Session Planning

When to Book Portraits

In order to not miss out, the best time to book a session is to contact Jennifer during pregnancy.  Your due date will be reserved and put on the calendar with the assumption that newborn baby will come sometime around that scheduled date.  If  your bundle of joy wants to come early, no problem. Or if they want to stay with mom a bit longer, again no problem. We can be flexible as long as you book ahead of time… continue reading


Newborn and Maternity Photo Studio

Jennifer McNeil Photography has a dedicated in-home studio as an option for all her clients.  Moms, Dads, children and babies are welcome to come and relax in the spacious studio.  With a well appointed mix of wraps, blankets and props there is no shortage of ideas you can create for your photo session.  There are small setups and whole family backdrops so everyone can have an chance to be in front of the camera.  Choose a photographer based on session style with a classic background and a more relaxed setting.  Learn more about the studio…


Styling Your Sessions

Session styling is where the client gets to provide input on the colors, props and clothing for their photo session .  There are several different types of props available at my Orange County studio.  Props include items such as hats, diaper covers and other clothing, blankets and wraps, backgrounds and floor drops, toys and decorative pieces, baskets and boxes for baby to lay in and anything else I need to comfortably situate baby into just the right pose.  All these items are available to my full session clients at my professional studio.  For more information, see how to style your session…


Questions and Answers

If you have some general questions, this page should be able to answer them for a wide variety of topics for the sessions.  Please be sure to read the other helpful pages here on the website to prepare you for any type of photography session.  Get your questions answered….



Soothing Baby during the Photo Shoot

Calming your newborn for photos, a baby is the most precious gift I can imagine and you are probably seeking photographic services because you feel the same way.  I have taken years to learn and perfect some baby whispering techniques. See what my past clients have said about getting amazing photos.  This baby is brand new and full of surprises, he likely already has you thinking about his safety, well being, and happiness.  Learn about more soothing techniques