This guide will help prepare you and your baby for your upcoming Newborn Session. Following this guide will help ensure your session runs as smoothly as possible.
Newborn sessions are best photographed when Baby is 5-20 days old. After this time-frame, Baby is easily awakened and more difficult to pose.
My studio is based out of my house. Please make your self at home and relax
If you would like to have parent/sibling/family portraits done. These photos are done first and due to the size of the area and duration of the session, siblings are to be present for their portion of the session only.
Because I do not work with an assistant, mommy or daddy may need to help “spot” baby for some poses.
Please notify me if you plan to circumcise baby- session will be booked with healing time in mind.
Sessions may take up to 2-3 hours long.
Props, headband, bonnets and wraps are supplied. If you have a sentimental item, bring along if you wish.
If baby is breastfed, avoid caffeinated and carbonated drinks as well as gassy and spicy foods 24 hours prior to session.
Keep baby awake minimum 2 hours prior to session (a bath works well).
***Give baby large feed before arriving at the studio or plan to feed once you arrive. Be prepared to feed baby throughout session or have prepared bottles (bottles work great for posing and feeding simultaneously).
Bring baby to session in a button/zipper-down sleeper and loose diaper.
A pacifier is HIGHLY encouraged. Usage will be minimal and therefore nipple confusion will not occur.
Room will be very warm, dress in layers for your own comfort.
Neutral coloured shirts are encouraged for family photos (highly recommend tanks for females). Photos will be cropped at the breast- no need to worry if your clothing doesn't fit around the belly. Please no logos. See What To Wear Guide for more info.
It is suggested to clear schedule for the day to avoid over-stimulation prior to session; also, sessions may run longer than anticipated.
Pee (or poo) happens during family photos- bring a change of clothes just in case. Please know that babies pee and poo on everything and that you don't need to worry. I have plenty of wipes and towels on hand and everything is washed after each session.
There will be a white noise machine running to help your baby sleep. Feel free to sit back, relax, read a book or even take a nap while I work my magic!
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.