Note From Ashley
Each baby is different, so the posing can differ. I may rock, or sway with your baby, rub his eyebrows, use a white noise machine, etc. I want to make sure the energy in the room is always relaxed and calm, with lots of trust. They will occasionally cry- please know that this is never a bother for me. I will use a variety of soothing techniques to make your baby feel safe, secure and warm. Think of me as your baby sitter. Baby will never be placed in an unsafe position and newborn safety is my top priority.
I have a very hands on approach to newborns and I am very comfortable handling them. I have three young children myself and have taken safety courses on newborn photography/workshops. I am fully vaccinated. One last thing....No matter what your baby does, please know that I am always relaxed. I do this all the time and have seen everything. This session is supposed to be a special experience for you and I don't want you stressed if the baby starts to cry. The baby can sense stress and it usually makes them cry more. We have plenty of time allowed for your session. If we need to take a break to feed, walk, rock, etc. we can do that. I want you to enjoy the experience of your session and this special bonding moment for your family.
Props & Heirloom Items
I have many props, baskets, hats, bows and blankets already on hand for your newborn session, but I definitely prefer a "less is more" type of session where the focus is on you and your baby. If you need some ideas or want to brainstorm, please don't hesitate to call. Some of the most amazing newborn portraits I have created were conceptualized during a conversation with my clients. Make sure you have special items/clothing you wish to be included in the photographs on hand.
Session Prop List
- blankets that are special to you (made by grandma, embroidered with baby name, matches nursery, etc.)
- hats or booties you love
- going home outfit
- plain onesie