~ If there was ever a time in my child’s life where I could push the pause button to make time stand still it would be the newborn stage. It’s amazing, exhausting, and so very rewarding. From their adorable sleepy grins to their back wrinkles and tiny feet, I love capturing these precious memories that do not last nearly long enough. My goal during your newborn session is to make these moments last forever through classic and timeless art. Since the session is done at your home, I will tell your family’s story with a newborn. Not only do I do the traditional posed shots in baskets, blankets, hats and other props, but I also will document the interactions between mom, dad, siblings and baby in a natural setting.
How old should my newborn be for a photography session and when should I book the session?
The best time for newborn sessions is day 4-14. After that newborns may be less sleepy, more fussy, and harder to pose. Older newborns are perfect for a more lifestyle session. You are encouraged to book your session at least 6 weeks before your due date. I will block off time in my calendar around your due date. I ask that you contact me soon after you deliver, so we can set up a time for your session.
How long will the session last?
Newborns determine the length of a session, which can last between 2 and 4 hours. Since their reactions and overall mood are unpredictable, I know that patience and using a relaxed method is important. Please do not worry if your baby is fussy and has a hard time settling into a deep sleep. I will use safe and gentle soothing techniques and take my time. This is your time to sit back and relax.
What can I do to prepare for our session?
* In order to achieve sleepy poses, it is helpful that baby has a nice warm and calm environment. About 30 minutes before I arrive please turn up the heat in your house to around 80 degrees.
* For the best images, I will need to position your newborn in well light areas. Please open our blinds and curtains before my arrival. When I arrive I will ask to tour of your house to determine the best location. Please do not worry about clutter and messes. I do not need a large area to work in and realize that you just had a baby. I may need to move around furniture items, but will return them when the session is done.
* I love capturing family shots on a bed. Since white reflects light the best, if you have white bedding it would be helpful to have it on the bed the day of the session. If not I can bring mine.
What should we wear for the session?
* Since the star of the show is your baby, solid colors work best for mom, dad, and siblings. Skin to skin portraits are great if you are comfortable with this. A white cotton knit tank top or strapless shirt works well for these. Take the time to apply make-up and get your nails done before the session. If you are comfortable with nude shots for baby, please undo his or her diaper about 30 minutes prior to the session. This allows time for red diaper marks to fade. If you prefer clothes, I have hand knit items and wraps that I will incorporate into the session. I do believe that less is more with newborn photography. Please place out any props or special blankets that you wish to use in the session, prior to my arrival.
What can I do to help prepare my baby?
A well fed baby is a happy and sleepy baby. Please feed your baby about 30 minutes prior to my arrival. After the feeding, place just a diaper on and swaddle him or her in a blanket. I will use a small space heater during the session to keep your baby warm and sleepy.
Once you book your session I will have you fill out a brief questionnaire. I will also create a secret Pinterest board where we can share inspiration ideas. Please contact me if you have any questions about booking your session.