Tiffany Walensky Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, and baby’s first year photography. Here’s some more more information about the types of sessions offered.
Maternity sessions take place when at 30-36 weeks pregnant and capture the mom-to-be, and their partner and other children if desired. The focus is on capturing the beauty of the pregnant body, and the love that women have for their unborn baby. If partners or other children are included, then we will also focus on the love and interaction between the family, and the excitement of the new addition. These sessions can take place in studio or at an outdoor location of your choice. If there are any children being included, we recommend outdoors, as young children do not typically photograph as well in a studio and do better outdoors where there is room to move around, play, and have fun. We provide recommendations for outfits, and have many maternity gowns available for use. Maternity sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday in the evening about an hour before sunset, so session time will depend on the time of year. Studio-only sessions can be scheduled morning or evening.
Currently, fresh 48 sessions are only available to those that will be delivering in the Wesley Chapel area. Unfortunately my schedule do not allow me to be “on call” for locations that are further. Fresh 48 sessions are for those that want to document their baby’s first or second day of life, but without capturing the actual birth. These sessions take place within 48 hours of birth, while you are still in the hospital and the focus is on the newness of your baby. Interactions may include first doctor visits to the room, baby’s first bath, baby’s first time meeting a sibling, learning to breastfeed, or just cuddling with mom and dad.
There are two types of newborn sessions available:
Posed Studio Newborn
Posed studio newborn sessions take place 6-14 days after birth, in our Wesley Chapel home studio. These are the pictures of the baby curled up in sweet poses, or using cute props, headband, hats, and swaddles. Pictures with mom, dad, and siblings are included if desired and typically include just a few posed shots of everyone snuggled up close together. Studio newborn sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday mornings.
Lifestyle newborn sessions are very different from posed studio newborn sessions. These sessions are for those that want something more casual and natural for their newborn pictures. These sessions take place 1-4 weeks after birth in the client’s home (while they can take place up to 4 weeks old, earlier is always better when possible). We will focus more on the family and interactions with baby, and will not use props or baby posing. These sessions are great for those that want to include a lot of sibling pictures, or pictures with pets. We will take pictures on the master bed, in the baby’s nursery, and sometimes on the couch or in front of a large window. We can include as much or as little of your actual home as you would like; your home does not have to look like something out of a magazine. Lifestyle newborn sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday mornings.
Baby’s First Year
Baby’s first year typically involves 2 or 3 milestone sessions. Either 3 sessions that include tummy time & sitting up & first birthday, or 2 sessions that include sitting up & first birthday. We go by milestone rather than age, because this provides much more variety to the images and ensures that baby is ready to be photographed without discomfort. Tummy time sessions usually take place around 4 months old (once they can hold their head up easily from a tummy time position), sitting up sessions usually around 6/7 months old (once they can comfortably sit up without help), and first birthday sessions take place close to the first birthday. Of course all babies are different, and age doesn’t matter when it comes to meeting their milestone. Sessions can be done in studio or outdoors, but if you want to include family pictures then outdoors is best. First year sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday, either in the morning (for studio) or evening about an hour before sunset, so session time will depend on the time of year.
Baby’s First Birthday
Some people skip the first year milestone sessions and just do a first birthday session. This is such a fun time to celebrate, and is usually a great age for a photo session. These sessions can include a cake smash if desired, or just a few fun first birthday themed props. Cake smashes can be done in studio or outdoors. Mom and dad are welcome and encouraged to be in some family photos as well, if the session is outdoors. First birthday sessions are scheduled Monday-Friday, either in the morning (studio) or evening about an hour before sunset, so session time will depend on the time of year.
Family, Children, Lifestyle
Family & children sessions are always a great idea. You don’t need a reason or event to celebrate your family! Family sessions can take place in your own home (lifestyle) or at an outdoor park or beach. Family sessions will contain a variety of images, some posed, and some candid and involving interaction. I will provide suggestions for locations and outfits.