Covid-19 Policies - Under no circumstances should you come to the studio if feeling ill, or if you or a household member has tested positive for Covid-19. Masks and hand sanitizer are required upon entering the studio, and masks are only to be removed when in front of the lens, regardless of vaccination status. Both my assistant and I are immunized and adhere to all state mandates and recommendations. As someone at-risk herself, Francine takes your little one's health as seriously as she does her own.
I've been a professional newborn photographer since 2009, and have had the honor of photographing hundreds of new souls. I invest in training & development yearly, including keeping up to date on the latest newborn safety standards and practices. As a mom of three and auntie/great aunt to 20 and counting, I've been blessed to handle newborns since I was eleven year young!
Every newborn session is an opportunity to capture all the details I know (all too well) will change in a matter of weeks. I feel honored to meet each new soul, and to be trusted to care for them as I strive to freeze these memories for my clients. Every session goal is variety, details, and connection, and every newborn a gift. The honor I feel to work with your newborn will be apparent in your gallery.
From the moment your complete your online questionnare, every detail will be covered. You will receive a welcome email with tips to prepare for your session. Upon arrival at the studio, you will find all props and accessories ready for your new soul, carefully selected based on your survey. At this point, all you have to do is sit back and watch the magic happen.
All newborn sessions take place in my Glen Ellyn studio, where there are plenty of props and accessories, all the equipment needed for a successful newborn session, and plenty of room for tired Moms and Dads to stretch out and relax. All posed newborn sessions* take place within baby's first 15 days or so (*Swaddled sessions work well for baby up to four weeks old.), therefore, it is best to schedule while expecting. For clients scheduled prior to delivery, there will always be room in the schedule to adjust your session date if baby arrives before or after the expected due date. No worries!
See FAQs, The Studio, & Studio Policies below.
Newborn Session Packages
Petite Session ~ $550
Ideal Session ~ $700
Premier Session ~ $1100
Milestone Session ~ $350
5 beautifully edited unique images in color and black & white, with full print release.
Baby 5-12 months
One outfit of your own. Accessories welcome.
Session takes place on cream floor with cream wall as our backdrop. Various props and accessories will be used.
Additional images available for purchase during successful sessions.
"Francine is extremely talented and her work is absolutely breathtaking. She has a beautiful gift capturing and bottling up moments for her clients. My young kids warmed up to her very quickly and were belly laughing within minutes for great shots! She also handled my newborn with the utmost love and care. Francine is extremely thorough and careful throughout the session – she takes care of all safety aspects (ex. positioning /props with newborns / young kids), positioning and working directly with you and/or the kids for the desired shots. It’s a great feeling to just show up for the photo session and let Francine work her magic. You’ll fall in love with Francine and her work. Promise you won’t be disappointed." ~ KA
Q: What are you doing to protect your clients during this pandemic?
A: Thank you for asking! This is important to me for both your health and mine! Francine and her assistant are fully immunized against Covid-19, and "Covid respectful". We and clients remain masked when not in front of the lens.
Q: When do I book a newborn session?
A: It is best to schedule your newborn session when you are early in your second trimester. You are asked to book a session which lands on a date approximately 5-10 days after your estimated due date to allow wiggle room if baby arrives early or late. A session will be secured, but your date will be adjusted if needed once you deliver if need be. SCHEDULE HERE
Q: What are your prices?
A: Click HERE for all the package options.
Q: Do we get full printing rights?
A: Always. Better yet, you will receive a print lab recommendation along with your printing rights. Better still, you can order professional print products via your online gallery!
Q: What should parents and siblings wear?
A: What to wear is a personal choice, but I do prefer soft color tones and casual clothing, and discourage wearing pure white which look much too bright with strobe lighting. We want your tiny newborn to shine in the images, not compete for attention. Do wear soft fabrics without distracting patterns or logos!
Q: What do we need to bring to the session?
A: Your newborn, a couple extra diapers, a bottle to feed or supplement if milk supply is low, a pacifier for distracting while posing, and some liquids to keep you hydrated as you watch the magic happen. I have everything in the studio we need to wrap, swaddle, and accessorize your little one with items which fit and photograph perfectly!
Q: Do you offer family sessions, mini sessions, child portrait sessions, group family sessions or event photography?
A: Specializing in newborn photography means my heart and soul have been poured into my training and tailoring my business to best capture beautiful images of your new soul. If there is time in my schedule, I will squeeze in a milestone session for your baby aged 5-12months. You can find more information HERE.
Q: Do you offer 1st year packages?
A: I do not. Again, my focus is on every new, delicate soul who enters my studio. Keeping my schedule free of other session types allows me to accommodate those newborns who may arrive before or after their due date. If you are on the schedule, I WILL fit your little one in within the appropriate time frame!
My goal in creating the Lillybelle Rose Photography studio was to create a comfortable, clean, roomy space with the comforts of home. When you arrive, you will enter a spacious family area with room to kick back and relax. In the work area, you will see top-of the line equipment and a large assortment of props and accessories. Once we take a peek at everything I have set up for your session (Items chosen based on your booking survey!), you are all set to up on a few Zzzs as I work some magic with your little one!
LILLYBELLE ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY POLICIES
Retainer - To reserve a Session Date, Client shall pay to Photographer, upon booking, a non-refundable reservation fee in the amount of $175.00 for all sessions. Client understands and agrees that Photographer will not book other sessions during this time. In the event that Client cancels the session or fails to attend the session on the Session Date, for any reason, Photographer shall suffer losses that are difficult to ascertain. As such, Client agrees that, in the event of cancellation by Client, such retainers shall be forfeited by Client and paid to Photographer as liquidated damages and not as a penalty. Client and Photographer agree that such amount is reasonable. If you must reschedule due to an emergency or illness, you MUST complete your session within 14 days to avoid loss of retainer fee.
Images - All images are copyrighted by Francine Mittenthal and Lillybelle Rose Photography. Your print release allows you to print any size prints or products at any location, but Francine Mittenthal retains the copyright to each image. Francine Mittenthal and Lillybelle Rose Photography reserves the right to use all images for portfolio/website, display, competition or peer review. Unedited images are the property of Lillybelle Rose Photography and will not be released for any reason. Francine's goal is to provide quality, fully edited images. These images are chosen by Francine based on technical merit, composition and variety. Francine always softens skin, smoothes undereye areas, removes blemishes, and completes standard image corrections. Francine will not edit things which are the client's responsibility such as clothing choices, hairstyles, or dirt/items that can be removed or wiped away in person (Food, old nailpolish, boogies, etc.). A copy of final images are retained by Lillybelle Rose Photography for a period of one year, but Lillybelle Rose Photography will not be held liable for images already distributed. It is advised all clients burn a copy of their digital files upon receipt.
Newborns - Francine captures newborns within their first two weeks of life or so (See packages for exact time lines.). After this time, baby may need to be swaddled for more of the session than usual. If baby is past this age upon booking, Francine will discuss realistic expecations for your gallery. It will be your choice if you would like to proceed in booking a session under the conditions set by Francine based on her 12+ years of experience.
Behavior - Francine is not responsible if the client or child fail to cooperate during the portrait session. Francine is not responsible for undesired adult or child mannerisms not limited to such things as: type of smile, shyness, grumpy mood, crying, gestures, non-cooperation or refusal to take photos. Francine promises to do her best to encourage cooperation, but shall not be expected to control a client or child. You and your children are expected to behave in a respectful manner while at the studio. Loud disturbances will not be tolerated as the studio is located in a professional office building. It is your responsibility to watch your children to ensure they respect the studio and it's property (No touching equipment, slamming into walls/doors, jumping on furniture, hanging from furniture, etc.). Francine reserves the right to remove a client or child from the premises if need be.
Gallery - Your private online gallery will be ready for viewing within two weeks of your session. You will receive an email with your gallery password once it is ready, and are welcome to share this with family and friends. If any circumstances arise that prevents me from posting your gallery within two weeks, I will contact you as soon as possible. This gallery will be active for 30 days and it is your responsibilty to ensure your images are downloaded (and backed up!) prior to the gallery expiration. Again, Francine retains images for one year from the session date.
Printed Products - Printed images are only guaranteed for quality if printed through Lillybelle Rose Photography. Due to the nature of the service and it’s products, all sales are final. All professional print orders will be placed once payment has cleared. Orders may take up to two weeks to process and can be shipped to the studio or your home.
Francine Mittenthal and Lillybelle Rose Photography are not responsible for lost or damaged items during any on-location or studio sessions.