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!


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 the kiddos 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.

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.

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.

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. If the season and weather permits, consider going outside for some photos. Decks and paver stones make wonderful floor drops and trees and tall grass make for amazing backdrops!


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 I have had plenty of sessions not go well because baby was too cold.  If it is summer, consider keeping the air conditioning 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, consider using a space heater to warm up a well lit room.

For posed/styled sessions, I will be bringing a small collection of  baskets, blankets, crates, crotchet hats, knit wraps and other items. 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.

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.


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.

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.


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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