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Hey there, momma-to-be!

Welcome!! If life has taught me anything, it’s that it flies by faster than we know. That’s my heart behind photographing the first years of life: your little one will grow so quickly in these first few years, so there is no better time to invest in professional photos that you can cherish always!

If you’re interested in learning more about scheduling a newborn session, or if you want to check my availability for your due date, please contact me below so I can learn a little more about you.  In the meantime, scroll down to get more of an idea of what it's like to be a Sami Renee Family!

I am so excited to have you here. Can you believe the adventure you are about to begin?! Whether you're celebrating your first little one or baby #4 (or more!), I am thrilled for you and would be honored to capture your growing family. 

If life has taught me anything, it’s that it flies by faster than we know. That’s my heart behind photographing the first years of life: your little one will grow so quickly in these first few years, so there is no better time to invest in professional photos that you can cherish always!

If you’re interested in learning more about scheduling a newborn session, or if you want to check my availability for your due date, please contact me below so I can learn a little more about you.  In the meantime, scroll down to get more of an idea of what it's like to be a Sami Renee Family!

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From the first hours...

...to the first days at home...

...and all the days to come.

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Frequently capturing sweet smiles, tiny hands, playful giggles, "swing me one more time, Daddy!", & the pitter-patter of little feet.

 I always thought having a simply beautiful photograph of my life was somehow out of my reach...but the images from Ava's newborn session are so beautiful, and there are SO many! I can't stop looking at them and will never be able to pick a favorite!

THE VICKERS FAMILY

It is amazing to see our love and our daughters happiness captured in a photo. Sami [truly] captured our family and our daughter in genuine moments of love. We cannot wait for our next session!

THE KNOTT FAMILY

Sami is phenomenal! She has great vision and can set up shots that I never would have thought would work with my stubborn little man. I have loved each session she's done for us and can't wait for more in the future!

THE STILABOWER FAMILY

Sami is creative, kind, fun, generous, and professional! She takes beautiful photos and finds the best ways to display them! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer to capture the 'real' moments in your life!

BABY LUCY

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When is the best time to schedule my maternity and/or newborn photos?







I recommend scheduling maternity sessions anywhere from 32 to 36 weeks. That way, you're far enough along to show off that gorgeous bump, but not too far along that you're uncomfortable -- especially in the summer heat! I love to schedule outdoor maternity sessions during golden hour (near sunrise or sunset) for a romantic glow. Newborn photos take place 1-2 weeks after delivery, and I will reach out to you after your little one arrives to pick an exact time!







 Where will our maternity and/or newborn session take place?






Maternity sessions can take place at any location meaningful to you. In the past, I've done maternity sessions at parks, downtown, on lakes, and more! I am also all for cozy maternity sessions in your home! Neutral colors, cuddling in bed, gorgeous lighting -- I can picture it now! Newborn sessions always take place at your home, most often in your little's nursery or mom & dad's room.






What about props?






That's completely up to you! I've had couples bring along baby shoes or blocks spelling out their little one's name to maternity sessions in the past. I love photographing natural moments and focusing on your interactions and relationship with your little one during newborn sessions, but we can definitely include specific swaddling blankets, stuffed animals, or other meaningful items if you'd like. 






Will our package include the digital files for printing and downloading?






YES! You will receive all of the edited, high-resolution photos within three to four weeks from your session date via a stunning online gallery. From there, you will be able to download, share, and print whichever images you choose! I love to share a sneak peek or two along the way, too. :) 






What is a Fresh 48 Session?






Fresh 48 sessions are a lot like the name implies: they take place within the first 48 hours of your little one's life at the hospital or, if you are planning a home birth, within the comforts of your home. Fresh 48 sessions are a perfect alternative to birth photography, as they still capture all of the emotion and love a new baby brings, while still providing the privacy and personal moments you may wish. 






What kind of photos could I expect from a Fresh 48 session?






For me, it's all about the little moments. I rarely pose shots for Fresh 48 sessions, preferring to capture images of the hospital & your room as well as images of you and your new family as they occur naturally! You and baby, baby and dad, all three of you nuzzled on the bed, baby and siblings or grandparents, plus all the tiny details too: little hands & feet, hospital hats & swaddles, and more. I tend to lean more towards the B&W side with Fresh 48 sessions as it carries the most emotion.






 Is a Fresh 48 session the same as a Newborn Session?






Not at all! Fresh 48 sessions take place at the hospital and are almost entirely shot in B&W with the goal of capturing authentic moments and emotions. Newborn Sessions are longer and take place at your home, where I love capturing all of the beautiful nursery details you've worked so hard on, too!






My children are older...do you offer family sessions for them, too?






Yes! While my focus is on weddings and newborns, I love offering a select number of family sessions for all ages throughout the year. 






What kind of photos could I expect from a Family Session?






I use a lifestyle approach to all my portrait sessions, as I prefer to document interactions and relationships over formally posed portraits. I highly recommend checking out past family sessions to see if my style is up your alley! :) My favorites are always images of family members laughing or looking at each other; however, I do always try to capture at least a few portraits with everyone looking at the camera!






Do you offer lifestyle sessions for families?






YES!! I would LOVE to photograph your family in your element: whether that's baking cookies at home, playing at a park, visiting your favorite farmer's market or christmas tree farm...the opportunities are limitless! Shoot me a message and we'll start talking details!






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1) I love your work and want to book! When should I reach out to you?







MATERNITY & NEWBORN FAQs


Packages with digital images begin at $400

REVIEWS

The sooner the better! You definitely want to inquire with your due date as soon as you find a photographer you love in order to make sure you're on their calendar! Most of my moms book somewhere in the beginning of their second trimester -- especially if we are doing a maternity session, too. 


2) When is the best time to schedule my maternity and/or newborn photos?







I recommend scheduling maternity sessions anywhere from 32 to 36 weeks. That way, you're far enough along to show off that gorgeous bump, but not too far along that you're uncomfortable -- especially in the summer heat! I love to schedule outdoor maternity sessions during golden hour (near sunrise or sunset) for a romantic glow. Newborn photos take place 1-2 weeks after delivery, and  I will reach out to you after your little one arrives to pick an exact time!


3) What about my husband and/or kids? Can they come, too?







Of course!! The more the merrier! I love to capture the whole family and will take a variety of images during both your maternity session and newborn session! Think you and baby, Dad and baby, all three of you snuggled together, baby alone, etc. Newborn sessions always take place in the coziness of your home, and siblings are more than welcome. However, it is sometimes helpful to have a grandparent there to entertain them after their photo time is up! :)


4) Where will out session take place?







Maternity sessions can take place at any location meaningful to you. In the past, I've done maternity sessions at parks, downtown, on lakes, and more! I am also all for cozy maternity sessions in your home! Neutral colors, cuddling in bed, gorgeous lighting -- I can picture it now! Newborn sessions always take place at your home, most often in your little's nursery or mom & dad's room.

5) How long will our session last?







Maternity sessions are around one hour, and newborn sessions are 1-2 hours (depending on if your little guy or gal needs a break to eat!). 

6) What about props?







That's completely up to you! I've had couples bring along baby shoes or blocks spelling out their little one's name to maternity sessions in the past. I love photographing natural moments and focusing on your interactions and relationship with your little one during newborn sessions, but we can definitely include specific swaddling blankets, stuffed animals, or other meaningful items if you'd like. 

7) Will our package include the digital files for printing and downloading?







YES! You will receive all of the edited, high-resolution photos within three to four weeks from your session date via a stunning online gallery. From there, you will be able to download, share, and print whichever images you choose! I love to share a sneak peek or two along the way, too. :) 

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1) What is a Fresh 48 Session?







FRESH 48 FAQs


Packages with digital images begin at $500

REVIEWS

Fresh 48 sessions are a lot like the name implies: they take place within the first 48 hours of your little one's life at the hospital or, if you are planning a home birth, within the comforts of your home. Fresh 48 sessions are a perfect alternative to birth photography, as they still capture all of the emotion and love a new baby brings, while still providing the privacy and personal moments you may wish. 


2) What kind of photos could I expect from a Fresh 48 session?







For me, it's all about the details and little moments. I rarely pose shots for Fresh 48 sessions, preferring to instead capture images of the hospital, your room, and the details as well as images of you and your new family as they occur naturally! You and baby, baby and dad, all three of you nuzzled on the bed, baby and siblings or grandparents, plus all the tiny details too: little hands & feet, hospital hats & swaddles, and more. I will use a combination of color and B&W photography, although I tend to lean more towards the B&W side with Fresh 48 sessions as it carries the most emotion.


3) What about my husband and/or kids? Will you photograph them, too?







Of course!! However, I would recommend limiting the number of guests in the room during my time, as it can become overwhelming. The more calming the atmosphere, the better! 


4) How long will the session last?







Fresh 48 sessions typically last around an hour, which allows me to capture a variety of natural and prompted moments without taking up too much of your time!

5) What about props?







I truly prefer Fresh 48 sessions to be as natural as possible. My goal is to tell the story of your baby's birth in its most authentic form, so that when you look back on the images you can remember all of the little moments that pass by so quickly! Because of this, I do not provide any props, and outside of a special swaddle or memento, I'd recommend you save them for the newborn session, too.

6) Is a Fresh 48 session the same as a Newborn Session?







Not at all! Fresh 48 sessions take place at the hospital and are almost entirely shot in B&W with the goal of capturing authentic moments and emotions. Newborn Sessions are longer and take place at your home, where I love capturing all of the beautiful nursery details you've worked so hard on, too!

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1) My children are older...do you offer family sessions for them, too?







OTHER FAMILY SESSION FAQs


Packages with digital images begin at $350

REVIEWS

Yes! While I mainly shoot weddings and newborns, I love offering a select number of family sessions for all ages throughout the year. 


2) What kind of photos could I expect from a Family Session?







I use a lifestyle approach to all my portrait sessions, as I prefer to document interactions and relationships over formally posed portraits. I highly recommend checking out past family sessions to see if my style is up your alley! :) My favorites are always images of family members laughing or looking at each other; however, I do always try to capture at least a few portraits with everyone looking at the camera!


3) How long will the session last?







Family Sessions typically last around 45 minutes, but depending on the age of your children, we can work as quickly or slowly as you'd like! Some kids take longer to warm up to the camera, and others are ready to go right away. 


4) Do you offer lifestyle sessions for families?







YES!! I would LOVE to photograph your family in your element: whether that's baking cookies at home, playing at a park, visiting your favorite farmer's market or christmas tree farm...the opportunities are limitless! Shoot me a message and we'll start talking details!

5) Will our package include the digital files for printing or downloading?







Yes! You will receive all of the edited, high-resolution photos within three to four weeks from your session date via a stunning online gallery. From there, you will be able to download, share, and print whichever images you choose! I love to share a sneak peek or two along the way, too. :) 

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