Preparing for your Newborn Session

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! Please make sure to read all of the tips as they are all equally important to getting the photos that you will cherish for years to come!

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SCHEDULING:
Newborn sessions typically take place weekday mornings at 9:30am.  Please take this into consideration with work and school schedules.  Babies are sleepiest in the morning and tend to get fussier as the day goes on, making sessions more challenging. Most clients are also happy to send older siblings to school a little late (a special treat for such a special occasion – a new baby!) If this is an issue, please let me know in advance.

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 have an active morning with baby and do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and tired.  For example, it might not work well if baby had just slept 3 hours straight in a swing prior to my arrival.

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.

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. Nothing flatters like natural light, so I prefer to use it whenever possible. When I arrive for your session, I will take a walk around your home to try and find the best available light for your session. We might need to move some furniture around in some instances.

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TEMPERATURE:
I recommend that you keep your home (or at least one room, where I will do baby’s alone photos) a bit warmer than normal during the session. This will help to keep baby nice and comfortable when I am working with him or her.  This is extremely important because babies like to be very warm in the first few weeks and if baby is cold it will be harder to settle him/her.  If it is summer, please consider keeping the air conditioning off or to the bare minimum and if there is a room that is well lit with natural light, consider closing the air vent to keep that room warmer.  If it is winter, please consider raising your heat a few degrees or using a space heater to warm up a well lit room.  Having your home a little warmer than normal may not be very comfortable for you, however I promise that it well help things go more smoothly due to baby being nice and content.

PROPS:
For my posed/styled sessions, I will be bringing a small collection of  baskets, blankets, crates, swaddle wraps and other items. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props.  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.

For lifestyle sessions, we may get a chance to use a special item or two if you choose to include them (grandma’s crocheted blanket, a keepsake stuffed animal, etc) so please have those ready prior to my arrival.

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WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR?
Please have baby in just a diaper and wrapped warmly in a blanket when I arrive.  This way we will not disturb a sleepy baby by undressing them.  If there is a special outfit you’d like your baby photographed in, please arrange that with me in advance.

SIBLINGS:
I like to try to get siblings done right away in the beginning of the session while they are still fresh and somewhat interested in me.  Please let me know in advance if you do not think your child(ren) will do well with going first and if you think they will need more time to warm up. Please click here for some tips on how to prepare siblings for your session.

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Did I miss anything?  Do you have a more specific question?

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

 

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