Studio Newborn Session
Let me pencil you in
I recommend scheduling your newborn session PRIOR to your baby’s birth if possible to ensure a spot in my calendar.
I strongly recommend newborn sessions to be scheduled within the first 14 days of life, however the best time is between 3-7 days after their birth. I’ll be moving them around and scrunching them into those sweet sleepy newborn poses, so we want to make sure they are sleepy enough to allow us to handle them. Somewhere around day 8 they discover the joy of stretching! Once that happens… they are not going to let us pose them into cute little poses without a fight. After day 14 it gets much harder to get baby into a deep sleep that use to come so easily to them. Some babies develop colic, acne and pealing skin as well.
What to expect
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 3-4 hours, it all depends on the mood of the baby (I let the baby take the lead), so please prepare for that. I ask that you remain calm and try to relax as baby will pick up on any frustration in the room. I will warm up the studio just for the baby, newborns are used to being all bundled up and cozy. Cranking the thermostat is guaranteed to make the session flow more smoothly and help them sleep better. We may be sweating, but the baby will be nice and cozy… and that’s what really matters. I will be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help baby re-fuel. Its tough work being a model. For the nursing mothers you’ll need some refueling of your own, so snacks and refreshments will be provided. I have many props and outfits to choose from, let me know ahead of time which colors you would like me to work with or if you’re open to letting my creativity run wild. Your baby is in good hands, I promise you that! Just come in and let me do the rest. Some parents catch up on their current book, take a snooze on the couch or even enjoy the back yard for some fresh air during the session. Go ahead and Relax, I got it!
What to bring
- Bring the babies cutest stuffed animal in hopes of capturing some photos with it.
- Baby blanket/gift you want photographed, I’ll try and incorporate it into the session.
- Diaper bag
- Breast Pump if pumping and feeding.
What to wear
Cream, Ivory or white is recommended for all family members. Older siblings can wear tops with jeans or dresses for girls. A white/cream short sleeve shirt is suggested for Dad and white/cream top/blouse or dress for mom. The studio will be kept at 85 degrees to keep your little one warm while in their birthday suit, so I recommend that parents dress in layers to that you can remove some if you get too warm.
Due to the nature of the session we 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. It can be difficult for children to hang out in the warm studio for that length of time.
How to prepare
- Try and take it easy the night before and the morning of your session. Babies can feel over stimulated and overtired just like the rest of us.
- If you are nursing please try and stay away from foods you know will make your baby gassy the night before and the day of the session (Your baby eats everything you eat). Avoid anything spicy. (i.e. pizza, hot sauce, etc.)
- Interact with and keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. This is very important, without this, we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them. If you need to give the baby a bath to help keep them awake or get them naked, those are some tricks to use. Also, the baby needs to be fed as much as possible during the 12 hours that precedes the session. This will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.
- Please make sure your little one has a full belly for the session. Please feed your baby just before you leave for the studio. If baby is formula fed please bring extra formula and bottles.
- Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on skin – a simple sleeper is best. Please avoid onesies or anything we have to pull off over baby’s head. Please loosen baby’s diaper as well.
Boys boys boys!!
Please wait to circumcise your baby boys till after the session. We don’t want any chance of infection and I won’t be able to have baby nude and comfortable for his big debut.
Let me say it again…. Relaxxx!
I’m pretty comfortable holding and posing newborns. Your baby is in safe hands, I promise. Mom’s tend to stress out because this is a new experience… and they aren’t used to the waiting game that is “Newborn photography” I’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us. Sometimes that best photos happen when baby doesn’t do what we want. Don’t panic. Just remember: Babies can sense stress and anxiety (especially from their mommy!) keeping the environment as mellow as possible is pretty much the only way we’re going to get anywhere. Your baby is going to be in the buff for the majority of this shoot. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use our blankets as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and we expect it. I wash all my blankets, props and change table sheets between every session with non-scented baby detergent. (This is why I only schedule one newborn session per day)
You will be given a link to your password protected gallery to choose 25 photos you love best for me to edit. That way, you never miss out on a smile or yawn, a glance or a wink that I might have not chosen for you. You will be given a link to download your digital files with all printing rights once completed.
Home Newborn Session
A home newborn session can be so intimate and special. These days are filled with haze and memory loss. A home session allows you to catch a glimpse into your everyday chaos of bliss. Changing your baby on the change table, or seeing her/him in your bed. Photos of how tiny they looked in their cribs or nursing your little one in your special rocking chair you will spend many nights in. Those are all beautiful moments you will surely miss one day. Capture them so you have something to look back on.
Here are some preparations in order to ensure we have a successful newborn session:
- If nursing, try to avoid drinking coffee or eating anything spicy (i.e. pizza, hot sauce, etc.) that might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session.
- It will be a lot more aesthetically pleasing if your house is picture ready. We’ll be using the babies room, the master bedroom and living room for sure. Please make sure all clutter is put away or hidden.
- Please make sure your little one has a full belly for the session. If baby is formula fed please have extra formula and bottles ready.
- If you are hoping to get any naked little baby shots, please warm up your house to at least 25 degrees. They love to be warm!
- Have your favorite stuffy to photograph with the baby or anything special you would like to try and incorporate.
You will be given a link to your password protected gallery to choose 25 photos you love best for me to edit. That way, you never miss out on a smile or yawn, a glance or a wink that I might have not chosen for you. You will be given a link to download your digital files with all printing rights once completed. Feel free to share and pass along to whomever you choose!
Hope to see you soon!