When to Schedule Your Senior Session | Top Tips from Buffalo Senior Photographer | Emily Karr Photography

You may be surprised to learn that you should schedule your senior photo session WHILE you are still a junior…. that’s right… BEFORE you finish your junior year. Here are several points to consider when scheduling a senior session.

Top Reasons to Schedule Your Senior Photos While You Are Still a Junior

  1. Limited availability – Specialized photographers accept a limited number of sessions per month. Most photographers book several months in advance. You won’t want to wait until summer because you might not be able to get an appointment on the photographer’s calendar. Advance scheduling means there will be a spot reserved just for you!
  2. Unpredictable – We totally get summer sports & summer jobs. We know you have a limited time to practice, make money & hang with friends. We also know there are extra practices added sometimes, call-ins at work & family vacations. The earlier you schedule your senior session, the more likely there will be an opportunity to reschedule if something comes up.
  3. Planning – Emily Karr Photography specializes in custom artwork featuring you. Sometimes sessions take more time than others to plan the perfect location. We want your session to be the best experience ever & encourage you to schedule your senior session as early as possible. Planning in advance also gives you time to get your hair cut & styled, a manicure & plan the perfect outfits. Speaking of outfits… sports jerseys… if you play sports, be sure to ask your coach for access to your jersey. Some seniors have been frustrated by the inability to obtain a jersey during the summer months.
  4. The Weather – this may seem like a lame reason, but we live in Western New York… rain & wind tend be reasons to reschedule your session. We encourage you to schedule early, again, so there are opportunities to reschedule. Weather is also a factor for those who would like winter sports images such as skiing, snowboarding & snowmobiling. We can offer you a winter session, but once the snow has melted, the opportunity has passed.
  5. Yearbook Deadlines – Yearbook deadlines approach rapidly once you’re back in school. All of our images are hand retouched to ensure you look your very best. We do require enough leeway to get images retouched & into the yearbook advisor.
  6. Pricing – Many photographers offer discounted pricing if you book your session early. Emily Karr Photography offers BOGO Senior Sessions. Book your session & bring a friend for free. (Feel free to charge your friend for 50% of your session fee.) Many photographers also offer booking specials & bonus products for booking early.

What’s Next?

Are you ready to get the ball rolling & book your senior session? Click the HERE to learn more & book your session.


When to Schedule Your Newborn Photo Shoot | Top Tips from Emily Karr Photography

You may be surprised to learn that you should schedule your baby’s newborn photos WHILE you are still pregnant…. that’s right… BEFORE you have your baby. Here are several points to consider when scheduling a newborn session.

Top 5 Reasons to Schedule Your Newborn Session While You Are Pregnant

  1. Limited availability – Specialized photographers accept a limited number of newborns per month. Most book several months in advance. You won’t want to wait until after your baby is born to schedule your newborn photo session because you might not be able to get an appointment on the photographer’s calendar. Advance scheduling means there will be a spot reserved just for you!
  2. Unpredictable – Newborns often arrive on their own schedule… Unless you have a c-section planned, your baby could arrive 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after your due date. That is a window of an entire month! Experienced newborn photographers are aware of this & schedule clients accordingly.
  3. Baby’s Age – Most newborn photographers prefer to capture newborn photos before your baby is ten days old. Newborns under 10 days old still enjoy being curled up in womb-like poses & this is the stage you’re going to want to remember. If an extended hospital stay is required, don’t worry, we’ll still get beautiful images for you!
  4. Planning – Emily Karr Photography specializes in custom artwork featuring your family. Sometimes sessions take more time than others to plan, obtain props, etc. We want your session to be the best experience ever & encourage you to schedule your newborn session as early as possible & while you are still pregnant.
  5. Maternity Session – many newborn photographers also offer maternity sessions. Celebrate the miracle of pregnancy with a maternity session! At Emily Karr Photography, we create a belly cast during your maternity session. This is a very unique & personal prop. We will pose your baby in it during your newborn session. There’s truly no prop like it!

What’s Next?

Do you want to learn more about a Newborn Photo Session with Emily Karr Photography? Are you ready to book your own buffalo newborn photo session? Please complete this contact form & we’ll be in touch soon!


Top Baby Gadgets of 2018

Certified Professional Photographer | Newborn Photographer

There are literally MILLIONS of baby gadgets out there & the process of choosing may seem quite daunting. We’ve polled our clients & consulted some trustworthy resources to bring you a list of some of the best baby gadgets of 2018. As a parent, I always looked for products that would make life with a baby easier. I always valued data like this. Who has time to research it all? We use some of these in studio & just love them.

The Baby Shusher – Sleep Miracle Soother. We LOVE the baby shusher & use it during our newborn photo sessions. It provides a constant shushing sound that soothes baby back to sleep. Many of our parents have purchased one & say they’d never go without it.

Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper with Smart Connect has two speeds & two customizable modes for nap-time or nighttime. It plays soothing sounds & music, has a light show & optional vibration. Control the rock ‘n play sleeper from the convenience of your smart phone. Let’s face it – sometimes you just need a safe, soothing place to entertain baby while you’re making dinner.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro – this thing is unreal. It’s like a Keurig for babies! Fill the separate water & powdered formula reservoirs then, at the push of a button, get a bottle of perfectly mixed formula at the perfect feeding temp. No more measuring, mixing or heating in the middle of the night.

Infant Optics Baby Monitor – has an interchangeable lens so you can get the best viewing angle of your baby. This may seem silly but not all nurseries are created equal & sometimes you need to zoom in or prefer a wider angle. You can pan/tilt/zoom remotely as well.

Baby Brezza Food Pouches – baby food is pricey & many parents prefer to know exactly what baby is eating. These pouches are great! They’re inexpensive, reusable, durable, have a wide opening to easily fill them & they’re dishwasher safe!

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle – can’t swaddle to save your life? No problem! These little swaddle sacks are awesome! They are so easy anyone can use them. Our parents have reported the swaddle sacks with velcro closure often startle their babies, so this one is a top pick. The sacks are lightly weighted to mimic the feeling of being held. Parents say their babies sleep longer & more soundly within a few days of using these. Who couldn’t use a little more sleep?

We hope this list was helpful & you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the top baby items our parents can’t live without!

Newborn Photographer, Springville, NY

Meet Addison | Derby NY Newborn Photographer |Emily Karr Photography

Meet Addison | Derby NY Newborn Photographer | Emily Karr Photography

Capturing Addison’s newborn photos was a bitter sweet experience for me.  You see, I watched her mother grow into a young woman.  She use to babysit my own children, and I photographed her wedding a few short years ago.  First of all, it made me realize that I am getting OLD.  Secondly, it made me realize how quickly time passes.  I realized in that moment, that my kids are about ready to fly the coop.  Where did all of that time go?  I started thinking back to when my own children were newborns and now, they’re both driving & nearly out of high school.  I hope I’ve given them all of the survival tactics they need to encounter this crazy world we live in.  Anyway, I digress.

Addy was just perfect for her newborn photo session!  She didn’t make a peep & seeing the pure joy on her parents’ faces gave me a warm fuzzy feeling.  I really am very blessed to have such wonderful clients who have become friends through the years.  It’s truly an honor to watch their families grow.  Tiff & Jake, thank you so much for sharing your sweet little 7 pound, 4 ounce bundle of joy with me!  She truly is a treasure & I look forward to watching her grow.

Have you ever seen such an inquisitive 6 day old baby girl???Certified Professional Photographer, Newborn Photos, Springville, NY, Vegan Fur, Stretch Wraps, Custom Photo Props

So much love in one image…

Newborn Photos, Family Photos, Emily Karr Photography

Newborn Photographer, Springville, NY, Vegan Fur, Custom Photo Props, Intuition Backgrounds

All furs & wraps from Custom Photo Props

Backdrops from Intuition Backgrounds

I just love newborn photos with simple set ups that allow the baby to really shine.  Isn’t she precious?!

Certified Professional Photographer | Newborn Photographer

To Book Your Own Session or For More Information:

A limited number of Signature Newborn photo sessions are available each month.  To inquire & schedule your own free consult, please email us at emily@emilykarr.com or call 716-794-3161.

To view more newborn photo session images, please visit our portfolio


HOLIDAY mini Sessions with Emily Karr Photography

Holiday Mini Sessions are HERE!

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year.  The whole family gets together.  First we accomplish all of the food prep.  Then we play games, watch movies & relax while the amazing smells fill the house.  Each year following dinner, we look at the old framed portraits of our ancestors on my mom’s living room wall.  The kids affectionately refer to them as “the scary people” because no one ever smiled.  Cameras were not as advanced as they are today & it took minutes to capture one image.  As a result, people had to stay in the same pose, with the same expression, for minutes at a time.  Can you imagine?  Each year, we also take new photos.  It’s important to remember the new babies, toothless smiles, soon-to-be-leaving-the-nest teenagers and our elders.  The older I get, the more I realize how short life is & how tomorrow isn’t really promised to anyone. Memories return because of photos & I encourage you to make photos part of your holiday family traditions each year.  Cherish your images while you’re here & leave something behind so future generations can get to know you.  It’s really pretty incredible to look back through old photos and see how far we’ve come.

This year, we’re pleased to offer 2 different holiday mini session options.  Read on to discover all of the reasons why you need to book your holiday mini session with Emily Karr Photography.

OPTION 1:  Oh What Fun! Holiday Mini Sessions

Geared towards children & the magic of the season, we have several stops built within our Christmas set.  Our first stop is a bed with holiday stories. Bring your favorite holiday book or use one of ours.  Kids can wear holiday sweaters, dress clothes or pajamas in this set.  Our second stop is a Christmas tree w/ presents.  Holiday attire is great here!  Finally, they’ll stop at our outdoor scene complete with snowy trees, sled & park bench.  We recommend either holiday sweaters, dress clothing or outdoor winter attire with this set.  All three looks are included in your session. You can change clothing if you wish, but it is not a requirement.

When:  November 12 – November 20, 2018  (appointment required)

Session Fee:  $50 – weekend session, $25 – weekday session.  Portrait packages range from $95-$395 with many unique add ons, or you can purchase a la carte.

Remember the magic of Christmas.  Get your holiday cards out of the way & get a great gift for grandparents while you’re at it!

Pajama sessions, winter photos, children's photos

OPTION 2:  Home for the Holidays Mini Sessions

Home for the Holidays Mini Sessions are perfect for everyone! They are designed to be quick & painless & are a gift that everyone will love.  Sessions are captured on a timeless grey toned backdrop which will match any decor.

Session Ideas:  Traditional Family Portraits (parents & kids), Generational Family Portraits (great-grandmother, grandmother, mom, children), Siblings, Engaged couples, Expectant parents

When:  November 23-December 4, 2018 (appointment required)

Session Fee:  $50 November 23rd & weekends, $25 weekdays. Portrait packages range from $95-$395 with many unique add ons, or you can purchase a la carte.

family portrait session, generational portraits, holiday photos

What To Expect

Expect great images at a great price!  Our mini sessions are an affordable way to get quality images at a fraction of the cost.  Take advantage of these great offers while they last!  Sessions last approximately 30 minutes and are held in our Western New York Studio located at 84 East Main Street, Springville, NY 14141.  Images will be back in time for Christmas gift giving as long as you return to place your order before December 10, 2018 (appointments will be scheduled before you leave your portrait session).  All orders must be picked up by 12/22/18 as our studio will be closed from 12/23/18-01/02/19.  Happy Holidays!  We can’t wait to meet you guys!