Newborns and Babies - CherylShepardPhotography

Newborns and Babies


For this low-key relaxed session I will come to your house and work around your baby's schedule, including time for feeding, changing, and fussing. No need to get everyone ready and pack up everything you need to go to a studio for several hours.

Each newborn is unique so each of my newborn sessions are custom planned with your style, decor and family's personality in mind. I have a selection of props for you to choose from or if you have a family heirloom or other personal item with meaning to you, we can incorporate that into the portrait.

Newborn collections starts at $475, my clients typically invest an average of $1200 in their baby's portraits.

Newborn Collage

"We're so enjoying the portrait you made of our kids . I start  every day with a smile on my face because their smiling faces are the first thing I see when I wake up.  ~ Katherine B


Before Your Session

Whenever possible we start with a free consultation - either by phone or sitting down together for 30-60 minutes at your home. (Consultations in my studio or other location is also possible). During your consultation I want to hear all about you and your family and what you want and need to remember your child and family right now.


The Day of Your Session

Newborn Portraits - up to 14 days old. Newborns tend to sleep longer and more deeply, which allows us to get a lot more poses including those cute newborn portraits. After 2 weeks, babies are more easily disturbed and particular about where they sleep. Baby acne often shows up around 3 weeks old.

Baby Portrait - Over 2 weeks old. You should expect to set aside up to 1 1/2 hours for the portrait session.

For both types of sessions - For your convenience these sessions take place in your home. I work around your baby's schedule, allowing time for feeding, changing, etc. I'll take a variety of pictures of the baby as well as with mom and dad. Whatever you will want to cherish as a memory for your family, I want to capture it.

After Your Session

Your images will be available to view in my home approximately 1-2 weeks after your session. While I often photograph 100+ frames, I will edit those down to the very best. During this appointment you will see a slide show of your images set to music. Next I guide you through the process of selecting your favorite images, picking how to display them and the size that works best for you.  Your images are then expertly retouched and only created using the best archival materials so that your portraits will last for generations. Your portrait order is typically ready in 4-6 weeks

When to schedule

Typically expecting parents schedule their free consultation one to three months before their due date. They then contact me as soon as the baby is born to schedule the portrait session within the first two weeks.


Maternity Portraits

Remember the bump.  A great addition to a newborn session or on its own. Maternity portraits are scheduled around the 7th month of your pregnancy. This session is 45 minutes and includes a free consultation, clothing tips and any purchased images may be used in your baby's album.

Call for more details.  650 704-6803

Thank you, Cheryl! I am just thrilled to have these portraits coming my way. They truly brought tears to my eyes they are so fabulous. They mean more to me than you will ever know. THANK YOU!!   ~   Julie M

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