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Diana Picek Photography  ​​

Calgary & Airdrie Newborn and Maternity photographer


Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane Newborn Photographer, Baby & Maternity Photography

Newborn session information 

​Newborn photography in Calgary
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Professional 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. Every detail of your session is carefully planned and organized to achieve the perfect image. I also pay special attention to safety and each pose and wrap techique meets the highest standards in the industry. The temperature in the studio is controlled and monitored by an independent heating system that has been created for my studio.  I am incredibly passionate about newborns and I invest near 10 hours per session between planning, shooting and editing and I can reassure you that your session will be absolutely special and memorable. I am very confident you will love your newborn photos! 

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. Each client receives an online Service Agreement Form that needs to be signed by each client. This form covers all the aspects of the session, including the terms and conditions of the service. Every client pays a non-refundable booking fee of $100 plus GST, which will be deducted from your total. Once the booking fee is paid and the Service Agreement form signed, 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. The session ideally has to be done within 12 days of baby’s birth with the exception of preemies.  Older newborns can be also photographed and clients are advised to contact me as soon as possible to find a spot. 

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 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 them be prepared and know what to expect. If you have choosen the Deluxe Package, family photos are offered as bonus and includes partners and siblings only. Family photos will be 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 applicable for 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. Fine art products such as prints photo books, or canvas are available upon request and I would encourage to invest in products that can be displayed in your walls .  I offer an extensive collection of products and demos are available for viewing at my studio.   

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 discuss it with me at the time of booking. 

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. 
   
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Maternity session information 

Calgary Maternity Photography
When to book 

 The best time to schedule your maternity session around 30-35 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 3-4 months in advance. Each maternity session will include an in-person consultation in which we will meet at my studio to choose the gowns and discuss all the details about your session.

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 you and your family will feel proud of. 


Gowns: I own a large collection of maternity gowns created by the best designers in the industry around the world and everyone loves having such an amazing collection of dresses available for their sessions. I have over 50 gowns available   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 better suit your needs and I will guide you 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.  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 Calgary where we have enough space 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!




                                                   ​Calgary, Airdrie Newborn, Baby and Maternity Photography


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 plus GST 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 and I offer a big collection of rompers, headbands, pants, tutus, hats, etc. You will be thrilled to have so many options available. My sessions are absolutely care free!. I order my cakes through 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 $50 will be added to your final invoice.  Client needs to request that addtional family images at the time of booking.