Why invest in custom photography?

I have watched my children grow so quickly and feel a sense of urgency to record and capture as many memories as possible.  When my second daughter was just a few months old, I was reminded of how quickly that newborn stage goes by.  It can be hard to enjoy it like we want to with all the sleepless nights and days devoted completely to a tiny little person, but I found myself thinking that you will only get to experience it for yourself a few months out of your entire lifetime...and the same really goes for any part of your kids’ childhood.  You will never regret making the investment to capture those precious moments and intricate details that will no doubt bring all of the memories and emotions you got to experience with that stage of life flooding back.


When you pay for a session you’re not just paying me to click a button on an expensive camera.  You’re paying for beautifully lit, meticulously styled, expertly posed, and professionally edited images.  You’re paying for perfectly exposed creamy skin, the use of beautiful, custom, handmade (expensive!) props, backdrops, furs, accessories, wraps, etc.  Each newborn photo represents countless hours learning posing and soothing techniques and many hours spent designing beautiful setups for each session that will photograph well.  


When you book with me you can rest assured that I never over-book and am happy to take my time and do my very best to get all of the shots we planned for.  You will receive my undivided attention and meticulous attention to detail.  


I look forward to meeting you and helping you to capture your little one's first year!


payment details


To secure a spot on the Bella Rose Portraits calendar a session fee is due in full to reserve a spot.  This session fee does not include any print products or digital files, which are purchased separately after the session takes place.  We will go over all of of the package and pricing options during your complimentary pre-session consultation. 

If you need to reschedule your session due to extenuating circumstances, please let me know at least 48 hours in advance, when possible, and we can reschedule as soon as possible-- within fourteen days. 

Bella Rose Portraits retains rights in photos created for company’s advertising and promotional materials.  All sessions require a signed contract with model release.


You may pay your session fee with cash, check made payable to Summer Goddard or Bella Rose Portraits,

credit card, or PayPal. 


newborn portraits



For a successful newborn session, please plan for it to take place during the first 3-10 days after birth.  Booking before your third trimester is highly recommended to ensure a spot!




*$199 plus tax covers the time and talent of the photographer--pre-session consulting, 2-4 hours of shooting time at my home studio, and an in-person reveal session where you will make your product choices from your 20-25 image gallery of professionally edited photos.  Print Products/Digital images are sold separately.  All accessories (hats, headbands, wraps, etc.) are provided.  Parents and siblings may be included for an additional $65 fee.  



Don’t forget to bring extra diapers, wipes, burp-cloths, a cozy blanket to keep the baby warm during set changes, a pacifier, and anything you will need to feed the baby when needed.


Don’t forget those little details!  Make sure parent’s hands are manicured nicely if they will be in any shots, etc.  Additional tips will be emailed before your session.


baby portraits



In addition to newborn sessions, I also offer a roller session (3-5 months), a sitting up session (generally around 6-9 months but varies from baby to baby) and a first birthday session with cake smash and bubble bath. 



*$199 plus tax covers the time and talent of the photographer--pre-session consulting, at least 30-60 minutes of shooting time at my home studio, and an in-person reveal session where you will make your product choices from your 20-25 image gallery of professionally edited photos.  Print Products/Digital images are sold separately.  Access to my client wardrobe is included. 



Be prepared to nurse or give a bottle to reset a fussy baby during the session.

Outfits--we will collaborate on outfits during our pre-session consulting.  It may also be helpful to have your child’s favorites (book, toy, blanket, person, etc.) on hand as well as a non-messy snack and small drink to keep the baby content and smiling.  


WHAT TO BRING {cake smash/bubble bath session}

A 6" two-layered cake, two outfits (we will collaborate on what will work best for your session), a sippy cup or bottle with water or milk (cake is sweet!), a cute hooded towel, and some cute footed PJ's with a favorite stuffie pacifier if used.    I am able to provide outfits if desired.

maternity portraits



Looking to have that beautiful baby bump captured before your little bundle arrives?  Bella Rose Portraits now offers in-studio fine art maternity sessions!  Avoid the Virginia weather extremes and bugs with an indoor, climate controlled session!  

Maternity sessions are only available when booked in conjunction with a newborn session--perfect for families looking for a consistent look in their portraits.




*$499 newborn/maternity session fee covers maternity hair and makeup, use of one maternity gown, the time and talent of the photographer--an in person, email, or over the phone pre-session consultation, one hour of studio maternity shooting time (mom only),  roughly 2-4 hours of newborn shooting time, and two in-person reveal sessions where you will make your product choices from your fully edited image galleries (one for maternity, one for newborn).  Print Products/Digital images are sold separately.  Dads and/or siblings may be included in a few shots for an additional $100 fee.  


Please arrive with a clean, dry face and hair in preparation for your professional hair and makeup.  You will need nude seamless maternity underwear and a  well-fitting, supportive nude strapless bra for most maternity gowns. 


Don’t forget those little details!  Make sure hands are manicured, skin is moisturized, eyebrows are groomed, legs are shaved, hairbands and watches are removed from wrists, etc.!  Be careful to avoid too much sun exposure and fake tans before your session as well.

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