Preparing for your Newborn Session

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I LOVE photographing Newborns!  Thank you for choosing me to capture this wonderful time in your life.  Below are a few tips to help ensure that we have a successful session together!

NO NEED TO CLEAN:
Worried because your house is a mess? Don’t even stress out! You just had a BABY! Clutter is definitely expected! Just outside of the frame of most of my images is a pile of laundry that didn’t get put away or a room full of toys strewn about.  I don’t need much space when setting up for a newborn session and can shoot around any problem areas.

BABY SLEEP:
Most of the images I’ll be shooting during your session work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, I recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and exhausted. Keeping your little one awake on top of your own sleep deprivation might feel like torture, but I think it will be worth it in the end!

BABY FEEDING:
A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy “milk drunk” baby. I’ll also be more than happy to take a break if needed to help him/her stay content.

WHAT BABY SHOULD WEAR:
It is best for baby to be in just a diaper, wrapped warmly in a blanket, so we don’t disturb him or her by undressing.  If you have a special outfit that you want him/her photographed in, please let me know ahead of time and we’ll decide when the best time is during your session.

LIGHTING:
I ask that you open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to my arrival. This enables me to find the best source of natural light in your home, so that I can set up my “mini studio” in the best possible location. Nothing flatters like natural light, so I prefer to use it whenever possible.  If the weather permits, consider going outside for photos.  Decks and paver stones make wonderful floor drops and trees and tall grass make for amazing backdrops!

TEMPERATURE:
I recommend that you keep your home a bit warmer than normal during the session. Crank the heat 15-20 minutes before our session to ensure that it’s warm enough in time for posing baby.  I’ll also bring along a small space heater to help keep baby in a steady warmth.

PROPS:
I have a small collection of  baskets, blankets, crates, crotchet hats, knit wraps and other items that I will be bringing to your session. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Look for items with texture and color to help make your images unique.  If you have any family heirlooms, jewelry, toys, clothing etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please gather them before I arrive. Blocks or chalkboards with baby’s name, stuffed animals and wedding rings make great additions to photos!  I may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but I’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best.

WHAT TO WEAR:
You can CLICK HERE for some ideas!

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Did I miss anything?  Do you have a more specific question?  Want to send some photos that you came across and would like to get a similar look?

Send me a message!

I look forward to working with you and your new arrival!

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