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?

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Top Baby Gadgets of 2018

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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!

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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…

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

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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

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Buffalo Photographer | 1st Place in 2018 Shutterfest Image Competition

Buffalo Photographer Earns 1st Place and 3 Merits at  2018 Shutterfest Image Competition

If this Buffalo Photographer has been quiet for awhile, it’s because I was out of town for a bit.  I had the opportunity to attend Shutterfest in St. Louis, MO again this year.  Shutterfest is an event like no other.  There are speakers galore…  concept shoots going on long into the night… models everywhere & lots of networking.  My friend & long time mentor, Sal Cincotta, has run this event for the past 5 years & it just keeps getting bigger & better.  If you’re  a photographer, you should totally check it out.  The Shutterfest crew is like family & they’re so happy to help one another out.

Part of the Shutterfest experience is the image competition.  People ask me all of the time why I compete.  I do it for several reasons.  The feedback you get from judges is invaluable.  I’m not perfect; no one is.  If I can learn a way to better my images or be more creative, it only helps my clients & my everyday work.  I compete in several competitions each year for the feedback.  For those of you who don’t know about image competition, a score of 80 or above is “deserving of a merit”.  76-79 is considered average.  I strive for at least an 80 with every image I capture in my Buffalo newborn photo sessions, Springville senior photo sessions & Western New York weddings.  My clients are important to me & creating quality imagery is paramount.  I want my clients to look back at their images every day & love them.


Merited Images:

This year the following images merited. There is a story behind every image & I’ll share a little bit of each one with you.

West Valley Senior Photographer, Music

This is Sarah.  She is a class of 2018 West Valley High School graduating senior.  She plays the flute & I wanted to do something creative.  “Woodwind” is the perfect title for Sarah’s blowing hair, music & her woodwind instrument.  It was a pleasure creating this image for her & I look forward to creating fun images for the class of 2019 Senior Photos I’ll begin capturing in the next few months.


Mercy Hospital Newborn Photographer, Baby Carriage, Siblings

“A REAL Doll”

This image was a true pleasure to create.  You see, I captured their parent’s wedding several years ago… Then,  4 years ago, I captured Morgan’s newborn & then her milestone photos. I love watching my EKP families grow & was so happy when their beautiful mama contacted me & said they were expecting Kate.  Kate was a dream baby to work with & I’m so blessed to have captured so many milestones for this wonderful family.

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“Return to Sender”

This image was also a ton of fun to create.  Are you wondering why Carson is dressed as a UPS worker?  His Dad works for UPS so we wanted to tie that in to make something extra special for him!  I did change the UPS logo to OPS to avoid any copyright issues for image competition, but you get the idea… My goal when I photograph every family is to tell a story…  lots of times 2-4 year old siblings are rather unsure of their new sibling & I recall wanting my own mother to return my brother when he appeared one day too. Haha. Carson was actually quite sweet to Benson & I’m forever grateful to this family for trusting me to capture their most prized treasures.

The biggest surprise with this image is it won FIRST PLACE in the Children’s Category!  It was such an honor to earn this award & be featured with the best of the best.  I’m very grateful for my clients & to my mentors.

To see all of the winners, click here http://shutterfest.com/image-competition-winners-gallery/

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Cheektowaga Newborn Photos | The Thomas Family

Cheektowaga Newborn Photos | Welcome Brett

In January, the Thomas Family visited us for newborn photos.  Brett’s family opted for a Signature Newborn Session because they wanted to capture their newest addition, Brett & his siblings.  He was accompanied by his two beautiful sisters, Ava & Callie.  Brett was already 6 1/2 weeks old by the time he came in for his session but as you see, we were still able to get beautiful images of him & his family.

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Some Notes About Capturing Older Baby Photos

Some newborn photographers will not work with older babies because quite frankly, it’s generally more difficult.  After about 10 days, babies don’t pose as easily because they’ve learned they have space to move & stretch.  They don’t sleep as long or as soundly either.  At Emily Karr Photography, we never refuse older babies.  We love working with babies of all ages.  While poses of older babies may be different than poses of brand new babies, we still produce beautiful newborn photos that you will cherish for generations.

We encourage all clients to schedule their newborn photo session within the first 7 days after birth for the greatest possible outcome.  If your baby needs extra support after he or she is born though, please don’t worry.  We encourage all parents to follow our newborn photo prep guide as well.


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