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Newborn Session Tips


Newborns are typically photographed within the first 11 days of birth, when the baby is very sleepy. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking adorable , usually in wraps, hats, and/or props. The session can last up to 3 hours with feeding, diaper changes, set swaps, and posing.

When you are thinking of booking, please keep in mind i do ask that you book while you are still pregnant so I can make a note of your due date in my calendar. I encourage you to contact me early in your pregnancy, a lot of expectant moms book their newborn session when they book their maternity session. I only take on few newborns a month, their arrival date is rarely predictable and this allows me to accommodate for scheduling. There is such a small window for getting these sweet posed newborn photos, as they do not stay this small or sleepy for long. So please don't wait before it too late, preserve this memory and book today!

Newborn Session Tips and guidelines must be

read prior to session!

Nursing Moms:

For nursing Moms, be aware of what you eat a couple days prior to the session. Any woman who has nursed a baby knows that any sort of spicy foods can make the baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy. And an upset tummy will usually mean lots of gas, crying and no sleeping. Avoid spicy foods, or any foods the baby may have aversions to, at all costs! I will never forget the time I devoured mussles when my son was just a month old, it was the worst night of our lives lol.

Keep Baby Awake:

I recommend keeping your baby for as long as you can before the session. If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives to my studio, they just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder.

Keep Baby Full:

Make sure baby has full tummy before you leave the house and come to my studio. This way, assuming your drive isn’t too long, the baby should l still be full and will probably have a little snooze in the car. When you arrive I will remove baby from the carseat and I can immediately get started on the session when you arrive. Hopefully get as much photos done before baby needs a feeding break. Also, feeding them as often as you can for about 10-12 hours before yours session will ensure that baby is really full and will be more likely to have a long, sleepy stretch.

DO NOT forget the pacifier:

If the baby takes a pacifier, you can trust me that you’ll want it there during the session! If baby doesn’t take a pacifier, I would highly encourage you to bring one anyways, just for the session. They tend to want to nurse the entire session so the soother helps us stretch out those feeds within the 3 hour session.

Babies Clothing:

Bring baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper. Preferably a loose fitting one. One of the worst things is when baby arrives sleepy in his/her car seat and then I have to remove shoes and socks, pants, and take a shirt off over their heads – which almost always wakes them up. Instead, it’s so, so simple to zip down and slip off pajamas while baby remains asleep! And if the pajamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.

My studio is HOT

So it’s really important to me to warn parents of this before their arrival. I always suggest you dress lightly. Feel free to pop outside if you need a break from the heat!

Bring something to do:

Newborn sessions can be really long. Most of the times I won’t need your help. So bring your laptop, a book and something to do while you sit for 2-3, sometimes 4 hours. Feel free to take a nap ;) If you have other children coming, I usual advise that one parent occupies the kids until we are ready for family portraits and then takes the older kids after the family portraits have been taken. We have a great park about a block away from the studio.

What should I Wear?

If you are wanting to be in the photos with your sweet little baby, I find that solid colors generally look best. Neutrals like Black, white, blue or earth tones keep the focus on where it should be, your baby. (I will note that moms do tend to look great in floral as well, just make sure your colors co-ordinate). V-neck type shirts for mom and a t-shirt or collard shirt for dad. Make sure you bring an extra outfit, incase poop happens! (it happens more times than not). Please keep in mind, these are professional photos, therefore treat them like professional photos. Avoid hoodies, ball caps, logos on shirts.

Also, consider where you want to display your photos and coordinate with your home decor.

What should Siblings Wear?

If you have girls bring one neutral colored outfit of your own.

If you have boys, please bring them in jeans or khakis and a shirt – Neutral colors, no Logos.

I do have some outfits in the studio you are welcome to use. I find the boys usually look best shirtless with jeans and the girls in either a dress or a romper.

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