If you are thinking of having a newborn session for your baby, please contact me prior to the birth so I can reserve a spot for you. While we wont be able to pinpoint an exact date, it will give me an idea of how to schedule other shoots around that time. If you haven’t contacted me during your pregnancy and still wish to set up a session, do not hesitate to contact me! I try to be as flexible as possible with these types of sessions. Please contact me as soon as possible after the baby is born so we an set up an exact date and time of your session.
Ideally, newborn Sessions should be done within the first 3 weeks after your baby is born. This is the optimal time for photographing newborns is between 6 and 14 days as they are the most sleepy and most flexible during this time. Usually newborn acne and hair loss have not occurred yet and their coloring has stabilized a bit by that point. Newborns change so incredibly fast. You want to capture those first weeks!
Newborn sessions last around 3 hours, give or take. I don’t usually go by the clock, as babies cant tell time! Often times the first hour of the session is spent feeding and soothing your baby into a deep sleep so they can be posed without rousing them. You may have to feed your baby multiple times during the session and that’s ok! Going off scheduled feedings during a newborn session is sometimes unavoidable. Sometimes they eat a little more than usual since they are being disturbed. It’s a patience game. And I don’t mind playing 🙂
Do your best to keep baby awake in the few hours prior to the drive to the studio. Dress baby in as little as possible for the drive. At most a zipper/snap sleeper, no onesie underneath, nothing over-the-head. Diaper not too tight to avoid diaper marks. On a warm day, even just a diaper with enough blankets works wonders!
If your baby is breastfed, a separate nursing area will be provided at your request. if your baby is bottle fed, bring more formula/breast milk than you would normally pack for a few hours. lease feed baby (even just a top-up if not due for a full feeding) right before placing them in the carseat (don’t forget to burp). Also, please bring a pacifier. Even if your baby does not take one, it is helpful to have on hand when switching from one pose to another.
Your little bundle of joy WILL pee and poop on my props and blankets. It is OKAY!!! I completely expect it. I find that parents are mortified by this. Trust me! Its inevitable and totally acceptable. I’m a mom. Poop doesn’t phase me 🙂
The studio is kept extra warm during newborn sessions so dress in layers! I also usually have a while noise machine running. I aim to make the studio as close to a womb as possible 🙂
I personally think the best time for maternity sessions is between 32-36 weeks. But really, it is up to you. You want to be big enough to show off that gorgeous bump but not too big that you will be uncomfortable getting up and down.
Maternity sessions are so personal. There are so many variables. Do you want to show your bare belly? Do you want any (tasteful of course) nude or semi nude portraits? Do you have any particular poses in mind? I want to know these things! Prior to your session I like to consult with you in order to get a better idea of what you want to see. My goal is to know I made eery effort possible to see both of our visions meet and produce a photo you would be proud to display.
Cake Smashes can be done a little before your babies birthday (or after). Please be aware that it may take up to three weeks to receive your proofs. So if you need your photos for birthday invites, thank you cards, or to display at a party, please schedule accordingly. Usually, we work together to tie in a specific color scheme or theme and build upon that idea. Cake smash attire can be anything your heart desires. Some parents prefer a minimalist approach with a simple diaper cover while others love a good romper or tutu. Its personal preference. We can work together to decide what will work best with the theme. The cake is provided and included at no additional fee. However, please note, if your child has any food allergies I do ask that you provide the cake yourself and can refer you to a baker that can best accommodate you.
Clothing makes all the difference in a photo session. When doing a family shoot, try and coordinate your clothing but not match it. Complementary colors are always nice. Simple is better. Busy prints, patterns, logos, cartoon characters, sports themed clothing should be avoided. If you have any questions, or need suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask.
I always try and coordinate and compliment your clothing choices and my backdrop choices. If you know what you will be wearing, I often ask that you send me a quick snapshot of it, just with your cell phone, so I can get a better idea of how to coordinate.