Preparing for your studio 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!

Studio Address: 1320 Vermillion Street. Hastings, MN

SCHEDULING:
Newborn sessions typically take place weekday mornings so please take this into consideration with work and school schedules.  Siblings photos will take place in the beginning of the session so that they can head off to school or daycare once their portion is complete.

WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR?
I will provide everything we need for baby during this session. Please have baby in a zip-up outfit that can be easily removed (NOT something that will go over baby’s head) when you arrive. This will allow me to wrap/swaddle him or her without too much disturbance. If there is a special outfit you’d like your baby photographed in, please arrange that with me in advance.

WHAT SHOULD MY FAMILY WEAR?
The most important thing to consider when planning family outfits is that you will have just had a baby and you will want to be comfortable. You will also want to feel confident in whatever you are wearing, so something that flatters the postpartum body is highly recommended. I suggest planning your outfit first and then coordinating everyone else around yours. As far as color schemes go, what photographs best indoors are neutral colors (think cream, gray, white…) however a little color is okay too. Light blues, navy and olive greens work great but keep in mind that too many reds, pinks, yellows or oranges can sometimes cast an unflattering reflection of color on faces.  

PACIFIER:
Please consider bringing one to your session. Between posing, props and prodding, baby may become a bit fussy.  It is crucial to minimize this and maximize baby’s comfort, and that is why I always recommend and encourage a pacifier – even if it is the only time you will ever use one. It will help make the shoot go much more smoothly.

SIBLINGS (if applicable):
If you have booked a session that includes siblings, here are some planning tips for them!

I like to try to get siblings done right away in the beginning of the session.  Please let me know in advance if you do not think your child will do well with going first and if you think they will need more time to warm up. I recommend that dad or someone else be able to take siblings back home, to school or daycare, a nearby park or restaurant, etc. after the family part is finished as it sometimes can take a while for baby’s alone photos. I do understand that this might not be possible, so there is a small play area in the studio that they can hang out in and that is just fine too. Click here for additional tips for siblings.

Did I miss something? Do you have a more specific question that was not answered in this prep guide? Simply send me a message or text me 612.440.3031.

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

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