Tips on preparing for your Newborn Session

What makes a newborn portrait special is the unique piece of art we are able to create for your family.  Breath taking images will come in the combination only the creativity of our photography, but also the parents being prepared.

Preparing Your Baby:  A well fed baby is a happy sleepy baby! Please feed your baby before you arrive for the photo shoot so that he or she has a full tummy. Please plan on bringing extra milk with you. My sessions tend to make babies hungry and you will need to feed them to put them back to sleep. Make sure you get a good burp in! A baby with gas is not a happy baby and can result in lots of crying. Don’t worry about baby acne or little scratches. My expert retouching will either eliminate or drastically minimize these imperfections. If your baby has extremely dry skin, try putting baby lotion on prior to coming to your session. Bring extra with you. This will help the retouching process. Before leaving for your session be sure to loosen their diaper. This will reduce the diaper marks from their naked little bottoms. Also do not have tight socks on their feet. Socks leave sock lines at their ankles.

I do like to photograph a newborn in little to no clothes, but feel free to bring an outfit that you may want him or her in for a portrait. Please note that many clothing changes may make your little one upset, so it is best to do birthday suit shots and possibly one outfit. I have tons of hats and bows on hand, but please feel free to bring your own. I also have wrap cloth, cocoon and a baby hammock.  I like to use other props such as doll beds, baskets and baby posers to catch those precious shots.  My favorite place to shop for newborn hats and other props is etsy.com. (Just an idea of what to expect). I am also using a baby heater to comfort those little bundles and soft instrumental lullabies to calm a fussy or not sleeping baby.

Preparing Your Family:  For any family members being photographed I recommend dark pants and long sleeve black shirts. For younger siblings they can wear a light colored shirt to match the gender of the baby.

Keep your hair and makeup simple. It will be warm in the studio to keep the newborn comfortable. Too much makeup and fancy hairdos will not last.

Moms, do not worry about the baby weight you haven’t lost, or any skin issues you may still have. I can retouch all that away! Remember your photographer is a mom and remembers all too well what those first two weeks were like! This is also why I recommend black! It is very slimming.

Mom’s and Dad’s hands will be shown in many of the close up photographs. Please make sure your nails look nice!

 ** This only applies for families willing to do their family portrait

Timing:  Plan on being at the studio for around 2 hours. The younger the baby the less likely chance we will need all 2 hours, but I still recommend it to avoid any stress. I like to leave plenty of time for extra feedings, diaper changes and bouts of crankiness.

Please know that there is no rush with a newborn photo shoot. I like to give special attention to each client, especially newborn sessions.

When doing the poses, it is normal (and okay!) for him or her to “relieve” him or herself on my backdrop … or anywhere else. I can assure you this happens all the time and I am not upset or offended. Please bring with you baby wipes, extra diapers and a towel. After each newborn session I am sure to launder all of my backdrops and other items the baby comes in contact with. This is included in the session fee for a newborn photo shoot.

No matter what your baby does, please know that I am always relaxed. I do this all the time and have seen everything. This session is supposed to be a special experience for you and I don’t want you stressed if the baby starts to cry. The baby can sense stress and it usually makes them cry more. We have plenty of time allowed for your session. If we need to take a break to feed, walk, rock, etc. we can do that. I want you to enjoy the experience of your session and this special bonding moment for your family.

Lastly, please bring a list of “must haves” images (close-ups with feet and hands, with someone, etc.)

I hope this page will help you get prepared for your newborn session, however I love talking with and helping my clients. Please pick up the phone and call me with any questions you may have!