Thank you so much for booking SugaShoc Photography for your Newborn session. This email will contain your newborn prep. Please let me know if you have any questions.
For your consultation call, please look up some images that you are drawn to for your session. Any screenshots taken from my website, blog, Instagram or Facebook will work. Pinterest is also a great resource. It doesn't have to be my images either. If you see something you love, screenshot it and send it to me! I would love to help you create the session of your dreams!
Newborn Prep Info
In preparation for your newborn session, please read the following:
- Please send me a picture of baby's nursery so I can plan on color coordinating for your newborn session
- Tell me your favorite colors or colors you decorate your home with. Sending me pictures will help.
- Check out my blog and send me screenshots to pictures of the props and setups that you would like me to have set up for your session.
- If you don't want to use bonnets or bear-ear hats or if there are certain props or poses you do NOT like, please let me know ahead of time. I want this to be a personalized session for your family so please feel free to tell me your likes and dislikes.
- It is recommended that you avoid scheduling doctor appointments or any other appointments on the morning of your session as this can disrupt or agitate baby if they are in and out of the car, especially if they are being poked and prodded by a Doctor prior to arriving at the studio. Please also avoid having visitors to your home before you leave. The more relaxed you can keep baby before your session the better.
Here is my baby prep guide for your newborn session:
Please follow these as closely as you can manage, but please do not stress out about it. We will have plenty of time to soothe baby if baby is fussy. Most important thing is baby is full and happy.
- Nails: Please file the baby’s nails to ensure that they don’t scratch their little faces. The best files are the cheap emery boards you can get Walmart, Target or Walgreens. Because baby’s nails are so thin and fragile, we DO NOT recommend you clip them with clippers.
- Temp: The room will be set between 80-85 degrees for baby so please dress accordingly. I will also play a white noise machine to mimic the sound of the womb the entire session.
- Jaundice: If your baby has jaundice or is still yellow from jaundice it is best we wait until it is out of baby's system. Jaundice is very hard to edit out of skin due to the yellow/red blotchiness it causes as it is leaving their system. Jaundice is typically gone by week 2.
- Gas: If you are breastfeeding and your baby has gas issues, please abstain from eating the following 72 hours before your session : dairy products — milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein in it. Other foods that may cause gas and fussiness include anything with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, citrus fruits and prenatal vitamins containing iron. – Courtesy of Babycenter & ModernMom Parenting
- If you know baby is gassy, please bring Gripe water with you to the newborn session
- Caffeine: Please DO NOT drink caffeine 72 hours prior to your session if you are breastfeeding. I have photographed over 400 newborns and have seen a difference in those that are getting caffeine thru mother’s breast milk. Babies who are affected by caffeine tend to be very jumpy, tense and alert.
What to bring:
The night before your session, pack the car (This will save time in the morning!)
- Pacifier: Please bring a Soothie brand pacifier (no animal pacifiers, please). We recommend a Soothie pacifier so it does not leave red rings around baby’s mouth. Even if your baby does not take one from you (specifically if you are nursing, they can smell you and will want to nurse over soothing with a pacifier), they will usually take one from me. A baby’s natural born instinct is to pacify and sometimes not having a pacifier to help baby soothe will make or break a session.
- Parent change of clothes - Only if you are interested in doing parent shots
- Outfit for baby to go home in
- Gripe Water (if needed)
- Bottled Milk (Breast or Formula): If you have introduced a bottle to your baby, this is the preferred method of feeding during the session so we are certain how much baby is receiving. If bottle feeding, please bring 1 or 2 extra feedings than you expect to need. If you are pumping, feel free to bring your pump to the session. We have outlets located near the sofa for your comfort and convenience. If you're exclusively breastfeeding, that's perfectly fine. We will take breaks as we need to.
- Breast pump: If needed, including accessories and electrical cord
- Snacks & Drinks for you & your family in case you get hungry
Here is my sleepy baby prep:
The peaceful curled up babies seen throughout my galleries all have one thing in common. Their parents all did the same thing before their session. A peaceful state of sleepy bliss is the ultimate goal of our newborn session. To ensure this, I'm asking a little bit of prep from you. A sleeping baby is critical to the success of your newborn session so please follow all my instructions. I've photographed many babies and have concocted the perfect sleep equation.
Bath + Full Feeding + Car Ride to the Studio = Sleepy Bliss & Amazing Session!
One hour before your session, do the following:
- Bathe baby: The purpose of the bath is not just to clean the baby and ensure that fabulous soft fuzzy baby hair. It also makes them smell amazing! While all that is true, the real reason for the bath is to keep the baby awake and stimulated for an hour before the session, and tire them out. If your baby's umbilical cord is off, please give a full bath. Otherwise, use a wash cloth and give a sponge bath as instructed by your doctor. The key is to linger during the bath, draw it out longer than you normally would. You want your baby AWAKE so dilly dally and take your time. It’s very important baby is sleepy so the session goes smoothly and I’m able to capture lots of adorable images.
- Feed baby: Give baby a FULL feeding right before getting in the car. This is not a "Snack" feeding - tickle feet, change the diaper, do anything you can to keep the baby awake and ensure a full feeding. A full tummy equals a sleepy content baby! Please make sure your baby has a good burp before placing them in their car seat so gas doesn’t settle on the drive here.
- After the feeding, I prefer for the baby to only be dressed in a diaper. Depending on the time of the year, if you feel uncomfortable with this, dress your baby in the wrap style tee (one from the hospital). Depending on the weather, tuck the baby with a blanket for added warmth. Absolutely nothing that pulls over the head, tight socks or mitts with elastic! Depending on the weather, if you still feel uncomfortable about the clothing suggestion, please dress baby in a zip up or button down outfit (pajamas are preferred, no onesies, please) so we do not have to pull anything over their head while undressing them. Secure the diaper with "loose tabs" so it is easily removed. What this means is to secure the diaper on the sides so it is on but just not as tight as usual. Line the car seat with a burp cloth or diaper pad to protect against leaks.
- Load up: You are all set, hop in the car and head to the studio! The ride will put your little one into a deep sleep. Cover the baby when you get out of the car so the sun doesn't startle them awake :)
Studio Parking Lot Directions
My studio is in the Doylestown Borough. Parking is limited. We do have a private parking but it is directly behind the building. To get to the parking lot, please access directions to it via the Google Maps link by clicking on the box below:
My studio is on the second floor and it is a large blue building. The link above will take you to 150 N. Church St. Picture of the driveway is attached.
It will take you down a tiny road with houses on the right side, and a red brick building on the left. Drive down and you will see the large gravel parking lot on your left, behind a blue building.
Walk up the walkway and around the building and come up the stairs of the white patio. The studio is on the second floor.
Please read the Newborn section of my FAQ to find out what to expect and what to bring and what to wear for the parent session.
The session will last approximately 2-3 hours depending on how baby sleeps. Please feel free to bring a laptop, or ipad if you need to do some work or surf the net. I have wifi here you can connect to.
If you'd like to stay after the session to view and order your favorite photos, please bring either cash, check, or credit card (no amex please). I also accept Venmo. If you can't stay after the session, we can always make another appointment for you to come back and purchase your favorites.
Can't wait to meet baby!