You found out you are pregnant and you’re on the hunt for a newborn photographer. First off, congratulations! If you are looking for an in-home lifestyle newborn photographer you’ve come to the right page!

Where are you located?

I service the San Francisco Bay area and Hawaii, so I travel to clients anywhere from San Francisco to the East Bay, and all the way down to San Jose. Since I am from Hawaii, I also offer Hawaii sessions but it is important to contact me as soon as possible to see if I will be in the area for your session.

When does the session take place or when should I book?

Newborn sessions take place in-home & anywhere from 930am to 1pm depending on the light and time of year. Newborn sessions are scheduled in advance

How much does a newborn session cost?

When looking for a newborn photographer, it is important to keep in mind that these photos are an investment. They are photos that are taken during a very fleeting time and they are photos that not only you will treasure but also your child and future generations. If you need to stick to a budget that is of course OK, but it is important for you to review the specific photographers portfolio to be sure you like their photos. TIP: Check out their instagram page and/or their blog for more examples.

What is a lifestyle photographer?

When looking for a photographer, it is important to figure out the style of photos you want. Are you looking for something more traditional/posed with headbands and props? Photos of just baby? a day in the life of you at home with baby (documentary)? photos that are pulled together but not unnatural? My style falls more along the lines of the latter. I want to capture real moments but I will set things up so that you can easily take over which will lead to genuine moments being captured. All sessions also include immediate family but you are welcome to include extended family members for an additional fee per person.

What does the flow of a newborn session look like?

During newborn sessions, I tend to start with photos of the entire family and then I move to sibling shots &/or photos of baby and then I end with photos of the parents with baby. If the family has decided to include extended family members I will usually do those photos at the very end. The flow of the session will always vary because every family is different, but that gives you an idea of what the flow of my newborn sessions tends to look like. If you have older children, it can be helpful to have a babysitter/nanny or a family member that can entertain your child when they are done with photos as it will give us time to capture photos of the parents and baby alone.

Interested in a maternity session as well?

If you’re looking for a maternity photographer in addition to a newborn photographer check out my maternity portfolio at Also, don’t forget to ask about the Bump to Baby Package.

How do I book a session?

To schedule a newborn session in the San Francisco Bay Area or in Honolulu, Hawaii please contact me at or by clicking the link below.


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Marissa is a motherhood and lifestyle photographer that specializes in maternity, newborn and child & family sessions. Her photoshoots take place on-location in the San Francisco Bay Area (where she currently resides) and in Hawaii where she is from.

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