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Diana Picek Photography  ​​

Calgary & Airdrie Newborn and Maternity photographer

Calgary Newborn Photographer, Baby & Maternity Photography

Newborn session information 

​Newborn photography in Calgary
Newborn and maternity photography is an important investment that you should give special consideration. Photographing newborns is a very delicate and technical photo session that requires knowledge, care and professionalism. As a professional photographer and mother of three children,  I have a deep commitment to design a custom session that will deliver high quality results as I want you to love and cherish your images. I am very passionate about newborns and I invest near 10 hours per session between planning, shooting and editing time. 

How and when to book

Clients typically book during the second and third trimester of the pregnancy and last minute requests are subject to availability. I strongly recommend to book in advance as I only book two sessions per week to have the flexibility to work around due dates. If you want to book, I will send you a very detailed informative sheet that covers all the information needed for the session as well as tips, terms and conditions of the service. Every client pays a non-refundable booking fee of $100, which will be deducted from your total. Once the booking fee is paid, we will set a date from your due date or scheduled c-section, with the understanding that we can easily move the date or time, if baby comes early or late. We ask clients to contact me when the baby is born with the arrival date and weight – this way we can plan the best schedule. The session ideally has to be done within 14 days of baby’s birth with the exception of preemies.  I always like to connect with my clients a few days prior the session to choose colors and select poses or set ups that are available on my webiste. 

About the session 

The session will last between 2-3 hours depending on the package you have chosen and the main focus of the session is to capture images of your newborn.   I will always give you time to cuddle and feed your baby as it is important for me to provide you with a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for your family. I don't work on a rush as I have no intention to put pressure on my clients and I am happy to help you to sooth or change your baby to make things easier for you. All the props and outfits are included and there is no need to buy ABSOLUTELY anything. Just come here enjoy and relax. In order to help you during the session I have created a few tips to make the experience more enjoyable and each booked client receives a guide to help you to be prepared. If you have choosen the Deluxe Package, family photos are offered as bonus and includes partners and siblings only. Family photos will done either at the beginning or at the end of the session and it will take a maximum of 20-30 minutes. Small siblings do not need to stay with us as they tend to get bored and with so much fragile equipment it is always recommended to make other plans for them. 

Delivery of images, products and editing policy (also aplicable to maternity sessions) 

One of the main reasons why I only take a few sessions per month is to be able to deliver clients' images within a time frame that is reasonable. There is absolutely no reason that clients should wait 2-3 months to see their images and my commitment is to deliver your gallery as soon as I can. After the session is completed, your images will be ready within 3 weeks. I will display around 20-30 photographs in your protected gallery where you can choose your images in high resolution with print release. Each client will also receive a 11x14 professional print ready to be framed. If you wish to purchase more images, you have the option to purchase each digital file at $25 each. Fine art products such as prints photo books, or canvas are available upon request.  All your images will be professionally edited, which includes gentle skin retouching, smoothing, tone corrector and removal of blemishes, other editing services such as slimming down and composites are not included.

My photography style

I offer a very natural, classic and organic style for newborn sessions as my goal is to create fine art images that will last a lifetime. I like to keep things simple to focus on your baby rather than the big-bussy set ups where things get lost.  It is  important to ensure the photographers style is to your taste prior to booking. Any special requests for styling or variations to the photographers type of style or editing must be communicated in the booking agreement at the time of booking.  Clients cannot bring their own props or outfits as I need to be accountable for the safety of your newborn while I am maintaining my style as an artist. A few days prior the session I will connect with you to know your preferences for colours and ideas with poses that I display in my portfolio. The plan is to design a beautiful session that you and your family will love for generations. 
If you wish to incorporate anything with sentimental value you will need to consult with me prior booking to ensure we are both on the same page with the plan of the session. 

About my studio

I have a small licensed home studio located in the community of Hidden Valley in the NW with very easy access from Deerfoot, Stoney Trail and 14street. All my clients have access to a private and secured space with a bathroom, changing table, toy table, TV, DVD. All the outfits and blankets are carefully sanitized prior each session. My house is smoke/pet free and I use the latest studio lights, which will have no impact on your babies' eyes. 

Maternity session information 

Calgary Maternity Photography
When to book 

 The best time to schedule your maternity session around 32-36 weeks, when the belly is nice and round. This will vary with each women – and some women who carry small, or gain little weight may choose to wait until they are 36-38 weeks. Other women who are growing a bit more rapidly, may choose to get the session done around 30-32 weeks, specially if you are carrying twins. It is best to schedule at least 1-2 months in advance. If you do not know what to wear, I have many maternity gowns specially designed for photo sessions and I recommend to connect with me a few days prior the session to try on and select your preferences. For studio one gown is offered and for outdoor up to 2 . Partner and siblings are included in all the sessions. 

My style of photography

All portraits are respectfully photographed in good taste, and nudity is always optional and discreet. I will suggest various poses during the session that are planned according to your individual needs. My goal is to make you feel beautiful and create stunning images that your family will love and treasure for generations.  
For Men I recommend solid and simple clothing and avoid any busy fabrics. We want them to be very comfortable as well. Little boys should be similar to Dad and both are welcome to bring light and dark shirts. Light patterns or textures are ok. For little girls I would suggest to match the colors of the mom's dresses. The idea is to create classic, simply portraits that will last a lifetime. 

Gowns: I own a large collection of maternity gowns created by the best designers in the industry around the world. We have over 40 gowns available for studio and outdoor sessions which allows me to offer an amazing selection and variety of styles, colours and textures. During your in-person consultation, I will assist you to choose the gowns that best suits your needs and I will guide throughout the process to create fantastic portraits that you will love for years to come. 

Outdoor sessions

Maternity sessions can be booked all year round. However, weather plays a big role and clients need to connect a few days prior the session to check weather conditions. Most of my gowns are only suitable for days with temperatures above 15C. But clients can always bring their own cloth and I am happy to assit you choosing the right colors for the day. During the winter, sessions cannot be done below -10C due to safety reasons, the same applies for rainy/snowy days or extremely windy days.  I am flexible to reschedule a session if weather does not cooperate.  I like to shoot late afternoon/early evening, this way we utilize the gorgeous and soft golden evening light. I typically offer a couple of locations in the NW part of Calgary where we have enough space and locations to play around. If clients have a different idea for location I am open to discuss your ideas and travel if needed. If you want to incorporate props, I always recommend to bring a photo of the ultrasound, baby shoes, special cloth, etc. Pets are welcome in any outdoor session! 

                                                   Smash Cake sessions

I offer amazing all inclusive packages that everyone loves.  I always recommend to book the session a few weeks prior de actual birthday in order to have the photos ready for the big day.  A booking fee of $100 is required to reserve your spot which is deducted from your total. The decoration will be designed by Diana Picek Photography and the decoration will include:  Birthday backdrop, hand made banners, helium balloons and paper flowers. All outfits are included for photos with and without the cake and the collection is really beautiful. I order my cakes through CupCake Stories, a certified by AHS baker who creates beautiful and also really delicious cakes! If they aren’t
too destroyed they usually get to go home with you. We offer generally 4 colours/themes but sometimes clients have a special theme in mind and I am happy to work with you and create a beautiful and memorable session. However, themes that require specific decoration and outfits will need to be supplied by the client. I work with a number of very talented local vendors that can help you in creating that special session. Smash cake session includes the photos of the child only. In case you wish to get a few family/sibblings photos, I would be thrilled to accomodate your request and $80 will be added to your final invoice. Client needs to request that service prior booking to make the proper adjustments.  

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