How to prepare for your newborn session...
How do I prepare my newborn?
- We will want your newborn sleepy for the entire session, that is how we accomplish those cute and cuddly sleepy photos, so having your newborn in that “ milk drunk” state with a full belly, is exactly how we will want to get started. Please DO NOT withhold any feedings from your baby prior to our session, instead we will work closely together in determining a good time based on any feeding schedule if one is already established. It is very important your baby gets a full tummy prior to the beginning of the session so we can spend the most time taking pictures during your session. So its best if we arrange for you to give your baby a full feeding right before you drive over so that they fall into a deep sleep on the way to the studio. Then we'd get a good hour or so of taking photos before their next feeding.
- Don't stress if your baby wakes up during the session, we can still keep shooting until they get fussy or if its time to feed, we can take a nursing or bottle break, so make sure to bring an extra bottle if you are bottle feeding if the baby should get hungry.
- Bathing (or sponge bathe) your baby prior to the shoot is also a good way to tire them out and have them sleep better for the session.
- For babies older than 2 weeks old, they will most likely be awake the majority of the photoshoot since they are becoming more alert. We are less likely to get the sleep photos but we can still get some great photos of them awake.
- Bring a pacifier if your baby will take one, it may help soothe them if they startle during the session.
- I keep the studio nice and warm during the session to ensure the comfort of the baby (80 degrees), since they are photographed nearly nude! You know that means as adults, we will be very warm! Make sure to bring short sleeves to wear when you are not being photographed, so you are comfortable!
- I like to photograph your baby in their natural organic state so there is no need for you to bring them clothing for their newborn session. I have diaper covers and bonnets, and floral crowns. Your more than welcome to bring anything you want to personalize your session. Like matching floral crowns or different headbands etc. A super cute idea is to bring your wedding veil to use as a prop.
- Please dress baby in a button down outfit so that we don't have to pull any clothing over their head that could wake them up. Remember to bring an outfit to leave home in.
- Bring your little baby in a loose diaper to prevent them from having diaper marks. I don't remove the diaper completely but I will tuck it down low so you don't see it in the photos.
As the parent, what am I responsible for during the session?
I will be doing most the work. You did all the work getting the baby here, so it is your time to sit back, watch, and enjoy the process! On occasion, I will need help with propping your little one for certain poses, which may require a little help from either Mom or Dad. At all times, a parent will need to be present at the session with your newborn and myself during the photoshoot.
Should we include ourselves in some photos?
Yes! I know women don’t usually feel their best after just giving birth, but these photos are so special to have. I can work wonders with dark circles from any sleepless nights, and make sure to pose you in a flattering way. If you do want family photos, pick out simple clothes and make sure your hands are manicured as they will be in pictures. I will be happy to take pictures of any siblings with the new baby as well! ( Please note, extended family pictures are not included nor permitted in your session - IE, grandparents, cousins, aunts. etc). If you have young children under 5 yrs old please bring an adult to watch over them while we take some photos of you parents with your new baby.
If parents are going to be in the pictures, what should we wear?
Wardrobe is key in a photo session, and it should be deemed important to make the best of your investment. That is why we will work closely together in helping you feel confident and prepared by picking out the best outfit. I love long flowy dresses in sessions, and recommend all my clients to wear them because it helps mommies appear long and lean (which can be flattering for our postpartum bodies). Neutral solid colors like white, creams, greys, pastels, light tones, work great for these light and airy sessions. I ask my clients to stay away from black and bold colors or busy patterns, as they can stand out in a non flattering way for in studio images. I recommend dresses that have sleeves. They can be off the shoulder, mid length, or long sleeves, but I notice mommy's prefer to cover their arms up a bit to give the illusion of slimmer arms. These are all just friendly suggestions to achieve the same style of images that you see on my website, but this is your session and you Rock whatever you want :) Shine on Sista!!! No need to dress up if you don't want to, t-shirts, jeans or khakis pants look great for men, and a simple maxi dress for women. When in doubt, bring a few options to the studio for us to decide from! I photograph everyone barefoot in the studio sessions (parents included), it achieves that comfortable natural style of photos that I strive for in my photos. Here is a Pinterest Board for "What To Wear" to give you some inspiration.
When will we get to proof our pictures?
Within 3-4 weeks from your session, your images will be ready on an online gallery for you to order.
*Due to the nature of newborn photography sick siblings/parents will not be allowed in the studio during the session out of protection for all my newborn clients coming in.
Feel free to contact me HERE me for any questions that you may have.