Newborn Session Information
An important point that most parents don't realize is that we need a baby sleeping soundly in order to get all the cute poses. Newborn sessions should be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. Though, the best time is between 4-7 days after their arrival. Babies tend to do better in the sessions within the first 7 days of their life because they sleep most of the time.
For nursing Moms, be sure you are careful with what you eat for about a day leading up to the session. Any sort of spicy foods (pizza, hot sauce, etc) can make the baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy. And an upset tummy will always mean lots of tears and little sleep! So try to avoid spicy foods before your session. Please try to schedule the baby's feeding about 2-3 hours before arriving so you can feed him/her just before the session starts. A tired baby with a full tummy results in a sleepy baby and a cooperative model. For moms that are formula feeding please bring extra formula/bottles to your newborn session.
A pacifier can be a lifesaver. So, if you are using a pacifier, bring that as well with you to your session. It can calm and sooth your baby.
As stated earlier, I also recommend parents trying to keep their baby awake in the couple hours leading up to the session. So, some tips I like to give parents are to play with baby, talk with baby, maybe even give the baby a bath before the session – whatever it takes to keep them alert for an hour or two. This really helps with getting the beautiful sleepy images of your newborn.
Please bring your baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper. Preferably a loose fitting one. This makes it easier on mom and baby to just zip down and slip off pajamas while baby is asleep. Avoid "onesies" or anything else, as they need to be pulled over the head. And if the pajamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin. Tight fitting clothes such as socks, hats, headbands, shoes, etc can leave lines and ridges on the baby’s skin.
Newborn sessions can be long (3-4 hours). You can bring whatever you like to keep occupied. Of course, there may be times where I may ask you for assistance with your baby, if needed.
My style of newborn photography is "Less is More". I don’t like to photograph newborns with a lot of clothes on because nothing ever fits. The clothes tend to be somewhat baggy. Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. I have supply of newborn hats, bows and headbands that coordinate beautifully with our blankets and props. These look wonderful in images. If there is a family heirloom or something that is of family significance please feel free to bring it along and we can incorporate it into the images. If you have an idea in mind please do run it by me and we can talk about it before you come in for your session.
Lastly, I prefer that you refrain from any picture-taking during your session... after all I take the time and the care to set up everything up for that perfect portrait using my special props, etc. However, that being said, I understand that social media being a big part of our lives and if an opportunity were to arise where you were able to capture a fun behind- the -scenes shot, I am for that. And if you do, I would LOVE if you tagged me in it.