San Diego Newborn Photographer
Sophie Crew Photography
Get excited as we prepare to capture these special moments for your growing family!
As a San Diego Newborn Photographer and Mentor, Sophie specializes in safe and artistic posed newborn photography.
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Tiny little newborns...
Take a peek at San Diego’s newest and cutest brand new babies! Newborn photography is my thing. I love it. Like, really.
Joy, anticipation, and that ‘glow’ in pregnancy… capture the magic of life you’re growing inside…
3, 6, 9 months, one year, and all those months in between… every milestone deserves to be celebrated!
Let your child pick their photography session theme and let’s run wild with fun and imagination!
Family photography isn’t just for Holiday cards… capture the love your family shares all year long…
Cute Cake Smashes...
Is your baby turning one? A cake smash is such a fun way to celebrate! Join me in the studio for baby’s first birthday!
San Diego Newborn Photographer
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Check out San Diego Newborn Photographer, Sophie Crew, behind the scenes during an infant photography session in her baby studio.
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Questions and Answers!
Is my newborn too old to be photographed?
Nope! Ideally, we want to aim for your San Diego newborn photography session to take place around days 6-8. This isn’t a magic number, but generally, the younger the newborn, the more he or she will stay asleep for that intricate posing during our session. Their little bodies are still used to being super curled up, and my newborn posing mimics the comfort and ‘curliness’ that is experienced in utero. However, I always like to give mom and dad a few days to come home from the hospital or birthing center, get the hang of having a newborn, and most importantly, if mom is choosing to breastfeed, this will give mom and baby enough time for milk production to be in full swing, allowing for a fuller, more satisfied baby. ‘Older’ newborns are considered to be 2 weeks and older. Around two weeks of age, you may notice that your little one is more alert and awake, and that there may be a bit of baby acne that appears around this stage. I carefully use Photoshop for editing, so don’t worry about any baby acne or marks. In terms of baby being awake for longer periods of the day, the general expectation is that baby might be awake for longer during our session, which means less time for intricate ‘sleepy’ poses. I love an alert newborn, and as your San Diego Newborn Photographer, sone of my favorite shots to aim for is getting your newborn to make that amazing eye contact with the camera! During a full, three hour session, I always find that an older infant will always fall asleep at some point, allowing for ‘sleepy’ posing, especially with proper preparations from both parents and myself. For mini newborn sessions, as we are limited to one hour, your older newborn may decide to stay awake for the entirety of our session, and that’s ok! We will focus on getting that eye contact while working on keeping baby happy in more awake-style posing.
What can I expect from my San Diego Newborn Photography session?
Our full newborn session is a three hour event. Many parents don’t realize that we actually will utilize most of that three hour block. I always provide preparation instructions prior to our session so that we can maximize our session time together. During this session, we have plenty of time to capture family and sibling shots, and can take a few breaks for feedings and cuddles, as well as prop, outfit, and blanket/color changes. During this session, it is common to have a ratio of more ‘sleepy’ poses with a few ‘awake’ poses mixed in. Please be sure to feed baby fully right before our session. I am typically in the studio about 15 minutes before our session, so please feel free to come in so that you can feed baby while I set up, so that we can begin right away with a sleepy, happy baby. It is important that baby be fully fed – we want baby to be ‘Thanksgiving Day Full’ to ensure a happy and comfortable sleep and session. Your San Diego Newborn Photographer recommends the use of a pacifier during our session may help our session run more smoothly, in the event that baby might need additional soothing during our session. A pacifier will help a baby that might not be hungry but needs to be soothed back to a comfortable sleep. I highly recommend bringing one along to our session, just in case. Although we will focus on baby during our session, I love capturing baby with his/her family. If you wish to be included in a couple of images with your new little one, I recommend wearing a neutral or natural, solid colored top. We will work these images into the beginning of our session. If bringing older siblings to our session to be photographed with baby, I highly recommend that a family member or friend tag along in a separate car to bring older siblings home or out to the park, breakfast, etc once our portion of the session is over. I like to photograph family and siblings during the first half hour of our session, then move onto focusing on baby. Here is a great blog post on how to prepare for your newborn session!
What if my baby poops on everything?
This is the #1 biggest concern from my newborn parents! It’s totally a non-issue. Your baby is a poop making machine, and ‘shots’ are fired constantly in that cute little diaper-covered bum. For our session, your newborn will be diaper-less for the majority of our session. Pee and poop are a common occurrence on my beanbag blankets. It’s ok! The wraps, rompers and blankets I use are gently machine washed, and precautions are taken, such as using a ‘piddle pad’ under certain blankets and having anti-stain spray ready for any aftermath. It’s ok! As a San Diego Newborn Photographer I’ve been projectile pooped on many times! Don’t worry about it!
How do I book a newborn session date if my baby doesn't arrive on his/her due date?
Super common question! As soon as you book your San Diego Newborn photographer via the booking links provided, I will have your due date listed in my calendar. As babies come when they decide to, I will ask that you simply email or call as soon as baby arrives, and after you’ve called your family and friends to let them know the good news. As soon as I receive your email or call, we will then be able to officially schedule our newborn photography session date. I like to book our newborn photoshoot for around days 6-8, so it’s important that you call or email your San Diego Newborn Photographer asap after baby’s birth so that we can schedule for that time.
Should I bring anything to my baby's session?
I have all of the hats, headbands, props, blankets, rompers and accessories that we will need on hand in my newborn photography studio. I have quite a variety that I have put together throughout the years, with props and handmade accessories from places like Etsy, specialty newborn prop and fabric vendors and antique stores. Although I have everything we will need from start to finish, you are welcome to bring in a special keepsake, blanket, or accessory that you wish to have incorporated in the session. The most common items that parents bring in are hand knit blankets rom great-grandma or a token of representation of parent professions or hobbies, such as firefighter boots or helmet, football, etc… Please keep in mind that our time might be limited during a mini newborn session, and that we may not have enough time to get to more than one or two additional accessories that are brought in. As your San Diego Newborn Photographer, I am looking forward to creating beautiful and timeless memories for you.
What can I expect from my MINI session?
Our one-hour mini newborn session is a condensed version of the original newborn session in which we will work quickly yet carefully to achieve the best poses we can during our time together. Mini newborn sessions typically include three different setups. During this hour, your newborn may or may not want to sleep. As a San Diego Newborn Photographer, I have had many mini newborns sleep the entire time of our session, and others that have not wanted to miss a beat, and choose to stay up for the entire session. Please keep in mind that as our time is very short, and newborns are so sweet, yet so unpredictable, I cannot guarantee that they will sleep in order to get those ‘sleepy’ poses for our session. What if your little one won’t sleep? That’s ok! I prepare all three of my ‘mini stations’ for both options – sleepy or awake. As an example, I would have my beanbag and blanket picked out and ready for your sleepy newborn to be posed in the ‘froggy’ or ‘taco’ pose, and if baby is awake, a swaddle will be within arm’s reach to position baby in a ‘cocoon’ with his or her legs, toes and fingers either covered or peeking through, depending on your baby’s comfort level. My main goal is to keep your infant happy and cozy during our session! The following preparation recommendations are extremely important in ensuring that we achieve a good variety of poses during our short time together. Ideally, we aim to have baby remain asleep during the entirety of the session, as intricate posing can be achieved with a sleeping baby. Please arrive at the studio FIFTEEN minutes prior to your scheduled session time. This is important as the extra time will allow you to undress baby, get him/her comfortable with the studio and to also ‘top off’ baby with food to ensure a full and happy tummy. Please be sure to feed baby FULLY right before leaving from your home to come to the studio. It is important that baby be fully fed – we want baby to be ‘Thanksgiving Day Full’ to ensure a happy and comfortable sleep and session. The use of a pacifier during our session may help our session run more smoothly, in the event that baby might need additional soothing during our session. A pacifier will help a baby that might not be hungry but needs to be soothed back to a comfortable sleep. I strongly recommend bringing one along to our session. The use of a parent’s finger as a pacifier is not recommended as hands tend to get in the way of posing. Here is a great blog post that I put together showcasing two cutie pies during their mini newborn session. One stayed awake, one was asleep. Both were adorable!
What if my infant is fussy?
Your newborn is brand new to the world, and can’t use words to explain how they feel. Your little one might feel hungry, might need some comforting, or have a bit of tummy troubles during our newborn photography session. These are all normal and common things, and through my years of experience with babies, I have learned the best ways to comfort and soothe your newborn in times of fussiness. As a San Diego Newborn Photographer, I have written a great blog post that has been featured on BabyCenter, and it is a great little article to read for first time parents looking for some ideas to soothe their little one in general. You can read up on San Diego Newborn Photographer, Sophie Crew’ calming techniques here.
Where is the baby photography studio located?
San Diego Newborn Photographer, Sophie Crew Photography’s fully stocked newborn photography studio is located in Santee, CA, just minutes from downtown San Diego.
Sophie offers newborn baby photography to clients from all over San Diego County as well as South Riverside County and South Orange County. Cities in San Diego County include:
- Chula Vista
- Del Mar
- El Cajon
- Imperial Beach
- La Mesa
- Lemon Grove
- National City
- San Diego
- San Marcos
- Solana Beach
Sophie also offers comfortable posed San Diego Newborn Photography sessions outdoors at several different seasonal garden, nature or beach locations across San Diego County. Outdoor newborn photography sessions are held during morning hours for newborn only sessions and in the afternoons for newborn and family photography sessions.
Will you be our Family Photographer?
Yes! Not only do I love incorporating families into the newborn photo shoot, but I also love following my tiny human clients as they grow, offering family photography sessions in addition to newborn, maternity and baby sessions. I truly love watching baby grow as a San Diego Newborn Photographer and develop their own little personality. Family photo sessions are held outdoors in beautiful San Diego County.
Read what clients have to say about your San Diego Newborn Photographer
Sophie was recommended to us by a friend for maternity and newborn photos and we couldn’t be happier!
The maternity photos turned out better than I could have imagined.
Our daughter was not happy with getting her photos taken on the day of our newborn shoot, but Sophie was so patient and got some amazing shots. Looking at the photos, you’d never know our daughter was crying throughout the day, but Sophie did an amazing job comforting and posing her. We felt very safe with all Covid precautions as well. I would definitely recommend Sophie for your maternity/newborn/baby photos, her work is amazing!
– Marta, newborn photography session.
The price is worth it! I feel that you can never put a price on your child’s newborn pictures because your child is only a newborn once! I loved Sophie’s creativity, editing style and newborn poses which is why I chose Sophie Crew over other photographers. I researched MANY photographers to find the best one, and I have no doubt I made the right decision. My son was very fussy during our shoot but Sophie remained professional, caring and proved she had an enormous amount of patience. She pre-selects the props and outfits before the shoot so when you get there it’s all ready. She is a perfectionist and took time to look at my son and perfectly pose him. Even a cricked finger I would notice to myself, Sophie was already on it and fixing it during the shoot. Also, when I got my gallery, I was shy to ask her to edit something on a family picture…. but when I finally did, Sophie was so nice and quick about getting back to me. Being a newborn photographer is a really hard job and I can tell that Sophie has been doing it for 10+ years. Look at her Instagram @sophiecrewphotography and tell me she’s not the best in San Diego, 100%
The location of her studio is really easy to find and there is plenty of parking. When we arrived outside the studio she had a cute chalkboard welcome sign with our son’s name. When we got inside she greeted us and offered us a snack and beverage. The studio was nicely heated so baby would be comfortable while shooting in the environment. She has a variety of props, outfits, and backdrops. It’s nice that she allowed us to share some behind the scenes on social media for our friends and family because some of them are out of state. She is super patient and took her time with our son because he was fully awake the whole time we were shooting. The turn around time for viewing was really quick, it took a week for her to edit and let us choose the photos and package to purchase. I would highly recommend her especially if you are thinking about having a session done for your newborn.
– Corrine, newborn photography session
Wow! I am in love with how my baby’s photos came out. Sophie is amazing and very experienced. On the day of the photo session my baby was extra fussy and crying but Sophie calmed him down and did everything to get the best shots. She took her time and did an amazing job. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
– Elizabeth, infant photography studio session.
Ms. Sophie did my Newborn daughters pictures who happened to be my third and final child. She has such a talent creating these photos. Like magazine style, I wish I would’ve done a few more of my other children with her. Or even. Family photo, Perhaps one day I will I highly recommend her. She truly does a phenomenal job and has quite a gift at what she does!
- Vanessa, older newborn outdoor posed photography session
Sophie’s vision for those special moments is not only talented, but unique! We have been following her work with my first born with the newborn shots, maternity, family, and now my second borns cake smash!! I always get compliments on photos! I highly highly recommend Sophie she’s such a wonderful person that knows her work and is patient with kiddos !
- Jessica, studio newborn photography
Would highly recommend Sophie for newborn pictures! We will cherish these pictures forever! The pictures truly are amazing! Sophie was very nice, patient with our baby who had her moments of being difficult and offered a wide variety of poses and backdrops. Her studio is very well organized and clean. She is very flexible if you are looking for something in particular and has a ton of colors and themes to choose from! You can’t go wrong with Sophie Crew!
– Jennifer, newborn photography
We recently had a newborn session with Sophie and she did such an amazing job! She allowed plenty of time for feedings and diaper changes so that we never felt rushed during the session. She was also so sweet and patient with our 5 year old who was asking her all sorts of questions. Her work is impeccable and the photos are stunning. You will not be disappointed with them and you will not be disappointed with Sophie Crew Photography!
- Brianna, studio newborn photos with sibling with San Diego Newborn Photographer | Sophie Crew Photography
Sophie did my maternity pictures and newborn pictures for my middle and last baby. She is absolutely wonderful and worth every penny. My maternity pictures may be the best pictures I’ve ever had taken, so so glad I got them done. My newborns looked so precious and I absolutely cherish all of the photos! She is magic!! Highly recommend!!
- Brittany, maternity and newborn photography package
Sophie did an amazing job with our newborn son’s photos, and the process was easy and very professional. I wish I had known about her before my first son was born!
- Annie, baby 3 month milestone photo session
Sophie is incredibly talented and patient. She loves what she does and it truly shows in her work. We are so thankful for our family pictures and couldn’t be happier 🙂 I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
– Pam, newborn photos in studio
Sophie was amazing.. she’s a baby whisperer! Her skills, her set up, all the prop options were just great! I was blown away by her patience with our baby boy & all of the poses she was able to get him in. Newborn photography is a truly a craft & Sophie has mastered it! We loved our experience & all of our photos! From start to finish, even the adorable packaging included, Sophie has thought of it all! Highly recommend! Thank you so much, Sophie!
- Jasmine, studio newborn photo session with San Diego Newborn Photographer | Sophie Crew Photography
I was recommended to Sophie Crew photography by a friend. I booked a maternity and newborn photo session combo. My husband and I loved working with Sophie for both sessions. She was super patient and sweet with our little one and took her time with every shot to get it just right. Her studio is full of all the cute accessories needed for a newborn session. Definitely want to book a cake smash (1year) photo session and family pictures in the future. Absolutely recommend booking with her for all the professional newborn and maternity pictures!!
- Diane S, Maternity and Newborn Photography Sessions
We have done two baby sessions with Sophie Crew and each time she blew us away with how smoothly the sessions went and how amazingly and artistically she captured all five members of our family. She captured expressions we didn’t even know we had. We are absolutely in love with the baby and family photos and will surely be returning to Sophie Crew in the future!
– Ellen N, Newborn and Baby Portraits
We had a great experience with Sophie. She was kind, communicative, and, most importantly, wonderful with our fussy infant daughter. The poses she ultimately captured were cute and whimsical. Highly recommend.
– Sunil S, Posed Newborn Portrait Session
I knew I had picked the right photographer and that I would like my session with her… But she outdid herself, my picture looked amazing (and I’m very picky how I look on pictures). Of course I decided to do my newborn session with her as well and again, the pictures were just beautiful! Thank you Sophie!!
-Andrea G, Maternity and Newborn Photography Sessions
Sophie is a phenom in the newborn department. Her post processing has a style all its own, and she is a master at what she does. She has photographed my older kiddos, and I adore the images, but I sure wish I knew her when my babies were little. 🙂 – Sarah T. via Yelp Child and Tween Photographer
Sophie is simply the best at what she does. I am always in awe of her work. She is not only super sweet, but she is flawless at what she does. When ever someone needs a photographer who specializes in babies or maternity, she’s one of the first people I think of. I think her work is magical! – Janis, San Diego Newborn Photographer Posing Workshop and Mentoring in Southern California