Please read this guide thoroughly and follow it to the best of your abilities to ensure a successful newborn session.
WHEN TO PHOTOGRAPH: 5-14 Days Old
Newborns are best photographed within the first two weeks of life. The best age for a successful newborn session is 5-14 days old, as they are still sleeping and flexible! This is also a good time because baby acne usually has not appeared yet. This is essential to creating a true newborn look and poses for your session. Older newborns can be photographed, however parents should be aware that older babies are more wakeful and may be more difficult to pose. Don’t worry, we will get beautiful shots of your precious new addition.
THINGS TO DO: Be Prepared
Breastfed Babies: If nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy or anything that will cause gas (garlic, onion, milk, coffee) and might upset baby’s tummy for at least 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. A gassy baby will not pose well during the session due to their little tummy being upset. If you are open to bottle feeding, I ask that you bring a bottle with you. This allows me the ability to feed the baby without them waking more from Mommy’s scent.
Keep Them Awake: Interact with and keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. If you can have someone interact with the baby during the ride to the studio. This is very important. Without this, we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them. Stimulating baby with a bath before the session sometimes does the trick!
Feed Them: If you are close to the studio, feed the baby right before your come to ensure the baby is nice and full for the session. If you live 30 minutes or more from the studio, I suggest feeding the baby when you arrive. It is not unusual for your little bundle to eat during the session as well. A full baby = a sleepy baby, and we need a very sleepy and calm baby in order to achieve the sweet, flexible poses you see in my portfolio.
Dress Easy: Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on baby’s skin and to also avoid disturbing baby when getting undressed. A simple sleeper is best. Please avoid onesies or anything that has to be pulled off over baby’s head. Loosen diaper tabs prior to the session.
Pacifiers: Bring a pacifier! – They can be very helpful during the session.
Turn Up The Heat: Babies are most comfortable in a nice warm space. The studio will be around 80 degrees so baby is warm and toasty. If we're not sweating, baby is probably not warm enough. This makes a HUGE difference, trust me! Please dress in layers so that you are comfortable.
Accessorize: Grab any special blankets, mementos, toys, stuffed animals, hats, etc that you think you might want to include in the session. There is no guarantee that we can use them but it is good to have out just in case!
THINGS TO KNOW: Be Informed
Nakie Baby: Your newborn will be photographed in his/her birthday suit for part of the session (if you approve said photos), but I pay careful attention to ensure private parts are not exposed in any photos.
Safety is Key: I will NEVER put your sweet baby's safety at risk. Any and all poses attempted are well practiced and the baby's wellbeing is the top priority at all times.
Don't Fret: Baby's cry, poop, pee, spit up and lots of other fun things. I am used to it! I know specific techniques to soothe babies when crying. Trust that I will hand baby over if they are truly upset, and know that I will trust your parental instincts too! Do not worry about my blankets or backdrops involved in messy accidents. This is normal and I don't think I can tell you how many times I've been pooped on! (honestly, let them get it out and they sleep much better!) All my blankets and props are washed after each session with free and clear detergent.
Slow & Steady: I spend a lot of time getting every little finger and toe positioned perfectly when photographing your little bundle. First and foremost, it is important to me for your baby to look comfortable and peaceful in the photographs and for each image to be a piece of art. My motto is quality over quantity when dealing with newborns. It may seem like we are moving at a snail’s pace and you may be afraid we won’t get in enough poses, but baby's work better when there is little stress or movement and they can relax. I'd rather you have a handful of great photos than a ton of decent ones.
Time: The session will be anywhere from 3-4 hours depending on how cooperative baby is. This leaves room for changing, feeding, and soothing breaks!
Poses: Please keep in mind that not all babies will cooperate or do all the different poses. Trust in me that I will attempt what you want me to but if I feel like it's not going to happen, I will let you know and we will move on.
Parent Attire: I will provide a dress for mom to wear in parent shots. Please have other family members to be photographed wear something understated and natural toned (creams, greys, jewel tones, whites). No busy patterns or bright colors. Also, bring a change of clothes in case the baby has an accident. We always remember to bring the baby more clothes, but often forget about ourselves.
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I look forward to your session and cannot wait to capture your memories.