WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
One to two months prior to your due date, you should contact me to set up a tentative date so I can keep my schedule flexible. Once you have delivered, then you can contact me again to set up the actual date. Newborns are best photographed between 5 and 10 days after birth (and ALWAYS prior to 14 days) because it’s harder for them to stay awake for long periods of time and we want them to be asleep. Also, they are used to being cozy & confined in a small space, which makes it much easier for me to get them into those super cute poses, which are very natural for them to be in. If you are having a scheduled C Section, please let me know that also, so we can plan to have someone else come to help with the shoot so you can relax.
IMPORTANT: If your son will have a circumcision, please schedule that for AFTER our newborn session.
PROPS & POSES
When you schedule your session, we can also talk about your expectations if you’d like. I typically do family and sibling poses first and if you need to have someone take the older sibling out, I have a trampoline in the back and there is a park within walking distance. I have tons of props available for both boys and girls so you don’t need to bring anything. However, if you would like to incorporate some special items, please let me know in advance so I can better plan. I usually do 2-3 beanbag poses with backdrop fabric then 1-2 prop poses using baskets and buckets.
WHAT SHOULD MY BABY WEAR?
I usually photograph newborns without any clothes on to effectively capture small details and to show how tiny they are. I do provide props, headbands, hats & wraps but if you have any special items that you would like to bring to customize your shoot, please do! It helps to give me an idea ahead of time so that I can keep the theme or colors in mind when I’m prop shopping! Also, please make sure to bring LOTS of diapers and even a few extra receiving blankets.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION TAKE?
A newborn session is typically 3 hours, but can take longer depending on the baby. A baby that is fussy, gassy or wide awake can effect the length of the shoot. Every baby is different but if you would like to keep the session as short as possible, please try to keep your baby awake for at least 2 hours prior to your session. I know it’s hard, but it will be worth it when you come see me and I get lots of beautiful shots because I am able to move the baby into many different positions because he/she is in a deep sleep.
TIPS & TRICKS
Here are some things you can try if you are having a hard time keeping baby awake: Give the baby a bath and rub lotion or coconut oil into the skin, that way baby is fresh and clean for the shoot and the skin is well moisturized. (If baby still has flaky skin, don’t worry, I can edit that out, if you’d like.) Keep the baby cool or cool off the feet. Babies go to sleep when they are warm and cozy so if you can’t keep him/her up, try taking off the socks then maybe the pants.
WHEN SHOULD I FEED MY BABY?
Babies sleep very well once they have eaten. So please feed and burp your baby right before you come see me or once you get here. I also highly recommend bringing at least 2 bottles of extra milk, pumped or formula, (more than you think you will need) and a pacifier. (Even if you do not plan on giving them to the baby later, please consider it just for the few hours during our session; it will make our lives a lot easier for this short time!) If you prefer we do not use bottles or pacifiers, I can work around nursing and soothing baby to sleep, just be prepared for the session to possibly take a bit longer or less variation in images if baby isn’t settled.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
When I am shooting newborns, I keep the temperature at 80 degrees Fahrenheit and I also use a portable heater to make sure that the baby is nice and warm when I am shooting them “au naturale”. So you should keep that in mind when choosing your wardrobe because it will be hot and might be uncomfortable for you if you dressed too warm. I tell my clients to wear a tank top underneath whatever they have on or at least bring one with them to change into if necessary.
If you are planning to have a few family shots with baby, you can never go wrong with cream, white, gray or neutral colors. Try to avoid busy patterns or logos. Clean fingernails and toes look best, either without polish or a very light color. If siblings are coming for pictures, please avoid colored candies, drinks or anything that will stain the mouth.