How to prepare for your newborn photo session | Richmond Hill, GA

There are so many choices for great newborn photographers in the beautiful Savannah area, and I feel so honored that you have chosen me as your newborn’s photographer. Our small newborn studio is conveniently located in Richmond Hill, GA, with easy access to I95 and HWY 17. I provide you with luxe maternity gowns for you to use during our maternity photography session and soft wraps and fibers to use during our newborn session. I also have carefully selected props from all over the world in my studio, but the main focus will always be on you and\ or your baby.

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I love snuggling with newborns! I know how important your little ones first portraits are. Your friends and family members will be adoring them for years to come. My goal is to provide each family with a unique experience, just as your newborn is unique. My newborn sessions take anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on how much your baby wants to eat and snuggle. I work on your baby's schedule; it’s all about patience! My experience has offered an extreme comfort level with my clients, and I am quite diverse in my posing and comforting skills.

Here are the things that I KNOW will happen during your time in the studio and I want you to be prepared for this:

a. Your newborn baby will cry, and that's ok! I think it’s super sweet and I have a load of experience with calming babies. I have two of my own. It is important that you stay calm and relaxed as much as possible. If you are nervous, your baby is nervous.

b. Your baby will potty during the session, and it may be on anything and\ or anyone. And that's ok! I am used to clean the messes, and you should bring with an extra outfit, too.

c. Your newborn will eat, a lot. And that's ok! I work on the baby's schedule, and if we have to take a break, we will do so. At this stage, your newborn is most likely not on a “schedule” just yet. I want to make this experience beautiful and memorable for you and who doesn't love to remember the snuggles with a newborn baby. I am a 100% on board with both breast and bottle feeding and aim to offer a comfortable experience for your baby to eat in a relaxing atmosphere. I work with a few doulas that offer lactation counseling services and if their time allows we can easily make arrangements to visit during your baby's session and give you a little advice and encouragement. Please visit Latch onto Health.

d. Your newborn will sleep, sometimes a lot. And that's ok! Sleeping babies are super cute. My studio is warm during our newborn sessions, and your baby is comfortably wrapped during the first part of our session. If your baby is freshly fed and wrapped up warm, they will naturally just fall asleep.

I prepare for each session. We go over outfit choices and choose props for your newborn session during our pre-session or through an questionnaire. I want you to feel comfortable during your session, and I work hard to keep both of you parents comfortable and baby as well.

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You might be wondering how to best prepare for your newborn’s first portrait session.

Here are tips for getting the most out of your newborn session:

1. My customers book their session during their second trimester. I take on just a few newborn sessions per month and to make sure to reserve your spot you might want to book your session early. Once the session is booked I will put your due date on my calendar. Now we just lean back and wait for baby to arrive. Most customers send me a quick text message to let me know that they're on their way to the hospital. That's how excited they are :). Your newborn will be displaying the most womb-like behaviors during the first 14 days of life. And as soon as you contact me that baby arrives\d (the sooner, the better!) I will move your due date to your actual appointment. 

2. Dress comfortably, especially if you don't want to be in the session. I highly encourage you to take a picture with your baby though  You can wear one of my studio dresses during this part. I promise I keep the shots chest up if you feel more comfortable that way.  I know you just delivered a baby and probably don't feel the best. You will not regret these touching images of the love that you already feel for your new bundle of joy. Your child, once grown up, will cherish this picture forever, I promise! Please bring a cream\ white tank top (Mom) and a plain cream\ grey t-shirt, v-neck or dress shirt (Dad). We have so many stretchy maternity gowns as well that look gorgeous from chest up!.

3. Right before you leave your house to come to your session, please loosen baby’s diaper (this helps eliminate diaper marks) and top him/her off with a MINI feeding, if neccessary. Once you're here you will feed your baby so it is nice and full. Some parents manage to keep their baby awake before the session which always guarantees for a sleepy baby. Giving them a bath before the session always helps, too. If a bath is no option, please make sure your baby is feshly washed, especially the hair (with a cloth), so we have fresh hair for the images. Remember: A full (and warm) baby is a happy and sleepy baby! And, burp away! Gassy babies have a harder time resting.

4. If the baby is not asleep when you get here, don't worry. I love awake shots, especially during the family part and prop section of your session. I love how you can connect with your baby it makes for the best images.

5. Do you have a meaningful prop? (a blanket your grandmother made, for example, bring it along and I try to include it in your session.

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If you consider a Fresh48 hospital session, please ask me about my add-on option!

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I hope these tips are useful to prepare for the best newborn photography session possible and again, I am so thankful you consider me as your Savannah photographer.

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Baby Plan First Year Photography | Richmond Hill, GA

Hooray! Alex turned one!

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Alex is my first Baby Plan client, which means that I got to photograph him several times throughout his precious first year of life. I got to see all kinds of milestones during this time. I am so thankful for his parents to choose me to photograph these fleeting moments for them. I am happy that they have the opportunity to display his first year of life now.

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As always I give my customers the opportunity to tell about themselves and provide tips for other new parents to plan their sessions or tips on how to survive the crazy first year.

How did you hear about Andrea Krey Photography?
A local photographer I know.


Why would you recommend Andrea Krey Photography to your friends?
I think your work is amazing and you are great with the babies.


How old was your baby when they had their photoshoot?
We did a milestone session for one month, four months, eight months, and 12 months.
What is your baby's recent milestone? (sitting/crawling/new word etc.)
Speaking new words. His vocabulary is exploding! He likes to say "hooray!"

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What has your favorite milestone been to treasure as a parent?
When he began sitting. The world was so new and exciting to him- and less dangerous than crawling and walking.


Does your baby have a favorite toy or storybook - if so what is it and who gave it to them?
His favorite book is Dada by Jimmy Fallon. We bought it randomly online. He knows it by name and "reads" along out loud.

How old was your baby when the first tooth arrived? Was teething hard or a breeze?  Any tips for parents that have a hard time when it comes to a teething baby that isn't coping?
Seven months. It wasn't too bad. Lots of drooling, some diaper rash. The best things were wet washcloths and mesh feeders with frozen fruit. The teething toys were a waste of money. Tylenol for fevers and pain for three days right before they come out, too.
What has your favorite moment been so far as a parent? 
I don't know. I love watching him waddle around Forsyth Park, laughing and squealing. It makes me happy.

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What age do you adore and why? 
I like this one, 14-16 months when he is a better walker and can do lots of things and also interact and play all at the same time. I did not like 12-14 months when he was learning to walk, or crawling. It was like mom and dad were pieces of furniture and only there to save him from danger!


Tell me your favorite stores you are obsessed with shopping at (cute clothes/fave cafe to hang out with a baby and friends etc.). 
We are a boring Amazon family. We work too much and don't love shopping. For his clothes, I am obsessed with Primary.com. He has cardigans, leggings, PJs, and hoodies in all different colors. We also like to buy him nerdy t-shirts on RedBubble. 

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Andrea Krey is a photographer in the Savannah, GA area and specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography and motherhood photography. Newborn Photography is done in her private newborn studio in Richmond Hill, GA and all other sessions can be taken in surrounding areas. Andrea Krey serves Richmond Hill, Savannah and Tybee, just to mention a few areas.  Andrea is known for her natural and organic newborn, baby, maternity and motherhood photography. She has a very natural style that fits today’s modern family. Her sessions concentrate on natural interactions and love.

Cake Smash & Bubble Splash Session | Savannah, Georgia

Oh the fun we had during this session. Little Owen is so much joy, full of laughter and fun. it was our second session together and read yourself what his sweet mom thinks:

 

How did you hear about Andrea Krey Photography?

My friend had gotten her newborn session for her son with Andrea & the pictures were so adorable! She used a natural, clean look that I just LOVE! It leaves such focus on the baby that I knew immediately I wanted to have some pictures of our son taken.

Why would you recommend Andrea Krey Photography to your friends?

Andrea is an amazing photographer of course but above that she is also very personable & kept such a relaxed studio that my husband & I were very confident that our son would respond to that feel/energy...which he did & his pictures came out so precious.

What beautiful products did you order from Andrea Krey Photography for your images and why?

Honestly I had to control myself with our son's 1yr old cake smash session. I bought a package to get a complete set of 4x6's so that I could create an album for our memories. That also came with a great combo of 2 8x10 and 4 5x7. This worked out great for the collage I created in our home. The print quality was outstanding to say the least! And just picking out which pictures to enlarge was a challenge for me since Andrea had so many beautiful shots that really did capture his personality.

What was the reason for this milestone session (being able to sit up, walking or 1st birthday)?

We have done 2 milestone sessions so far. A 6mo session that was just in time for Christmas 2016. And that gave us great options for creating an adorable Christmas card. Then we did a cake smash session for his 1st birthday. We were able to get such precious and fun shots from Andrea's setup. I loved watching him explore the cake but the mini tub session pictures afterwards seriously stole this Momma's heart.

Is there a friendly name that maybe you called him/ her in the womb? Or a sibling has chosen since the baby has been born? i.e.: MonkeyMoo etc.

In the womb, his nickname was Flip.

Is there a story behind this?

Little man was all boy in the womb and was doing some crazy acrobatics at night. I had mentioned this to a couple girlfriends who named him Flip for a combo of that & their nickname for my husband was Flip phone due to his old school phone he still had at the time.

What are your favorite stores you go shopping at? (this will help other new parents to prepare for their new miracle and get ideas). Online stores or local? (please link your favorite stores)

I did mostly online shopping but one product that saved us was his Zippadee-zip! Owen did not like being swaddled & once he was in this it calmed him immediately so he could fall asleep easier.

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Little Owen, it was such a pleasure to capture these special moments for your family and I am hoping to see you in front of my lens again. Stay sweet!

~Andrea

Milestone Baby Sessions | Savannah, Georgia

When to schedule your Milestone Sessions!

The first year of your baby's life is full of constant change, growth and many, many firsts.  We want to make sure all of that is captured for you in the most beautiful photographs that you'll cherish forever.  You'll only look back on these images with the fondest of memories and funniest stories about their first smile, first tooth and the first step they took.

Please scroll down to see the two milestone sessions we recommend.

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Little Sitter Session (6-8 months)

Once your baby starts to sit up on their own completely unassisted, it's time to schedule this precious session.  This age is usually full of smiles and giggles, which is so much fun to photograph! 

Baby gets to sit in our sweet and natural bowls and baskets and gets to play with our organic looking studio toys. The sitting fee for a milestone session is $100 and takes about 30 minutes. You get to choose a perfect little outfit from our carefully selected studio wardrobe for your little sweetheart to wear during this milestone session.

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Little Cruiser – Walker Session/

White Cake Smash & Bubble Splash (one year)

Most of our clients, regardless of where their baby is developmently, will have photos taken right around their baby's first birthday.  Some babies are fully walking, if not running, by the time they turn one.  Some are still "cruising" using furniture and mom and dad to help them walk around.

If you only ever have one milestone session for your baby, this should be it! Help them celebrate turning one with a fun white cake smash session following a bubble splash bath in our favorite bath tub prop. Andrea Krey Photography loves to style these sessions and provides outfits in neutral colors up to size 24 months. All you have to bring is a white cake and a happy baby.

The sitting fee for our White Cake Smash and Bubble Splash session is $150 and takes about an hour. All you have to bring is a well relaxed baby and a simple white cake. I will give you recommendations for local bakeries and a Pinterest board with cake ideas, once your session is scheduled. Outfits are available from our studio wardrobe. 

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Andrea Krey is a photographer in the Savannah, GA area such as Guyton, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Hilton Head, Tybee Island, Bloomingdale, Ellabell, Hinesville and Midway.  She specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography and motherhood photography. Newborn Photography is done in her private newborn studio in Richmond Hill, GA and all other sessions can be taken in surrounding areas. Andrea Krey serves Richmond Hill, Savannah and Tybee, just to mention a few areas.  Andrea is known for her natural and organic newborn, baby, maternity and motherhood photography. She has a very natural style that fits today’s modern family. Her sessions concentrate on natural interactions and love.

Sweet Mr. M | Baby pictures Savannah, GA

Hello sweet M.,

thank you for being so sweet and sleepy during your newborn session. We started out with hith beautiful mommy&me pictures and and then he snuggles right into my beanbag. I think he was the smiliest little guy I ever had in the studio and one of the sleepiest ones for sure.

Please come back to see me soon. Pssst, if you purchase my two biggest collections your session fee for a milestone session is included. 

Stay sweet Mr. M.,

Greetings,

~A.

Andrea Krey is a photographer in the Savannah, GA area and specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography and motherhood photography. Newborn Photography is done in her private newborn studio in Richmond Hill, GA and all other sessions can be taken in surrounding areas. Andrea Krey serves Richmond Hill, Savannah and Tybee, just to mention a few areas.  Andrea is known for her natural and organic newborn, baby, maternity and motherhood photography. She has a very natural style that fits today’s modern family. Her sessions concentrate on natural interactions and love.

Newborn Photography Safety Certification | Savannah, GA

Celebrate with me!!!

I am so proud and excited that I'm OFFICIALLY one of the first photographers in the US to be certified by the American Association of Newborn Photography Safety coming from Corporate America and the USAF. When I started out with newborn photography the safety of babies was always first priority to me. This in-depth training and certification solidifies that. Being the first to be Certified in Georgia is just the cherry on top. Interested in learning about my Georgia Newborn Photography Sessions? Drop me a line or send me a message! I am so super happy about this step in my career. Newborn Safety is EVERYTHING!!! 

I posted an article on how to choose the right photographer for your newborn session. Here is the link again as a little refresher for you <3. 

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Andrea Krey is a photographer in the Savannah, GA area and specializes in maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography and motherhood photography. Newborn Photography is done in her private newborn studio in Richmond Hill, GA and all other sessions can be taken in surrounding areas. Andrea Krey serves Richmond Hill, Savannah and Tybee, just to mention a few areas.  Andrea is known for her natural and organic newborn, baby, maternity and motherhood photography. She has a very natural style that fits today’s modern family. Her sessions concentrate on natural interactions and love.