PREPARING YOUR HOME
When I arrive, we can take a look around together to determine the best location for lighting. Occasionally we may need to move furniture or other items around to make room. Make sure you clear any rooms of clutter that you want to highlight in the photos (nursery/your bedroom/living room/etc). I may also want to walk through your house to find props or other locations to use. Please make sure to turn the temp up in your house to about 80 degrees. Even though we may be hot and uncomfortable, baby LOVES it! It's a great way to put them to sleep. (I will also bring a portable space heater.)
If your baby will be born when it is warm outside, consider asking about outside options! These are so much fun and can be quite beautiful.
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
- diaper cover
- plain onesie
- fun personal items that represent a hobby, favorite sports team, family heirlooms, etc.
What To Expect
Each baby is different, so the posing can differ. I am a lifestyle photographer, which means while I may do some poses, I am focused on the details of your newborn, and interactions with family. 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 :)
Preparing Your Baby
Try to keep baby awake for a while before your session time. Wait to feed the baby until I arrive for your session. Remember, a well fed baby is a happy sleepy baby! Please plan on feeding your baby during the session- our sessions tend to make babies hungry and you will need to plan on extra feeds to put them back to sleep.
Don't worry about baby acne or little scratches. I will hand retouch your images to either eliminate or drastically minimize these imperfections. If your baby has extremely dry skin, try putting baby lotion on prior to coming to your session and bringing extra with you. This will help the retouching process.
Before your session be sure to loosen their diaper. This will reduce the diaper marks from their naked little bottoms. Also do not have tight socks on their feet, they tend to leave sock lines at their ankles.
I may ask for help with propping or holding the baby in certain positions. Please understand that not every pose you imagined may be possible- it all depends on baby. I want to make sure baby is comfortable and safe above all else.
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.
All ANP clients have access to my vendors. I'm here with you every step of the way. If you have a question about what to wear or you just want to show me your outfits, lets talk about them together! Check out these resources for looking your best, and consider getting professional hair and makeup done for the day of.
Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Bar by Tori Crocker | 205-233-4124 | www.thebeautybar.org, Malorie Talley- 205-799-1139
Newborn Clothing: Tiny Bean Baby
For more tips on what to wear, check out my Family Posing Guide