Petite Wrapped Newborn Session $550 | 5 Digital Files | 2 Props | 1 Hr includes wraps, headbands and bonnets.

Charlotte Maternity Photographer | Charlotte baby Photography

PhotographyNic-Cole The Original

Curator of motherhood memories thru Photography & family films

Frequently asked Maternity Questions

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All appointments are scheduled via phone. A $200 retainer fee secures your date and time on my schedule. The remaining balance is due 2 days prior to your session.

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The week leading up to your maternity session.

Clients will receive a reminder email from me confirming the date and time, as well as location of their session. Remaining balance of session is paid online.

If mom is choosing dresses from the studio closet, she can send her choices over via text to me (so I can be sure to have them clean and ready). If she prefers to be more casual and look at things together upon arrival, we can do that too.

I remind her to do any salon services (like waxing or hair color) the week before her session. I also remind her of the items we spoke about originally when she booked her maternity session.

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I don’t. WHY?

I do a thorough phone consultation with my clients. We chat about thoughts you have about the session and any questions you may have. We schedule a date and make a list of items you will need for your photo session, along with things to do prior to the session.

We chat about hair, makeup, nail polish, clothing for any family members, etc. I like to find out your personal style and why you chose to book with me. 

Expecting mothers change clothing three times during our photo session and can choose gowns from our maternity wardrobe (or bring their own). Most dresses are made from material to accommodate a wide variety of sizes. If a dress doesn’t fit (or mom feels it is to revealing), we look together for another maternity gown while she is here. We also have material that we can use to create a gown while mom is here. We do plan family clothing with mom too. I have Pinterest boards to help with the process.

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I like to greet everyone when they come into the studio…high fives to the kids and get them comfy with the idea that we are going to have fun together. Chatting with parents about how the session will flow is also a good start,

I like for parents to know the plan:). I go over a few things that relate to posing. We get started with what order we will use the gowns and what gowns are going to be used inside the studio and outside. We discuss any clothing she has brought along for husband and children, and what gowns those items match.

Essentially, we get a game plan together for what our time will look like. I like to discuss the game plan THE DAY OF our session because there are so many variables…. like what? …. weather, mom is on bed rest, maybe a child isn’t having the best day, dad couldn’t make it, the dress she ordered didn’t arrive etc.….

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Lemme explain my process.

I work best when a client shares things that are important to them. A long list of images to recreate is not helpful. I like to know her most important request…

When I work with a flow (and look for the special moments), ideas for images pour out of my mind. When a client wants me to produce images from another session or different photographer, my mind becomes obsessed with nailing those images only and I miss the creative shots. Does that make sense?

I work with a mapped-out plan in mind, and let inspiration hit me as I am working. I am never married to a specific plan. The weather may change, and I may need to get my client inside before her hair is ruined. Maybe the sun is just perfect, and I want to move us to a new location outside because I map the sun during the winter and summer months and know where it is falling for the best light at the right time.

If you’re the mom that can roll with me having a plan but making pitstops along the way (because something catches my eye)…then by all means call me!

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Three business days (Monday-Friday) after our session, clients choose images from a soft proof gallery.

I fully edit those choices and send them back over to you via a downloadable link. Clients get high resolution files that they may print and use as they like.

I also send over a fun phone app that can be shared with friends and family.

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I do an in-depth phone consultation with all potential clients.

Clients who have scheduled and paid a retainer fee, get a further in-depth phone consultation to discuss what to bring, clothing, hair, makeup etc.

Clients get reminders along the way about their upcoming session. Four days before their session clients will pay the remaining balance.

The day of the session we spend about an hour and half together capturing amazing images.

Three business days after the session client will view an online password protected gallery of their soft proof images and make their selections.

I will fully edit those images and send them back over with a link to download.

I am always available to my clients to answer any questions, help with clothing ideas etc. I also provide several links to helpful information to make the experience amazing!

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Most clients only need a matching panty and bra, nipple shields, hair and makeup done when they arrive. We will chat in detail once you are scheduled about maternity gowns etc.

For baby sessions, clients do not need to bring anything except the diaper bag with essential items. We have props, wraps, hats, headbands and adorable things to use during your newborn’s session. We will chat in detail once you are scheduled.

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We use three maternity gowns during a session. Any combination of three is fine with me. Ex: 1 of your gowns and 2 of mine = 3.

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Maternity sessions can be photographed both inside and outside the studio. Please inquire about other sessions.

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If it rains we can shoot the session indoors or opt to reschedule your session. We can also move your retainer fee to another session.

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Yes! The session is heavily weighted towards moms baby bump.

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The best time to photograph your newborn is 5-7 days old. I have photographed newborns at 8 weeks for various reasons. Ideally 5-12 days is best.

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YES! Your speaking my love language! I love a late evening session that is free as my hair blowing in the wind! CALL ME!

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I got you! I will def pose you from your head to your feet. Lighting and posing are key to a great image. Once you have that it only needs a little polish in post processing.

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Of course! And, most folks do 😉

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Earn a complimentary petite session by referring three friends or family to NicCole Photography. The best compliment is to share me with your friends and family.

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Pond, tall grassy fields, apple orchard, tree swings, walking paths, horses, a vintage outdoor tub and new 2024 barn.



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