What to expect, tips, and how to prepare

Newborns are magic. It is my job to translate some of that magic into photos. This is not always easy and a lot goes in to a session; below you will find some highlights of what to expect and how to prepare for these 3 hours.

What to expect

  1. Prioritize 3 different poses. This way we can do our best to achieve the main goals and keep going after the most important 3 poses are captured.
  2. We need to crank up the heat! Babies do great when it is nice and cozy, it makes them more sleepy.
  3. We will have breaks to feed and sooth your babe.

How to prepare

  1. Avoid long naps before the session. It is best if the baby is deeply asleep for the first part of the session, so I advice trying to keep the baby up for a little while before your scheduled time and feeding when I get there, as I am setting up.
  2. Try to limit visitors. Newborns get easily overwhelmed so it’s best to not overdo their day.
  3. Try and figure out a bright spot in your home is. My setup is 5×5′ – if you’re not sure don’t worry, I’ll help figure it out when I arrive!
  4. Relax. Babies this little are extremely sensitive to mommy’s mood. If mommy is calm, then baby will be more at ease.


  1.  If you want to pick an outfit for you and baby, or you want her to wear the blanket that grandma knitted, put them aside the night before.
  2. Have some fluids and snacks in the room where we’re going to shoot, particularly if you are breastfeeding and/or sleep deprived.
  3. Keep a pacifier handy. I know some parents are not planning on using one, however, they are very helpful tools to keep the baby mellow. So if you could make an exception for one day, this is the right one!

Keep in mind that every baby is very different, so the rhythm of the session will be determined by your unique new little person.


*Full frame Nikon D700 SLR camera with an external flash (in case lighting is poor), light diffuser (so it doesn’t bother the sensitive new eyes), and a few different prime length lenses.

*Bean bag and blanket stand. All the solo baby portraits will be taken on a newborn beanbag prop close to the floor to avoid any danger of falling.

Safety is my number one priority when it comes to newborn photography.

*Props. I always bring a different array of textured blankets, furs, hats, headbands, signs, baskets, etc. If there is something specific you have in mind, just let me know and I may just have it!

 Below are just SOME examples of the different fun props I bring to the sessions.


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family portrait

Newborn girl

I’ve been having too much fun with holiday sessions. Here are a few of beautiful moms and their daughters! If you want to know more about my holiday special, running until the end of December, find the details here.

Mom and daughter at the beach

Redwood grove portrait mom and daughter

Winter holidays

Family portrait

Family portrait

Family portrait

Best of 2015
Featured in Thumbtack as best of 2015. My work is focused on telling love stories with the help of natural light.
Sample gallery
View a sample of a finished online gallery included with every session.