Preparing for your newborn session
WHAT TO EXPECT
Congratulations to you!!! Thank you for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new baby in his/her first few days of life. I am truly honored to be able to capture this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby!
PRIOR TO THE SESSION
For the baby, clean away flaky skin and eye boogers with a wash cloth. Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with baby trimmers.
If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear.
Do not change the baby’s diet the day before or during the session. Continue to feed your baby how you normally do (breast-feed, formula-feed, or both). Bring plenty of bottles! Your baby will need to eat more often during the session than they normally do. Do not make any sudden changes to the baby’s diet that may contribute to fussiness.
AT THE SESSION
When you arrive at the studio OR when I arrive at your home, be prepared to feed your baby when needed. We want the baby to be full, content and sleeping after the feeding to ensure those curly, sleepy newborn pictures. Please feed your newborn ONE hour before my arrival to your home or if you’re coming to me please feed your newborn when you arrive.
Be sure to burp baby really well after the feeding. Gas can make a sleepy, happy baby into an uncomfortable one in seconds.
Be patient. If your baby is fussy or alert, do not stress out. Your newborn can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try and get them comfortable again, but if that does not seem possible, we will take a break or may even reschedule (at the photographer’s discretion).
Be prepared for messes of all kinds. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, spit up or vomit on. That is why you (if you want to be in the photos with your newborn) would want to bring an extra set of clothing.
Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn. No outfit fits a newborn well and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good though– little hats, dainty headbands, etc. I have a wide selection of props that you can choose from or if you prefer, bring your own.
CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO HAVE OUT AT YOUR HOME OR WHAT TO BRING TO THE STUDIO:
-Passifier ( even if newborn not taking )
-Changing Pad or blanket to change baby on
-Any Props or Accessories you want for your photo session
CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO DO BEFORE MY ARRIVAL TO YOUR HOME:
-Open ALL shades to allow in the most amount of sunlight
-Raise heat to about 75 degrees.
-Please do your best in keeping baby up prior to my arrival.
-Clear out any toys/furniture that may be in the way for me to set up which will most likely be in a living room, any room closest to your front door (I have a lot of things to bring in) and with the MOST natural sunlight.
Please try and keep your pet(s) in a separate room. I have a lot to set up ;)