Here are all the answers to the Hows and Whats about Newborn Sessions!
We usually say bring baby in between 5 to 12 days old. Premies can be later. Life happens. We get it if you can't come in until after the 12 day mark!
We can do in studio, in home or on location if weather permits!
I love recommending in home. I brings wraps and blankets. We also get to take advantage of all that time you spent putting the nursery together.
In home is also sometimes easier for healing Moms.
Houses are a mess! You just had a baby! We shoot around it. No big deal. I might move some furniture but I promise to put it back!
A Session is usually two hours long. We always love if Grandma or Auntie wants to hop in for a quick photo too!
Have a pacifier. Even if they don't normally take one. That little bit of extra suckling might be just what they need to get to sleep.
Have the baby in something easy to get out of like zip up pjs. They will stay asleep longer when we undress them to shoot.
I usually recommend neutral colored clothes for family shots but not all the same, just the same color palette. Moms please wear what is comfortable for you! Simple tops and camis are great.
We know you just gave birth to a tiny human being. We don't normally do full length shots unless outside so wear your comfy pants!
That being said Mom if you want to pass baby to Dad and go get your hair done and a mani before the shoot I'd say you earned it!
We usually try to say no logos (Dads do that!)
If you were wanting the baby completely naked during family shots please bring a change of clothes in case the little one pees or poops on you.
More then likely blankets and props of mine will get peed on. Don't Worry! Everything baby touches is washed in non allergenic, organic baby detergent.
It's my job not yours to pick up!
Try to keep the baby up an hour or more before the shoot and feed right before or as soon as you come in to the studio. I say this but I also know babies definitely make up their own schedule! I've had some parents get ready while I start with baby.
Bath time and naked time are great for keeping them awake before.
If Grandma made a blanket or you have your old stuffed animal bring what is important to you! I will try to work them into photos.
I do love Pinterest but if you message me the night before asking for a giant moon instead of giving me a few weeks time, it's probably not going to happen but I will do my best.
We usually do not do too many outfits. It just ticks the baby off going through a lot of outfit changes.
If they have older siblings parents might want to drive separate so the other one can leave if the older child gets restless. We do have some books, shows and snacks to help.
18 months to about 4 can be tough on taking directions so we might have to wait and let them wander into the shots when ready!
We keep the room hot just to warn you! We provide water and some refreshment but nothing beats that giant mug they give you at the hospital!
If in home turn up the heat 30 minutes before the session!
If we need to take a break to feed baby during the session do not worry! Completely normal and means better shots. It just gives me more time to setup!
If you have more questions just ask!