EVERY SINGLE newborn session is completely different from the last and every single session pushes me to break out my creativity and skills. I love photograph newborn and I am here to help guide you through every steps to you prepare for your newborn session with me.
Here are some tips that will help you prepare for your newborn portrait session:
Babies with full tummies sleep MUCH longer!
Babies do very well in the studio for posing when they are in a very deep sleep and have a full tummy.
To encourage this I highly recommend, stimulating the baby at least two hours before your scheduled arrival, play with your baby and a warm bath always does the trick. I encourage that you feed your baby prior to the beginning of your session. Most times it’s best to even feed them upon arrival to the studio or while I am setting up in home sessions. This will ensure that “milk-drunk” stage that can make all the difference in a session. We will have breaks throughout our session as well to feed again if needed.
While it is understandable that schedules are being formed, please be prepared to feed baby as much as they need during the session. A few hours off schedule will not ruin your hard work... and your session will be MUCH easier as a result!
Also, we will make sure the baby burps after any feedings that happen during a session to help comfort the baby because when posing a baby, it can be painful for them if they still have air trapped in their little tummy.
Please be patient!
Please RELAX and be patient! I’m very comfortable handling newborns (I’ve had 3 of my own). Your baby is in good (and clean) hands, I promise. In addition to experience in handling newborns, I am a trained professional newborn photographer and I ’ve also attended many workshops and conferences of the years to continue my education and learn the best techniques in newborn photography.
Also, If the parents become stressed, baby becomes stressed. Be prepared to stay for the entire time suggested for your package.
While most babies do not need the full 2 or 4 hours, occasionally it does happen! Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. In fact, I’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and soothing to get baby comfortable.
All my sessions are “baby led”. I have a very flexible workflow and if one thing isn’t working, we will move on the next.
So I ask that everyone remain calm, should he/she not want to sleep, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too. Because of this, I will only schedule one newborn per morning or afternoon to ensure that we are never rushed.
Start in Secure props
While we all love those sweet full body shots on the bean bags and fun curled up poses of baby on their backs, I always prefer to start my babies in something more secure like a basket or bucket and wrap up poses. This way they feel more secure and will hopefully fall into a deep sleep there before I move theminto other props and poses.
Please don’t feel embarrassed, and please don’t panic if your baby decides to use our blankets (or us) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and I expect it! I reassure you it happens more times that I can remember!
Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it. I wash and sanitize all of my baby props and blankets between each session anyway.
Regulate the Temp!
Since babies are usually photographed naked, the studio will be set at a temperature of 80F to ensure baby is warm and comfortable. Parent’s please make sure to wear comfortable loose clothing. I will also provide water and snacks and there is WiFi here too, so bring along your iPad to play if you like.
Have your nails trimmed and neat – your and your husband’s hands (and maybe even feet!) will play a large part in the photos. Please do not paint your nail; it is better neutral with no color.
Try wearing lightweight clothing – it will be very warm where we are working and we don’t want you to get too sweaty
Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear. (You baby will be naked in most of the shots, but we pose them so that all the “important bits” are not on display)
Start feeding your baby about 15 minutes prior to our arrival – I will start setting up while you finish feeding and burping, so that we can get straight to work when your baby is ready to go