Newborn sessions are my joy. These sweet brand new little angels are my muse and photographing them simply and genuinely makes my day.
As a mother of 2, aunt of 12, and GOD-Grandparent of 3, I've had many years of experience caring for newborn babies. Your baby's comfort and safety is my top priority. I patiently and delicately work with newborn babies taking as much time as needed for capturing cuddly poses.
The full Studio sessions usually takes about 3 hours. Lifestyle sessions are done in the comfort of your home and last about 1 hour. Whichever session you choose, when all is finished, you'll have beautiful, timeless photos of your baby that will be enjoyed for generations!
We hope this detailed guide will help you to prepare for your baby's session and help answer any questions or concerns you may have.
GETTING ON MY CALENDAR AFTER BIRTH
I know you'll be just excited as I am to capture those little tiny fingers and toes and sweet puckered lips while these fleeting moments last. So 1-2 days after birth, simply give me a call, text or email to let me know baby has arrived and we will select the actual date for your newborn session within the first 4-14 days.
TIPS FOR A SMOOTH SESSION - PLEASE READ
Tip 1: A full baby = a sleepy baby, and we need a very sleepy and calm baby in order to achieve those sweet, flexible poses. Please give your baby a "full feeding" 30 minutes prior to arriving to the studio. They will likely fall into a deep sleep on the car ride over and sleep through the first set of pictures before needing another feeding. If you are are 1 hour or more away from the studio, please stop along the way and feed your baby. This way he/she will be full/burped and fall asleep prior to arrival at the studio. This is very important. Without following these steps, we spend too much time getting your baby to sleep and not as much time photographing them.
TIP 2: I 'highly recommend' if you’re solely breastfeeding to pump and bottle feed your milk for your baby's session. Your baby will not become addicted to a bottle at the session. Pumped milk in a bottle will quickly satisfy your baby's hunger and reduce session time. This is especially helpful if your milk is not fully flowing as is the case with many first time breastfeeding moms. Be sure to avoid spicy food or foods that cause allergies or gas as gassy babies don’t pose well. Please let me know if you would like a list of troublesome foods for breastfed babies. *If baby happens to be gassy the day of your session, Oval or Gripe Water can be used to help ease baby’s discomfort.
Tip 3: Dress baby in loose fitting button or snap onesie that does not need to be pulled over the head. This helps to avoid disturbing baby when getting undressed. No tight fitted socks as they tend to leave lines and red marks on legs. This will show in photos so please avoid the socks.
Tip 4: We will not photograph baby on shot day. If your baby has shots the day before and is still wearing a band-aid, please remove it 1 hour prior to your arrival to the studio. Also we prefer not to photograph boys until 4-5 days after circumcision as some posing may further irritate the area.
Tip 5: Some poses will have your babies hands next to their face. To avoid face scratches, Be sure baby's fingernails are trimmed a day or two before the session. There are specially made baby trimmers for this or some parent choose to bite the nails. This tip is a very important.
Tip 6: Because you’ll be in our studio at least 3 hours, I highly recommend eating a good hearty breakfast before you arrive and bringing snacks and drinks for each family member. As much as my goal is for baby to be comfortable, I also want you to be comfortable and at ease too!
WHAT TO BRING
Beyond what baby is wearing to the session, you are not required to bring any clothing to the session. If you have something you'd like your baby to wear, please send me a photo before the session. Please be aware the studio temperature is a warm 80 degrees. I will also have a small heater to keep baby warm and a soothing white noise player which often mimics the soothing swooshing sound in the womb or the ocean.
A minimum of 3 Bottles with formula or pumped breast milk. (highly important to use bottles)
Pacifier (whether or not your baby uses one). I can assure you, your baby will not become dependant on a pacifier at the session, but I can promise it will help keep him/her calm between poses.
Plenty of diapers/pampers, wipes, and ointment (butt paste, desitin, etc)
Burp cloths and receiving blankets
Baby Hair Brush
Extra shirt for mom and dad as your baby may have a pee/poop accident on you
Aquaphor, vaseline, or natural oil for peeling skin and gripe water or mylicon for gassy babies (available at Target)
If you will be bringing young siblings to the session, be sure to bring their favorite toys, videos, movies, snacks to keep them occupied until their turn to be photographed with their new sibling. We also have snacks, coloring books, crayons, disney channel and wifi for connecting mobile devices.
YOUR PATIENCE AND CALM during the 3-4 hour session.
Family members who will take pictures with baby will go first. Afterwards, I work with your baby for 3 prop setups, 3 blanket setups and 1 fur setup. I usually ask mom to be my assistant at times during the session swapping out props and clothing. When not needed, parents are welcomed to sit back, relax, watch TV, read, or feel free to connect to our wifi for your online needs. Please be aware the studio temperature is a warmed to 80 degrees with small heater for baby's comfort. I will also have a soothing white noise player which often mimics the soothing swooshing sound in the womb. When finished, we can either review your images and place your order after a lunch break or schedule a followup session within a week.
Poop & Pee
It is completely natural for babies to use blankets, props, me or parents as their own personal potty. Please don’t feel embarrassed. I assure you it has happened at many session. We do however ask parents to bring an extra shirt just in case.
Safety is my utmost number one priority when handling your baby which is why either mom or dad will be my spotter/assistant. All eyes and/or hands will be kept on baby during posing. During the session I will be mostly handling and posing your baby, but don’t worry I have plenty of experience handling newborns. I will never put your baby in an unsafe pose. I will hold and care for him or her as if my own!
Parent Portraits and What to Wear
Newborns with their Parents can make some of the most sweet and tender photos. I encourage parent portraits with the new baby, and these are usually done at the beginning. A white/cream/tan/black or grey short sleeve shirt is suggested for Dads while the same colors with a tank top, cami or blouse top is suggested for Moms. Solids only please, no busy patterns please. For more artistic shots, Dads may choose to remove their shirts and Moms may choose to be wrapped in a scarf, wrap, strapless dress or other stretchy material available in my studio.
Moms: I know that you may not feel like yourself right after giving birth, but I strongly encourage you to have a photo taken with your new baby at this stage. He/She will grow up and will want to know what his mother looked like holding him/her close to her. I will photograph you in flattering angles, usually from chest up or in a loose fitting gown to ensure your comfort without worrying about the stomach.
If there are young siblings that you would like photographed with your newborn we will do these shots FIRST.Suggested colors for tops are Cream, Ivory or White, Grey, or Pale blue (without patterns or logos) with khaki or denim pants or denim for boys is and neutral colored dresses for girls. The more texture the better (knit, lace, etc). They’ll be barefoot, so no need to look for clean shoes.
**Due to the length of time involved with newborn sessions, we may ask that your spouse/partner take the older siblings home or out for something fun to do while we finish up with the individual newborn shots. If your child is comfortable playing games on your phone or ipad or watching a movie uninterrupted, this is ok as well.
NOTE: VIDEO OR CAMERA DEVICES OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING IN OR OUTSIDE MY HOME STUDIO
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.
NEWBORN POSE GUIDE
These are just a few of the newborn poses I typically do. There are many variations of each pose. So if you don't see something here that you are interested in, please let me know.
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