Newborns-What to Expect
Thanks so much for reserving your session! I am thrilled to meet you and your newest addition!
Below are instructions to help your newborn session go smoothly!
• Turn the temperature up a lot! It may be pretty warm for us, but babies will sleep SO much better with all the posing when they are warm. I will have my space heater, but 74 degrees is probably just fine for Summer, and 76-78 in the winter. During the summer, I hate to have you turn it up too much, so do what's comfortable for you, and we will use the space heater for baby if needed. When weather is warm, we can even do some outdoor photos if you're comfortable with that as well.
• Open all the blinds. I like to use natural light when possible, so this will let me see where all the light is coming from. I will scope out your home for areas with the prettiest light and the most picture friendly colors/decor. I will make use of your décor, your furniture, etc. I may need to move some things around or take a frame off the wall, and will move everything back. Please try to hide away any distracting items for the session. Having your bed made with a neutral quilt/comforter on top is a bonus.
• I usually try to start around 10am the day of so we have plenty of daylight variety from different rooms. Please have baby in just a diaper, and swaddled in a blanket to keep red lines at a minimum. Try applying lotion to any dry spots the day before the session.
• Feed baby a couple hours before I arrive, and then just before I arrive. Feed baby until they will no longer eat, and burp as normal. I will load everything in, take a little walkthrough of your home, go over what props you want to use, and then be ready with a pose close to when baby is asleep. If we are taking family and sibling photos, I usually recommend those first.
• I recommend wearing muted tones, like grays, off white, navy, light blue, cream, etc. Black is fine too, but I think those other colors are softer and allow baby to stand out even more. Ultimately, I want you to be comfortable, so wear what you feel best in. I prefer a more casual look overall, but not too casual (generally no polos or camping/fishing shirts for men, and no t-shirts for ladies). Maxi dresses and long sleeved items usually photograph well for mom. I’m happy to help narrow down what will photograph best if you want to wait until I get there to decide.
• Feel free to have some music/white noise playing if you'd like. I’ve found babies do better with noise during our sessions than a completely quiet home.
• Have any items you’d like to use ready-baskets, wooden crates, soft, textured materials/blankets, wraps (scarves can work really well), hats, toys, stuffed animals, etc.-anything to make them unique to you. Feel free to incorporate any special family quilts, heirlooms or baby blankets that you would like to use in the photos.
• Be patient. :) Newborn sessions can average about 4 hours, depending on how well they sleep. Don't worry if they get fussy or don't want to sleep. The most common reasons a baby won’t sleep is being cold or gassy. This is all normal, and I will work to get them back to sleep. In some cases, I may even have mom step out of the room since her scent may be distracting for baby. I never try to rush a baby to pose, and I have tons of patience, and will do my best to get them in the poses we want. I may snap a few awake photos as well. We may also take some naked photos if you’d like. It's completely normal to have accidents. I wash all my props, so don't worry if this happens.
• I always work off the feel of baby, and make sure they are safe in each position. If they aren't liking a pose, or if I'm not comfortable with it, I will never force it. One pose I don't do is the chin resting on the hands, also known as froggy pose. It's not a natural pose, puts unnecessary pressure on the baby’s hips, and really isn’t the safest pose. It also requires another person to help and some extra editing in photoshop. I prefer to stick with poses that are natural for baby. Here's an example of that pose-
• Relax a little. This is a good time for you to take a break. Make sure you are able to rest, snack, and hydrate as well. We need you feeling good for the extra feedings you'll be giving baby. :) If the baby gets fussy or alert, don’t worry. A baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as calm as possible.
I always aim to deliver your final images as soon as possible. My typical turn-around is about 2-3 weeks from our session date.
• Click here to view many of my current props.
Please let me know your preferred color palette, if you have specific props you'd like to use, and if you have wood flooring and window lighting in your home.
*All wraps and blankets are washed with 100% dye and perfume free detergent.
Can't wait to meet you and your newborn!