Are you seeking out a newborn photographer? We want to show you why Paula Goforth Photography can offer you an experience like no other studio…that’s why our clients keep coming, and keep raving about their experiences (scroll to the end to read what real parents have to say about their experiences)!
Here’s what studio owner and photographer Paula Goforth had to say about what you can expect from her top-quality shoots:
I truly love what I do, and consider it an honor to be a part of the lives of the families who come to me. I have been mentored by some of the best newborn photographers around in the past years, and have honed my craft and try to achieve excellence in all I do. I am constantly finding resources and material to pour myself into to learn all that I can so that I can provide the best experience. I provide all the comfort and room possible for a newborn session. I offer my clients a boutique style session. I provide everything the client needs! I have various wraps, headbands, hats, props, blankets, and more, to style a session. I am constantly looking for new things for my “little ones”. I love to shop for new stuff all the time. I offer hats, headbands, wraps, all kinds of props, little outfits, blankets. …anything to create those cute little pictures that can get a ton of ooooooh’s and ahhhhhh’s. Parents absolutely love the variety that I offer. I have recently created a wall to where I hang all my wraps, hats, headbands, and little outfits and I love how it turned out. It is just another way to showcase the variety of stuff I can offer my newborn clients. I strive for nothing less than the absolute BEST for my clients (I offer a one year baby plan to all my newborn clients – “Hello World – Memories & Milestones”, as well as exquisite gallery and product printing services).
What can a parent expect?
I am in constant communication with the parent once they book their session with me. I will provide them with a list of “tips” to help them be prepared prior to their session. Once they arrive at my studio, then I take over. I just let them sit back, watch, and relax. I provide them with snacks and drinks while waiting, and tell they can take a nap if they need to (what new parent wouldn’t want a nap?!). If siblings need to come, I do ask the parents to bring something to help entertain them while they are here. Also, I have a stock of goodies for them as well. The parents should expect the best customer service around. I am an open book and don’t mind them asking any questions. I want them to feel like they left with a confident feeling, and that they will return to me for future sessions. Parents can expect for the session to last 2-3 hours.
How do you make a new parent (and their newborn) feel at home in your studio?
From start to finish…once the parents arrive, I take charge. I have completely prepared for the session upon their arrival, because with the communicating with the parent prior to the session, I have some ideas of what they may want. I do have a personal artistic style that I like to keep, but will honor any wishes 🙂 I start with a prop of some sort, filled with a stuffer and will add a wrap with a headband or hat depending on the gender. I will flow from there to a flokati rug where I can get some above shots and detail shots. Here, I will either wrap the baby or put a little outfit on them. After that, we transition to the blankets that I have set up for the beanbag poses. I have two blankets picked out ahead of time with various headbands, hats, outfits, wraps to coordinate with them. I have all the items I need in a basket right at my fingertips, so that they are ready to go during all the transitions from the poses and two blankets. I will do a variety of poses on each blanket. Once I have done a few poses on one blanket, along with the outfits, wraps, headbands, hats, then I will transition to the next blanket, and repeat the process. After all of these, then we transition to the parent/sibling poses. However, I sometimes do start with these based on certain factors that were discussed prior to session. Parents can expect a session to last anywhere from 2-3 hours. It does take time to make every little detail is taken care of during the session. I am very patient with the “little ones” and it does take time to transition. It is a very slow process sometimes, because you want the baby to stay as calm as much as possible. Yes, we do have to stop at times for feedings, but it is necessary to get through the last little bit of the session. I make sure that when posing a baby that safety is always first. I will never force a pose on any newborn, if they don’t flow into easily. I will try, but not force. If it doesn’t work, we move on. I am very particular about “fingers”. I want them to be just in the right place, but sometimes a baby has their own agenda, and you just have to take the shot! I do have a little heater going in the studio to keep the room at a good temperature for the baby, and I have a noise machine and a “baby shusher”. I put in true effort and care to ensure the safety and comfort of the parent and the baby!
When should a parent book a session?
I would highly recommend a expecting parent to contact me as soon as possible. It is never too early to plan and get a tentative date on the book for a session. I do have a very full schedule, and sometimes I do book months in advance. So, it is always best to plan, plan, plan! Call and book now, so that you are guarantee a spot around your due date! Once a client contacts me, we go over the session fee, retainer fees, and once the retainer fee is paid, I will mark their due date on my calendar and then reserve a few spots around the date. I stress to them that once they reach the last month, to always keep me informed of how they are progressing. This helps me keep organized and be ready for their session, no matter when their baby decides to make their grand arrival.
I want my clients to leave feeling confident and happy, and knowing they were given the best service and care! I also want them to leave excited to see their photos, and ready to recommend me to their friends! -Paula Goforth
Here’s what others are saying about Paula Goforth Newborn Photography:
“We highly recommend Paula. She was so organized, professional, accommodating, and patient with us and our newborn baby girl at our session. We got our sneak peak very quickly and it was angelic! So so amazed at her work!” -Shannon
“Paula never ceases to amazes me. She always captures the best side of my little one even when the wrong side is showing. Such creativity, no two sessions are alike. I appreciate all the effort she puts into my sessions no matter if it’s just a mini or a full session.” -Rosa
“Paula is AMAZING!! She was so gentle and patient with our baby girl when she took her newborn pictures! Paula took care of all of her outfits and did a variety of outfits and backdrops that suit our little princess’ style. I highly recommend her for ALL of your photography needs!” -Michelle