If you're reading this you're going to have a baby!!! Or know someone who is. I have put together a guide for you on everything newborn! When to book, how to prepare and what to expect! Each baby that I am blessed to photograph is so different. Each come to their session with their own ways and personalities! It is so important that you choose the right photographer for YOU!
A little bit about me..
I LOVE babies!! I have been specializing in newborns for the last three years. I am trained in safety which is of utmost importance to me! There is something so precious about those first few weeks of life! Those teeny, tiny toes and fingers. And those curly baby poses! Gah! I have two boys of my own. Fifteen and six! Both are adopted. I've met so many brand new amazing families through my journey. Some have adopted, some have conceived easily and some have had fertility. No matter how those sweet angels come to our lives we are all so blessed and I am fortunate to not only take pictures, but make friends and hear your journey to becoming the amazing parents you will be!
When to book..
I recommend booking at least three months in advance. If you are past that mark, no worries! Just contact us and we'll let you know if we're available! Newborn sessions are what I shoot the most so we book in advance and months fill fast. I always try to leave some availability open for mamas who haven't had the time to book or hadn't necessarily planned on doing a session. Babies come on their own time. I book your due date. When the baby arrives and you are home and settled we get you scheduled! I leave time prior to and after your due date to ensure you have availability to choose from no matter when you deliver.
Preparing for your session..
Every detail of your session will be planned in the days prior. Please let me know ahead of time if there is something you would like incorporated. Such as colors of room or nursery, theme or occupation of parent etc. We may try to incorporate those colors in sets or room theme elements. All headbands, hats, wraps, rompers and backdrops are provided for your session. Newborns cannot be easily posed in regular clothing. You are welcome to bring any Props, blankets, hats or headbands. We will certainly use anything that will photograph well! If incorporating siblings I recommend a sitter when possible to take them after the photos. I understand this is not always possible so if they will be there throughout the session no worries! With the session length, toddlers and young children can get antsy sometimes causing the baby to get restless. I recommend mapping out our studio the day before so you can contact me with any questions you may have about location. The morning of your session do your best to keep your baby awake as much as you can. If possible please bathe the baby and give a full feeding directly prior to leaving for your session. This is best so baby is full and sleepy and we can get right to work! Please bring receiving blankets, diapers, wipes and a pacifier. I will give an arrival time which is fifteen minutes before your session time. Please arrive at your arrival time to make use of the extra fifteen minutes to get baby acclimated to the studio temperature and new surroundings, change a soiled diaper if necessary and feed baby (if needed) prior to starting. The baby will have eaten fully before you left for the studio, but with travel time your baby may need a small feeding to get sleepy enough for the shoot.
Bring a Pacifier..
I recommend a Soothie brand pacifier for ages 0-3 months. This is the brand used by most hospitals and seem to be a favorite among newborns even when taking one for the first time. I will never pressure you into using a pacifier if you do not wish to, but I recommend bringing one along as they help more than I can say in soothing your baby and and helping them get comfortable in a pose. Newborns have a natural reflex to suck for comfort. We will never replace feeding with a pacifier if baby is hungry, but for a baby who has eaten and is full having a pacifier for comfort is key. I find that most of my newborns benefit from the use of a pacifier if they have any periods of fussiness.
Get Ready for the heat!
We want your baby to stay warm and comfortable throughout their session and that means keeping the heat cranked up! Your baby has been living is a 98.6 degree belly for the last 9 months, so to keep your baby warm while unclothed we will keep the studio set at 85 degrees. For baby it's important to have just the right temperature consistently going throughout. So dress in layers so you can be comfy too!
Many parents don't know how involved they are supposed to be during their session. This is YOUR baby and this is most likely the first time you'll be handing them to a stranger. It's completely normal to want to be close to your baby. I have a seating area in the shooting space where you can sit back and relax or you can sit right next to me, closer to baby if you prefer! Know that I am experienced and as a professional I will handle your baby with the utmost care. You can sit back and enjoy your session and absolutely relax. Session time can range from 2-3 hours depending on a lot of things. Just prepare to be flexible. Some babies sleep start to finish without a wink and some babies are up more than others! Some eat more than others or slower than others. Every baby is different. We will adapt to whatever happens!
Thank you for reading! I hope this was helpful and I can't wait to work with you!