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Newborn Guide Prepping for a successful Newborn Session

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

Babies are best photographed between the first 5-12 days of life. They are super squishy & sleepy!

I do offer newborn sessions up until 3 weeks of age. Babies still like to be swaddled at this age, so I use that to my advantage. They also have better eye contact for beautiful, awake images.

Newborns should only have an awake time of 30 minutes, so I only ask that you keep baby awake for no longer than that. Any longer and babies will get over tired, fussy and possibly harder to settle. Giving them a bath or undressing them usually keeps them awake.

Please feed and burp baby before you leave for our session. A full belly makes for a sleepy baby!

Please avoid wearing anything on baby that has to be pulled over their head. A sleeper with a zipper is perfect and loosening baby's diaper will avoid lines and creases in their skin.

When you arrive, please leave baby in their car seat, especially if they have fallen asleep. I will remove them carefully, making sure not to wake them.

I keep the studio very warm to ensure that your little one is cozy and comfortable for being photographed naked or swaddled.

If you have booked a Full Session, please schedule 2-3 hours to spend in the studio. For Petite Sessions, please schedule 1-2 hours.

During the session, feel free to sit back and relax! I won’t need much assistance so feel free to check Facebook, answer e-mails, or take a nap!

If you are formula feeding, please bring extra bottles. If baby wakes during the session, I will do my best to keep in them in position and feed them. If you nursing, be prepared for extra feedings. Please bring a pacifier with you even if baby doesn't take one. They do help to settle baby if they are fussy.

Parent, family and sibling images are only included with Full Sessions.

These images are captured at the beginning of the session. A neutral color shirt for both Mom & Dad photograph best with my backdrop for these images.

For big brothers, please wear a neutral shirt and jeans. They can be bare chested if requested. For big sisters, please wear a top or dress with texture (lace, knit, etc). Girls can also be bare chested and have a wrap covering them.

Afterwards, I do encourage your spouse to leave with the older siblings to do something fun while I pose your newborn for their individual photos.

For the remainder of the session, it's all about baby!

Safety of your newborn is my top priority. I will never put your baby in an unsafe position or continue to pose them if they are upset or in any discomfort.

It is important to me for your baby to look comfortable and peaceful and for each image to be a piece of art. I take my time to make sure every little finger and toe is positioned perfectly. I am a perfectionist and am very patient so it's not unusual for me to spend some time working to perfect one pose.

Please don't worry or stress if baby is fussy or not sleepy. Usually with the heat, white noise machine, a soother and swaddling them, they settle right to sleep. I have a complete workflow for baby being wrapped as well as naked for beanbag poses.

I provide all props including fabrics, bonnets, headbands and wraps. These items are the highest of quality to ensure they photograph beautifully on your brand new baby.

I will try my best to accommodate any special requests for photos, but please mention this before our session for us to discuss.

Thank you for choosing Amie Roberts Photography to capture your memories.

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