The Newborn Experience

Photographing Life's First Moments Since 2011

Hello Mom-To-Be and welcome! This is such an exciting time for you! I am Haley, the owner and photographer at Haley Willingham Photography. I am so excited that you found me! I believe that getting to know my clients is the #1 way to provide an awesome experience. I would love to tell you a little more about myself. Here are some things that you should know.

 - I meet my husband Steve in collage and we have been married since 2010
 - We have 3 beautiful daughters Callie, Emery, and Sophia and a son Chance!  
 - I am also the mother of a lab, Winnie Cooper, we rescued when she was 4 weeks old
 - I am a proud soccer mom!  Callie plays for Washington HS & EPIC and The Twins play for Blueridge United
 - I was a preschool/elementary teacher for 6 years before I started my business
 - I started my business in 2010 after I had my twins
 - I opened my first studio in Martinsburg, WV in 2011
 - In July 2015 I moved to a fabulous new studio in downtown Shepherdstown WV 
 - I photograph around 100 newborns a year
 - I love working with newborns but I also love photographing my clients as they grow!

Now that you have gotten to know me a little bit now we are ready to talk more about the HWP Newborn Experience!

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Newborn Experience

Experience - I have been a newborn photographer for over 12 years and photograph over 100 newborns a year.  My studio is a calm environment for baby allowing time for soothing and feeding in between poses.  

Posing - My clients often call me “the baby whisperer”. I have years of experience posing newborns and safety is always my number one concern.  I have learned from top newborn photographers in the business and I know how to get a variety of poses while keeping your baby safe and calm. Since I have been doing newborn photography for 12 years I can get a large variety of poses in little time.  You will not be here all day!  Most newborn sessions take around 2 hours to complete.

Props - My clients come into my studio and are often overwhelmed by the amount of props I have.  I have a tons of props!  Hats, wraps, bowls, baskets, headbands, and more that I have been collecting for years.  I am always adding new props to my collection.  There is no need for you to bring anything with you for your session.  I have an online guide that you can use to select the props that you want to use for your session.  You will fill out my online questionnaire before you come into the studio so on session day I will have everything already setup to your preferences.  

Professional Editing - My focus is on magazine quality images and those require a whole other skill set. Nothing you see on my website is fresh from the camera. I include blemish removal, color enhancements, skin perfecting, and many hours of my digital editing expertise with every session.  

Why Choose Haley?

Newborn sessions are done in my beautiful downtown Shepherdstown, WV studio. - 120 W. German Street Suite 200. Here you will have access to my large variety of props. It also allows me to regulate the environment at 85 degrees where your mostly naked newborn will be most comfortable during the session. The studio will get hot for you but baby will love it! I recommend dressing in layers so you are most comfortable. I will have cold sodas and water available at the studio and you can always step outside to cool off!

If you choose Haley Willingham Photography to capture your beautiful baby, you can expect hospitality, gentle customer service, a relaxed but organized atmosphere and to have a great experience while capturing precious snapshots that will last a lifetime. I believe in creating a high quality experience during every bit of the photography process and will strive to give you the best possible experience from initial contact to images delivery.

What To Expect


It is best to book your newborn session early! I only take 10 newborns a month to be sure I have a space for you once your baby arrives. After you book your newborn session I will mark your due date down on my calendar to save a spot for you when baby arrives. After baby arrives you will contact me to set up your actual session date. Newborns are best photographed during the first 2 weeks of life. During this time newborns tend to be sleepier and retain that fresh newborn curl. After 14 days, newborns tend to develop things like colic and baby acne, they also tend to be more alert and stay awake longer.


Posed newborn sessions take place within my cozy studio. Here, you will have access to my large selection of props. It also ensures that we have the perfect lighting and cozy setting for a sleepy and happy baby. During your session, I will pose and handle your baby with the utmost care. There is no need to worry. You can sit back, relax, and watch me work with your little one. Or you can surf the internet on your phone, read a book or fill out thank you cards! I will soothe, swaddle and ensure baby is kept happy.  If I need you I will let you know.  


Following your session, I will process and retouch your images for you. This can take up to 2 weeks. Then, you will receive an email with the link to your private online image gallery, where you will be able to select and download your digital files. You will be able to order extra digital files and/or prints and products from your online gallery though, were you choose to order prints and products is completely up to you and no farther purchase is required.   

"Haley did an amazing job with our son's newborn pictures. He was a tad fussy during the session, but she took her time and went above and beyond to get great pictures that we'll cherish forever!" - Shelise Ott Henderson       

All session packages include planning for your perfect photography session, time photographing your session, professional editing, an online gallery to view and share your photos, and a set of digital files from your session with print release.

Half of your session fee is due when booking to save a spot for you on my calendar.  The remander of your session fee is due by the end of your session.  It is important to book your session early as my calendar can fill up months in advance.  Some months are very popular for newborns and fill up faster so it is a good idea to book while you are still pregnant as that is the only way I can guarantee I will have space for you on my calendar once baby arrives.  The remaining amount of your session package fee is due by your session date. 

Package are available that offer sessions throughout your baby's first year and offer a savings over booking these sessions individually.  For packages payment plans are available or you can pay the full amount up front.  


Newborn Packages

Classic Newborn & Family: $750

• Up 2-3 hour photo session in studio
• 25 digital files delivered in an online gallery
• 8 wrapped and unwrapped baby setups
• Simple detail shots of hands and feet
• Access to my huge prop collection 
• Professional editing of photos
• Online gallery to download your images
• Unlimited personal print release
• Simple parent and/or sibling poses

$375 deposit due when booking and $375 is due by your session date.

6% sale tax is added to all payments.

The classic newborn & family session package includes photos of baby alone and simple parent/sibling photos. Haley will plan 8 wrapped and unwrapped poses for your session using your questionnaire to plan for setups you will love.  

 Multiples Can Book This Session

Classic Newborn Galleries

Sample Classic Newborn Galleries 

Petite Newborn Session: $450

The petite newborn session is great for you if you want just a few photos of your newborn.  Haley will plan 4 wrapped poses for your session using your questionnaire to plan for setups you will love.  Baby may or may not fall asleep during your session. Knit stretch wraps will be used to keep baby asleep and secure so that we can get the 4 poses in the 1 hour time limit.  No Naked Shots and No Family/Sibling Photos.  NOT FOR MULTIPLES. 

• Up to 1 hour photo session in studio
• 10 digital files delivered in an online gallery
• 4 wrapped setups only 
• No naked or unwrapped photos
• No detail shots
• Professional editing of photos
• Online gallery to download your images
• Print release

$225 deposit due when booking and $225 is due by your session date.

6% sale tax is added to all payments.

Petite Newborn Galleries

Sample Petite Newborn Galleries 

See More Newborn Sessions On The Blog

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Newborn & Family

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Petite Gallery 2

Classic Gallery 1
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Petite Gallery 3

After your session you may purchase additional digital files and or prints/products from your gallery but there is no obligation to purchase anything else.  You will have a print release and can order prints from the lab of your choice.  Though, Haley is not responsible for the quality of prints printed at other labs.  6% sales tax will be added to all session packages and product purchases.

Deluxe Newborn Session: $1100 

The deluxe newborn session is for you if you want a large variety of newborn, family photos and detail shots of your newborn baby.  Haley will plan 12 wrapped and unwrapped poses for your session using your questionnaire to plan for setups you will love. Session includes a variety of family, solo newborn, and newborn detail photos (up close macro photos of feet, hands, lips, nose, eye lashes and more).     Multiples Can Book This Session

• Up to 3 hour photo session in studio
• All 60+ digital files in both color and b&w
• 12+ wrapped and unwrapped setups/poses 
• Multiple family/sibling poses
• Baby detail shots
• Access to my huge prop collection 
• Professional editing of photos 
• Online gallery to download your images

$550 deposit due when booking and $550 is due by the end of your session.

6% sale tax is added to all payments.

Deluxe Gallery 1

Deluxe Gallery 2

Deluxe Gallery 3

Deluxe Gallery 4

Sample Deluxe Newborn Galleries 

Deluxe Newborn Galleries

Book The Deluxe Newborn Session

Book The Classic Newborn & Family Session

Book The Petite Newborn Session

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Newborn Only

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Newborn Only

Classic Gallery 3
Newborn Only

Classic Gallery 4
Baby Only

Classic Newborn Baby Only: $650

The classic newborn baby only session is for you if you do not want parent/sibling photos but want more newborn only poses and setups than the petite session provides.  Haley will plan 8 wrapped and unwrapped poses for your session using your questionnaire to plan for setups you will love.  Family photos not included.

 Multiples Can Book This Session

Book The Classic Newborn Only Session

• Up to 2 hour photo session in studio
• 20 digital files of your choice delivered in an online gallery
• 8 wrapped and unwrapped baby setups
• Simple detail shots of hands and feet
• Access to my huge prop collection 
• Professional editing of photos
• Online gallery to download your images
• Unlimited personal print release
• Baby Only no parents or sibling shots

$325 deposit due when booking and $325 is due by your session date.

6% sale tax is added to all payments.

Classic Newborn Baby Only Galleries

Sample Classic Newborn Galleries 


Are you having twins?  If so welcome to the club!  I am also a twin Mommy!  My identical twin girl Emery and Sophia are already 12 years old!  I honestly can't believe it!  I can also say with all honestly that the first year of their life went by in a blur.  Being a new Mom is hard but being a Mom of twins is impossible at times but we make it work!  Lots of sleepless nights and walking through the day half awake.  But, this is such a special time that should be celebrated.  You carried and brought TWO babies into this world!  I love photographing newborns but twins hold a special place in my heart.  It takes me back to when my babies where newborns and my how fast time flies.  Even though it doesn't feel like it now, one day soon your babies will be starting Kindergarten!  I am still in love with my twin's newborn photos and all of their first year photos.  Their thing 1, thing 2 cake smash is still my favorite of all time!  Having twins is so special and you deserve amazing photos to document this special time!    

I do not charge more for twin sessions but you must book the Classic or Deluxe Newborn Package because of the extra time that is required for twins!  I will take pictures of the babies together and separate.  We will go at their pace!  So, if one needs to eat I will take photos of the other one .  When they are both ready we will do photos together.  My studio is set up and spaced out to allow for me to have multiple set ups at one time so it is easy to let them dictate how the set up order goes!  

Twin Newborn Galleries

Sample Twin Newborn Galleries

Maverick & Hayden

Camron & Carson

Gia & Miles


Add On A Maternity Session

The pregnancy stage of a woman’s life is one of the fastest growing developmental times. You are growing a baby – yay you! I know it’s not always comfortable…the cramps, the bloating, the swelling…oh my.  Not feeling so amazing?! It’s ok. My job as a photographer is to make you look and feel amazing for just about an hour. Then you can throw your legs up and eat chocolate the rest of the day!

Maternity Session : $750

• 1 hour in studio or on-location session
• Poses with father and siblings included
• Access to my collection of maternity gowns
• 50+ digital files delivered in an online gallery
• Professional editing of images
• Unlimited personal print release 

$375 due when booking and $375 is due by the end of your session. (you can upgrade to get all digital files for $300 extra)


Sample Maternity Galleries

See More Maternity Sessions On The Blog

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A maternity session is designed to celebrate and document the precious new life growing within. This is one of my favorite sessions as it is a combination of glamour, beautiful belly and romance. A maternity session can be an artistic studio shoot or it can take place at a location of your choice. Some favorites include a river or natural field shortly before sunset, one of the many gorgeous parks, gardens or wooded areas in the area. Dad and baby’s siblings are encouraged to join you for this session!

32 to 36 weeks is perfect for most moms to be. This is a time frame where your beautiful belly is of ample size yet you’re not as “puffy” and uncomfortable as you may be in your last 4 to 6 weeks. Though I have shot maternity sessions up close to delivery with beautiful results, feedback from expecting moms has encouraged me to advise clients towards the earlier side where mamas-to-be are feeling their best and are more comfortable than they may be later.

When To Schedual

The clothes that you wear during your session will play a vital role in how you feel during the shoot and about your photographs. We really want to show off your beautiful form, so choose a few outfits that accentuate your beautiful body! I love form fitting tops with chunky sweaters or long flowing dresses. You can choose your favorite maternity outfit but solid colors work best. As far as specific colors, it is completely up to you. Personally, I LOVE pastels and whites to create more vintage inspired images. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful! I also have some maternity outfit that I can provide.

What To Wear

Newborn & Maternity Package: $1500

Includes all 50+ digital files from each session. $500 is due when booking and $500 is due at the end of each session.

Book The Maternity Session

Book Maternity & Newborn Package

Capture Your Baby's First Year

Your baby will change and grow so much during the first year of life. It is important to capture those moments! Milestone sessions are done in my Shepherdstown, WV studio were you will have access to my complete prop and outfit collection. You can bring your own outfits or I have some at the studio you can use. Cake Smash sessions include a background setup and cake in the colors/theme of your choice.  

Tummy Time Galleries

Cake Smash Galleries

See More Milestone Sessions On The Blog

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Deluxe Baby's First Year Package:$2800 

Sitter Session Galleries

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• Maternity Session with all 50+ Images 
• Deluxe Newborn Session with all 50+ Images 
• Tummy Time Session with all 20+ Images 
• Sitter Session with all 20+ Images
• Cake Smash/First Birthday Session with all 25+ Images
• Online gallery to download your images
• Parent/sibling photos included with all sessions

$500 due when booking, $550 due at maternity session, $550 due at newborn session, $400 is due at tummy time session, $400 is due at sitter session, and $400 is due at cake smash session.

Book Baby's First Year Session Package

"My wife and I have used Haley for a few years now. From our engagement and wedding pictures, to maturity and newborn pictures. Each time we are blown away and more amazed at her amazing work. Today when she did our newborn pictures she was so calm and gentle our little boy never cried once. We will continue to use Haley for years to come and definitely recommend her."  Tyler Dressel


Q: Does my session fee include digital files? How do I get my digital files and where do I order prints and products?

A: All of my packages include a set of digital files from your session. Up to 2 weeks after your session you will receive your online gallery and be able to download your images directly from your gallery.  With your digital files you will have a print release to order your prints or products from anywhere you choose. Please note that printing images from cheap labs such as chain stores will result in images of lesser quality. I recommend my client print through for the best quality prints. Though, you are not required to order anything else and where you decide to print your photos is completely up to you.  

Q: Do you Offer A Baby Plan?

A: Yes! My Baby's First Year Package will capture your child from maternity through their first birthday cake smash in 5 amazing session.  Babies grow and change so much during the first year it is important to document every wonderful stage.

Q: When Should I Schedule My Newborn Appointment?

A: It is best to book as soon as possible as I take a limited amount of sessions each month. If you know you want me to capture your newborn it is best to book once you are 12 weeks along to be sure I have a spot for you once baby arrives. I will use your due date to block off a spot for you. Once baby arrives e-mail me within the first 48 hours to schedule your actual session date and time. 

Q: When Do We Pay You?

A: A deposit is due when you book your session in order to save your spot on my calendar for your session after baby arrives. The remainder of your session fee is due at the end of your session. For multiple session packages payment plans are available.  I accept credit card, check, or cash at the studio. 

Q: I love all the hats and knits and props I see on the babies in your portfolio. Do you provide those?

A: Yes! I have a huge selection of props at the studio and I am always buying more!  You do not have to bring any props with you to your session and I prefer you not to.  I know what items will look best on baby and provide those to you.  A lot of knit items are often too big for newborns and look strange on. Though, if you have a sentimental item feel free to bring that and we will work it into the session!

Q: What should we bring with us for our newborn session?

A: Diapers! If you will be formula feeding, also bring extra formula. If you are nursing, be prepared to nurse a few times while you are there. I keep the room very warm for baby so please dress accordingly (layers are your friend).  As pacifier is also very handy in helping to sooth baby between poses.  

Q: Do you ever have baby's who do not cooperate for their session

A: My sessions are baby led.  If baby comes in wide awake I will wrap baby and start with wrapped poses to help baby fall asleep.  If baby come in sleepy we will start with unwrapped and table poses.  I try my best to get the poses that you really want and with my 12 years of experience posing and soothing babies I am very good at what I do.  Though,  some babies might not do certain poses and that is ok!  I still guarantee that I will get a gallery full of beautiful poses of your baby for you.  If baby is just not cooperative at all, I will offer to have you come back to the studio on a differnent day.  Though, I have never had to offer this in the past 10 years for newborn sessions.  

So.....What's Next?

Do you think I would be the perfect newborn photographer for you?  If so E-mail me back and let me know what package you want to book.  Then, I will send you an invoice for the deposit, contract, and questionnaire to help me plan for your session.  I will put your due date on my calendar to hold a spot for you.  Then once baby arrives e-mail me and we will sent up your actual session date.  I only book 8 newborns a month to make sure I have space once your baby arrives!

"Hands down the best photographer I've ever worked with. She did our Maternity photos on our farm and Newborn photos at her studio. We are speechless with the quality of photos and she's so friendly. Highly recommend!" 

Thank You

I’m so glad you contacted me! Enjoy this wonder time in your life and get excited because your new little one will be here soon! Congratulations on your new little one and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

XOXO Haley