You are expecting- or recently welcomed- a baby to your family, and you’re looking for a photographer. With so many choices available, how do you know you’re making the right decision? For those wanting a unique, custom portrait experience with a high level of customer service and satisfaction, you’ll discover why Simply Baby Photography is the right choice for your family.
Custom portraiture means you commission Simply Baby to create the portraits you want. You can choose to view props and accessories in studio, schedule a phone consult, or even communicate via email to discuss ideas and develop a plan for your session. Lisa has recommendations for every stage, and will do her best to capture the emotions, relationships and moments you cherish. Guidelines and suggestions are offered based on our decades long experience, and simple, classic props and backdrops highlight your child and your family.
While there are particularly good ages to photograph babies, you will never be told your baby is too old for portraits. The optimum time for curly, sleepy newborn poses is typically 6-12 days; however, full term babies under one month old can be successfully and beautifully photographed, and preemies up to a month after their original due date. The oldest “newborns” photographed were a beautiful set of micropreemie twins at 15 weeks old, photographed within days of their due date. Lisa says, “As the mother of a preemie myself, the last thing I want you to worry about is not getting the newborn portraits you dreamed of having.”
Frequently parents request portraits of babies 6-12 weeks old. While babies of this age are no longer technically newborns, their personalities are emerging, they’re usually delightfully chubby, and they will often give great eye contact, especially around 10-12 weeks of age. In a 45 minute session, it can be possible to get awake and sleeping images as well. One favorite pose at this age is parent and baby together, interacting.
Other favorite milestones are tummy time (around 4 months), sitting unsupported (7 months), and 1st birthday (11 months for baby luau displays, etc.). Lisa is glad to speak with you about the portraits you wish to receive from your session, and to help you plan the best time to schedule.
You can be assured your baby is in safe, capable hands. Lisa has photographed hundreds of babies over the years: from tiny preemies and newborns tipping the scales at over ten pounds to active one year olds, and every age in between. Photographing infants requires technical skills in lighting and posing, and the ability to keep a baby feeling content and secure.
Specializing in baby and children’s portraiture since 2005, Lisa’s background includes over 12 years of professional portrait and commercial commissions, and she has received awards and recognition for her portrait art. Her portfolio includes work for some of Hawaii’s largest corporations and nonprofits as well as small businesses in Hawaii and on the mainland. Associate photographers are trained by Lisa and have the skills to safely care for your baby and create beautiful portrait art.
Lisa has the expertise to create and design unique products for you and your family, including birth announcements and albums. You won’t find these designs in use anyplace else. Lisa understands the printing process and with a critical eye, she will ensure your portraits and products will be of the highest professional quality.
Lisa operates a full time business, and book a limited number of sessions to assure each client will receive exemplary service and attention.
Unique props and style
The focus of your portraits is your child and the bond you share, and studio props are carefully selected for their simplicity, uniqueness, and how they complement your portraits. Clients are encouraged to bring and use sentimental items to personalize their photos. Many parents arrive with a special handcrafted blanket, hat, or layette set that can happily be included in your portraits.
The studio offers a wardrobe for client use, with outfits for baby and mom and a small selection for siblings. Textiles including rugs, knits, and wovens of multiples colors and textures are often used, and they are cycled so your portraits won’t look identical anyone else’s. You can be assured your session will be unique, so when you send out birth announcements or cards everyone is sure to ooh and ahh.
Our style is modern classic with a vintage flair, and your portraits will be of the highest technical standards: properly composed, lit and exposed, and lightly processed to remain true to life. Your images are available both in color and black and white (some images may be shown either only in color or only b&w). Minor blemish removal is included at no extra charge, but additional work requested may incur a small retouching fee. Your baby’s skin will not be over-processed; even baby acne can be carefully removed to retain the soft texture of newborn skin. Newborns are photographed in a soft, gentle and organic way using textures and a touch of color.
Babies- and their families
Babies are welcomed into families, and the bond of family is one to be celebrated. It’s an honor to be selected as both your baby’s first photographer and as the person you trust to capture your first moments as a new family of three- or four, five, or more! Capturing the joy and wonder- and sometimes even uncertainty- of a new older sibling is a challenge Lisa gladly accepts, and she has experience coaxing even the most reluctant two or three year old to pose for a family portrait with their brand new sibling.
If requested prior to your session, grandparents can be accommodated with immediate family in one multi-generational portrait along with a grandparent and grandchild portrait.
Lisa enjoys photographing multiples, and there are no additional fees for photographing twins, triplets, or quads. Additional time is provided as needed with multiples to capture all the portraits you desire.
Siblings are also welcome to participate in maternity sessions, again at no extra charge.
More than images- keepsakes
Of course you want all the portraits of your baby- who wouldn’t? The Deluxe Digital Collection is a bestseller, with print + digital collections beginning at $995. All single image purchases are ready to hang, and include a matching high resolution digital image.
Your portraits are meant to be displayed and enjoyed, and for many people that means sharing prints of your baby’s portraits with grandparents, friends, and coworkers to display in frames, on refrigerators, and in offices. But what about your walls? Why invest in high quality portraits only to let them sit on a USB, wallpaper your smartphone, or run as your screensaver? Simply Baby fine art portraits are meant to be displayed large in your home- over the couch, in the front entry, above the crib in the nursery and in your bedroom. Every time you walk by, the memories and love will shine. Email a photo (or several) of your home and a custom wall display can be designed for you, or an in person consult can be scheduled to discuss creating your gallery wall.
All newborn sessions include birth announcements to show off your new addition to family and friends. Announcements are designed just for your child- choose a layout and color scheme, or start from scratch! One-of-a-kind announcements are created just for you to coordinate around nursery themes or motifs, including hand drawing sea creatures or designing a paisley pattern. Holiday cards, 1st birthday invitations, and thank you cards are also available.
Heirloom albums (available in your choice of over 10 silk covers) are popular and make great grandparent gifts (additional copies or a set of 2 smaller size album are available at a discount). They can be designed around a single newborn or baby session, for maternity+newborn sessions or first year plans.
It takes time and effort to design unique products, and the end result is a breathtaking keepsake for and your family to enjoy now and always.
Lisa loves babies
This may sound silly and obvious, but it’s true- Lisa loves babies. Cuddling them, watching their eyelids flutter as they dream, soothing them when they fuss, delighting in their tiny fingers and toes are all on the job perks. Lisa has been peed on, spit up on, and pooped on (on her head, even!) countless times and just laughs it off- it’s part of the job. Working with babies is the best, and it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet your little one and share in the joy and wonder of a new life.
Lisa is passionate not only about photographing babies but being involved in the community. This includes giving back through organizations such as Make a Wish, La Leche League, Hawaii Mother’s Milk and local babywearing groups, helping new parents care for their babies in positive, gentle ways and serving families facing unthinkable obstacles. Lisa believes in creating safe and peaceful birthing environments for families regardless of how they welcome their babies into the world.
Lisa has also participated in various community events and organizations throughout the years, including serving as a volunteer judge for the Healthy Baby Contest and organizing the Hawaii Breastfeeding Challenge and donating services to the residents of Weinberg Village.