Zoe Arnesen

I only accept a limited number of sessions per month to ensure I can fully serve my clients. I recommend booking your newborn photography session in the second trimester. The sooner, the better! 

There is nothing in this world quite like a newborn baby! Capturing your baby's newness, their precious newborn details, how perfectly they fit into your arms and those first family photos is my absolute passion. 

As a mama myself, I’ve never regretted my decision to have newborn photos taken of my precious daughter, Remi. In fact, I love those newborn photos of my baby girl more with each passing year. There’s nothing that brings me greater professional and artistic satisfaction than having the chance to capture sweet newborn photos for other parents. 

Your new baby (or babies!) will change completely in those first few weeks of life. I’d love to help you capture all those little details and turn them into visual memories you’ll never forget. 

Your Newborn's Infancy will fly by in a heartbeat,

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Studio Newborn Photos with a Portland Oregon Photographer

Zoe Arnesen Newborn Photography

The first thing to do is to get in touch. I can’t wait to hear from you. :) Even though we haven’t chatted yet, let me say CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby! This is such a special time, and you’re going to cherish the newborn photos that we capture together. Let’s connect today, so I can answer all your questions, and we can plan for your newborn photography session. 

1. Get in touch

My newborn photography studio has everything for your newborn, including wraps, props, and newborn outfits. I have a wide selection of colors and shades to suit your style. I also have a client wardrobe for parents! Not only that, but I like to help my clients capture a variety of images during their sessions, from simple wraps to adorable newborn poses with props, to timeless photos that incorporate the whole family. Browse my portfolio to gather some inspiration, or we can come up with something entirely new when we chat. 

2. Consultation

Once we find a suitable date, you’ll pay your creative fee at your consultation in my studio and sign a basic photography agreement. Then your date will be secured and on the calendar! 

I only book a limited number of newborn photography sessions each month, so booking early is highly recommended. Keep in mind that it’s best to schedule newborn sessions in the first two weeks after birth. Since baby’s birthdays aren’t set in stone until they’re actually here, you can just let me know once you have baby at home, and we can adjust dates as needed. 

3. Book Your Session

Bring yourself, baby, and any immediate family to my home studio on the scheduled date and will most often begin by 10am (this is usually best for newborns). Based on our conversations and my pre-session questionnaire, I’ll have already set up a variety of settings for your newborn. Backdrops will be ready, relaxing music will be playing, and the temperature will be just right for baby. I’ll have some drinks, snacks, a changing station, nursing accessories, and anything else you’ll need to be absolutely comfortable. You can just relax for a few hours while the magic happens!

4. Enjoy Your newborn Session

About a week after your session, you'll come back into my studio to review your gallery. You will then select your favorite images that you would like for final editing. Once you know how many photos you love, you will purchase your heirloom art work. Printed work may take 4–6 weeks to arrive, depending on chosen items. You will also receive a gallery link to all of your digital photos of purchased art. 

5. Choose — and Love —  your Newborn Photos.

Once your heirloom artwork has arrived, you will come back to my studio and see your printed images for the first time! You will review your artwork products and take them home to display and love. These heirloom products are guaranteed to last for at least 100 years and are perfect for passing down through the generations! 

6. Pick up your heirloom art

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The Process

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* All photos and files are sold separately and are not included in the creative fee.

Book a Consultation

The first part of my process is to chat with you over the phone to hear all about you and your family! Soon after, I invite you (and your partner) for in-person consultation at my newborn photography studio. I'll walk you through everything you need to know about your session and look through all of my props and client closet to plan your session! At that time, we'll book your newborn photo session to secure your spot on my calendar. The $300 creative fee* is for the photography session itself, consultation and styling, photographer’s time and talent, assistant, and use of studio and all props.

That's all the initial investment you'll need to make! Following your maternity or newborn's first photo session, I'll invite you back to see your images! The best part is that on that day, you'll get to see everything and only purchase the images you love in print, on canvas, and receive digital files for images purchased. 

Portland's families love their newborn photography sessions with me, and have given me a solid 5-star rating on Google. I provide safety, comfort, creativity, and a gallery full of variety. I can't wait to work with you!

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Newborn photography sessions take place on weekday mornings in my private studio. You can expect to sit back and relax while I do the newborn portion of the session, utilizing a purposeful baby-led workflow where your baby's safety and comfort is my top priority. There is a cozy sitting area with snacks and refreshments, simple toys and activities for little ones. Typical sessions are about 4 hours, I always leave plenty of room for feeding, soothing and snuggling! 


Hair and makeup is not included in the creative fee, however professional hair and makeup can be added for a fee. 


I have a wardrobe collection of beautiful, flattering gowns for new moms and timeless sweaters for dad. You are more than welcome to bring any wardrobe items of your own as well! Wardrobe is the most important part, so we work closely together in planning your session and ensuring that you feel confident and beautiful. There are also wardrobe options siblings that you are more than welcome to use. You will receive a prep-guide before the session with favorite shops, personal styling tips and suggestions on colors and prints that I have found to photograph best. 


You will come back to my studio for your gallery viewing 1–2 weeks after your session. During this appointment, you will choose all images you love and purchase heirloom artwork products. Once the items have arrived in my studio (may take 4–6 weeks), you will come back for pickup. Your products are guaranteed for the life of my studio, and will last 100–200 years with proper care. 


As soon as possible! I take a limited number of due dates per month, so I can serve my clients well. Most clients book early in their second trimester. 


Newborn sessions are in the first 1–2 weeks of life; however, I take into consideration any special circumstances or needs such as a NICU stay, prolonged recovery, circumcision, etc. If choosing to circumcise, please schedule your appointment for after your session. I can accommodate newborn sessions for babies up to 4 weeks with some modifications. Newborn sessions are typically on Monday & Friday mornings at my studio.


Newborn creative fee is $300. Print images start at $150 and Collections start at $650. Please contact me to schedule a consult where I can go over the client investment and answer any questions you may have! 


I have one collection with digital images, and all printed work includes a digital copy. 


Absolutely. I realize that a luxury portrait experience is a big investment that many clients will budget and save up for. I can assure you that you will never regret an investment that is preserving these memories of your family. Please contact me, so we can further discuss a payment plan that fits your needs.

We had the best experience with Zoe for newborn photography and can't recommend her enough! She is incredibly talented, professional, creative, and organized—everything you could ask for in a photographer. She communicates very clearly, laying out everything you need to know for the photoshoot. Her studio is exceptionally well-equipped and designed. She listened to our wishes and curated multiple artistic setups for the shoot. She is a “baby whisperer” and our newborn daughter was so comfortable with her for the entire shoot. My husband and I actually got to relax a bit and enjoy the shoot in her studio, which was a nice treat! The whole experience was beyond our expectations. And best of all, the photos we received are gorgeous and are like works of art. We will treasure this special experience and photographs forever. Thank you, Zoe, for capturing the beauty and sparkle of our new daughter!

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Kimberly & Corey

Zoe is a phenomenal photographer! I love how she has a vision and goes for it! She directed me into picture-perfect positions and made me feel like a Queen for a day, dressing me in gorgeous gowns and fancy jewelry. And the photos are proof!! Can you say, “Vanity Fair worthy?!” No joke. Once you meet Zoe and her assistant, you will fall in love! They are so sweet and made me feel so comfortable. They made the day feel effortless, and her studio is absolutely amazing! Don’t sleep on Zoe! I am so incredibly grateful for the Vanity Fair style maternity photos I will hold dear to my heart for a lifetime!

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Zoe is amazing! We have done maternity, newborn and 3 month infant photo sessions with her so far and the final product has always been amazing. She is totally professional, but also makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Her home studio is perfect, and she has so many outfits and setups to choose from.

You can tell she loves what she does, and she’s so good with kids. Definitely would recommend!

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Meghan & Brian

Zoe was absolutely amazing, very friendly and very professional! The studio was so clean & beautiful. She provided drinks & snacks during the photoshoot. Her assistant was amazing as well. The photos we got back were gorgeous and well done! I highly recommend going to Zoe for all your photography needs! Thank you so much, Zoe! We love the photos so much!!

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Abby & Logan

Zoe is the absolute best! She was so good with not only my newborn daughter, but my son, who is a toddler! Such a professional! She also has an amazing studio in SE Portland, Oregon! She has plenty of backdrops and full scenes for the photoshoots! I am so pleased my family and I went to her for our newborn/family photos! I didn't even know she got any with my son because he was constantly on the move. Not many photographers, even seasoned ones, are capable of that! I highly recommend her for any photography needs for Portland families! 

Kind words about My Portland Newborn Photography

Aleata M.

We had the pleasure of having Zoe take photos for this most important time in our lives. Her presence is one you absolutely want for all your special occasions. She wants to make sure you get the shots you want while also providing professional direction to ensure you look your best. She's unobtrusive and sweet, but will also stand up for you as needed. Your special day will go by so fast! Zoe will provide you with photos to remember it for the rest of your life. Please take my advice and hire her! You'll be so happy you did.

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