Authentic Newborn Photos | Relaxed In-Home Lifestyle | Kansas City
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OUR
STYLE

We want you to love the newborn images we create for you. The first step is to get to know us and the types of images we seek to create. There is a perfect photographer out there for everyone. It would be so cool if you discovered we’re the ones to tell your story! So, take a look around, read more about our lifestyle approach to newborn photography, and just get to know us better.

We want to tell a story, of what your family felt when your baby was born. The images we’re taking now are for later when your baby is all grown up, to help you remember what their new little lips looked like, how you felt when holding them in those first days. We wouldn’t trade the moments we captured for all the babies-as-props portraits in the world.

We’ll be coming to your home. After all, that’s where this little babe’s story begins, and we figure you’ll have a waaay better time if you can throw on your fuzzy slippers between shooting times. Instead of a ‘studio’ look with just your baby in baskets and bowls, we will be capturing you together with your baby – snuggling, kissing, hugging, and soaking them up. There are so many wonderful moments we want to capture – the swelling of pride and love on a new dad’s face, the 7 different facial expressions your lil nugget can make in a single moment, big bro as he scopes the newest member of the family out. Every moment is beautiful, even those diaper changes and burping sessions ???? We cannot wait to capture what makes your story unique!

The images we’re taking now are for later when your baby is all grown up, to help you remember every single little detail about how this moment felt.

That sounds pretty good, right? Yeah, we think so too. Of course, everyone loves having a beautiful portrait, and we’ll totally get a few. BUT! We’ll do it with our MIKE + JULIE signature stamped on it. We want nothing more than for you to have a great time, remembering how much you love this crazy bunch of people who you call family.

OUR
STYLE

We want you to love the newborn images we create for you. The first step is to get to know us and the types of images we seek to create. There is a perfect photographer out there for everyone. It would be so cool if you discovered we’re the ones to tell your story! So, take a look around, read more about our lifestyle approach to newborn photography, and just get to know us better.

We want to tell a story, of what your family felt when your baby was born. The images we’re taking now are for later when your baby is all grown up, to help you remember what their new little lips looked like, how you felt when holding them in those first days. We wouldn’t trade the moments we captured for all the babies-as-props portraits in the world.

We’ll be coming to your home. After all, that’s where this little babe’s story begins, and we figure you’ll have a waaay better time if you can throw on your fuzzy slippers between shooting times. Instead of a ‘studio’ look with just your baby in baskets and bowls, we will be capturing you together with your baby – snuggling, kissing, hugging, and soaking them up. There are so many wonderful moments we want to capture – the swelling of pride and love on a new dad’s face, the 7 different facial expressions your lil nugget can make in a single moment, big bro as he scopes the newest member of the family out. Every moment is beautiful, even those diaper changes and burping sessions ???? We cannot wait to capture what makes your story unique!

The images we’re taking now are for later when your baby is all grown up, to help you remember every single little detail about how this moment felt.

That sounds pretty good, right? Yeah, we think so too. Of course, everyone loves having a beautiful portrait, and we’ll totally get a few. BUT! We’ll do it with our MIKE + JULIE signature stamped on it. We want nothing more than for you to have a great time, remembering how much you love this crazy bunch of people who you call family.

WHEN WE SET OUT TO SELECT A PHOTOGRAPHER, WE ASPIRED TO FIND SOMEONE WHO COULD HELP US CAPTURE HANK, IN ALL HIS GOODNESS, QUIRKINESS, JOY, CURIOSITY, ETC. BASICALLY, CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF HIM. YOU'VE DONE THAT AND MORE. THANK YOU.

-Sam

KC lifestyle storytelling newborn session photo

newborn

session

{$300 plus tax}

session design consultation

2-3 hour lifestyle session in your home

30-40 edited proofs to order from

in-studio ordering session

my first

year

{starting at $1400 plus tax}

You know that baby is gonna just keep growing, right? Want us to take care of capturing it all for you? We offer three popular collections for your baby’s first-year milestones. Payment plans available. Contact us to get all the details!

BIRTHday

session

{$650 plus tax}

1 photographer will come to the hospital, the day of or the day after and spend 30-45 minutes documenting everyone’s first moments meeting your new baby, or a quiet session for just mom, dad, and baby. This is a documentary experience as opposed to a portrait session. Nothing matches the emotions of your first moments as this little one’s parents! You receive a final gallery of 20-30 digital negatives and print release. See a real-life example of our signature BIRTHday sessions HERE.

additional

details

Signed contract and session fee payment must be received to reserve a spot on our calendar. Minimum product purchase of $200 required. Due to the nature of newborn photography, we recommend contacting the studio at least two months before your due date. Session fees are non-refundable, but transferable up to 6 months. All prices before tax. Collections start at $600. Prices subject to change without notice.

FAQs

YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS?
WELL, GOOD. PULL UP A CHAIR AND READ ON... CUZ WE'VE GOT ANSWERS.

FAQs

YOU'VE GOT QUESTIONS?
WELL, GOOD. PULL UP A CHAIR AND READ ON... CUZ WE'VE GOT ANSWERS.

How long have you guys been around?

We’ve been shooting kiddos and family portraits since 2007. We began the crazy adventure of shooting weddings in 2009. In 2018, we stepped away from the name ‘JSi Photography’ to ‘MIKE + JULIE |  storytellers’.

What's a newborn session with MIKE + JULIE like?

We will come to your home for your lifestyle newborn/family session. We reserve up to three hours for your in-home newborn session. But, much of that time is spent comforting, feeding, or changing your baby. We will arrive and take a look around at the best spots in your home for pictures. What you’ll really be doing is relaxing and snuggling with your new baby. We are seeking to capture their newness and the emotions of this thrilling time in your family’s life.

How is a lifestyle newborn session different than a normal newborn session?

We want to tell a story, of what your family felt when your new baby was born. The images we’re taking now are for later, when your baby is all grown up, to remember what their new little lips looked like, how you felt when holding them in those first days. We’ll be coming to your home. After all, that’s where this little babe’s story begins. Instead of a ‘studio’ look with just your baby in pictures, we will be capturing you together with your baby – snuggling, kissing, hugging, and soaking them up. There are so many wonderful moments we want to capture. Now, doesn’t all that sound pretty good? We think so too.

How long before my due date should I book my session?

We recommend 2-3 months before your due date, but it’s never too early to book your newborn session. You want to make sure we have room in our schedule for your session, AND room to reschedule if you deliver early or late. We also want to have all the arrangements made for your session before you deliver. Who wants to deal with that after having a baby? No one, man.

Can I get studio portraits?

Well, you can, just not with us…. 😉 Even though you’re invited to the M+J Studio for your personal ordering appointment, it’s really only a super-cool meeting space and not shooting in. Studio work is great and all, don’t get us wrong. We just like the freedom of a real environment more. It’s actually an important element in what makes our style look the way it does.

What is BIRTHday photography?

A BIRTHday documentary session is a special kind of session! You will never see a more authentic reflection of the feelings when your baby joined your family than with this set of images. One photographer will come to the hospital anytime on the day you give birth or the next day – before you leave the hospital. This is a documentary. It will not be a traditional portrait session. We will spend around 30-60 minutes documenting you and your loved ones’ experiences as they meet this wonderful new little nugget. Still wondering if this session is right for you? Click HERE to see a real-life example.

What about props?

Our sessions are about emotions and connections. We can’t think of anything better to incorporate than those personal items that hold special meaning for you. Other than that, we don’t use any baskets or generic props to your session. We think that you and your baby are enough to create powerful and lasting portraits.

Do you offer digitals?

Yep, we sure do. You can purchase one individual file, a bundle, or the whole kit and caboodle! But, that digital file sure won’t look as nice on your walls as a big, beautiful canvas though 😉 

When is the best time frame for newborn photos?

The best, most awesome time to have your newborn photos taken is within the first 10 days of birth. With years of experience photographing newborns, we can say that after the 10-day mark, they aren’t as sleepy and don’t curl up like they did when they first arrived. They change so much every day! Now, the cool thing about our shooting style is that we can still get some great shots even if you book your session after the first 10 days!

How do I book/reserve a session?

Your session date is reserved once your portrait contract is signed and your session fee is paid.

What happens after the session?

Once your session is over, the agonizing wait begins! Then, you’ll come in for your own personal ordering appointment at the M+J Studio. This is when you’ll see your images for the first time, get acquainted with all of our yummy products and place your order. AND…. we’ll help you every step of the way to prepare for your ordering appointment, no worries.

What if I have to reschedule?

Payment of your session fee reserves that day and time so that no one else gets it. So, when you can’t make it, no one else gets that spot either. But we totally understand that life happens, especially with a new little one to take care of. You get one complimentary reschedule for any reason. Let us know as soon as you can so that we can reschedule inside that narrow window of opportunity that newborns have (before they stop being newborns). If you need to reschedule more than once, there is a $75 rescheduling fee.

Can you help me with what to wear?

Of course, we can! We have an inspiration page filled with examples from real M+J sessions, beautiful color scheme suggestions, and helpful hints sprinkled throughout. Our biggest advice is to choose clothing you feel GREAT in. When you feel good, it shows.

What if my older kiddos don’t behave at the session?

DON’T worry if your older kiddos aren’t their normal selves during this time. As much as you want your kiddo to be a perfect angel during the session, let yourself off the hook if it doesn’t happen. This is where we work our MIKE + JULIE magic 😉 It can be a big transition to add a new sibling. We are pretty good at detecting that and turning things around. Pushing them is not going to make them smile – that’s a proven fact. 

Can you photograph my baby throughout their first year?

You betcha we can, and we would be honored! Our popular ‘My First Year’ program is perfect for you! We have three easy collections to choose from.

How much pizza will Mike eat after the session?

Well, the man bleeds pizza sauce so it’s a given that the level of pizza consumption is going to be pretty high. (You know us so well!)

Are you itching to ask us something else? See that cute lil’ button? It’ll take you right where you need to go.