Newborn Prep Info
Newborns are so much fun to photograph. Time passes so quickly – each moment is precious and if you blink, you’ll miss it. I capture those first days of your newborn’s awesome adventure in this world, before the elements of life forever change those cute back wrinkles, tiny toes, the turned up nose, and all those cutesy quirks. Those features fade fast, never again to re-appear.
Newborns are on their very best behavior between the 5th and 12th day, making that the very best time for their debut session. After the second week, they start to fill out and lose their precious wrinkles, they start getting baby acne, etc. After this time, they are more alert and less likely to be comfortably moved into those squishy newborn, sleepy poses.
The transition time between 2 and 6 weeks can lend itself to a variety of the more traditional baby sessions, with some newborn poses and props woven in. Each child is an individual and sessions will be tailored for the child’s comfort and parents desires!
What to expect
You should know babies will pee and poo on EVERYTHING – even me. But not to worry, I have plenty of wipes and lots of pads and blankies. We’ll get the shot, clean up and move on. All blankets, pads, backdrops, etc., are thoroughly washed, disinfected and sanitized after each child.
Because most newborn poses are without clothing, the studio is kept very warm, about 83 degrees. For your comfort, you will certainly want to dress in layers.
A newborn session generally takes between 2 – 4 hours. Feel free to snuggle up on the couch and snooze, or you might prefer to bring some type of entertainment.
What to bring
Wi-Fi – we have wifi if you would like to bring a laptop or other internet device.
Food – If mom is nursing, I suggest nursing just before coming to the studio. Most likely, the baby will need to eat at least once more during the session. If you bottle feed, please bring extra bottles. Often they are required to calm the baby even though he/she may not be hungry. We provide water and soft drinks as well as a light snack. But remember, this takes from 2 – 4 hours, so feel free to bring something if you wish.
Pacifier – even if the baby doesn’t take one, we often find they like that comfort during the session. Please make sure to bring one.
Clothing – As most newborn poses are without clothing, you don’t need to worry much about clothing. However, if you have a special outfit you wish to have showcased, feel free to bring it. Make sure to dress him/her lightly when coming to the studio. Avoid clothing with elastic, socks, head bands, etc. Avoid over-the-head clothing. A snap-up or zip-up sleeper is the best. If we are photographing Mom and Dad, your clothing should match in tone. Try to keep things solid and simple. Prints and stripes will be distracting and take away from the photograph. It’s a good idea to bring a light color and dark color or black top/shirt.
I hope this answered some of your questions. Please, contact me if you have any other questions, concerns, thoughts or special requests. We strive to create personal art and that requires your input in the creative process!