Cari Arena, Photographer with TuLeaf Photography, specializes in newborn baby photography. She serves the Albany, NY region and all surrounding areas.
When should we schedule our shoot?
I begin accepting newborn commissions upon the completion of your first trimester. I make every effort to accommodate all requests, but to ensure I still have availability around your due date, I encourage booking in your second or early third trimester.
When are newborn photos done?
Newborn photos take place within the first ten days of life. Once you book, I allow time in my calendar around your due date. Once the baby is born, it is your responsibility to contact me within a day or two of birth so we can schedule the session asap within the 10 day window.
Where will our photo shoot take place?
All newborn photo sessions take place in my Delmar, NY home studio. I have my professional lighting all set up here as well as hundreds of different blankets, buckets, baskets, benches, headbands and various other newborn photography props.
How long will the session last?
I allow up to three hours for newborns, however, some do not take that long. It all depends on the baby.
What if the baby is born early/late/ or has to stay in the hospital longer than 10 days?
We will adjust the session date based on your actual delivery date. If the baby has to stay in the hospital beyond 10 days, we will adjust for that as well. It is still your responsibility to contact me within a day or two of birth.
I already paid my retainer but I changed my mind about the session, do you offer refunds or can we use the payment for another session in the future?
To be fair and consistent to everyone, all payments made are non-refundable. I will offer a session extension if baby has a pro-longed hospital stay.
What areas do you serve?
I am based in Delmar, NY but I will accept anyone willing to travel to me if I have availability in my schedule. I have worked with families all across New York state for their newborn photography session.
Do you include parents/siblings in the newborn photos?
The focus of all of my newborn sessions is on the baby alone, however, depending on which collection you book, I am happy to include a few parent/sibling shots at the end of the session if the baby is cooperative. If including an older sibling, I highly recommend that you have someone else bring them at the end of the session so that they don’t have to wait here the whole time which can make them restless and also disturb the sleeping baby.
How should I prepare for the shoot and what should I expect?
Upon scheduling the session after birth, I will email you detailed tips and instructions to prepare for the session to help it go as smoothly as possible. Once you arrive at the session, I will take care of everything!
Also, I provide all blankets, wraps, hats, headbands, and props so you do not need to bring any wardrobe for the baby. If you have something special or sentimental that you would like included in one of the photos, please bring it with you and let me know ahead of time so that I can prepare for how to use it.
How long after I have the session can I expect to see my photos?
I typically post a Facebook preview on the same day as the session and have the complete gallery ready within a week. I may extend this up to 2 weeks due to family reasons, a computer crash, or other circumstance preventing me from giving the fully deserved attention to your gallery.
Can I print my photos?
Yes, my digital collections include a print release for personal use. (But I highly recommend ordering prints through my professional lab for best quality). I retain the copyright to the photos including use on my blog, Facebook page, and for marketing and advertising purposes. You may not alter my photos in any way, give permission to others to use them, or enter them in any contests. If you would like more information feel free to ask me!
What is your fee?
All collections include my experience, time and talent, pre-session preparation tips, custom color and prop use during your session, and detailed editing of your images (including scratch and blemish removal from baby’s skin.)
I offer 3 different all inclusive collections, beginning at $450. You may also add a la carte items if you wish. Please e-mail me at: email@example.com for complete information on my collections. Click here for more details on our pricing.
I want to schedule a session. How and when do I pay?
Once you email me that you’d like to book, I will email you the contract and the payment information. You can pay via check, cash, or Paypal. Once I email you the payment information, I allow up to one week with a temporary hold on the date. If I do not receive payment within one week, the date is re-opened and may no longer be available.
I require a $100 deposit to hold a spot in my calendar around your due date and the remainder is due at the session. If you would like to order additional products above a package you have chosen, you can do so directly through your online gallery.
Do you offer anything other than newborn photography?
I also offer maternity and baby photos (indoor or outdoor, depending on the time of year) and a fantastic one year package that is offered only to my newborn clients. I sometimes offer mini sessions during the holiday seasons for those who want fun, special photos of their babies. Announcements for these sessions will be made on my Facebook page so please be sure to follow me on there for the latest updates. www.facebook.com/tuleaf