchill Blvd. and the QEW.
Studio hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.