by Teri Murray
Rebecca Huffman specializes in capturing memories that last a lifetime. Her photography is beautiful, and her love of her job is truly a gift. A photographer since 2011, Rebecca discovered her passion was truly about newborn photography, and in 2015 followed that dream.
She focuses on maternity, birth, and newborn photography. Since she connects with the families so much during the newborn session, she also takes family photos. She enjoys celebrating the miracle of pregnancy and the gift of bringing another human being into the world.
While there is some downside to the job of dealing with babies without diapers, the lasting memories and reactions she gets from parents when they see these works of art make it all worthwhile. She loves seeing the tears of joy when clients view their gallery for the first time and loves seeing her artwork posted on Facebook as a profile or cover photo!
Rebecca shared some great tips about newborn photography as well as what you need to know when you book a session.
Can parents come to the studio to meet you before booking? Parents are always welcome to stop by to meet me, but most often we'll meet for lunch or coffee to go over any questions that they might have before booking.
How long and where are the photos taken?
Typically, 2-4 hours in my home studio for newborn, maternity and milestone sessions. Family sessions are generally held on location.
Do you have certain safety precautions? My number 1 safety rule is that someone is always close to baby. Babies are known to startle for no reason and if that happens, someone needs to be close to baby to ensure that they don't roll or fall off of the beanbag or out of the prop. Oh AND I always have my neck strap around my neck. The last thing that I want to do is drop my camera on baby.
Do you have any favorite poses? I love parent poses, but of baby alone, I'd say the bum up pose because you get to see all of their squishy back rolls :)
Do you do anything specific to make sure the baby is comfortable? My studio is kept at about 85-90 degrees for baby, but I have had a few babies that don't like the heat and turn bright red. I always have some sort of white noise and sometimes music playing. Babies hate the quiet, so it's difficult to get them to settle when it's silent. I also use stretchy wraps on my babies. That is almost a fool proof way to keep them calm.
What is provided?
Props, outfits, backdrops and headbands as needed.
When should I book and plan my session?
Maternity sessions are best done between 32 and 36 weeks so mommy is still comfortable. Newborn sessions can be done within 2 weeks of birth.
Rebecca is a mom of 2 boys and 2 girls, loves Chick Fil A and Chipolte and more than anything loves photography! To see more of Rebecca’s work check out her website at http://www.rebeccalynphotography.com/ and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your session.