NEWBORN SESSION TIPS
Newborn photo sessions are the sweetest! Seeing your sleepy little baby all curled up like they’re in your belly is such a wonderful memory to capture and preserve. They just grow so quickly! my child outgrew his newborn-sized clothes within a few weeks.
Here are 10 simple tips to help your newborn session go smoothly:
1. Before your session, send me a couple of colors to coordinate the props, hats and blankets so that the photos look cohesive when you put them together later for an album, announcement or wall display. Usually we match to the nursery, or if you’ll be putting the photos in your living area, we can also match to that furniture or keep everything neutral or even all-white. I’ll pull some things together before you arrive to help save time, but you’ll have LOTS of options even with the things I pick out. We can always abandon the color coordination during your session to use other props that catch your eye. Cuteness abounds in the studio!! Check my Newborn Portfolio Page for inspiration.
2. Moms who are nursing – refrain from eating spicy foods for 24 hours prior to your session.
3. Dress yourselves for the warm studio. It’s going to be in the low-80s. Only the smaller studio room will be heated, and you’ll be able to duck out into the great room to cool down. I suggest that parents and siblings wear a solid-colored top in neutral colors such as white, cream, gray, black or tan or matching the colors you choose for your baby’s photos (see the first tip above).
4. Dress your baby in something that snaps, zips or ties in the front so that we can easily remove the clothes while he/she is in the car seat if already asleep. Your baby will be nude or swaddled the entire session, so you don’t need to pack a photo outfit for him/her.
5. If possible, try to schedule your baby to eat when you arrive. If this will make for a stressful car trip, though, feed your baby before you leave and top him/her off here. This is not the time to try to rush your baby through a feeding. A full baby is a peaceful baby.
6. As much as possible, try to keep your baby from getting a deep sleep in the morning before you arrive. Give a bath, play with hands and feet, and give little arm and leg stretches while he/she snoozes and on the car ride over. Just having you touch them while they are sleeping will get them used to having me move them around in their sleep during their session.
7. Bring any heirlooms or props that you would like photographed with your baby (this is optional). I have plenty of cuteness here for us to use as well! If you are planning on bringing anything, please email or text me a picture prior to your session so I can plan out where it will be best to use it.
8. Bring a pacifier if he/she takes one and an extra bottle if he/she is bottle-fed. If your baby has not yet used a pacifier, I have a few we can use if necessary.
9. Plan on being here around 3 hours. I recommend to bring your own snacks and water.
10. Relax. I’ve got this. You are welcome to take a nap, catch up on emails, or write thank-you notes from your baby shower. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your baby will be.
If you haven’t already scheduled yours, please Contact Me ASAP. Thank you!!