PREPARING FOR A NEWBORN SESSION
1. When you first arrive, we will have you undress baby and loosen diaper before feeding.
2. Most of the poses work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, please keep the baby awake for an hour or two before the session--a bath, changing, or playing with the baby helps.
3. A well fed baby is a happy baby! When you arrive for your session, you will give the baby a full feeding and burping to ensure a happy, sleepy baby. Be prepared to nurse or give the baby a bottle at some point during the session (it is helpful to bring a bottle even if nursing to top off a restless baby while positioning).
4. PLEASE bring a pacifier (even if you don’t normally use one).
5. Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-3 hours. It all depends on the baby's mood and willingness to sleep; unfortunately, this isn't something we can predict!A good portion of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and rocking to get your baby comfortable.
6. Your baby is going to be in the nude for the majority of this shoot. Please don't panic if your baby decides to use my blankets (or me) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and I expect it! Please don't feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because almost all of my newborn do it. I wash all soiled baby props and blankets between each session.
7. Baby safety is number ONE! If there is ever a point where you become uncomfortable, just let me know! I take every measure to keep your baby safe. For that reason, I will always make sure that a parent or assistant is nearby to lend support if needed. I am extremely gentle and patient with every baby I photograph but do not be surprised if your baby is fussier than normal. I am, after all, constantly touching and moving them while they are trying to sleep!
8. The room is kept around 85 degrees to keep the baby nice and cozy. Keep that in mind when you are choosing your own outfit (dressing in removable layers is recommended!).
WHAT TO BRING
I have a fabulous prop selection for my newborn clients, so there is no need to bring anything for your baby unless you have special items you would like photographed with your baby.
- Swaddling blankets
- Formula or Breast milk
- For mom, bring a black or white tank, short-sleeved shirt or tube top is great. Simple is best, try to avoid patterns.
- For dad, a black or white t-shirt. If dad is comfortable shirtless, we encourage shots like this because they create precious images with dad and baby.