I wanted to reach out now that businesses are slowly opening back up for business and talk about newborn sessions and what my process is as of today (May 14). As everyone else is doing I also will be continuing to review my policies and adjust as needed as we learn more about this virus. I offer two types of newborn sessions in the Austin area, posed and lifestyle, both of which I am going to go over below in detail about what is included and what steps are being taken for extra care. A lot of the cleaning and sanitizing has always been a normal practice for me.
Posed newborn sessions are done at my in home studio in the Lakeway/ Bee Cave/ Spicewood area. At this time I will only be doing one every other day to allow for extra time between clients and extra cleaning practices. My in home studio is a secluded space from the remainder of my home with its own heating and cooling system in place, except for the restroom. Everything in the is a a solid surface that has been and will continue to be sanitized between clients. One thing that is changing is that I am asking only one parent comes to the session and no siblings, if you are looking for those family shots I highly encourage you to read about the lifestyle sessions below. When you arrive I will be asking that you take your shoes off prior to entering and to please wear a mask if you have one available and I will be wearing one as well. Posed sessions take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours during which I am handling the baby throughout the session including outfit changes, diaper changes and feeding from bottles if available. I have been able to keep a supply of hand sanitizer on hand during this and will be frequently using it throughout the session. All material outfits and wraps that can be washed are always washed prior to the sessions and anything that is not machine washable is with a steam cycle. Once one client leaves, as done in the past, everything is taken down cleaned and set up for the next client. Think of anything that I did not cover, just ask!
Lifestyle newborn sessions are done in a clients home, usually utilizing the master bedroom/living room/nursery spaces. These are great for those that want newborn images right now but just aren't ready for someone else to be handling baby and they can include the entire family (pets too!). Upon arrival at your home I will remove my shoes and I will be wearing a mask throughout the session. As done in the past and something for you to know is that I always use hand sanitizer before entering someones home and will use throughout the session especially if I end up moving around blankets, pillows, etc. These sessions are typically about 1 hour in length and you and your family will be the only ones holding the baby unless you ask me to do a wrap or pose baby, this is completely up to you.
Both types of sessions are a great choice and offer you the opportunity to capture those early moments in a new life. I highly encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns so we can talk through it. I want you to know I will take very precaution I can to keep you safe while providing you an amazing experience. I have also temporarily suspended booking right through the site to better control dates available, do not be discouraged if you do not see a date you'd like. Just ask!