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Maternity & Newborn Session Options

As the mother of four kids who are growing up way too quickly, I have a soft spot in my heart for beautiful baby bellies and my littlest clients. My goal with every maternity and newborn session is to capture the details of your pregnancy and baby in photographs that your family will love and cherish for years to come!

I have over 10 years of experience in photographing newborns and have photographed hundreds of babies. I specialize in the art of newborn photography with training in how to safely and properly pose a newborn. I care about the safety of of my littlest clients, and I keep my vaccine schedule up to date, including for Covid 19. I promise you and your baby will be in good hands!

A little bit more about my newborn sessions…

I prefer to shoot my newborn sessions within the first few weeks of baby’s life, while baby is still in that sweet, sleepy stage and can be posed most naturally. With newborn sessions I put your due date on my schedule, and then ask parents to contact me for a firm session date after baby is born. Because I accept a limited number of newborn clients each month, it’s best to schedule your session early and several months prior to your due date to assure availability. If you inquire regarding a session after your baby has been born, I will try my best to fit you in my schedule based on current session availability and timing. It never hurts to ask!

I shoot newborn sessions in my Des Moines studio on weekdays beginning at 10am. With every newborn session, I will work with you to style a lovely session for your baby. I offer an extensive newborn prop collection at my studio including: outfits, headbands, hats, wraps, blankets, bowls and baskets, so there is nothing you should feel like you need to purchase or provide for your session. I have it all available in my studio!

I believe in keeping my pricing simple and upfront! 

All of my sessions are a flat price that include a set number of edited digital images from your session with print release. Your images are available via instant download from an on-line gallery within 30 days after the date of your completed session. A non-refundable session retainer of $100 is due at time of booking, and your remaining balance is due the date of your scheduled session.

Maternity & Newborn Session options include:

01. Full Maternity ~ $395+tax

Choice of either an in-studio or outdoor location

approx 4-5 weeks prior to due date

Use of my client closet, including maternity gowns

Immediate family may be included

20 digital images with print release

02. Simple Maternity ~ $275+tax

This is an add-on option for newborn clients only!

Choice of either an in-studio or outdoor location

approx 4-5 weeks prior to due date

Use of my client closet, including maternity gowns

Immediate family may be included

10 digital images with print release

03. Deluxe Newborn ~ $850+tax

Traditional posed newborn session lasts 2-3 hours in studio

Session occurs within the first few weeks of birth

Newborn images with siblings and parents included

30 digital images with print release

Beautiful linen keepsake box with 5×7 luster coated prints of your selected gallery images, with USB

20% off additional gallery purchases including: digital files and a selection of fine art print products

04. Full Newborn (digital package) ~ $625+tax

Traditional posed newborn session lasts 2-3 hours in studio

Session occurs within the first few weeks of birth

Newborn images with siblings and parents included

20 digital images with print release

10% off additional gallery purchases including: digital files and a selection of fine art print products

05. Simple Newborn (digital package) ~ $400+tax

Traditional posed newborn session lasts 1-2 hours in studio

Session occurs within the first few weeks of birth

Images of baby only, 1 color palette/ set up

8 digital images with print release

06. In-Home Lifestyle, Newborn (digital package) ~ $475+tax

Lifestyle in nature, with your home as the backdrop to photos

Newborn images with siblings and parents included

45-60 minute session (approx)

I will travel to your home within Des Moines and the surrounding suburbs

20 digital images with print release

07. Baby’s First Year Package ~ $1450+tax

Newborn photography may be my passion, but I do love watching your babies grow that first year! They change so much, and far too quickly! I know as I have four of my own ‘babies’.

Includes a full newborn session and 3 baby’s milestone sessions (milestone sessions include 10 digital images with print release per session), during baby’s first year. You may choose to include a cake smash at your One year milestone. I ask that clients provide the cake.

I take payment at each session, so it’s not one large sum!

08. Fresh 48/ Hospital Session ~ $375+tax

Due to the on-call nature of these sessions, I only offer Fresh 48 sessions as an add-on option to clients who have also booked either a studio or in-home newborn session option.

Lifestyle in nature, all immediate family members included

45-60 minute session (approx)

In hospital, within the first 48 hours after birth (availability dependent of your hospital’s visitor policy)

I will travel to any of the hospitals within the Des Moines area (including downtown DSM or West)

20 digital images with print release

In addition…

  • A rush fee of $50 can be added to your gallery for a 1 week turnaround time.
  • Referrals for professional makeup and hair styling.
  • Additional digital files, professional quality prints and print products are available for purchase in person or directly through your on-line gallery.
  • 7% IA sales tax will be added to all sessions and product orders.

When considering booking any session, the best thing to do is plan ahead! I accept only a limited number of sessions per month. Please contact me directly through my website for availability or email me at michellelovellphotography@yahoo.com.

Michelle lovell PHotography

located in des moines, iowa