when should we book a session?

For newborn sessions, feel free to book at any point during your pregnancy- the session is held with your due date. For maternity sessions, the ideal timeframe for a session is between 32-38 weeks. My weekend dates and Fall dates book up fairly quickly, so it's been to plan accordingly if you are looking for those spots.

what should we wear?

I suggest sticking to neutral colors like cream, grey, blue, hunter, brown. Avoid hot pink, bright reds, and oranges. Newborn babies can be in a swaddles or a little onesie- whatever fits their body the best. Adults look the best in solid tops, while kids can wear a little pattern.

what if we are awkward in pictures?

I get this question all the time! Do not stress. I can make even the most awkward person feel at ease. I'm not going to stare at you and demand you say 'cheese!' I will have you walk and hold hands, laugh at each other, play with your kids, and a million other fun activities to make you look like natural models.

what kind of camera do you use?

I mostly use my Canon 5d iv as my primary body. I have a variety of lenses that I pull out, depending on the day and my mood! My go to lens is either my 24-70mm or my 35mm. Recently, I've been playing around with film! I'm hoping to start incorporating that more into my sessions.


Katie Rain is a nationally acclaimed professional photographer specializing in newborn, maternity, and family portraits. She is based in San Francisco, but frequently travels to Los Angeles and New York City. She is available for sessions worldwide.