WHAT TO EXPECT
This is a hard one, since every session is different! There are, however, a few things you can be sure to expect. You can expect to be so totally in love with your sweet baby and the magic that we create with him / her. Sleeping, crying, peeing and maybe even some poo can be expected - but mostly expect to be calm, relaxed and in for a fun and treasured experience.
Every baby I have the honor of photographing is special, and I strive to capture every sweet detail - as well as the bond and emotion you have at this very moment.
But seriously, here are the details you want to know!
Newborn sessions last anywhere from 30 minutes (swaddle session) to 3 hours. In general, a full newborn deluxe session goes as follows:
1. Sibling Photos
2. Family Photos
3. Parent / Baby Photos
4. Posing Fabric Shots
5. Prop Shots
This is a TENTATIVE session schedule..... tentative as in, it's baby's world and we are just living in it. ;)
There is plenty of time for feeding and soothing if need be.
No matter what your baby does, please know that I am always relaxed! This session is supposed to be a special experiance for you and I don't want you stressed if baby starts to cry.
Babies can sense tension and it usually makes them cry more. In most cases, if baby is fed and changed, but still crying - I will try to soothe on my own.
If mom is close, baby can sense / smell that food is close and becomes unconsolable.
What to Wear
Mom & Dad
Neutral earth tones photograph the best, and really put the focus of the image on your connection and sweet family, rather than on what you're wearing!
I love photographing parents in white, cream, and other light colors.
Anything with TEXTURE, such as lace, tweed, linen or knit add interest and depth to the photos.
Feel free to email me if you
need advice or have concerns!
Brother & Sister
For sibling shots, KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Stay away from any kind of branded, patterned or brightly colored clothing.
Baby is ALWAYS swaddled in one of my swaddles during sibling shots and does NOT need a coordinating or matching outfit.
Light colored, textured, neutral / pastels all photograph great for this type of shot.
There are some great examples in the gallery below.
Shoes are NOT allowed in the studio and will not show in the photos.
Your To-Do List
Please give baby a bath in the morning, as this will help get some energy out. I think it works best to wake them for a while before you give them a bath - since it can be hard to keep them awake after. The bath REALLY does help, so please make sure you have time to do this in the morning before you come.
Keep baby stimulated and awake for at least 1.5 - 2 hours the morning of your session. I know you're thinking "yeah... okay!" HAHA! But give it a try. It's worth it.
A well fed baby is a happy and sleepy baby!
Plan on feeding baby right before you leave, or as soon as you arrive. You do NOT need to come early to plan for a feeding. We will just begin when the feeding is over.
Please dress baby in a button / zip down outfit so I am not having to pull anything over his / her head while undressing them. An hour prior to the session (or before you leave the house for the drive) remove any tight or constricting socks - these leave little lines on their ankles that are hard to edit off!
NUK / PACIFIER
Please bring a pacifier to the session - whether baby is regularly taking one or not.
I totally respect that some babies are not using a pacifier on a regular basis - or your decision to not use one at all, BUT there are certain poses / scenarios where baby may need something to soothe with only for a few seconds.
If you're SET on not letting baby use the Paci even for a few seconds - I still will use it to adjust babies lips. This is to avoid touching his / her mouth with my hands. Its just more sanitary that way!
So PLEASE bring one regardless of your views.
Props + Styling
In general, my sessions are completely styled (by me) and ready to go when you arrive! I will curate a collection of props, wraps and other items based on the newborn session questionnaire you will fill out after baby is born and we have scheduled your session date and time.
When you arrive, we do a quick run through of what I have planned, and tailor each set to your taste.
Since sibling photos are first, it's a good idea to have a plan for the older kiddos when their portion is done. Most people have a family member such as an aunt or grandma come take the bigger kids home - OR - dad takes them out to do something / back to daycare / or home. I know this isn't always possible and is based on your drive time / situation - but is something to consider! Feel free to bring a (clean) snack / iPad or quiet games to keep kids occupied.
If your session is at 11 am (which most are) feel free to pack a lunch, or plan to have one parent run and grab something to eat.
I will heat the room to 85 degrees to keep baby happy - so wear LAYERS or bring comfy (cool) clothes to change into!
Also - there are no shoes allowed in the studio.