Your Newborn Session
Please contact me as soon as you can after the baby is born so I can schedule your session. I like to shoot newborns between age 6-10 days if possible, but let me know if you have a little boy that will be circumcised. I would like to wait at least a week after that procedure.
My average newborn session lasts about 4 hours. We take lots of breaks for soothing and feeding the baby. I have snacks and drinks available at the studio. Feel free to relax while you are here!
If you are breastfeeding try not to eat any spicy food the day before or day of your session.
I generally photograph newborns naked or swaddled. I have a variety of wraps to your session, and I sometimes also will have little pants or rompers we could use. Clothing does not fit newborns well or photograph well on them.
I have everything we need for the session at my studio, but if you have anything special you would like to use please don't hesitate to let me know! If you can let me know ahead of time that is great so I can make sure I am prepared.
Try to keep the baby awake in the morning before your session. A lot of the cute squishy poses we love require the baby to be in a deep sleep. So before you come for the session you can give baby a bath, talk to him, etc.
If you live close to the studio (or if you live farther but are bringing a young sibling to the studio) please feed your baby right before you leave home to come for your session. Make sure baby gets a full feed and a burp if needed.
If you live 30 minutes or longer from the studio, try to hold off on feeding until you arrive.
Please dress your baby in loose fitting, easy to remove clothing so we can undress the baby without waking him.
Don't be surprised or embarrassed if your baby poops or pees on my blankets, on me, or on you! It happens almost every session and I don't mind at all. Have a change of clothes for yourself on hand.
Some parents don't feel up to getting in the portraits with their baby, but I highly recommend it. These are the images you and your child might cherish the most later on.
For family portraits, I recommend simply solid neutral clothing. Moms look best in soft, light, neutral colors. Solid colors or light patterns work best. Then pick a coordinating solid color tee shirt and jeans or khaki pants for dad. Snug, well fitting, solid color clothing looks best. Tees and Jeans are great for dad and brothers. Tanks and jeans OR skirts/sundresses are great for mom and sisters. If possible trim nails (both mom and dad!) and use a natural or light colored nail polish. I might be taking pictures with you hands cuddling your sweet baby, and bright long nails can be a distraction from your baby's sweet face.
I love taking photos of mom holding baby in front of the window in the studio. Please bring a white or light colored top to wear for those portraits.
Please have extra help available to care for older siblings. I am very patient with older siblings as I know they are going through a big change right now! Sometimes it can take awhile to get them to cooperate for their portraits, and this is perfectly normal and ok! I usually do the sibling/family shots first and then the siblings can leave the studio.
Check list of what to bring with you:
Relax and enjoy these moments with your new baby. Try not to stress about how baby is doing or if he won't sleep right away. I am very patient and I allow plenty of time for your newborn session. I will get beautiful images that you will love!