The experience

General Session Info

How soon should I schedule my session?

I schedule my sessions between 2-4 weeks out, depending on availability and time of year. Contact me as soon as you know that you’d like to book so that you have some options for dates.

Maternity sessions are typically scheduled between 30-36 weeks. We want for your belly to be nice and pronounced but for you to still be pregnant AND comfortable! For newborn sessions, it is best to contact me before the baby is born!

How long do sessions usually last?

Maternity & milestone sessions typically last 30-45 minutes. Clients can expect a child/family session to take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. There is not time limit on the session as we want to make sure that children are relaxed and comfortable. If parents are uptight then the kiddos will be too. The best recipe for a successful child or family session = relaxed and playful parents!

Newborns vary greatly, but on average, last between 3 – 3 1/2 hours. We take lots of breaks to keep baby full and sleepy! My clients are welcome to bring food or snacks to the studio during this session.

What should we wear?

Don’t stress, there are tons of ideas on Pinterest for child/family photography! I think it’s important to be comfortable so keep it simple (avoid clothing with lettering), fun, and cohesive.  I have found that neutral colors and one or two prints make for a foundation that is timeless in nature.  Avoid neon or bright colors as they are the least flattering.

Gap, Old Navy, Crazy 8, and Gymboree are great places to start your search.

I offer online styling assistance for my clients that book a full family session.  And as always, you can ask questions or even send me ideas once you have scheduled your session!

Should we bring anything with us?

Depending on the age of your child/ren, you may want to bring something that is of comfort to them.  A blanket, pacifier, toy, or treat (marshmallows or cheerios are awesome because they are small and do not stain clothing!) can really help them to warm up to the camera. We will play around a lot (I have bubbles, small treats, or noise makers too) to bring out a genuine and
silly smile.

Any other details that are important for our session?

Make sure that young children get a good nap and have a full stomach before we meet because let’s face it…aren’t we all a little cranky when we are tired and hungry?!

Newborn Session Info

You will receive detailed information about what you’ll need to do in preparation for your newborn session once you book! In the meantime, happy reading!

When should I book my newborn session?

I shoot two days per week and an occasional weekend so it’s best to schedule your session as early as possible! Newborn sessions can book out months in advance…so schedule your consultation around the 20 week mark.

If the schedule allows, I will try to squeeze in clients so it’s always a good idea to ask!

What is the best age to photograph a newborn baby?

Newborn babies are typically best to photograph between 5-14 days old. At this age, they are more tolerant of being positioned, will typically “curl up” easily, and are sleepy throughout the session. If your baby is older than 2 weeks old, don’t worry, we can still capture your newborn but it may take more effort and some of the poses that you see on my website may be too
difficult to get.

How do I book my session once baby is born?

That’s easy…send an email, call, or text once your baby is born (within 1-2 days of birth) so that we can get your session on the calendar. If you do not contact me within the first week, I cannot guarantee that there will be an opening within the first two weeks.

How long does a session last and what will you need for me to do?

Newborn sessions often run long due to the nurturing and patience it takes to pose an infant so you can expect it to take between 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours. I do not like to rush the session and we take breaks as needed to soothe or feed the baby. Your newborn’s comfort and safety are my priority.
I encourage clients to bring something to relaxing to do while I photograph your newborn. Newborn babies can sense tension so we do our best to create a serene and relaxing environment where you can read, write thank you notes, eat, play games on your phone, or nap!

Can siblings and parents be in a few shots?

You bet! Sibling and parent poses take place at the very beginning of the session and last between 45 – 60 minutes. Little ones get  impatient during newborn pictures so I recommend that they are picked up or leave once we finish with family pictures.

Anything else I should bring or do in preparation for my session?

Bring a pacifier (these are the key to keeping baby asleep while repositioning them) and a bottle with formula or breast milk. If you are nursing exclusively, we will take breaks as needed for you to feed baby! Once you book and after you have your baby I will send you detailed information about everything you will need to do prior to your session!

reviews

Ashley Buckley Photography is absolutely amazing. We have worked with Ashley on a few different occasions and we have been so in love with the photographs! Ashley's creativity and patience with newborns is unbelievable!!!

Megan Meagher

I am so glad we went to Ashley Buckley Photography for newborn photos of our daughter! The whole experience from beginning to end was so enjoyable, and the end result is exactly what we wanted! If you're looking for wonderful photos and a photographer who is fun and easy to work with, you've come to the right place! Thanks so much, Ashley, for sharing your gift with us!

Hannah and Trey Erickson

Ashley does a wonderful job capturing the love and joy shared among a family. I could not be happier with our family portraits or the individual shots of our children. Several times over, she has been able to capture smiles, squints, and shared moments that are true treasures!

Bobbie Tibbetts

From start to finish my experience was wonderful! Ashley was creative, patient, and very professional! She captured amazing memories of my children and her warm personality made the whole photo shoot experience relaxed and so much fun.

Jessica Haldeman

Ashley is not only excellent behind the camera, she also does an amazing job at making us feel at ease during shoots. She's especially wonderful with kids and knows how to get those big smiles out of them! We cherish the photos she's taken for us and always highly recommend her to family and friends to capture their special moments.

Stephanie Pederson

Ashley did a great job on our family photo shoot. She won the trust of our normally shy kids within minutes. This led to a great session with relaxed, smiling kids!

Hillary Becker

Ashley has been taking our family pictures for over three years now. You can definitely tell she is the mother of young kids herself- she is so intuitive at helping kids feel relaxed and making it fun, and bringing out their sweet personalities to capture on film. Her beautiful work is present in every room of our house and I cherish each and every one!

Jody Nour