AVENUE Photography Studio Prep Guide

Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior, and plan on feeding him/her as right before you leave your house to head to the studio. It should be the very last thing you do before getting into the car. Also, please do not let him sleep an hour beforehand (if they fall asleep in the car on the way, that is totally fine). Instead, try giving him a bath, let him kick with only a diaper, tickle toes, and even let him fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. This will help to ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!
I can't stress enough that it's so important to do your best to keep him awake! Many parents come in saying, "Baby has been sleeping all morning, but trust me, he sleeps SO good this time of day" only to have baby remain awake and alert since they are unclothed and being posed. At home baby is usually dressed and swaddled, being held or in a cozy basinet, possibly with a pacifier in, and being left alone. We will be doing the exact opposite so unless baby is really tired, it can make for a challenging session trying to get cooperative poses.
Sessions last 3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper or is hungry or if we are incorporating sibling/parent poses. The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottle-feed off and on. Also, if possible, please clear your schedule to allow plenty of time for the session to take place. Most sessions are wrapped up within 3 hours but to eliminate the stress of being rushed for both you and me, I'd love for you to be able to come, relax, and enjoy the process versus having to interrupt the flow or rush off.
If you can, bring the soothie pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It's the bendable, green/blue/orange one . It doesn't leave marks like the most others and doesn't get in the way of posing hands like the Wubanubs do with the stuffed animals hanging down. Even if you haven't used one or aren't planning on using one, just for the short amount of time I'm posing him/her usually really helps soothe baby and shouldn't create any habit-forming behaviors or nipple confusion for your baby.
It will be around 80 degrees in the studio. Due to this, I come dressed for a warm few hours and suggest you do too.

Please make Dad's aware of the temperature. A lot of Dads come during their lunch so they're dressed in work attire. Totally fine, however to avoid any overheating, It might be a good idea to have a white or gray t-shirt to change into for the photos. It gets really hot, really fast during the parent shots due to the body heat of holding the baby and my studio lights being on them. Also, a simple neutral t-shirt is a nice clean, subtle backdrop to baby as opposed to a plaid or patterned collared shirt anyways!

It's also helpful if baby comes dressed in something that unsnaps verses goes over their head. Just one less thing to disturb him/her.
I'm so excited for your Newborn Session and am beyond grateful for your trust in me to capture this precious time. Please call or email with any questions or concerns ahead of time. Can't wait to meet your new little one.

Ashley Votaw




AVENUE Photography www.avenue-photography.com

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