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In August, I had the honor of photographing another repeat newborn client! I can’t tell you how satisfying that is for a Mount Washington KY Newborn Photographer, because nothing is a higher compliment than having past customers to choose you for a second time to photograph their newborn. You can see their newborn session from 2 years ago when they brought in Cora for the first session that I shot after attending my first in person newborn workshop. And boy was I excited about that! I still remember that session like it was yesterday. Fast forward to the present and I was going to be photographing Cora’s new little brother, Coleman!

He was a feisty little one and wasn’t as great of a sleeper as his big sister was, but in the end he was still as sweet of a baby and gave us such gorgeous images! In every newborn session that includes a sibling, I shoot the sibling poses straight away when the baby has been fed and is ready for me to start working my magic. After sibling poses, then we get the family shots in while big sister or big brother is still fresh full of happy faces! Since newborn sessions usually last a few hours, I encourage parents to have a friend or family member on standby to take the older sibling(s) home with them after their part is over. This helps alleviate their boredom and creates a stress-free environment for the baby (not to mention the mum and dad!).

I can’t stress enough how important it is for all of my clients to follow the Newborn Prep Guide that I send out prior to every newborn session. Whether you’re a first time parent or if this is your fourth time around, the same rules still apply. The prep guide ensures a sleepy baby, a productive session, and ultimately, a gallery full of gorgeous images like this one!

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Thank you again to the Hale family for entrusting your babies to me. I cannot thank you enough for your business! If you’re looking for a Mount Washington KY Newborn Photographer, then please click on the contact form above and get in touch with me today.

More about Mount Washington KY Newborn Photographer, Jennifer Rittenberry Photography
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Jennifer Rittenberry Photography has been photographing clients throughout the greater Louisville area since 2010. In 2013, she focused her client base to Newborn and Maternity as she created a niche for herself after mentoring with three of the nation’s leading photographers in these industries. She has spent countless hours on continuing her education and sharpening her skills each year with the sole purpose of creating beautiful artwork for her clients to share with their families and preserve as precious heirlooms for generations to come. Located in Central Kentucky, her residential studio is in the heart of Mount Washington; only minutes outside of Louisville. On location maternity sessions have limited availability during peak seasons. Jennifer Rittenberry Photography session fees can be found on the website but detailed pricing and availability may be requested by email using the contact form.

You are welcome to connect with Jennifer Rittenberry Photography by following my work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. An email newsletter is also available so you can be the first to know about any upcoming portrait specials, mini session events, and other news!

Nothing is more rewarding that being a newborn photographer. I get to be one of the first people new parents trust their child with for a few hours while watching me pose their precious little baby become a piece of artwork. This little guy was the next chapter in his parent’s adventure book, like from the movie UP. I loved hearing of all of their adventures while taking an extending honeymoon overseas traveling and documenting their excursion in their “Adventure Book.” Tripp is in for an adventure of a lifetime with this beautiful couple. Not only were they awesome to work with, but they were also a referral from another photographer friend that lives several states away, so that makes it even more special for me to have the honor of working with them.

This little clip is a slideshow of my top picks from their session. It was hard to select only a handful since they had 108 images to choose from in their gallery.

More about Mount Washington Newborn photographer, Jennifer Rittenberry Photography

Jennifer Rittenberry Photography has been photographing newborns and maternity sessions throughout the greater Louisville area since 2010. Located in Central Kentucky, near Mount Washington and Louisville, I offer photography sessions at my residential studio in Mount Washington. Jennifer Rittenberry Photography session fees can be found on the website but detailed pricing and availability may be requested by email using the contact form.

You are welcome to connect with Jennifer Rittenberry Photography by following my work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. An email newsletter is also available so you can be the first to know about any upcoming portrait specials, mini session events, and other news!

I had a newborn photography experience “first” a few weeks ago with a micropreemie. Miss Scarlett was on my baby schedule for March 2016 and she decided she was ready to take on the world on December 11, 2015. I watched her fight her way through every medical milestone, day in and day out, with determination through all of her parents’ social media posts. Scarlett was in the hospital for a few months, but with each photo her mommy was posting, my heart would leap for joy because I could see how far she was progressing. It was a momentous day when Scarlett finally got her feeding tube out and was released to go home a couple of days later.

We did Scarlett’s “newborn” session at 10 weeks old, which is really “old” considering most newborn sessions are photographed within the first two weeks of life. Technically speaking, she was still ‘like a newborn’ due to the adjusted timetable according to her original due date. She ended up being one of the easiest and best babies I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She slept like a dream and let me put her in every single setup that I had laid out for the session. Most times I will throw together more setups than possible to get through in a typical session just in case I have a really good sleeper. That adds several extra images to a parent’s gallery as a bonus for bringing me such a sleepy baby!

Here are my Top 20 favorites from Scarlett’s session:

If you are expecting and would like more info on booking your newborn session, you can do so here or email me at Hello@JLRitt.com.

Jennifer Rittenberry Photography specializes in newborn & maternity photography in Louisville, Kentucky and surrounding areas including but not limited to Mount Washington.

These are the Top 10 Tips For Choosing Your Newborn Photographer and I hope they will make your life easier in narrowing down your search. I know it always sounds like a good idea to go for the cheapest option, but here’s why you shouldn’t entrust this important task to a budget photographer (or even a professional that doesn’t specialize in this niche).

I’d like to start by saying that even though I’d love to be the photographer for all of the newborn babies that I get inquiries for from Mount Washington KY to Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana, I also know that’s humanly impossible. Lol. It breaks my heart when mommies-to-be have to be turned away when I’m booked because I hear some of the same repetitive frustrations that they encounter with their continued search for a newborn photographer. How are they supposed to choose? What should they look for? How do they know they are picking someone that is a professional? It can be an overwhelming task if you don’t know what to look for and I thought I’d compose a list of the top 10 tips to help navigate this choice. There’s a newborn photographer out there for everyone and I personally know of several very talented ladies in my own backyard that I often refer clients to when I’m booked! Since newborn photography is a specialized field that is semi-new to the photography industry, let’s get back to the point of this post. Here are some great tips to follow when choosing your newborn photographer (in order of importance according to most)!

1. Skill Level
How long has the photographer been working with newborns? Have they been properly trained on posing safety so they are safely handling your baby? A photographer could be very proficient in general, but what is their skill level and frequency of actually posing newborns? Just because a photographer has a wonderful track record and a beautiful portfolio, it does not make them a newborn photographer. Look at their track record specifically with newborns and not their collective works outside of newborns. There are alot of elements involved in a successful newborn session, so there’s more to it than just throwing a baby in a bucket or laying them on a pretty blanket. I have had several years of training with 2 of the top mentors in the newborn industry and specialize in newborn photography. That is the only thing you will see on my website outside of maternity and baby’s first year images. I chose to specialize in this field because it is important to me to offer a service that I am passionate and highly proficient in. I challenge myself to be continually learning new and different ways of perfecting my skills so my work doesn’t become stagnant.

2. Styling
This is a big one! Go through their newborn portfolio and see if you like how they style their sessions. Every photographer has their own tastes and styles so choose the one that fits your style. This is how they will be styling your session, so expect results of what you are seeing from their portfolio. You can see mine here. I personally describe my styling as “Luxe with a vintage nod and romantic undertones.” I have stocked my studio with a prop collections from the best of the boutique vendors in the newborn industry and each piece specifically purchased to fit my brand. Chances are if you’re looking for anything crocheted or crocheted animal garb, then I’m not the photographer for you. I know what photographs the best and is sized specifically for newborn bodies, so my clients trust my styling and don’t bother with trying to bring in over-sized crocheted outfits that will swallow their baby and ultimately won’t photograph well. The point is, there’s a photographer out there for everyone’s tastes so find the right one that fits yours.

3. Consistency
This goes hand in hand with #2. When navigating through a photographer’s portfolio, there should be consistency in their images in regards to styling, lighting, shots in focus and perfect posing. Their portfolio shouldn’t be all over the place and there shouldn’t be only one great image in a sea of mediocre images (unless you are ok with this type of gallery for yourself). What you see is what you should expect from them when delivering your images to you. Hiring a photographer with a specific set of abilities and expecting different results will only leave you unsatisfied with the session results.

4. Products
What type of products will you get from your photographer to showcase all of the beautiful images they just created for you? Does the photographer offer a design service to help you select the best products to display your new wall art? Or are they just a shoot and burn photographer that just hands you a disc that ends up in a drawer somewhere to be forgotten? What good are all of those new products if you don’t know how to display them in your home? I offer a full design service to help you with selecting and designing all of your wall collections. I am a print and product based photographer and have a boutique collection of products that I offer to beautifully memorialize all of your images in from albums, photo prints on wood, canvases and prints. I have searched the industry over and have found the highest of quality products to offer to my clients to go along with their luxe styled newborn and maternity images. You can see some of these items in this blog post.

5. Price Service
The old adage “You get what you pay for” rings true with newborn photography. Your baby is only a “newborn” once and leaving the task of documenting all of their tiny features should be left up to a professional. With that comes a cost. Professionals aren’t born overnight! They have invested the time to learn and hone their skills through expensive workshops, shoot their sessions with professional-grade camera and lighting equipment, spent ginormous amounts of money on their props (well, at least I have HA!) edit their sessions with professional programs, carry business insurance and have endless marketing expenses just to get their names out there. And if they have assistants or employees, you can add extra costs for that, too, into the expenses we carry. The point is, alot of behind the scenes things that a professional has to have and do in order to produce the gorgeous images they show on their websites come at a price. Expect a professional to charge a session fee that covers their time and talent to shoot the session, use of their exclusive prop collection to style your session and finally the additional time it takes to edit afterwards. Prints, products and digital files will all come at an extra cost. You can see my session fees here. Some professional photographers don’t even sell their digitals, but the ones that do may come at a hefty price. The goal of your photo session should be to put art on your walls. What is the point of getting a disk of images that will live in a drawer never to be seen again, that could be outdated technology in a few years (who remembers beta and VHS tapes?), or possibly even get lost/ broken. Life has a way of getting the best of new parents and more often than not, that is what happens and their beautiful images never see the light of day.

6. Studio
There are 2 types of studios; in-home and a free-standing studio like in a strip mall or some other building outside of the home. What type of studio does your photographer have and does it really matter to you? I personally have an in-home studio and believe it affords the opportunity to offer an extra sense of coziness and able to form a quick rapport with my clients. My sessions always feel like I’m just having friends over for a few hours of some baby fun! They’ll enjoy a wide array of drinks and snacks to satisfy any cravings during the session as well. Since I also have a full-time day job, the overhead on a studio outside of the home just isn’t sensible for me, which is what you will find quite common across your search. It is accepted among the newborn industry to operate out of your home. For those clients out there that prefer the opposite, there are several choices available to you as well. Just be sure to check the type of studio you will be bringing your baby to if this is of any consequence to you.

7. Overall Experience
What does your photographer offer as part of their overall experience that sets them apart from other photographers. What makes them so special? I’d like to think that my service, skill set and persona in general is unique and sets me apart from my competition. I’m a full service studio that offers a free no-obligation consultation to explain the newborn process and what to expect from the moment a client books until the day I deliver their products. I find that my clients end up becoming friends because we’re always in constant contact that it’s hard not to form rapports that don’t just end after the session. I fall in love with each of their stories and truly enjoy watching their babies grow; my clients are more to me than just a photo shoot or a profit! This is my passion and it shines through in everything that I do from styling a session, shooting, editing or designing their products!

8. Sanitary
When I say sanitary, I’m talking about what are they actually cleaning with? I should hope that all newborn photographer’s studios are clean and germ free, but how are they getting to that result? Not only do I take your baby’s safety very seriously while posing, I also consider this a great concern with what I choose to clean my studio with. My studio is in my home and only use the safest of Eco-friendly and Non-toxic cleaners and disinfectants while making sure my studio is germ-free. All of the products I use are from an Eco-Based company named Melaleuca and take great pride that I am able to offer a safe session for you and your baby both with my abilities and the baby friendly cleaners that I use to sanitize my home studio. These cleaners are not made with harsh chemicals, so they are not harsh on a delicate baby’s skin, and even if these were directly ingested they are perfectly safe for children and pets.

9. Location
How far will you travel to your newborn photographer? I’ve had people travel over 2 hours to get to me, but on average most people travel 20-40 minutes to get to my studio. I have found with my clients that distance wasn’t a factor since they were in love with the styling and products that I offer. However, it’s something to think about if you aren’t able to travel for whatever reason. Some photographers even offer an in-home service and will travel to you if they don’t have a studio, but it could limit what they’re able to offer to you since you can only fit so much into a vehicle! 🙂

10. Booking & Referral Discounts
A lot of photographers will offer a discount if you book additional sessions with the newborn session. Maternity, Fresh 48 and Baby’s First Year Plans are all bundling opportunities to get discount on session fees so don’t hesitate to ask. Word of mouth is a photographer’s best friend. Ask about their referral bonus opportunities to earn credit toward your print purchases and otherwise.

Just a few final words to recap. I urge you to select a photographer based on what they can offer you and the experience you will receive while visiting their studio. Remember, your memories of your tiny baby are being left up to who you’re choosing to capture these fleeting moments that you can never get back. If you select a photographer that you end up being unhappy with their results, chances are that you may not be able to get into another newborn photographer in time for a reshoot. The “newborn window” is short 2 weeks to still be able to get the super sleepy and curly poses. That is not a solid concrete window for every baby though; if a baby is born premature then an adjusted window comes into play. I’ve photographed a 10 week old micro preemie that was still 2 weeks away from here actual due date, so there are always exceptions to that rule. My best advice is to book your newborn photographer early on in the pregnancy to ensure a slot on their schedule; I usually recommend booking as soon as you get out of the first trimester to make sure there are no complications with the pregnancy.

If you are expecting and would like more info on booking your newborn session, you can do so here or email me at Hello@JLRitt.com.

Fellow Photographers! IF you found this article helping in conveying your natural concerns in this area, then please feel free to share these tips for choosing your newborn photographer as a link to this blog post on your Facebook page!

Jennifer Rittenberry Photography specializes in newborn & maternity photography in Louisville, Kentucky and surrounding areas including but not limited to Mount Washington.

The best part about being a Louisville KY Newborn Photographer is that I’m still close enough for Southern Indiana clients to travel to my studio! And in this particular client’s case, they came to me because of my proficiency level of photographing twins newborn sessions. Twins are certainly double the work, but they are also double the joy for me personally. There is nothing greater than the love between siblings and I get to see the beginnings of a beautiful friendship between these sweet babies from the start. I absolutely LOVE twins and am so happy that I continue to book so many sets; it definitely takes a skilled professional to pull off setups containing two babies. Another bonus of booking a twins session with me is that I charge the same session fee as if it were a single baby. I don’t believe in charging extra for double the baby snuggles!

There were so many favorites that I decided to put them in a short video slideshow for your entertainment. <3

My goal for each session, whether I’ve photographed one set of twins or 100 sets, is to provide a personalized service that is unique to your family. Although I style each session with a similar taste that is true to my brand, I also have creative leeway to tweak the styling to be more rustic / vintage or to be more on the feminine side. The same goes for colors; I style sessions anywhere from soft neutrals to light pastels. The overall product is a gallery full of timeless and classic images that will never go out of style.

If you’d like more information about booking a session, please message me at hello@jlritt.com to set up your free no-obligation consultation at my home studio.

Jennifer Rittenberry Photography specializes in newborn & maternity photography in Louisville, Kentucky and surrounding areas including but not limited to Mount Washington.