Here are some things to do in order to achieve a successful newborn session:
1. If nursing, please avoid eating anything spicy (hot sauce, pizza, etc.) that might upset your baby’s fragile tummy for 24 hours before your session.
2. Stimulate and interact with the baby to keep him awake for 2-3 hours prior to your session to ensure he is sleepy for the session. This is VERY important; without this, we spend too much time getting baby to sleep and not as much time photographing him. If you need to, give the baby a bath to help keep him awake (or undress him or keep him naked usually helps as well). Have someone ride in the back seat with him to keep him awake for the car ride over. In addition, the baby needs to be fed as much as possible during the 12 hours before your session. This will allow him to sleep as deeply and long as possible.
3. Make sure the baby has a full belly before your session. Please feed the baby immediately as you arrive. If the baby is formula-fed, please bring additional formula and bottles. If you are nursing and can pump, I really recommend this. Babies tend to eat more and eat faster out of a bottle so having one on hand for a feeding during the session is a big help!
4. Dress the baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on the skin. A simple sleeper outfit is best. Please avoid onesies or anything that we have to pull over the baby’s head.
5. Bring a pacifier, which can be extremely helpful to sooth the baby during the session.
6. The studio will be around 85 degrees to keep the baby warm while he is undressed for the session. Babies tend to snooze in the heat! I recommend that parents dress in layers so that you can be comfortable in the warm environment.
7. During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need a lot of assistance so take advantage of this time to rest. Feel free to bring your laptop to catch up on some work, or just take a nap!
8. Plan on the session lasting around 2-3 hours. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks with you.
I include parent pictures, so a soft neutral short sleeve or long sleeve shirt is suggested for Dad and a soft neutral blouse top for mom (white or cream lace is even better!). (Whites, creams, greys, tans, etc are neutral colors) If Dad is comfortable bearing his chest for a few photos, that can make for some very sweet images. Please avoid anything with a pattern.
If you have other children to be photographed with your newborn, we will do those shots first.
Due to the nature of the session I ask that your spouse/partner take the other children home or out for some fun while we finish up the newborn shots in order to keep the studio as quiet as possible.
If there are any special items that you would like photographed with the baby please bring them along.
Seating in the studio is very limited so I recommend bringing no more than yourself and your spouse/partner (or a helper).
If you have any additional questions that are not covered here, feel free to contact me.