1. Newborn Sessions

Newborn Session Information and Packages

Newborn sessions are completed within your child’s first 14 days of life in Francine’s Glen Ellyn, IL studio.

Clients are asked to book well before baby arrives by choosing a session date via the online scheduler that is approximately 5 days after your due date.  Soon after booking your session, a Welcome email will arrive with instructions to contact Francine within 24 hours of baby’s arrival.  Francine will then adjust your session date if needed.  No worries, she will always make room for your little one if you have scheduled in advance of your delivery!

During your newborn session, you will be able to kick back and relax while Francine captures your little one, ensuring his or her comfort and safety throughout the session.  You are welcome to peek around the corner and watch as she soothes your sweet newborn and pays attention to every little detail.  In addition to seven years of experience photographing newborns and three children of her own, Francine has attended multiple workshops specializing in newborn photography to develop her skill to the level it is at today.

{ Curious to learn a bit more about investing in a professional newborn session?   See below! }



Your session investment stretches far beyond the hours we spend together in the studio.  Many understand this, but many do not.  After being questioned about industry pricing handful of times, I thought it may be good to shed some light on the subject.   Photography is an expensive business to run.  Professional equipment costs THOUSANDS.  A camera body alone runs near $3000-$5000.  A professional will have more than one camera in case there is a need for repair.  A professional lens is easily $1200 – $2000 per lens.  Professionals always have multiple lenses for different needs.  The cost of studio equipment (lighting, backdrops, flooring, wood walls, posing tools, etc.), along with the cost of all the behind the scenes tools (Computer, Adobe software, Wacos tablet, G-Raid external hard drive) could turn stomachs.  Props are sooo pricey if you buy quality props – a simple headband will run $20 or so.  A knit layer is easily $30.  Cute hat – $40.  Wooden bowl – $50+.  Adorable cradle – $100+.  Flokati – $200+.  But the good props photograph well, and we want you to have beautiful details in your images!  There are also monthly expenses for things like web hosting, software subscriptions, offsite backup, insurance for equipment, studio and liability, and taxes…lots and lots of taxes.  Education is very expensive, with mentoring costing an average of $1200 – $2500 for one or two days of training.  And all professionals should be paid for their time, right?  A newborn session requires an average of TEN HOURS of work per session.  This includes communication, setting up the studio, preparing equipment, hours shooting, an hour of cleaning up and laundry, uploading files, editing (lots and lots of editing!), creating and sending galleries, blogging, social media (the necessary evils of modern business), and ‘keeping books’.  Of course you want your hired professional to profit, supporting their family with their chosen career as much as the next professional, but it’s probably reassuring to know we aren’t heading out to buy a yacht after your session, or the next 1,000 sessions for that matter. ; )



Milestone Sessions ~ Not being offered at this time.  Thank you.




A NON-REFUNDABLE retainer** of $175.00 is due at booking for all Newborn Sessions, $75 for Milestone Sessions, and full payment due at booking for Mini sessions to serve as your non-refundable retainer.  Your retainer fee (as noted on the blogsite/session information page) will be processed via your credit card on file at www.lillybellerose.genbook.com upon booking, with any remaining session balance to be processed the day  of your session.  A NON-REFUNDABLE retainer of $175.00 is due at booking for all sessions, with full payment due at booking for Mini sessions to serve as your non-refundable retainer.  If you must reschedule due to an emergency or illness (or inclement weather as determined by Francine Mittenthal), you MUST complete your session within 30 days of the originally booked date, (*10 days for newborn sessions) to avoid loss of retainer fee.

**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 newborn sessions, or full amount due at booking for mini sessions. Client understands and agrees that Photographer will not book other sessions during this time. In the event that Client cancels the portrait 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 (or inclement weather as determined by Francine Mittenthal), you MUST complete your session within 30 days of the originally booked date, (*10 days for newborn sessions) to avoid loss of retainer fee.

All images are copyrighted by Francine Mittenthal and Lillybelle Rose  Photography.  Your print release allows you to print at any location, but Francine Mittenthal retains the copyright to each image.

My goal is to provide you with quality images.  You are guaranteed 10 images for a Petite Newborn Session, 20 for a Complete Newborn Session, 25 for a Deluxe Newborn Session (OR as indicated at www.lillybellerosephotography.com under session type).   Unedited or RAW files are NEVER released.

*Sibling images are not easy and depend fully on your child’s behavior.  I will do my best, but these are not guaranteed.

Your images 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.

Any 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.  There is a $25 minimum order and all sales are final. 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.

Please call to reschedule if your child is ill, but not for small blemishes or boo-boos.

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.

Francine Mittenthal and Lillybelle Rose Photography are not responsible for lost or damaged items during any on-location or studio sessions.

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.

No cameras or recording, please. Sharing images and tips without real mentoring promotes unsafe newborn photography practices.