Here is some information that will help prepare you for how newborn photo shoots typically flow and also give you some tips and tricks that will ensure we are prepared and are ready for an awesome session!
Since it is pretty much impossible to know exactly when the little one will be born, at this point the best we can do is have a tentative date, based upon your “due date”. However, once your little baby is born, make sure to email or text me within 24 hours so we can choose a date that will work for us both! Babies are usually best photographed between 5-10 days of birth.
Session Length, Poses, & Props
There is no telling how long the session will take. I try to keep it between 3-4 hours. The baby is the boss, so please just remember that I am not in any hurry. I only book one newborn session per day. Please don’t feel the need to apologize if the session is on the long side, it’s totally ok. As far as poses/inspiration images go, I cannot guarantee that we will get any specific images but I will surely do my best to get the images that are of most importance to you and your family. If baby allows, I will start with the typical shots (baby in a wrap, baby on tummy, etc) and then fill in the gaps with any special requests. We typically get between 3-5 different setups. I prepare enough blankets, wraps, hats, & accessories for the entire session but if you have something you'd like to use, please feel free to let me know ahead of time. I love using family heirlooms and homemade blankets to personalize our session.
If you would like some family and sibling photos with your precious newborn I recommend that arrangements are made for the siblings and other family members to arrive separately at the beginning of the session. We will take the family shots right away and then those people are free to leave. The studio is quite cozy, and extra people and young children lingering around can be distracting for everybody.
What to Bring
I highly recommend you bring a pacifier during your session, even if you do not intend on using one normally. It is very helpful for calming the baby and getting them to sleep. Other items to bring include diapers and wipes, spare bottled and pumped breast milk or formula.
Before You Arrive
We will get the best images when your baby is sleepy and full. Please plan on feeding your baby just before you leave home or just after you arrive at the studio while I am finalizing my set up (depending on how far you are commuting).
If you or your partner are breastfeeding and baby is showing any signs of excess gas or other digestive issues, you may want to consider adjusting your diet. Read more about what foods to avoid when breastfeeding. I recommend doing this for at least 48 hours prior to the session regardless, to lessen the possibility of a gassy baby reacting to something mom has recently eaten.
Please do everything possible to keep the baby awake for about an hour prior to arriving at the studio. Play with them, give them a bath, have a spouse or sibling sit with them in the car and try to keep them awake. This will ensure they arrive extra tired and hungry so they go right to sleep after feeding.
I’ve also found that it is easiest if you loosen his/her diaper and wrap the baby in a blanket (vs clothing) for their feeding. That way we won’t have to bother the baby with undressing before we start.
During the Session
Since the baby will spend a lot of time undressed, we will most likely have an accident or two. It’s totally ok! I'm used to being pooped and peed on! :) I use a waterproof cover under each of my set-ups so only one blanket gets soiled if that happens. Please also expect plenty of snack/feeding breaks. You may need to feed the baby more often than you've become accustomed to since we might disturb baby's sleep with posing, and milk is the quickest and most effective way to get baby back to sleep.
It is important that the studio is nice and warm for baby to be comfortable while naked or lightly dressed. Plan to dress yourself in light clothing and remove layers as we go. If we aren't sweating then the baby is probably not warm enough!
I provide coffee and tea (both decaf and regular) and bottled water in the studio, however you may want to pack yourself some snacks and/or a lunch. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative, but it's okay to come alone too. Enjoy the "free" time to rest. I will not be offended if you nap!
Sometimes parents may be called upon to assist. Some poses require assistance from Mom or Dad as a spotter. Baby safety is ALWAYS number one in my studio. Newborns are delicate and require my full attention. Please make other arrangements for siblings during your session.
I’m sooo looking forward to working with you and can’t wait to meet the new baby!
Let me know if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions for your session.
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