PREPARING FOR YOUR BABY’s

MILESTONE SESSION

 

SIX MONTH SITTER TIPS

 

A Baby 'Sitter session' captures a special milestone in your baby’s first year. It's a celebration around 6-7 months when your little one has learned to 'sit up' all on his/her own. By now the questionnaire in your client portal should be complete. Your responses will give me an idea of how to style your session. Please note, I do keep setups simple (no busy themes) so to keep the focus on your little one. I suggest your baby wear neutral tones with solid colors or simple patterns. Avoid neon colors, cheesy quotes, designer logos, and busy patterns as they will only detract from your baby's sweet face.  Bring up to 3 outfits and email Lisa a picture of them about a week before the session.  This will help me decide on a color scheme, choose simple props, and prepare the studio for your baby a day or two prior to arrival.

Baby Sessions can last up to one hour and can be held in studio or outdoor if weather permits. Babies tend to get restless very quick, so we allow some time for breaks as needed. Be sure to bring your child’s bottle or sippy cup and snacks so long as they don’t contain bright colored dyes that will stain hands and clothes.  A favorite toy, familiar children's songs or videos on your mobile phone are also suggested. While I encourage peek-a-boo and other simple, fun games to invoke natural emotion, please DO NOT try to force your baby to sit still or smile.  It will only make him/her upset.  Please allow me to interact with your child unless I request your assistance.

*Immediately after the session, we will review and choose your baby’s final images for your package. Please be sure to check your portal’s links section for the price guide ahead of time.

 

1 YEAR BIRTHDAY / CAKE SMASH TIPS

 

SESSION FLOW:

Cake Smash Sessions last up to 1.5 hours in the studio. Babies tend to get restless very quick, so we allow some time for breaks as needed. 

*Immediately after the session, we will review and choose your baby’s final images for your package. Please be sure to check your portal’s links section for the price guide ahead of time.

I PROVIDE:

  • Banner, Balloons, Backdrop (in stock), Paper flower pom poms, Tub and organic bubble bath

  • I also have wood letters that spell ONE (white, gold, silver) and #1 cake toppers, Cake Stands

  • Cake (parents must provide cake if food allergies are a concern)

PARENTS PROVIDE:

  • 2 Outfits (one dressy & one messy) Email Lisa a picture of them about a week before the session. This will help me decide on a color scheme, choose/order props, and prepare the studio for your baby a day or two prior to arrival.

  • Clothing ideas for girls: Formal Dress, Tutus over a Themed Onesie, Diaper covers, Hair Ribbons

  • Clothing ideas for boys: Formal outfit with Bowtie or Necktie, Suspenders & Hats, Themed Onesie

  • Washcloth and a bath toy from home for tub time

CAKE DETAILS:  

  • If parents are buying the cake, get Buttercream icing, (fondant is too hard, whipped is so soft ait may melt).

  • No dark pink, red, or dark blue icing (these will stain the studio backdrops)

  • Vanilla cake flavor ONLY. No chocolate, red velvet, etc.

  • Local Bakeries: Harris Teeter, Publix, Tizzerts, Suarez or your favorite!

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Extra parents clothes (your baby WILL get YOU messy)

  • Clean clothes to take your baby home in

  • Sippy cup for water (your baby WILL get thirsty)

  • Baby Wipes for quick clean ups

  • Favorite toy. Music/Videos on your phone. Cheerios or favorite small finger food

  • YOUR PATIENCE and LAUGHTER. We don't want you to force your baby as it will only make him/her upset. Please stay calm and allow your child to explore and have fun.

IMPORTANT HELPFUL TIPS:

  • If planning a separate party, we suggest using the same party theme or colors at the cake smash to save you money on props and to keep a consistent color scheme.

  • A few days before the smash session, get a cupcake in same flavor and icing colors to help your baby get used to this new sweet taste and creamy texture.

  • At the session your child either will dive in, or may need a little help. This is where mom's hand may come in handy by smearing a bit of icing on the lips so your baby taste. Or you can try putting cheerios, sprinkles, or a favorite finger food on the cake to encourage your baby to go for it.

 
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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to capture these precious moments in time for your family.  It truly means the world to me and I know your photographs will create unforgettable memories for generations to come.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make our time together go smoothly.

-Lisa Yvette