Dream Portraits

by olaya

Newborn client guide

studio session tips, outfit and planning guidance, recommendations & more!



Hello and Welcome

I'm so excited and honored that you are considering us for your photography needs and can’t wait to get to know you better! I honestly believe that photography is one of the most rewarding investments you'll make over the course of your life because it allows us to relive those precious moments over and over again. Regardless if you are planning a session, or a package that will encompass the growth of your family, there are a lot of things to consider and prepare for.

Having photographed a substantial number of families over the past years, I tend to get asked the same things frequently. So, I thought it would be beneficial if I put together a guide that could walk you through everything from preparing for your maternity, newborn session to milestone, family sessions and all of the things you need to know along the way.

- Olaya

Thank you again for choosing to work with me and please don't hesitate to let me know if I can offer any additional guidance throughout the session planning process!

As your newborn photographer, I can tell you that your newborn session will be the first milestone in your newborn baby’s extraordinary life! We want to help tell the story of your family and capture the new-found love you have for your little one. Portraits last forever and are a priceless investment, which will capture their unique moments that will never be repeated again.
Your baby is only little once and the newborn stage passes in the blink of an eye. This is why I typically plan with each family to capture newborn portraits in the first 14 days after birth. Newborn sessions are one to four hours long, to allow us plenty of time to patiently and artistically pose your little one, while providing for all of his or her needs. Our goal is to keep your little one sleepy and settled for this time, but I have plenty of experience posing newborns as well. Each baby is going to bring their own character to the show.
Each newborn session includes bean bag poses, props set ups, and family poses. We will meet before your little on arrives to plan a color scheme and vision for your newborn portraits. I will prepare and provide all of the props, textures, outfits, and accessories that your little one needs for the session.
Turn around time: Images will be rendered within 14 business days from your selection date. This will exclude weekends, all state and federal holidays. 

Is there a "good" time to take photos? 

Planning for your Newborn session

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The last thing you want to think about after having a baby is taking pictures. Life is unpredictable, but there a wonderful beauty in this. When planning a studio newborn session - timing is everything!

The best time for the happy sleepy baby images you have seen all over Pinterest, is within the first 14 days.  The sessions as best then because baby is still mostly sleeping and nursing all day. I've found that there isn’t a “good” or “bad” time to take your photos, so if you can't get in during that time frame - we can work with older more alter babies too. As far as a what goes on during the session goes, I normally plan sessions based on a particular “look” the parents has in mind - I have a huge collection of outfits, wraps, backdrops and props to accommodate all you baby requests. We can sit down together and chat about your 'vision' for the images and poses before baby is born and your time is taken up with the hustle and bustle of caring for that precious little one. Additionally, if you wish to do a family inclusive session, I have can give advice about clothing that will work with the newborn theme without matching too much as well as the option to pamper the new momma with hair and make-up.

Sessions typically are shot during the week in the morning hours, when baby has their first big feeding for the day and will sleep for a long amount of time. Times can vary depending on the session you select and how willing baby is for posing and outfit changes. I have been doing this for years and can always work around your little one's schedule. 

Is there a "good" time to take photos? 

Planning for your newborn session

maternity session

milestone session

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Family portraits should capture the beauty and essence of your family at whatever phase you’re in. Whether you’re raising toddlers or teenagers, a parent’s love is like no other. Family Sessions helps to give you peace of mind, ensuring that you are able to document & capture their most precious moments.

When I set out for a family portrait session, I hope to capture connections and authentic expressions. I will still provide posing guidance, wardrobe planning, and either a pretty location or classic studio environment, but your family is the focus and you bring your true selves to each session.

The backdrop is your choice. We can head out into Tampa Bay Area outdoors to find you a scenic backdrop. Sunshine beaches, forest, field or urban , this state has so much beauty to add to family portrait sessions. Some families prefer the consistency and timeless look of studio portrait lighting and backdrops. I am pleased to be able to offer you a professional studio portrait experience as well. Whichever environment you choose for your family portrait, you and your loved ones will be the focus.

I schedule sessions during what we believe will be the best light of the day - which means that it’s super important to be on time. If you’re late to an evening session, I could run out of light before I’ve finished shooting and if your session takes place in the morning, the sun gets more harsh as it rises. 

Is there a "good" time to take photos? 

Planning for your milestone session

newborn session

maternity session

on to the next

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10 Digital Images
2 Hours
Baby Only
1 Blanket & 1 Creative Set
* Add a Sibling for $50

20 Digital Images
3 Hours
Baby & Family 
1 Blanket & 2 to 3 Creative Sets

30 Digital Images 
3 to 4  Hours
Baby & Family
24x30 Mounted Print
1 Blanket & 4 Creative Sets




* Newborn Sessions are Only done Monday thru Friday
*Sessions are up to 5 family members any additional have an additional fee of $25 each.
*A non-refundable retainer fee of $200 is due at time of booking to secure your session date and is applied towards your session balance. Remaining balance due the day of your session.
Additional images are $40 each 

*Prices subject to change without notice. Pricing will be honored at time of booking.
**A 7.5 % FL sales tax will be added to all packages

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We can't wait to start planning with you and getting to know you! If you haven't scheduled your studio session yet, let's get that in the books. Feel free to email me any time at dreamportraits@hotmail.com.

If you have any questions or would just like to chat, I'm here for you. I hope this guide helps make the process of planning your photography session details much easier and less stressful. I can't wait to see you soon! Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my guide!