Posted by: ndpellegrino | April 12, 2023

Spring Babies Promotion | Hagerstown, Chambersburg newborns

A short, sweet, all swaddled session to highlight your newborn’s beautiful features! Session includes 30 min studio session (baby only) and 5 high resolution edited digital images of your choice from an online ordering gallery. Call to schedule 717.597.0952


Additional images available for purchase, $25 each or $100 for 5

Offer good only for April, May 2023 sessions; newborns 16 days and under. New bookings only.

organic newborn photography

You have just found out your pregnant, now what? After contacting your doctor, one of the next top priorities is to secure a newborn photographer! This early? YES! The best newborn photographers are booked several months in advance so don’t wait until your baby arrives or the last tri-mester! While the newborn photography has exploded within the past few years, do you really want to hand over your precious baby to an unexperienced person whom you have possibly never met?

As a photographer, we all start somewhere and I am thankful for those that trusted me so many years ago when I first began my photography studio in 2008. Looking back, I am happy that my career did not start with newborns, but instead focused on child and family photography. This gave me the opportunity to refine my photography skills without the added stress of keeping a newborn safe, content and comfortable! After several hundred newborns and now only photographing these beautiful newborn blessings, the mechanics of photography (lighting/camera settings/posing) have become second nature so I can focus 100% on the newborns needs. I do not claim to know all there is to photography and am always continuing to learn new techniques but I am confident in my skills with newborn baby photography and the experience I have in photography from being in the industry for over 15 years.

So, what questions should you ask when booking a newborn photographer?

  • What qualifies you as a newborn photographer?

How many babies have you photographed? Have you taken any newborn photography specific training? Is this a hobby or full time profession? The photography industry does not regulate photographers and there is no required formal qualification. At a minimum, your photographer should be licensed with the state and pay state sales tax and federal income tax and have business insurance. Additionally, your photographer should have several years of professional newborn training to include posing safety! Over the past 15 years, I have taken several in-person and on-line courses with the best newborn photographers in the industry to learn how to composite difficult posing, swaddle babies and just keep them comfortable in their surroundings! Newborn photographers must be patient and calm when working with your baby and sessions should always be led by baby cues and parent input. If a newborn photographer has been recommended to you, look at their social media sites, website, and testimonials. Even schedule a session to meet with them prior to the session!

Newborn photography for the Hagerstown MD to Chambersburg PA tri-state area.
  • What is their style of newborn photography?

Lifestyle, posed, organic, natural, rustic, fresh-48, in-home, studio, bold, classic, family. These are just some of the types of newborn photography. In my Greencastle PA studio, I focus on a combination of posed and lifestyle-like captures (less posed/interactive) with lots of shadows and soft muted colors. I like to use organic, rustic simple props such as baskets and bowls and my reclaimed barnwood flooring with simple hats and headbands but nothing that overpowers the baby! They are perfect just as they are! My edit style is minimal with a shallow depth of field (blurred out backgrounds) which is achieve primarily in camera. Over the years, I have come to terms with the fact that I am not the right newborn photographer for everyone. I do not offer bold colors and splashy props and now only use props that have been tested for baby safety and comfort in my studio. I do offer a few in hospital fresh-48 sessions; however the majority of my sessions are done in my Greencastle studio. I do offer packages that include family and siblings and those type of sessions can even be broken into two days so it is not as long for anxious toddlers and the baby.

  • When is the best time to photograph a newborn?

This depends on what style of newborn photography you are looking for. There is birth photography, fresh-48 photography, studio posed and lifestyle. For the posed newborn studio sessions, I work with newborns age 5-15 days. This assumes all went well with delivery and baby has no health concerns. If babies are premature, they can be photographed several weeks after birth. Babies are most sleepy and curly in those first two weeks; however, babies after this point may be photographed as well but would do best with swaddled type poses. Lifestyle photography can bit a bit past two weeks as the newborn is less posed and photographed more in their natural surroundings.

newborn photography with mother
  • What should I wear/bring to my newborn session?

Your newborn photographer should go over this prior to your session. I like my clients to wear simple, solid neutral colors. It is helpful for parents to bring a soothie pacifier, lots of milk/be prepared to nurse, and extra diapers. At my studio, I provide clients with a prep guide to make the process easy! New parents have enough to worry about and in a sleep deprived state! And, I always have extra on hand just incase anything is forgotten.

  • What is the cost of newborn photography?

This varies wildly based on several factors such as – size of studio/number of employees, years of experience, their equipment/prop costs/cost of business, location, style of photography, quality of products and what is offered in their packages. Does your photographer include physical products such as prints and albums or only the digital files (and are they downsized or full resolution with a print release?) For my newborn clients, I offer several packages that include full size high resolution digital files they may print/use on their own and some more extensive packages with the digital files and products. Additional items are available for purchase once the gallery is digital gallery is delivered. I have poured my heart and soul into my business and the investment in education, equipment and final product are reflected in my price structure. Payment is accepted by cash, check or credit. And, while not required, tipping your photographer is ALWAYS appreciated, especially if you are happy with your experience! No extra funds? I get it – newborn photography is a luxury item and I appreciate all my clients, especially those that value my service when finances are tight. Another way to show your appreciation for a great experience is to leave a kind review. Clients who have used my services, may leave your review here:

Finally, be sure to confirm the turnaround time for when you will receive your images! While in my own studio delivery is 3 weeks for less, many studios have a much longer lead-time!

Newborn photography for the Hagerstown MD to Chambersburg PA tri-state area.

Newborn photography is not for everyone. I am not a wedding photographer, senior photographer, etc. for a reason. I am a newborn photographer and I love it! I love the tiny fresh details that only last for a little while. I love not having to illicit forced smiles. I love the slow, calm pace of working with babies. I love the adorable expressions, the flaky skin, the new emotions and interactions that surface as a new baby unites with a family. If my style of photography matches what you are looking for, I’m here for you and would love to work with you and capture your growing family! Our work may be seen throughout the community to include Hagerstown Magazine, The Child Guide, Hagerstown Capital Women’s Care, Baby to be Boutique and Antrim Honda!

Bringing a newborn into the world is an extraordinary experience, filled with love, joy, and wonder. As a newborn photographer, I understand that this precious time can also bring a wave of nervousness for new moms and dads. You want the best for your baby, and the idea of a photography session can be intimidating! I often hear at the end of a session, “I was so worried my baby wouldn’t cooperate!” Rest assured new parents, I’m here to share some insights and tips that will help you feel more at ease during your newborn photography session with me at Snips and Snails Photography!

  1. Safety is Our Top Priority: One of the biggest concerns for any new mom is the safety of her baby. I completely understand and share this concern. As a professional newborn photographer, safety is my utmost priority. I have undergone extensive training to handle newborns with care and gentleness. I follow strict protocols to ensure that your baby is comfortable, supported, and safe throughout the session. Your little one’s well-being is always at the forefront of my mind.
  2. Patience and Flexibility: Babies have their own schedule, and they don’t always follow ours. Don’t worry if your baby needs a little extra time to feed, be changed, or simply needs a cuddle break during the session. I allow plenty of time for breaks and adjustments to accommodate their needs. Patience is key, and we can work together to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for both you and your baby.
  3. Embrace the Unpredictability: Newborns are known for their unpredictability, and that’s what makes them so special. They have their own unique personalities, and their moods can change in an instant. Sometimes they’ll sleep soundly throughout the session, while other times they might be more alert and curious. Remember, there’s no right or wrong behavior during a newborn photography session. Every moment, whether it’s a peaceful slumber or wide-eyed wonder, is an opportunity to capture the essence of your baby’s personality.
  4. It’s About More Than Just Poses: Newborn photography is not solely about capturing posed shots; it’s about documenting the fleeting moments and genuine connections between you and your baby. I strive to create a relaxed and comfortable environment where you can interact naturally with your little one. These candid moments often result in the most heartwarming and cherished photographs. (See image below where sister decided to snuggle up close to dad at the last minute…)
  5. Trust the Professional: I have worked with numerous newborns, and I understand their behavior patterns and cues. I will guide you through the session, offering suggestions and ensuring that you and your baby are comfortable throughout. Trust in my expertise and experience. I will capture the beauty and innocence of your newborn while keeping their safety and well-being as my top priority.
  6. Preparation is Key: To ensure a smooth and enjoyable session, I recommend some simple preparations. Dress your baby in loose-fitting clothing to avoid marks on their delicate skin. Bring along their favorite blanket or toy to provide them with comfort and familiarity. Keep in mind that accidents may happen, and that’s completely normal. I’m well-prepared for any surprises that may arise, so there’s no need to worry.

Dear moms and dads: I understand the nervousness that comes with entrusting your precious newborn to a photographer. However, I want to assure you that your baby’s well-being and safety are my top priorities. By embracing the unpredictable nature of newborns and creating a relaxed atmosphere, we can capture priceless moments that you’ll cherish forever. Trust in the process I have in place, trust in my expertise, relax, just breathe and take it all in!

This past week, the summer-like temperatures have me very much looking forward to kicking back and taking some time off with my family! With two in college and one little, I don’t take for granted the short time I have with them and I don’t plan to waste one moment of it! So, our schedule has VERY limited availability remaining for June-Mid August. As of today, the number of sessions remaining per month are outlined on the image below. Contact us now if you would like to reserve your newborn session! Please note a $50 paid deposit holds your spot!

A list of openings that remain for snips and snails photography newborn sessions in summer 2023

Your new baby just arrived! Congratulations! If you are like most parents, you can’t get enough cuddles or stop staring at this new precious life in your hands. You are exhausted but don’t want to miss a moment! And, you know those beautiful newborn features will change quickly. You may begin to research a newborn photographer in your area and soon realize you are a bit behind the curve as many newborn photographers book out several months in advance. But, not to worry, several newborn photographers including our studio, often have some flexibility built into their schedule and may be able to accommodate you!

Besides looking at a newborn photographer’s portfolio, one of the main factors in determining a newborn photographer is usually cost. But how much do you spend for a newborn photoshoot? You know the old adage that you get what you pay for? It certainly can apply to newborn photography! Anyone ever see those newborn photography fail memes? They exist for a reason!

If you research this topic on google, several results indicate you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to several thousand dollars. Wow! That is quite a range! At our studio, Snips and Snails Photography, our session prices begin at $295 for a simple swaddled newborn session and go from there based on the amount of time/persons in the session and more extensive posing and products that are included with the packages.

The purpose of this blog post is not only to impart the value a professional newborn photographer brings to the session; but, also to educate new parents on some of the things they should look for when they place their newborn in the care of a newborn photographer. And, we will cover some of the factors that go into determining the cost of a newborn session. As is the case with weddings, there often isn’t time or an option to have a redo of photos of your newborn’s birth or those first fleeting days so choosing an experienced newborn photographer that fits your budget is a must.

chambersburg mom and newborn photographer

Newborn photography often requires specialized skills, equipment, and expertise, which can contribute to a higher cost than other types of photography. Here are some of the factors that determine the cost of a newborn session:

  1. Specialized training and experience: Newborn photography requires specialized knowledge and skills, including an understanding of newborn safety and posing techniques. Many photographers have undergone extensive training to develop these skills, and their experience and expertise command higher rates.
  2. Specialized equipment: Newborn photography requires specialized equipment, such as props, backdrops, and lighting gear, to create the perfect shot. These items can be expensive, and photographers may need to invest in high-quality equipment to produce professional-grade photos.
  3. Time commitment: Newborn photography sessions can take several hours to complete, depending on the number of poses and setups required. Photographers may also spend additional time editing and retouching the images to ensure they meet their clients’ expectations.
  4. Business expenses: Running a photography business comes with its own set of expenses, including marketing costs, insurance, studio rental fees, and taxes. These expenses can drive up the cost of photography services, including newborn photography. A red flag for sure – does your photographer pay business taxes or carry insurance? If not, it may be a hobby, not a business.
  5. Supply and demand: There is often high demand for newborn photography, particularly among new parents who want to capture this special moment in their baby’s life. Additionally, the cost of a newborn photography service may be tied to its location. Newborn photographers in populated, affluent areas are often more expense than those in rural areas.

Overall, the cost of newborn photography reflects the specialized skills, equipment, and time required to create beautiful and safe images of a newborn baby.

“I have a friend who is fantastic at photography, why can’t I just have them take pictures? Or – I’m great at photography – I can do them myself!” You are right, newborn photography is a luxury expense and while it is certainly possible for you or a friend to take photos of your newborn baby, professional newborn photography requires a level of skill, experience, and specialized equipment that many parents do not have. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider hiring a professional photographer for your newborn photos:

  1. Safety: This is top priority! As noted above, professional newborn photographers have training and experience in safely posing and handling newborns. They know how to position the baby in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and safe, and they take extra precautions to ensure that the baby is comfortable and secure. Often there is post processing to place two images together to form a final image while keeping the newborn safe at all times – this is referred to as compositing.
  2. Quality: Professional photographers have high-quality equipment and the knowledge to use it effectively. They know how to use lighting, props, and backgrounds to create stunning, high-quality images that will stand the test of time. Photographers also have access to the best quality products and design services.
  3. Experience: Newborn photography is a specialized niche, and professional photographers have experience in this particular type of photography. They know how to work with newborns to create the best possible images, and they can provide guidance on things like poses, outfits, and props.
  4. Convenience: Hiring a professional photographer means that you can relax and enjoy the experience, rather than worrying about capturing the perfect shot. You can trust that the photographer will handle all aspects of the session, from setting up the equipment to editing the final images.

Overall, while it is possible to take newborn photos on your own, hiring a professional photographer can provide peace of mind and ensure that you end up with high-quality, beautiful images of your newborn baby that you can cherish for a lifetime.

In summary, when researching a newborn photographer for your family, keep in mind that there are other factors that should be at the top of the list in addition to investment costs – namely your newborn photographer’s safety practices, experience and style! There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to newborn photography! Be sure to do your own homework and find one that matches best with your needs, budget and desired experience! Google reviews can be a great place to start!

chambersburg older newborn photographer

Image credit: Dean’s Mother Goose Book of Rhymes

Ever wonder how Chambersburg, Hagerstown newborn photographer business Snips and Snails Photography came up with their name?

“Snips and snails and puppy dog tails” is a well-known line from the nursery rhyme “What are Little Boys Made Of?” The full rhyme goes like this:

“What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, and puppy dogs’ tails, That’s what little boys are made of. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and all that’s nice. That’s what little girls are made of.”

The origins of this nursery rhyme are unclear, but it is believed to have originated in England in the 19th century. Some scholars suggest that the rhyme may have been based on an earlier medieval rhyme that listed ingredients for spells and charms.

In any case, the rhyme has endured and become a popular cultural reference to describe the stereotypical characteristics of little boys, often implying that they are rough, messy, and mischievous. And, as you can imagine, the rhyme infers that little girls are sweet, graceful and perhaps more prim and proper than their boy counterparts.

You may be surprised to learn that the nursery rhyme “What are Little Boys Made Of?” has been referenced in various movies and television shows over the years. Here are a few examples:

  • In the TV show “The Walking Dead”, the character Carol sings a twisted version of the rhyme to a young girl, changing the last line to “That’s what little girls are made of”.
  • The rhyme is featured in the 1990 movie “Mermaids”, in which the character played by Cher recites the first line of the rhyme to her daughter.
  • The rhyme is referenced in the 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers”, when one of the characters jokes that the bride’s little brother is made of “pure evil” instead of snips and snails.
  • The rhyme is also mentioned in the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”, when one of the characters recites it to a group of children in a hospital.

These are just a few examples, but the nursery rhyme has been referenced in many other movies, TV shows, and other forms of popular culture as well.

But, how does this nursery rhyme match up with a newborn photography business?

When Snips and Snails Photography first began it’s operations, owner Nicole Pellegrino had two precious little boys – albeit a bit messy and mischievous. We often read old nursery rhymes together including this one and so it seemed a perfect fit. In an oversaturated newborn photography market, the name Snips and Snails Photography is a bit unique and while clients may not get the title exactly right when researching our business, it is memorable enough and eventually is cobbled together in some fashion usable enough to find us.

Posted by: ndpellegrino | March 28, 2023

Hello Spring | Chambersburg newborn photos

Who is ready for the nice spring weather? This newborn baby girl sure was happy to be surrounded by fresh spring daffodils in here newborn photography session at Snips and Snails Photography! Newborn smiles during a photo session are usually luck, but you can follow a few of their cues and sometimes predict when one might occur! Sometimes, they roll their eyes when they are dreaming and their mouth will quiver a bit and then BANG! a big smile! The real trick is getting it in focus, especially when you shoot with camera settings to achieve that creamy, blurry background!

We broke out all the spring colors – yellow, pinks, soft teals and lavender! While yellow is not a top choice for parents when they choose their newborn session colors, I sometimes sneak it in and it is a big hit! Often parents choose their personal favorite colors but the color doesn’t really complement the babies underlying skin tones. In fashion and makeup, a person’s skin tone, eye color, and hair color are used to determine whether they are a “winter,” “summer,” “fall,” or “spring.” This system, known as seasonal color analysis, helps individuals identify the most flattering colors for their clothing, accessories, and makeup.

Winter: People with a winter color palette typically have cool undertones in their skin, dark or bright eyes, and dark hair. Their skin has a blue or pinkish undertone, and they tend to look best in cool, deep, and vibrant colors, such as black, navy, bright red, and jewel tones.

Summer: People with a summer color palette usually have cool undertones in their skin, light eyes, and light to medium hair with ashy or cool undertones. They look best in soft, muted, and cool colors, such as lavender, pale pink, and pastels.

Fall: People with a fall color palette typically have warm undertones in their skin, dark or warm eyes, and dark hair with reddish or golden highlights. Their skin has a yellow or peachy undertone, and they look best in warm, earthy, and rich colors, such as olive green, burnt orange, and rust.

Spring: People with a spring color palette usually have warm undertones in their skin, light or bright eyes, and light to medium hair with golden or warm undertones. They look best in warm and bright colors, such as coral, peach, and light blue.

I recommend parents look over these “seasons” and choose colors to best compliment their baby’s features (as well as their own for family and sibling newborn sessions!)

Here are a few more images from this beautiful newborn session in my studio!

Chambersburg newborn photography on peach blanket in newborn studio session.
Chambersburg newborn photography

What is a wrapped newborn photography session? In my studio, it is the most basic newborn session I offer and I call it the “hello world session.” It is very popular for parents looking for just a few simple swaddled images to remember their precious newborn baby without a large expense. One of the most common questions I receive is, what is included in a wrapped newborn session? Here is a recent session that shows exactly what that type of newborn photography session looks like in my studio.

First, a big more details about these type of sessions….

An all wrapped newborn photography session typically involves posing and photographing a newborn baby while they are swaddled or wrapped in a variety of different fabrics and materials. This style of newborn photography is popular because it allows for the focus to be on the baby’s features, rather than on their clothing or props. Parents choose one-three colors to be incorporated throughout the session.

During the session, I will usually start by preparing a warm and cozy space for the baby to rest, such as a soft blanket or a specially designed newborn posing pillow. I then carefully wrap the baby in a variety of different fabrics, including soft blankets, wraps, and swaddles. I often also start swaddling baby right away on my lap if they are fully relaxed and ready to go!

Once wrapped or swaddled, babies can be posed in such positions as lying on their back, curled up on their side, or nestled in a prop like a basket or a bucket. Lighting and backgrounds are also setup to facilitate a soft, dreamy atmosphere that emphasizes the baby’s delicate features. For me, this is done in camera, not post processing and can not be removed.

Throughout the session, my main priority is to keep the baby calm and comfortable, and take breaks as needed for feeding, diaper changes, or other needs. The resulting photographs will showcase the baby’s sweet expressions, tiny fingers and toes, and other details that make newborns so special. Remember these features fade quickly so contact the studio to schedule your newborn session today! Recommended up to 3 weeks of age from birth!


As a proud parent, there’s nothing more important than capturing the memories of your newborn baby. Newborn photography is a special type of photography that focuses on capturing the beauty, innocence, and vulnerability of babies during their first few weeks of life. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to document this fleeting moment in your baby’s life, and the results can be stunning.

Why Newborn Photography is Important

Newborn photography is a great way to preserve the memories of your baby’s first days, weeks, and months. The newborn stage is a magical time, filled with wonder and excitement, but it also passes quickly. With the help of a professional newborn photographer, you can capture the innocence, beauty, and unique personality of your baby, which you can look back on and cherish for years to come.

Additionally, newborn photography provides a way for parents to showcase their new family member to friends, family, and loved ones. The images can also be used for announcements, birth announcements, and baby books, making it a meaningful and lasting keepsake.

Tips for Choosing the Right Newborn Photographer

When it comes to selecting a newborn photographer, there are a few key factors to consider. Here are some tips to help you choose the right photographer for your newborn photo session:

  1. Look for Experience and Training: Look for a photographer who specializes in newborn photography and has received specialized training in this field. A photographer who has experience handling and posing newborns will be better equipped to produce beautiful and safe images.
  2. Check Portfolios: Review the photographer’s portfolio to see if their style and techniques match what you’re looking for.
  3. Ask About Safety Measures: A professional photographer should have safety measures in place to ensure your baby is comfortable and safe during the photo shoot. Make sure to ask about the photographer’s safety protocols, such as how they handle and pose the baby.
  4. Look for a Good Personality Fit: Your photographer should be someone you feel comfortable working with and who is able to capture the essence of your baby’s personality.
  5. Consider Price and Availability: Look for a photographer whose prices and availability align with your needs. Make sure to ask about any additional costs, such as print and digital packages, as well as the photographer’s turnaround time for delivering the final images.
Posted by: ndpellegrino | February 11, 2023

Valentine’s Day (month of February offer!)

Schedule your newborn session to occur during the month of February and receive a FREE set of 3 Accordion mini books! A $57 value! New sessions only. Must mention special at time of booking. Share and tag friends that are expecting! Current clients – message me to receive 20% off accordions and place an order! Offer ends Feb 28 at midnight.

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PS – we offer gift certificates in any amount!!!

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