There is just a small amount of prep needed before your session. I do these sessions in your home to make this as easy on your family as possible, but I do need at least one or two clean rooms with great natural light. (If you're unsure of the lighting, send me a picture of the rooms you're considering and I'll let you know if they'll work!) Clutter should be cleared off the dressers, floors, nightstand, etc., before the session. The best rooms to tell the story of your new baby are typically the nursery and your bedroom (ideally on a white or very light/neutral bedspread. If you don't have a white cover, plain white sheets by themselves works great!) And sometimes I'll utilize other rooms throughout the house if the light is too good to pass up. When I arrive, we can decide where the best locations will be (it could even be the family room, dining room, stairway, sibling's room, etc).
Baby typically looks best wrapped up in a blanket or wearing a well-fitting gown (I love Lou Lou & Company) or sleeper. I suggest dressing yourself and the rest of the family in light, neutral colored clothing with minimal patterns and logos. Whites and grays are wonderfully dreamy and help set the tone for a light and airy gallery. Males look great in a basic tee (if they're the more casual type) or a white wrinkle free button down (I love Untuckit), and all family members should be barefoot if possible.
I ask that you turn off the AC and/or turn on the heat before I arrive. A warm cozy baby is a happy sleepy baby! Even though it's not essential for a beautiful lifestyle session, a sleeping baby does allow us to not only take up less of your day but also avoid a gallery full of crossed newborn eyes ;) Additionally, ensuring they haven't just woken from a previous nap is ideal. A stimulating bath 30 minutes before the session is usually a good way to encourage sleep throughout the session. I suggest you give him/her a good feed just before we begin your session. This way baby will have a nice full tummy and will likely fall asleep just as we are ready to start the session. It will also give me the opportunity to take some beautiful nursing photos if you so choose! (Side note, if you are nursing, please see my list of foods for mom to avoid 48 hours before the session! Located at the very bottom of this page.)
You've no doubt chosen me as your family photographer because you appreciate my no-frills approach to my studio sessions. I believe that there is nothing more perfect than a baby on white, and you can expect this type of session when you bring your precious one to me.
To prepare for your studio session, I suggest trying to keep baby alert and stimulated just prior to your session time. We want him/her sleepy for the photos, so ensuring baby hasn't just woken from a previous nap is ideal. A stimulating bath 30 minutes before the session is usually a good way to encourage deep sleep throughout the session. I suggest you give him/her a good feed before you leave your home, and then possibly even a top-off before we begin your session... we're looking for a good old "milk drunk" here. This way baby will have a nice full tummy and will likely fall asleep just as we are ready to start the session. (If you are nursing, please see my list of foods for mom to avoid 48 hours before the session! Located at the very bottom of this page.)
It is a good idea to dress baby in simple, easy to remove clothing so the sleep disruption is minimal. A zip-up sleeper usually does the trick, and if you have access to plain white diapers, that is ideal (Honest is one brand that makes these). I have a variety of wraps that I'll incorporate into baby's poses. You don't necessarily need to provide anything unless you'd like to include some personal items.
Your baby-only newborn session will last approximately 1-2 hours. If family member are included, this could add on an additional hour of session time. Please be prepared that baby will very likely fuss during the session, which is completely natural and expected. It's a great pleasure to be a "baby whisperer," but if they are still unsettled after my best attempts, they will likely need another soothing feeding. If you are breastfeeding, please feel free to do so comfortably at any time. If you are bottle feeding please ensure you have a few bottles prepped and again, feed at any time throughout the session. A pacifier/soother can be another wonderful way to help settle a restless babe. If you've chosen to introduce one, please have it on hand for the session.
Aside from some fussing, the only other thing that is guaranteed is baby mess! I don't always do nude baby poses in my sessions, but when I do, a mess is inevitable. Please don't be concerned if baby pees, poops or spits up on me or my props. It is completely expected and comes with the territory. All items are washed thoroughly between each session.
Once our session is complete, I have the pleasure of selecting my very favorite images from the session to provide you with your proof gallery. From that private online gallery, you will select the number of images included with your package and have the option to add on any additional images to your original amount. I will edit each of those for your collection in the following three weeks after you've made your selections. I will ensure that any temporary blemishes (baby acne, cradle cap etc) are removed so the perfect features of your newborn will shine through.
I know that you are very eager to see all of your precious photos and I'm always excited to start working on them. For that reason, I try to have one or two sneak peek images ready and posted to Facebook and Instagram (<-- please follow me!) within 48 hours of your session. This lets you see a couple photos before your full proof gallery comes to you shortly after, and it gets your friends and family excited as well! Once you receive your proofs, you'll select your favorites for me to edit. If you'd like to include additional digital images over the amount included with your package, they may be purchased a la carte.
Your entire collection of images will be ready approximately three weeks following your selections. You will receive an email the same way you were notified of your proofs, and from that gallery you may download the digital images to have printed at a professional printer of your choice or you may order directly from my gallery website for your convenience.
Thank you in advance for tagging my business page when posting any of the images to social media!
If you have any questions, please let me know!
If you have any questions, please let me know!
FOODS FOR NURSING MOMS TO AVOID 48 HOURS BEFORE NEWBORN SESSION:
Acidic food/drinks such as:
Gassy vegetables such as:
Restrict soda, coffee, tea, wine, and beer.
Sometimes dairy, depending on the baby.
I know this seems like a long list, but you only have your newborn's portraits taken once! It's not worth it to risk having a gassy or fussy baby who just can't settle. And in the event that your baby is still gassy, I always recommend keeping Gripe Water on hand. I know it was a lifesaver for me when my two were babies.