Newborn sessions are completed in studio at 5-20 days old as this is their sleepiest and most flexible/moudable stage for creative prop shots and posing. Newborn posed sessions are inclusive of parent/sibling shots if desired & are completed in the morning on weekdays only. It is recommended that clients book no later than their 2nd trimester to ensure booking as Michelle only captures 7 newborns max per month.
Sessions take place at the Precious Encounters Photography home studio located in Hilo, HI. Only one session is booked per day, to allow ample time for your session with no interruptions. The session is led by your baby; we ensure their needs are taken care of, and never force a pose. Since your little one will likely be in their birthday suite, we keep the studio heated comfortably for baby.
We are a full service studio, so all you need to do is provide the baby and we will take care of the rest! We do recommend a change of clothes in case yours get soiled during family photos. Since we do allow for any breaks baby needs (feeding, changes, snuggles), the average session is about 3-4 hours. We do hope that you use this time for yourself to take a breather and relax.
Maternity sessions are completed at 28-36 weeks pregnant. This is when moms are at their most comfortable. Clients have the option of doing their session in-studio or on-location. A travel fee will be applied if the on-location site is more than 30 minutes from the studio. Maternity sessions also include the use of our boutique maternity gowns. Spouse and siblings are welcome to be a part of the session if they desire; however, the focus is on the expecting mom to be and her baby bump.
Milestone sessions are a great way to document your growing baby. Milestone sessions are completed in the first year at 4 months (aerial shots, tummy time shots), 7-8 months (also known as sitter sessions for aerial shots, tummy time shots, sitting, and crawling).
Cake Smash sessions also known as your child's 1st birthday are captured with a custom cake smash set-up. This set is pre-planned and should be booked at least 2-3 months in advance. These are only done in-studio. We do not provide the cake, but work with local bakers who will design the cake according to the set planned.
When booking with Michelle, you are booking a unique experience custom designed to document these fleeting moments in your lives. She invites you to her studio for a design consultation to see the beautiful products she offers, discuss your vision, and review the pricing in detail. She offers several options to create the perfect portrait experience for you and your home. This includes wall art, heirloom albums, and digital files that will be preserved for generations.
Michelle's clients reserve their sessions by paying the $200 booking retainer at your design consultation. Michelle's average client invests $1500+.
Michelle takes a limited number of clients per month to ensure the best possible experience. Booking at your earliest convenience is recommended.
At the end of your session, we will schedule a viewing and ordering appointment at the Precious Encounters Photography studio within the next week. We will go over your images together, choose the ones you love for a collection and art pieces; and we even have the ability to show you what your art will look like on your walls! Ask about those details during your design session as we would need a picture of your walls to make this happen.
Due to limited spots we have available, no date will be held unless it's officially booked! All newborn and cake smash sessions are held in studio only. Spouses & siblings included in newborn and maternity sessions.
All sessions are subject to 4.71% Hawaii state tax.