We understand how important it is for you to capture those first few days of your baby's new life and we have partnered with Bella Baby Photography to help you capture those moments. This is a special service that we offer for parents but participation is voluntary. Bella Baby Photography is staffed with professional photographers, on-site every day. Each new mother is offered a complimentary photo session that takes place right in her hospital room. Parents and siblings are encouraged to participate to create a beautiful family experience.
Instant viewing of your photo session is made available with a custom online slide show posted to the Bella Baby website (protected with a unique password), enabling distant friends and family members the opportunity to share the experience. Online viewing and ordering is offered for two weeks to anyone you choose to share your password; immediate in-hospital purchasing is also available.
How long is the photo shoot?
The photo shoot normally lasts 10-15 minutes.
When will my photo shoot take place?
We typically photograph all babies on their first full day at the hospital. It is also possible for your shoot to take place on the day before discharge. Generally, we do not take photos on the day of discharge unless there is a medical reason for the delay.
My husband won't return to the hospital until late in the day. Can the session be done then?
We always encourage husbands and siblings to participate if they are available at the time of the shoot, but we may not be at the hospital late in the day. We will try to accommodate you as much as our schedule permits.
Should we bring a special blanket?
We absolutely encourage you to bring a favorite baby blanket or afghan from home to use in the shoot. A beautiful blanket can add texture, color and memories to your newborn's photos.
How can I prepare for the shoot?
We love to include mom and dad's hands in our photos. Wear clear or neutral nail polish on the day of your shoot. Distracting jewelry should be removed; your baby should be the focus of the photos. Bring a dark-colored shirt to wear in the photos. We may photograph your baby in your arms and solid/dark colors look great in both color and black-and-white prints.
My baby is in the NICU. Can I still have a photo shoot?
Yes, let your nurse know you are interested in Bella Baby pictures and sign the consent form. The session will be completed when the nurse tells us the baby is ready for pictures.