PREPARING FOR YOUR
Newborn sessions are my joy. These sweet brand new little angels are my muse and photographing them simply and genuinely makes my day. 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 session is held at my ‘in home studio’ and usually takes about 2.5-3 hours followed a 1 hour reveal and order appointment. Lifestyle sessions are done in the comfort of your home and last about 1 hour ($100 setup fee applies). I 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 5-14 days. Also login to your client portal and complete the newborn questionnaire. Your questionnaire responses are critical to helping your photographer prepare in advance of the session.
MUST READ TIPS FOR A SMOOTH SESSION
ARRIVE ON TIME! 30 minutes late will be rescheduled if room allows in my scheduled or cancelled if there is no room.
If you want to bring items from home you MUST clear it with Lisa Yvette prior to arriving to the session. Sessions are styled 48 hours in advance so its important to complete your questionnaire also after your baby is born.
MY BABY IS CRANKY THE MORNING OF THE SESSION: If your baby is fussy the morning of the session, ‘usually’ a full feeding, burping, diaper change, and snug swaddle with a gentle rock will calm your baby.
*New moms: 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.
MILK & FEEDING: Bring a minimum of 3 Bottles with pumped breast milk or formula. 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 feel or sleep and not as much time photographing them. 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.
PACK IN BABY’S BAG: a 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 and relieve the natural sucking desire to avoid over feeding. Also bring the obvious: Wipes, diapers, hair brush. If your baby’s skin is peeling, consider virgin Coconut oil, Aquaphor or Vaseline. If your baby has a neck or diaper rash check with your doctor or pharmacist for over the counter ointments you can use and bring with you to the session for reapplication as needed. If your baby is gassy, consider digestive aids such as Gripe Water or Mylicon for gas.
DRESSING BABY: Dress baby in loose fitting 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 creases and red marks around the ankles. This will show in photos so please avoid the socks. 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.
SHOTS/CIRCUMCISION: 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.
FINGERNAILS: Some poses will have your babies hands next to their face. To avoid face scratches, Be sure baby's fingernails are trimmed or filed a day or two before the session. There are specially made baby trimmers for this or some parent choose to bite the nails.
FOR PARENTS: Newborns with their Parents can make some of the most sweet and tender photos and your children will ‘love’ seeing them as they grown up. While optional, I encourage you to take photos with your new baby. These are done at the very beginning of the session so please be dressed prior to arrival. Moms, no worries I photograph you with your baby from flattering angles without showing your tummy. What to wear: A white/cream/tan/black or grey short sleeve shirt is suggested for Dads while the same colors with a tank top, cami, blouse or dress is suggested for Moms. Solids only please, no busy patterns, logos, quotes, or faces on clothing 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. If you plan to have your photos taken with baby naked, please bring an extra shirt/blouse in case you baby has an accident on you. Otherwise we can photograph you with baby wearing a diaper cover or swaddled. Because you’ll be in our studio at least 4 hours, I highly recommend everyone eat 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!
FOR SIBLINGS: If there are young siblings that you would like photographed with your newborn we will do these shots immediately after parent photos so please ensure siblings are dressed prior to arrival and ready. Suggested colors for tops are Cream, Ivory or White, Grey, or Light Blue or Pink. (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. For young siblings, please bring toys, videos, movies, snacks to keep them occupied when not being photographed with their new sibling. **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.
PARKING: Upon arrival, please park in the driveway for your safety and your vehicle’s, especially if it’s raining or extremely cold out.
SAFETY: Safety is my utmost number one priority when handling your baby which is why either mom or dad will be my spotter/assistant. Eyes must and will be kept on baby at all times. 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. There will be times when I ask for a parent’s assistance. Mom’s I would prefer dad’s assistance if you have had a c-section.
NOTE: VIDEO OR CAMERA DEVICES OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING IN OR OUTSIDE MY HOME STUDIO.
SESSION FLOW: The newborn session takes a full 3 hours. Family members who will take pictures with baby will be photographed first so please arrived dressed and ready. Afterwards, I work with your baby for his/her solo photos. I usually ask mom or dad to be my assistant at times during the session swapping out props, clothing, or with poses. 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 using a 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, or the ocean.
ORDERING YOUR PHOTOS: Immediately following your session, we will review your ‘unedited’ photos in person together. You will choose the ones you’d like for me to edit, build your photo package, and place your order. This usually takes 1 hour or less. Please be sure to review the price guide in your portal’s ‘links’ section prior to the session. After your print/digital packages are chosen and payments submitted, your photos will be professionally hand edited by me. It is important that all family members who make financial decisions attend this in person appointment as I cannot reschedule the appointment. PAYMENTS ARE DUE THE OF YOUR SESSION. Orders over $700 qualify for a payment plan.
Most digital and print orders are back within 2 weeks from the time. Canvas, Frames, Albums, etc. can take up to 3 weeks. Once your final products come back from my lab, I will inspect, package, and deliver them to you for your convenience within 25 miles of our studio! If shipping is necessary, shipping and handling fees will be billed with your order.
NOTE: After your initial order is paid, any subsequent orders must be completed within 60 days. There is a de-archive fee of $75 if you miss the 7 day window to download your digitals. I strongly suggest buying a USB drive to make a backup copy of your photos.
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 or on my instagram/facebook page that you are interested in, please email or text me a screenshot or make note on your newborn questionnaire.
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