The Newborn Experience

Photographing Life's First Moments Since 2011

"I felt compelled to express my utmost satisfaction with the exceptional newborn photoshoot conducted by Haley. With absolute finesse, she effortlessly captured every cherished moment with my daughter flawlessly. Haley's unwavering professionalism and meticulous attention to detail left a lasting impression on me. Thanks to her gentle touch and expertise, our little one slumbered serenely throughout the session. The outcome surpassed my expectations, leaving me truly delighted! I am already eagerly anticipating my return for a second child's session".
- Stephanie DeRito  

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 & WFC 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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THE HALEY WILLINGHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Before

It is best to book your newborn session early! I only take 8 newborn sessions 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.

During

Posed newborn sessions take place within my cozy studio in Shepherdstown, WV. 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.  

After

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. All digital files you select will come with a print release allowing you to print as many images as your want from the lab of your choice.  I do recommend MPix.com for quality prints though, were you choose to order prints and products from is completely up to you.   

"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, all props and accessories for your session and an online gallery to view and select your your images.  

Each newborn session is individually planned for each family to give you exactly what you want.  Weather that is more neutral colors and natural props or bright colored accessories and props.  I have a large variety of props and accessories at my studio to give you exactly what you want to remember this special time.  

A $200 deposit (for single sessions, $200-$400 for packages) is required to save a spot for you on my calendar.  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.  

Investment

Newborn Packages

Classic Newborn Session: $600


Includes...
• Up to 2 hour photo session in studio
• Your choice of 15 digital files from an online gallery of 50+
• Minimum of 8 wrapped and unwrapped baby setups
• Baby detail shots
• Access to my huge prop collection 
• Professional editing of photos
• Online gallery to choose and download your images
• Unlimited personal print release
• Photos of Newborn Only 

$200 deposit due when booking. The remainder of your session fee is due by your session date.
6% sale tax is added to all payments.

The Classic Newborn Only Session is perfect for you if you are looking for baby only photos with more variety than a wrapped session.  The classic newborn session package includes photos of baby wrapped and unwrapped with various wrapped and unwrapped poses. Haley will plan a minimum of 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 Only Galleries

Sample Classic Baby Only Newborn Galleries 

Wrapped Newborn Session: $400


The wrapped 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. 

Includes...
• Up to 1 hour photo session in studio
• 5 digital files of your choice from an online gallery of 30+
• Minimum of 5 wrapped setups 
• Baby will be wrapped the entire session
• Professional editing of photos
• Online gallery to select and download your images
• Print release for selected photos

$200 deposit due when booking. The remainder of your session fee is due by your session date. 6% sale tax is added to all payments.


Wrapped Newborn Galleries

Sample Wrapped Newborn Galleries 

See More Newborn Sessions On The Blog

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Wrapped Gallery 4

Wrapped Gallery 2

Classic Galley 1

Wrapped Gallery 3

After your session you may purchase prints and/or products from your gallery but there is no obligation to do so.  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: $1200


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 a minimum of 10 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).  You will get all 70+ digital files from your gallery plus a keepsake photo box with all 4x6 color prints and a usb thumbdrive with your photos on it.

Includes...
• Up to 3 hour photo session in studio
• All 70+ digital files in your gallery in both color and b&w
• Minimum of 10 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 view and download your images
• Image box with a 4x6 color print of all edited images in      your gallery and a usb thumbdrive with your images.

$200 deposit due when booking. The remainder of your session fee is due by your session date. 6% sale tax is added to all payments.

Deluxe Gallery 1

Deluxe Gallery 2

Deluxe Gallery 

Deluxe Gallery 4

Sample Deluxe Newborn Galleries 

Deluxe Newborn Galleries

Book The Deluxe Newborn Session

Book The Classic Newborn Session

Book The Wrapped Newborn Session

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Classic Newborn & Family Session: $750


The Classic Newborn and Family Session is perfect for you if you are looking for a variety of baby only images as well as a few parent and/or sibling photos with your newborn.  This packages includes the same thing as the classic newborn only session but with family photos of newborn & parents/siblings.  The packages also includes 5 additional digital photos for you to select from your online gallery.  

Book The Classic Newborn & Family Session

Includes...
• Up to 2 1/2 hour photo session in studio
• Your choice of 25 digital files from an online gallery of 60+
• Minimum of 8 wrapped and unwrapped baby setups
• Baby detail shots
• Access to my huge prop collection 
• Professional editing of photos
• Online gallery to choose and download your images
• Unlimited personal print release
• Photos of Newborn Only 

$200 deposit due when booking. The remainder of your session fee is due by your session date.
6% sale tax is added to all payments.

Classic Newborn $ Family Galleries

Sample Classic Newborn & Family Galleries 

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Gallery 2

Gallery 1

Twins

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


Ararosa

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!

Classic Maternity Family Session : $650


Includes...
• 1 hour in studio or on-location session
• Poses with father and siblings included
• Access to my collection of maternity gowns
• 25 digital files of your choice
• Professional editing of images
• Unlimited personal print release for selected images

$200 due when booking and $350 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


Maternity Session Packages


Classic Maternity Newborn Package: $1200

Includes 25 digital files of your choice from each session.  Optional family photos are included with each session.  $200 is due when booking and $500 is due at the end of each session.

Deluxe Maternity & Newborn Package: $1700

Includes a newborn family session and a maternity family session with all 70+ digital files at each session and a HWP session box with 20 page album and usb thumbdrive.  $350 is due when booking, $675 is due at your maternity session and $675 is due at your newborn session.

Book The Maternity Session

Book Classic Maternity & Newborn Package

Book Deluxe Maternity & Newborn Package

Maternity sessions for just Mom-to-Be starting at $400 are also avialble.  

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.  

"We've had absolutely fantastic pictures with Haley. We got the First Year series of pictures and each shoot has been amazing. You can't go wrong hiring Haley to capture your family". - Heather Murr 

Tummy Time Galleries

Cake Smash Galleries

See More Milestone Sessions On The Blog

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Deluxe Baby's First Year Package:$3200 
($800 Savings)

Includes...
• Classic Maternity Session with 20 digital files of your choice
• Classic Newborn Session with 20 digital files of your choice
• Classic Tummy Time Session with 10 digital files of your choice 
• Classic Sitter Session with 10 digital files of your choice 
• Classic Cake Smash Session with 10 digital files of your choice 
• Online gallery to download your images
• Parent/sibling photos included with all sessions

Payment Plan: $300 due when booking, $450 due at maternity session, $450 due at newborn session, $300 due at tummy time, sitter and cake smash sessions. 6% WV sales tax is added to all payments.




Sitter Session Galleries

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Includes...
• Classic Maternity & Family Session with all 60+ Images 
• Classic Newborn & Family Session with all 60+ Images 
• Classic Tummy Time & Family Session with all 30+ Images 
• Classic Sitter & Family Session with all 30+ Images
• Classic Cake Smash & Family Session with all 30+ Images
• Online gallery to download your images
• Optional parent/sibling photos included with all sessions

Payment Plan: $400 due when booking, $650 due at maternity session, $650 due at newborn session, $500 due at tummy time, sitter and cake smash sessions. 6% WV sales tax is added to all payments.

***Includes a HWP Session Box with a 8x8 30 page album and usb thumbs drive with all photos from each session.  

Classic Baby's First Year Package:$2500
($400 Savings) 

Deluxe Newborn & Milestone Package $2600  
($200 Savings)

Book Deluxe Baby's First Year Session Package

Book Classic Baby's First Year Session Package

Book Deluxe Baby's First Year

Book Classic Baby's First Year

Book Deluxe Newborn & Milestone Package

Classic Newborn & Milestone Package $1300  
($200 Savings)

Includes...
• Classic Newborn Session with your choice of 15 images
• Classic Sitter Session with your choice of 10 images
• Classic Cake Smash Session with your choice of 10 images
• Online gallery to download your images
• Parent and sibling photos can be added to each session for an additional fee.

Payment Plan: $250 due when booking, $500 due at newborn session, $300 due at sitter session and cake smash sessions. 6% WV sales tax is added to all payments.




Book Classic Newborn & Milestone Package

Includes...
• Classic Maternity & Family Session with all 60+ Images 
• Classic Newborn & Family Session with all 60+ Images 
• Classic Tummy Time & Family Session with all 30+ Images 
• Classic Sitter & Family Session with all 30+ Images
• Classic Cake Smash & Family Session with all 30+ Images
• Online gallery to download your images

Payment Plan: $400 due when booking, $650 due at maternity session, $650 due at newborn session, $500 due at tummy time, sitter and cake smash sessions. 6% WV sales tax is added to all payments.

***Includes a HWP Session Box with a 8x8 30 page album and usb thumbs drive with all photos from each session.  


Book Deluxe Newborn & Milestone Package

Book Classic Newborn & Milestone Package

Haley has been absolutely wonderful to work with! We purchased a milestone package from her, as well as family photographs, and have been so happy working with her. The photographs are amazing quality! She is a true baby whisperer! She was so good with our baby as a newborn and at every stage of her development. Highly recommend her for baby, child, or family photographs. - Angela Browning

FAQ'S

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 Mpix.com for the best quality prints. I will even upload your gallery to mpix.com for you to make it easy to order prints and products.  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: Of course! They are babies! But, I have 12 years of experience photographing newborns and I know how to sooth baby to get them to be calm and pose. I have a lot of techniques I use to sooth babies and get a gallery full of amazing photos for you to cherish forever. Some babies may not do certain poses and I will never make a baby do a pose they don't want to do because baby safety is always my number one concerns. But, I always guarantee a galley full of a variety of poses. In the past 10 years I have never had a newborn session that I didn't get a full gallery of a variety of shots. 



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 10 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