What to expect, tips, and how to prepare
Just when you know what love is, someone little comes to show you what love REALLY is. It is my job to freeze those magic moments into art. This is not always easy and a lot goes into a session; below you will find some highlights of what to expect and how to prepare for these 3 hours of magic.
What to expect
Newborn props and different blanket/basket/fur options take part in this type of session. If time allows, family members are welcome and encouraged to partake, OR we can limit the number of setups if family photos are your priority.
- The photo poses will be up to the baby’s particular mood and my workflow. Even though I am happy to accommodate and try my best for your particular requests and preferences, it is ALWAYS more important to make sure the baby is comfortable and safe.
- We need to crank up the heat! Babies do great when it is nice and cozy, it makes them more sleepy.
- We will have breaks to feed and soothe your babe.
How to prepare
- Relax. Babies this little are extremely sensitive to mommy’s mood. If mommy is calm, then the baby will be more at ease.
- Don’t let baby nap for 2.5-4 hours before I get there. I know it can be hard with a newborn, but trust me, it’ll be worth it! Talking, showing her toys, changing diapers, even a bath (as long as the belly button has fallen) can be helpful activities to keep the baby up.
- Think of a possible spot for me to set up, I need about 8ft by 8ft.
- Make sure your home is at least 75 degrees warm for the scheduled time.
- When I get to your home, it will take me about 25 min to set up. Put a loose diaper on baby and no clothes and swaddle or wrap her in a cozy blanket. Once you are done I will take care of the rest.
- Don’t worry about feeding me. I know, this is a weird one, but I often find that families worry about my lunch time. I purposely eat a big breakfast before every newborn shoot and have a snack with me in case I need it. Feel free to eat anytime you need, I can take care of baby 😉
- 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.
- Have some fluids and snacks in the room where we’re going to shoot, particularly if you are breastfeeding and/or sleep deprived.
- Keep a pacifier handy ONLY if you are planning on using 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.
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!