How to Prepare for a Newborn Session
Everything you need to know to prepare!
At request, I can bring a basket to try and do a few basket studio style photos, but my newborn sessions are mostly lifestyle, which means a nice cuddly family session (whomever you'd like to include, or just baby is fine), in your home
Newborn sessions are best done within their first 7 days, but since it's more lifestyle 2 weeks is fine
Babies from age 7 days-12 days I will still try my hardest to get those cute posed images but we may not succeed in getting as many photos as promised in my package outline
Babies older than 12 days may not be able to do the basket photos if they’re too big/too wiggly
The photos are not of your home, they're of the love within it, so please don't think your home needs to look a certain way for us to be able to do a session there! Make sure it's cleaned up and uncluttered to the best of your ability, and I will do the rest
Lighting within your home also doesn't matter, I bring my own
I will usually do photos of everyone cuddling on your bed (photos of the bed, not the room), and on the couch, hanging out in the living room, or in babies room
If baby is going to sleep prior to me arriving, please change the baby into only a clean diaper, then we’ll do the basket photos if you've requested them
If baby is awake when I arrive, we’ll do the rest of the lifestyle session portion first, then we can feed baby in hopes for a little nap! If no nap, then I will get the basket photos with baby awake
Having it warm in the house is great because they may be in their diaper
When considering outfits for your baby for the family photos, think of how much the clothing will bunch up when being held. A sleeveless/armless onesie is usually best
Also keep in mind the fabrics you are dressing baby in, that they do not irritate the skin. You can test this on the baby prior to the session!
Don't fret about blemishes or skin imperfections, they'll be removed in post work
I love doing breastfeeding photos because those moments don't last long in our lives so feel free to ask for those if it doesn't come up, and I never share photos without permission (even if you sign the photo release, I will specifically ask for consent to share breastfeeding photos)
Babies are super sensitive to energy so I come to you so that everyone is as comfortable as possible
Any siblings we include will feed off your energy
More often than not, the grumpy face of the misbehaved children negatively affects the outcome of the photos more than the child's poor behavior
Only use positive, affirming vocabulary during the session. Instead of telling your child, "don't do that!" change it to "lets do this!" Bringing attention to what they shouldn't be doing, "don't stick your tongue out!" Makes them do it even more. I have my ways of getting children to do what I need for the photo but your comments could be counter productive to what I am trying to accomplish
Please pay the remaining balance at least 48 hours before your session
You can do so by clicking "View Appointment Details" at the bottom of your booking confirmation and then "Pay $ CADX.XX" button on the page that opens
Please contact me through my facebook page or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your booking!