- Newborn sessions are done within the first 14 days of being born for several reasons: They are more likely to stay asleep and cooperate during their poses, they still like to be curled up, they don’t mind being posed, and their flaky skin or baby acne has not set in yet. After 14 days old, they are less cooperative and it takes a lot of time to ease the baby.
- Newborn sessions can be done at your home or my home. I am a natural light photographer, and it will be necessary that we have lots of yummy sunlight near an open window or sliding glass door. I will bring items to you, and I will need that open area to set up.
- Arrival time will be during the baby’s sleepiest time, usually in the mid morning.
- Make sure the room that has your most amount of light is free and clear from any obstacles, and other children, pets.
- Babies sleep best when the room is nice and warm. I will have you turn up your heater to approximately 80 degrees in that area. I will also have a small space heater to warm blankets and alleviate air drafts.
- One of the most imperative things is to keep baby awake 2-3 hours before their session so that they are nice and sleepy. Do not feed them until right before we begin the session. When we begin, I will have you feed baby well, and this will keep baby nice and full during their session.
- If your baby takes a pacifier, be sure to keep in handy. Even if baby does not intend on using one permanently, it is often convenient during pictures to keep baby calm and soothed for the 2-3 hours they will be taking photos. This is much easier than moving baby each time they need soothed.
- Please be prepared with wipes, burp cloths and rags, as babies will have accidents during their sessions. Newborn sessions are often in the nude so messes are normal!
- Have snuggly blankets with you to keep your munchkin comfy as well as blankets you'd like them to be photographed on.
- The hours before your shoot, wrap your baby's diaper more loosely than usual and put them in a bigger onesie so we can avoid the clothes crease lines caused by tightness on clothing on your baby's body.
- When you arrive, I will spend a little time snuggling your baby so they feel more comfortable with me during the shoot.
- I do have a few things that I use for every newborn session, but please bring along outfits or props that reflect your life! If you're a proud alumni, maybe a college onesie or sports team beanie. Bring a few outfits with you so we have options and in case of a mess. As well as maybe an important blanket from Grammy, or a sign with your baby's name.
- I will most-likely have Momma or Daddy helping me as a photographer because newborn sessions are normally a two-person job! This will help ease your baby and keep them feeling calm and secure.
- Don't feel bad if there are tears or fussy moments! This comes with every baby session. We will have time allotted for calm-downs and soothing.
- Your baby is working hard getting their photos taken, they will require a little more love than usual while they are modeling!