What to Expect Before the Session
The ideal time to photograph newborn babies is around 4 to 14 days of age, so the best time to schedule is during your pregnancy so that you don’t miss out. We will make a tentative booking based on your due date and then I will wait to hear from you when you arrive home from the hospital with your baby. We can arrange a suitable time and date for your session then.
I like to allow plenty of time for feeding and cuddling during the session so it will take between 2 to 4 hours.
I have lots of props and wraps for you to choose from, and I like to involve you in the style of the session.
After Your Delivery
Schedule the Date Call or text me as soon as you reasonably can. Having a newborn places many new demands on your schedule, however it is important to understand that your baby will change daily during the first few weeks of life. This is why it is so important to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.
Photographing newborns within the first ten days offers the ability to take advantage of your baby’s natural sleep patterns. During the first week of life, babies sleep more and are therefore more cooperative for a photography session. They are more easily posed and enjoy curling up.
After 10 days, babies begin to become more aware and enjoy stretching out, making it more difficult to get certain poses. After 14 days, it is very difficult to get babies into the deep sleep necessary to get some of the more signature poses and this is the time when colic can set in, making for a very fussy baby.
This is why it is imperative to have your baby photographed as soon a possible. Not only will the session be shorter, you will be able to select from many more beautiful poses.
Ideally, the baby should be sleeping while being photographed in order to allow me the opportunity to create beautiful poses. Having a sleeping baby also means that he or she won’t be crying during the session. Try to keep track of your new baby’s sleep/wake schedule and try to schedule your session for a sleep cycle.
For babies who are breastfeeding, the mother’s diet is the baby’s diet. Starting, 48 hours prior to the session it is important to eliminated foods and drinks that are likely to cause upset tummies for babies. Not only does this help prevent unnecessary spitting up, but it also reduces gas, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort, which can cause an unhappy baby. While I am clearly not a doctor or a nutritionists, I’m told that foods that are helpful to avoid are lemons, oranges, spaghetti, pizza, chili, tomato products, asparagus, onions, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Tacos are not on that list. Hooray! Eat as many tacos as you like. 🙂
10 – 12 Hours Prior to Session
In the hours leading up to the session, it is very helpful to feed your baby as frequently as possible to ensure his or her tummy is full. This will not only keep your baby from being fussy due to being hungry, but will also allow him or her to enjoy a long, peaceful slumber, which is perfect for picture taking. I’m not condoning sleep deprivation, but it is VERY helpful to keep your baby awake for two hours before the session. You will thank me. I promise.What to Wear?
Moms: Keep it simple. Choose earth tones and solid colors. A simple white or black tank top works best, but choose what feels good to you.
Dads: Stick with a plain black shirt, like a t-shirt, with no collar. Steer clear of button downs or anything with a logo on it as they will detract from the photo. If Mom is wearing a color other than black, then coordinate with her attire.
Siblings: White or a light solid color always looks great. Just make sure their outfit coordinates with everyone else in the photo. For
Baby: Your baby should arrive to the session in loose fitting pajamas that button or zip all the way down. The photography session can begin immediately this way, taking advantage of a sleeping baby. Undressing him or her always wakes them up and loses valuable time. Loose fitting pajamas are best because they won’t leave seam makes on your baby.
Have a pacifier on hand, regardless of whether you plan to use one with your baby or not. Having a pacifier will help soothe your baby during the shoot and will help move the session along with minimal discomfort for the baby.
Have plenty of diapers and formula on hand for mid-session feedings and diaper changes. I can supply everything else you may need. What to Expect the Day of Your Session Temperature The room will be kept warm since many of the photographs will be taken with your baby completely undressed. This means that the room may be too warm for comfort for you, so dress in light clothing. Noise In order to more closely replicate the environment your baby enjoyed while in your belly, the room will have background music playing at all times. Calming music and white noise such as rain will be playing in order to keep your baby calm and relaxed. It is important during these sessions to keep talking and noise to a minimum to prevent waking the baby. If you have additional children you want to have photographed with the new baby, it is important to have group photos taken at the beginning of the session and someone supervising them during the session, outside of the studio.
Babies Run the Show
Your baby will ultimately dictate how a session will proceed. If he or she is fussy, they will simply need a little more attention and time. Safety First It is important for you to know that there is the utmost importance placed on the safety of your baby. Poses will never be forced nor will any unsafe poses be used in any manner during your shoot. The studio items are completely sanitized after every session and all linens used will be washed in free and clear detergent. I will not photograph your baby if I am sick or otherwise not able to photograph your child in a safe manner and will reschedule with you as soon as practical. Parents should expect to assist with each shot and to focus on the baby and their safety through the shoot. One parent will always be a couple of feet away just out of the shot.
What to Expect After Your Session
When the session is complete, I will need time to process the photographs and make the necessary edits in order to present you with the best images possible. It generally takes two weeks from the date of your session for images and additional time will be needed for prints and keepsakes. An online gallery will be available to you to download your images for 90 days after the shoot. You are more than welcome to purchase additional prints and products through that portal. I look forward to working with you!