Maternity & Newborn

With our Maternity to Newborn sessions we are able to provide clients with a beautiful story highlighting this special time in their lives.  For some, this is their first baby and they are super excited to capture the fleeting moments before, and soon after baby arrives.  For others, those who have struggled with pregnancy, this time highlights hope and joy that soon they will hold that cherished little one in their arms.  This is an emotional time in your lives, and we wish to provide our clients with images they will cherish for a lifetime. 

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Investment

Step One: Choose Your Session


Your session fee covers the photographer's time, talent, prep, design, editing, and delivering costs of your session.   No products, print or digital are included in the session fee.  Products are available in our packages listed below. Non-refundable retainer/session fee is due at the time of booking.

 

  • Maternity $149 lifestyle, your home or outdoors)

  • Newborn & Family $199 (lifestyle, your home or outdoors, weather permitting session includes immediate family)

  • Fresh 48  $149 (hospital or place of birth only)

  • Maternity & Newborn $315 (discount applies only at time of booking) 

  • Maternity & Fresh 48 $315 (discount applies only at time of booking) 

  • Family $149 (non-Newborn; lifestyle, your home or outdoors)

  • Milestone Session  $149  (child only 3 to 8 months; lifestyle, your home or outdoors)

  • One Year $149

  • Maternity+ Newborn + Newborn with Family Session $399

  •  Maternity + Fresh 48 + Newborn+ Newborn with Family Session $549

Reserve Your session here

Maternity & Newborn 2018

 

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Step Two: Choose Your Collection Package

  • Your images will be uploaded to a private online gallery once edited.

Our sessions are not just sit and smile for the camera, we love to create a great, fun, relaxed time for mom, dad, and the kiddos!  For this reason, our collections are not set to a limited number of images. You should receive at least 40 images.  Some collections include over 100 images.  The number of images you will receive depends on the type of session, the time we had with our client and the availability for additional shots.  Our style is to blend candid moments into a collection of posed images, giving our clients a beautiful galley and memory of the time we spent together.

  • Online galleries include all edited images in Low Resolution for viewing and sharing only. These images are watermarked and coded to discourage unauthorized screen shots, printing, and use outside our studio's copyright.

  • Digital Collection purchases are sent on USB and include High Resolution images with print release for your personal use.

  • Galleries remain online for 2 weeks to allow you to select a package. If a package is not selected the gallery will be archived. A $25 reconnect fee will apply. Once a package is selected your gallery remains online for up to one year or longer.

  • We are happy to arrange payment plans on larger packages but will not release the images on USB until paid in full.

  • Print and Fine Art orders will take an additional 4 to 5 weeks for delivery

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Digital Only Collections

Our clients love the ability to download, share, archive, and print their own images.  For this reason we offer full digital collections along with print packages.  You are not obligated to purchase any image.  Following your session and  editing, your images will be uploaded in a low resolution format to an online gallery.  These images are  for viewing and sharing on all social media outlets and will be available for 14 days following your session.  This gives you time to select a digital or print package.  If a package is not selected within the 14 days the gallery will be archived and a $25 charge will apply to re-open it. 

Upon selection and payment of your digital package, High Resolution, non-watermarked images will be sent to you on an USB.  Your collection will also be available to download right from your gallery immediately after purchasing a package.  This will include a print release.

Lexilu Photos retains the Copyright to all images and includes a personal use print release for archiving and DIY prints and products. So with this collection you will be able to print your own products at any lab and in any quantity.   Please read the terms to our print release.

Digital Collection Prices

  • 10 images of your choice $250 or ($25 per image) includes 10 - 4 x 6 prints

  • 20 images of your choice $300 or ( $15 per image) includes 20 - 4 x 6 prints

  • Full Session Collection of at least 40 images, but usually contains up to 100 - or more. $400 ( $10 to $4.00 per image depending on gallery size) Includes 40 - 5 x 7 prints of your choice

  • All digital collection packages include complimentary prints of your selected images.

  • We are happy to arrange payment plans for our packages. Collections are delivered with final payment.

 


Fine Art & Digital Collections

The Wall Art Collection $899

  • Gallery Wrapped Canvas Wall Collage

  • (One 20 x 30 and Four 11 x 14 )

  • Entire Collection of Digital Images

  • All 4 x 6 prints in a keepsake box

  • 10% off a la carte products

The Deluxe Collection $1599

  • 10 x 10 20-Page Keepsake Album

  • Entire Collection of Digital Images

  • Your choice of 3 canvas wall groupings

  • 4 x 6 prints in a keepsake box

  • $125 Gift Certificate to Sneak a Peek

  • 20% off a la carte products

The Choice Collection $1199

  • 8 x 8 20 Page Keepsake Album

  • Entire Collection of Digital Images

  • (5) 8 x 10 Gift Prints

  • All 4 x 6 prints in a keepsake box

  • 20% off a la carte products

The Print Collection $499

  • Entire Collection of Digital Images

  • All 4 x 6 prints in a keepsake box

A little about your Maternity session:

  • We will schedule you while you are in your 7th to 8th month of pregnancy while mama is still comfortable and we will help you style your session by suggesting locations and outfits to match your vision.

  • Your session will be about 1.5 to 2 hours

  • We love to create styled or themed sessions.  If you have a particular theme in mind please let us help you customize a session just for you. 

  • Gowns are available upon request.  We have access to hundreds of gown designs but need up to 5 weeks to order them.  You may also supply your own wardrobe. 

  • Mama and baby's safety is our primary concern in any session.  We work with our clients at a slow relaxed pace and only schedule one session per day so that we can give you our full attention.  Sometimes it takes a bit longer than planned to make sure mama is doing great.  There is no extra charge for overtime.  You come first!

A little about your Newborn session:

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Dear Mom & Dad,

Congratulations on the arrival of your new little one!  We know how exciting, amazing, and wonderful this time is in your life.  The arrival of a new little life in your home can also mean a bit of stress from the unknowns, new sleep schedules, and pure sleep deprivation.  We, at Lexilu Photos want to assure you that we understand how special it is for us to be included into your homes and lives for a little bit and how honored we are to have gained your trust with your newborn baby.   At Lexilu Photography, we practice safe baby techniques including the handling of baby during our sessions, sanitation of our studio and all props used in or around baby.  A member of our staff is Certified in CPR as well as Early Childhood Development and from years of experience, both professionally and in our own lives, we have learned to read the ques from baby... and adapt to each ones needs. We also want moms to be assured that you are important too.  With your session scheduled soon after delivery,  things are a little slower, so as your photographers we make your time with us as comfortable as possible.  While we photograph your precious little one you are welcome to watch us, sit on the couch, take a nap, sip your favorite beverage...just plain relax knowing that your little one is in great hands.  You'll be super close and when its feeding, or changing time we know where you are.

We will try to schedule your newborn session close to your due date. Please contact me as soon as baby arrives so that we can save the date for you.  Our experience with newborns is that they are best photographed between 4 and 10 days old.  You can select a Lifestyle session in your home or outdoors if the weather permits.

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  • Up to 3 hours of custom styled photography

  • We will work with you to select colors that fit baby's nursery, or the color scheme of you home where your beautiful imagery will be displayed.  You will have access to our extensive  collection of wraps, blankets, faux furs, wooden floors, hair tiebacks, floral crowns and  custom props including   nests, beds, boats etc...  we are always adding new props and can create a custom theme just for you.  If you have an idea let us know well in advance and we can create a custom photo for you.

They are not kidding when they say that babies grow fast!  That is so true with newborns.  We schedule our newborn session between 3 and 10 days of birth.  This is the very best time to pose babies since they re easily posed into the fetal position and usually sleep soundly right through the entire session.  If your baby arrives sooner that expected, please contact me to arrange an earlier session.  On rare occasion baby's health requires we shoot later than the 10 day mark, if this happens, please contact us as soon as possible as we book up each month very quickly.


Additional Information

Why are  digital images so expensive?

It may seem like its a small thing, just a file to send and make prints.  But when you purchase the digital image from our studio you are given the control over printing and creating products from those images.  Clients love the fact that they  have control over how many images they can print as well as when and where they are printed.  You may also share the images online, with a simple link back to our studio.  The price of the digital file includes the time it takes for us to produce the image using professional equipments and post production of images from an experienced photographic studio.  The value is in the freedom to do with the images as you please, and with that this type of delivery method comes at a premium price.

  • Downloading rights and a print release is included with each purchased image.

  •  Payment plans are available **

  • We will suggest beautiful locations to match the style of your session. Locations over 30 miles from our studio will incur a fee depending on location.

** Payment arrangements can be made on the balance due to fit any budget, however no product, digital or print can be delivered until balance is paid in full.   To ensure delivery of your images soon after baby's arrival please be sure to budget your payments so that your last payment is made before the newborn session.  We believe that everyone should be able to afford beautiful photography, and appreciate that this is a large investment for our clients.  Therefore, we allow our clients on a limited income to book a session, and then make monthly payments other than those listed below. For these clients, we will archive/save the images from the session  for up to 6 months.  With this option you will receive one digital file to announce baby's arrival.  Your full gallery will be released as soon as your last payment is processed.   Please contact us if you would like to make special payment arrangements.

Printing Recommendations

We purchase our prints, canvas and albums from the best professional labs.  We have tried and use the labs for the print in our own homes.  However, sometimes, errors happen in the printing process.  If the client is not satisfied with the quality or if the product is damaged upon receipt, you may return the product for replacement within 14 days of delivery. 

When you choose to download your images and make your own prints or products you may have less than satisfactory results. 

For the best results, please print with a professional lab with no color corrections.

Because print quality varies greatly from lab to lab, no guarantees can be made about print quality from a non-professional lab.

Lexilu Photos is not responsible for poor quality from DIY printing from consumer labs.  To ensure the best quality when DIY printing, please make sure that you deselect the COLOR CORRECT option that is usually turned on by default on most consumer based photo printers. 

 


Payment Options

We accept all major Credit/Debit Cards via PayPal, check or cash. Once you select your package please contact us to arrange for payment of one half the total amount.


FAQS

 
When should I schedule my session?

Maternity session when you are 28 – 36 weeks.  For those expecting multiples the 26 week is best.
Newborn session before the expected due date.
Baby session any time, ideally between 3 & 8 months
Smash cake session 11 – 13 months.

 

Can we include baby's siblings?

Newborn sessions that include siblings will require an additional $100.  This allows us extra time to photograph, edit and deliver additional images in your gallery to select from.

How long does it take to view my session images?

Your gallery will be live within 3 to 4 weeks following your session date.   We schedule a day of editing along with your photography day to allow for fast, consistent delivery of your images.

I need my images fast, do you offer RUSH EDITING?

Yes, we are happy to bump you to the head of the line for an additional $250 RUSH FEE.  Your images will be ready withing 48 hours from your session day.

How long do I have to select and view my images?

Galleries are live for 14 days.  During this time you will be able to view and order any additional prints you wish to purchase.   

Do I get to see ALL of the photos from my session?

You select your choice of images from the best images captured during your session.  We shoot multiples of the same pose, in rapid succession, so we select the best to present to you.  This helps if for example someone blinks, or there is a focus issue etc...  What you will get however, is the very, very best shot of the poses we take.  I  will use my best judgement when selecting the photos for your gallery.  I will select the best from your session that represent the best pose, clarity, and composition and apply a light editing touch to them.

 Can I download ALL of my photos?  

You will be able to download any image that you have purchased as part of your collection, including additional poses. Lexilu Photography retains the copyright to all images taken, so while we do not provide Copyright releases, we so provide a written PRINT RELEASE.  The print release will allow you to make unlimited prints from your purchased images.  Please remember that your first set of images are simply for giving our clients the option to pick their personal favorites for their package.  They are edited without additional retouching and are ready to print.  We make these large collections available to our clients so that they have a great selection to choose from, and with the trust that our copyright and studio policies will be respected.   These images will clearly  be marked PROOF and available for viewing/selecting only in your online gallery.  These photos are not to be downloaded, screen saved, or copied in any manner.   Once uploaded, the client will  select the final images for their collections, prints and products.  The final selected photos are then professionally retouched and edited in our Studio's custom style.  These images become your final collection.

Can I have all of the images in my collection?
Every image included in your online collection is available to select as part of your final collection or as an additional purchase through the a la carte menu.  We have both Digital and Fine Art & Digital Collection packages.  Choose which works best for you and your budget.

Do you create special photos or composites?
Specialty images and digital composites are available when the baby is able to be posed in a certain way. Some poses are achieved by taking 3 to 4 images and blending or compositing them into one image.  If a certain pose is requested and What are digital composites, and why do they cost extra?baby is able to be safely posed we are happy to do so.  We also offer digital backdrop poses, where baby is shot on a neutral background and then the image is composited into a floral nest or basket.  These specialty images require more time in photographing baby as well as in the editing room.  Because of this they are available for $50 per composite.  We will be uploading a list of our available composites soon.   If you have a special pose that you want please let us know before baby's session.

What will the birth announcement look like?
We have a Certified Graphic Designer on staff who will work with you to design a beautiful one of a kind birth announcement using one to three images of your choice.  You are allowed one free edit or revision to the design.  Additional edits to the announcements are charged at $50 per edit.  (unless we make a type error )

Is there an additional fee for multiple births?
We LOVE our multiple sessions, although they do require more session and editing time as well as the need for an extra assistant  we do not charge any extra for multiples.   


Ive paid my deposit/session fee.  When is the balance due?

The session fee is paid to reserve your session as well as the post production work associated with editing, storing, and managing the files.  When your images are in your online gallery you will have 14 days to select a package.  At this time one half the package total is due.  The remaining balance is then due when your product is delivered.  We are happy to offer affordable payment plans if needed.  No product, print or digital files will be released until the balance is paid in full.  Please contact me if you need assistance.


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