*Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. However, the BEST time is between 3-7 days after their arrival. I’ll be moving them around and scrunching them into those sweet sleepy newborn images, so we want to make sure they’re sleepy enough to allow us to handle them.
*The morning of the session, try keeping your baby awake for as long as you can. Play and interact with him or her so they’ll be sleepy for our session.
*Please make sure to bring a pacifier with you, even if your baby doesn’t currently use one. They are often helpful for capturing photos during the grumpiest of times, especially while being molded into cute positions.
*If it’s warm enough, try bringing your baby to our shoot dressed only in a diaper or onesie that can be easily taken off. Cover him or her with a blanket in the car seat to keep them warm. We don’t want to agitate your baby while undressing him or her for cute naked shots! If it’s too cold, bring your baby in something that can be unzipped or unbuttoned as opposed to going over their head.
*Please give your baby a long full feeding right before you leave home to come to our session to help them become sleepier.
*Please be prepared to nurse or bottle-feed a couple of times if your baby needs it during the session. We want to keep them happy and sleepy. I will keep the room nice and warm for your baby to help relax him or her so be prepared for warmth. Layering clothing works well for parents.
*If you plan on being in a few photos with your baby, please make sure to tell me ahead of time. I recommend nuetral tops with no patterns as the less busy photographs best. Bringing an extra change of clothes (or even just top) is also a great idea as you never know when your baby will decide to get you messy.
*Please be prepared for a full 3-hour session with all the essentials for your baby (feeding & changing supplies) and maybe even some snacks for yourself! With newborn photography, we often have to work based on baby’s schedule and when they want to fall asleep long enough for us to pose them in cute positions. There may be lots of downtime nursing your baby to sleep.
*Please only bring models with you to our session. This can include both parents. Bringing and photographing with siblings must be discussed prior to our session. Since newborn sessions take lots of time and patience, you’re other little ones may have a very hard time waiting patiently in the waiting area. Since the focus and attention will be on the new baby, it’s best to keep the rest of the family at home or with a sitter.
*I have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats, headbands and outfits that will be ready for your session. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Looks for items with texture and color to help make your images unique. If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props, etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please bring them. I may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but we’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best.
*I also STRONGLY recommend that you discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind at least a week prior to your session. I start planning out your session weeks in advance, so dropping a huge idea on us mid-session (that requires an unavailable prop) can cause stress on everyone! So talk to us early on and let us know what you have in mind!