St. Peter’s University Hospital Baby Fair

Jill Smith Photography will be a vendor at the St. Peter’s University Hospital Baby & Child Fair in New Brunswick, NJ!   I’m so excited to be working next to so many amazing vendors and to meet all of the expecting families that will be there!  Here are the details:

It’s 100% FREE to attend!  You can visit the St. Peter’s University Hospital website to register.

When:  Saturday, April 26 from noon to 3pm

Where:  Saint Peter’s University Hospital

                 Sister Marie de Pazzi Conference Center

                 254 Easton Avenue

                 New Brunswick, NJ  08901


The St. Peter’s University Hospital Baby Fair is a great time to meet the hospital’s staff, speak with physicians, tour the hospital and speak with plenty of maternity-related vendors!  There will be door prizes, refreshments and activities for young children (including face painting! What child doesn’t love face painting???).   Also, there will be a teddy bear clinic for your child’s injured, stuffed friend….HOW CUTE IS THAT?

I will be entering a gift certificate to win a complimentary newborn session as a part of the door prizes!  There may also be something special going on at the Jill Smith Photography table, but you’ll have to come and visit to see!

What you’ll see from my table:

  • ME
  • my signature, silk-covered album
  • vintage suede image box
  • gallery style canvas
  • large prints
  • special raffle
  • CANDY  🙂

Even if newborn photography isn’t your thing, there is plenty to see and do at this event.  Make sure if you do go to swing by my table and say hello!   I’ll be there all day to hang out, talk and answer any questions you may have about me or newborn photography (and there will be candy).   It’s going to be a really fun day and full of awesome information so go to St. Peter’s UH website and register today!





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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why should I hire a professional photographer?

Great question!  You can read all about that HERE. Q. When should I schedule my session?

For Baby & Child Portrait sessions, I am typically booked a month in advance.  Need your session done sooner?  Give me a call and I will do the best I can to fit you in. Newborn sessions should be booked early in your pregnancy to ensure a date is available.  I will use your due date as a “hold” and book a solid date and time as soon as you get home from the hospital.  Usually Dad will shoot me an email or text to let me know what date works best!

Continue Read more about booking your newborn session by clicking HERE.

women seeking men ads 30024 Q. When should I have Maternity Portraits taken?

Maternity Portraits are best done between 28-34 weeks.  If you’re having multiples it can be between 26-30 weeks.  It’s pretty important that you feel comfortable during your portraits, so if you start feeling “iffy”, sooner is probably better! I currently only offer Maternity Sessions to clients that book a Newborn session with me. Q. What is the best time for Newborn Sessions?

Newborns need to be photographed during their first 10 days.  This is the time that they are sleeping the most and very easily posed.  I do understand that there are special circumstances where your newborn may not be home during the first 10 days; I can still schedule a time after the 10 day mark!  You can view my newborn work HERE.

Q. What if my  baby/child isn’t feeling well the day of our Session?

Please reschedule!!! I completely understand that this happens and I want what is best for your child.  A sick child makes for an unhappy child and that will come through in your portraits.

Q. How much do you charge?

Baby Sessions are $150; Child Sessions are $200; Newborn Sessions are $250

The Session Fee includes time and talent only.  I do offer Collections at a discounted rate or any product a la carte.  Typically, clients invest between $800-$3000 for custom art for their home.

View my pricing!  Or if you’re looking for a full pricing guide, contact me!

Q. Are the Digital Negatives included?

All of my Collections include digital negatives!  They are no longer offered a la carte.  I know they are important, but truly, we do not know how digitals will hold up over time.  We do know that all of our art products (albums, canvas, image boxes, prints) will last a lifetime… or longer.

Q. What Products do you offer?

All of my products are archival products that should last you a lifetime+!  I offer beautiful custom albums, gallery wrapped canvases, archival prints, etc.  Looking for something unique?  We probably have it, just give me a shout by clicking HERE.

Q. When do I purchase the portraits?

During your portrait session, I ask you to choose a date for your Viewing & Ordering appointment.  This will allow you to view your images for the first time as well as go over all of the Collections I offer.  I also bring a full line of product with me, so you can see in person what you will be receiving.  You will place your order at this point.

Q. When will my order be ready?

Once your order is paid in full, I will place the order with my professional lab.  Delivery takes about 2-3 weeks and most orders are hand-delivered by me!

Q. Which payment methods do you accept?

I accept Cash, Checks, Visa and MasterCard.

Q. Can we schedule a payment plan?

Absolutely!  We can work together to create a payment plan that is comfortable for you.

Q. How are my products delivered to me?

Most orders are hand-delivered by me!  Some products are very large and expensive to ship.  *I will ship your order at cost to you, if you so choose!

Have more questions?  Please click HERE to contact me!  I answer all questions as quickly as possible!

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Why hire a professional photographer?

This is a question that probably crosses thousands of minds.

Here’s a short list of reasons to hire a professional:

1. Personal Attention

The kind of attention you’ll receive from a newborn photographer should be second to none.  I want to build a relationship with your familyI want to know about your style, décor of your home and personality traits of you and your family members.

By understanding your family dynamic, I am able to engage with your family in a special way.

Here’s a perfect scenario: your 2 year old son is cranky, won’t nap and doesn’t want to lay with his brand-new, attention-getting sister just so a stranger can get some pictures.  “But they’re important!!!”  Nope.  I will gladly sit and play with his train set with him, talk to him and make him laugh.  This is my job (and I love it).

2. Preservation of Images

What’s the number one item (after loved ones or pets) that people say they would rescue from a fire?

You got it, PHOTOGRAPHS!  It doesn’t have to be as serious as a fire, but maybe you realize one day that you made a mistake by not ordering that gorgeous close-up of your newborn’s eyelashes.  Your images are much more likely to be preserved by a professional photographer.  Of course, the likelihood that they’ll be kept for 10 years is slim, but it could happen!

(For the record, all professional photography businesses should be keeping several copies of their work, including at least one off-site backup, so even if images are deleted off of their main computer, there’s a chance that backup still exists!)

3. Specialized Training

Not only should your photographer know their equipment, but newborn photographers should be trained to deal with newborns.  Many will take online courses specializing in newborns or perhaps an in-person workshop!

One of my very first jobs was working for a local daycare center in the infant center.  I was only 17 years old and I already knew I loved working with newborns.  Kind of funny how life works out!

4. Safety is Number ONE

Newborn photographers, like myself, spend so much time and effort learning techniques, tips and tricks to make each and every session safe.  I spend countless hours and thousands of dollars a year to educate myself on newborn posing, safety, wrapping, etc; the learning never stops.

Many popular newborn poses are actually composite images.  This is where two or more images are used to create one final image.  Even with compositing, some poses are still very difficult, so it’s important to ask your photographer what kind of experience they have.  If a photographer tells you they are not comfortable doing certain poses (ie froggy pose), take their word for it!

5. Heirloom Products

I know different photographers offer different products.  For me, I only sell the most beautiful, solid, heirloom-quality products to my clients.  This is my favorite part of the job!

I offer Signature Albums that can be customized with hand-written letters, special quotes or family related stories, Image Boxes covered in vintage leather or suede, and Gallery Canvases that can be grouped together for a true statement piece on your wall!


I hope that this list will help your decision to hire a professional newborn photographer an easier one.  If you’re interested in hiring a specialized newborn photographer or have any questions, contact me!  I’d love to speak with you!

If you have more questions, please visit my FAQ Page!


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The Importance of Existing in Photographs

My favorite photographer, Sue Bryce, has created a new campaign out of this old idea. Something we all should do. You can read her very personal blog about her experience being photographed for the first time in years here. Heads up, just read it like someone is talking to you, otherwise it’s hard to follow.


What is the importance of existing in family photographs to me?

Well, my last “family photo” was taken somewhere around my sophomore year in high school. How is that possible??? I’m a photographer!!!! Well, I tell you, it is possible. All but one of my siblings live within 10 minutes of me, and my sister is only 40 minutes away. I see my sister more than my brothers, so that’s not even an excuse.

I’ve taken family portraits for my sister’s family several times.  But I’m constantly photographing her children.  Even blow them up onto canvas for them.  Clearly I know the importance of them existing in print!


I’ve taken photos of my oldest niece throughout the years as well! It had been awhile, so we took some shots in Asbury Park just a couple months ago.


But where are my photographs? Where are photographs of my parents? Grandparents? Very few. I need to change that.

I spent some time recently looking through old photographs of my family, including my father’s family and my mother’s grandmother.  I cherish these. They are on old crappy film, but I don’t see that.  I see memories.  

Grandparents Mustaches

Posing with my grandparents at my cousin’s wedding!

Air Force Pinning Ceremony

My father was in the Air Force prior to moving to New Jersey

My first picture with Dad

The first picture I could find with my dad holding me.

Smiling mom existing in photographs

My mother making the exact same face I make when I smile!

great-grandparents and grandchildren

My older sibling and myself with my great-grandparents


Four generations of women

Four generations of women in my family.

grandma picking oranges

My Dad’s mom. The only grandma that we actually called “Grandma”. I love this photograph.

Sometimes photographs are the ONLY way a family member can exist in your life.   We make excuses as to why we don’t want our photographs taken.  We’re too fat, too wrinkly, too busy.  But we all know what happens when we look back at a photograph taken 10 years before.  “Wow! Look at how YOUNG I was!  Look at how THIN! I’d give anything to look like that again.”… yes, I do this too.  We look great RIGHT NOW.  So what’s stopping you?

If you want to have your family portraits taken, I’d love to hear from you!  You can exist in photographs so your family can look back at how awesome you were.  Contact me!


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When to Book a Newborn Session

It’s always best to book your newborn session as early in your pregnancy as possible.
Here are my top reasons:

1. Style
If you start early, you can find a photographer that truly suits your needs. Waiting until the last minute = more likely to scramble to find someone to fit in the time constraint (remember newborns are best photographed within the first 10 days), with no regard to style. The style of your session should be based around your wants and needs as a client and the style that is represented in your home. You want your artwork to match your home, after all!

2. Time management
You may have been thinking about your photography session since month three, but you were too busy life got in the way and you never got to contact the photographer you love. This happens more often than not. Unfortunately, many photographers book in advance. Sometimes they book 6 months in advance. This could leave you scrambling to find someone that may or may not fit your style and more importantly, may or may not fit your budget. You can always find someone to fit your budget, but is their artwork what you’ve been dreaming of? Do they have the skills needed to work with your newborn?

3. Budget
Newborn photography is an investment worth planning for!  The earlier, the better!

Of course I always try to accommodate my clients as best as possible. If you’re reading this 8 months into your pregnancy and are thinking, “Oh CRAP! She’s talking about me!” there is no reason to cry or give up on your dream of precious newborn cuteness. Just make sure you call to schedule your photographer today!  You can reach me here.

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