PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION:
Date - Once you have decided to schedule your session with me, we will set a tentative session date based on your due date. I completely understand that babies rarely come when they are predicted and we will absolutely accommodate their own plans. Your due will give us something to start with though. As soon as your infant is born, please get in touch with me as soon as possible. I prefer to photograph babies in their first two weeks of life. They sleep better, don’t have reflux or colic, and usually haven’t developed baby acne or cradle cap.
Expectations - When we schedule your session we will discuss what you are looking for from your session. Have you had a moment to view some of my newborn images on my website? If so, are you familiar with the style of photography I provide (i.e. baby in no clothing) and comfortable with it? Are there specific poses you are looking for? For example, if your husband is a firefighter, would you like your infant photographed in his helmet? Will Dad be there? Do you have some props from my website that you would like to use? Do you have props of your own to incorporate?
Location - I have a portrait studio at my home that I invite all my clients to. I will have all necessary equipment (i.e. blankets, bowls, baskets, headbands, and/or hats) all setup when you arrive for your session. I offer my home for all my newborn sessions because it allows me to fully prepared for your session before hand. This saves us both the setup time at a different location and allows me access to all my equipment should we need to have a quick prop exchange. I do ask that you not feed your baby before you come over. He or she will have already started their sleep cycle while in the car seat and will be woken when transferred to the appropriate prop. We will have plenty of time for you to feed him or her at my home when you arrive. Feel free to bring along bottles or I will gladly provide a room for you to nurse your baby in as well.
Soothing - It is always nice to have a pacifier on hand. This will help me to sooth your baby in between poses. If you have chosen not to use a pacifier with your baby or they don’t seem to care for them, please be prepared to help me by having your finger ready for your baby to suck on. I will also have white noise and a space heater on hand to help make your baby feel more comfortable. I do turn on the heater in my home and/or turn off my air conditioning one hour prior to your arrival. I also have a heating pad set on low under the blanketed bean bag setups as well. This way when your baby is unclothed they won’t be chilled and get upset.
Outfits - I photograph mostly all my babies in their birthday suits. Newborn babies just don’t fill out clothes properly. They are so much sweeter without being hidden in all that extra fabric. No this does not mean they will be naked for the whole session. I do have a small collection of newborn jumpers and some pretty cute wraps I usually put on them for a few shots. I would be happy to schedule another session down the road to photograph your baby in any special outfits. I strongly encourage you to bring along any special accessories like headbands/bows, hats, bow ties, etc. You may not care for what I provide and I might fall in love with something you have! So not only will your additions give us more to choose from but they will be unique to your baby’s photos.
Lastly, if you think of anything before our session, please please feel free to contact me. I promise there has never been, nor will there ever be, a stupid question.