Newborn Welcome Guide Moments by Jessica Photography

If you’re reading this that means you’re either thinking about hiring Moments by Jessica Photography to capture your newborn’s first days or you’ve already booked your MJP session.

Either way I'm excited!

Throughout this guide you'll find all the information you need to guide you through the complete MJP experience. You'll learn how to prepare for your session, what to expect and all about the pricing and fun client reveal night! MJP has created each step to give you the full service photography experience you deserve.


Newborn sessions with MJP are done either in my home studio or in your home, if choosing your home you must not live on the main part of Fort Hood. You may also choose to either have an in-home regular newborn session or a lifestyle session. If choosing a regular session I will bring props, lighting, my beanbag, fabrics, and accessories. For parent shots we will use a blank wall in your home.

The Moments by Jessica Photography Experience

I may be willing to bet that you might be guilty of having an Smartphone/hard drive/disk drive/flash drive chock full of images that never get printed. Why? Maybe because you think that those images will be there forever for you to reference or possibly because there just is not enough time to figure that all out and then what do you do with them once they are printed? It's a dilemma, I will admit! But how often do you actually go through and look at those images re-living those moments that are special enough for you to pull out the phone or camera to capture? Oftentimes these images are just left unused and sitting there with no permanent home. How sad! Moments by Jessica Photography strives to make sure that neither of these two things happen!

MJP is a full service boutique photography business. My goal is to make sure you not only have an amazing session that leaves you with beautiful memories, but also to provide you with heirloom quality prints and products that will last a lifetime. No more files hidden away in drawers and hard drives for no one to see and enjoy.

About two weeks after your session I will be meeting with you for your session reveal and ordering where you will get to see all of your images for the first time. At that time we'll work together to create amazing products to showcase your entire session. From wall art to albums - MJP has a full range of products to meet all of your needs!

I'm guessing that right now you're saying, "But I want the digital files!" Don't worry! I completely understand where you're coming from. I value digital files as much as you do! MJP offers collections that include digital files along with the quality products for your family to enjoy. You'll get the best of both worlds AND get them for a lower price when they're combined in a collection. Doesn't get much better than that!

So now it's time to grab a cup of coffee and scroll through these pages. Learn how together we will create an experience of a lifetime!

My session was great! Jessica was very accommodating and patient with my newborn. Loved the poses! Definitely recommend her to everyone, we will definitely be repeat customers!

Planning Your Session

First of all, congratulations on the upcoming new addition to your family! I'd be honored to take your newborn's first photographs. Newborns are my most favorite photos to take and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles so much. Whether this is your first or fourth child, I know that you are excited to welcome your new little one into the world. As a mother of three, I remember those months of waiting with so much anticipation and excitement. Meeting this new little person is the most amazing experience that you will want to remember forever. My goal is for you to look at these images for years to come and be brought back to these first days together and remember every little detail about this new little blessing.

What's the first step to your dream session with MJP? Scheduling your newborn session during your second/thrid trimester is ideal. With all of the other things that you will have on your mind while preparing for your baby's arrival, it's nice to have your session already on the books. Newborns are best photographed within the first two weeks of life. Your baby will still be nice and sleepy and easier to pose in those sweet cuddly womb-like positions they are used to. As soon as you book your newborn session I will get your due date on my calendar and await your phone call/text message/email letting me know that your baby has arrived. At that time we will schedule the day the session will take place.

What to Expect

There are many things that go into making a newborn photography session go off seamlessly and have the outcome be as optimal as you could hope for. This includes some preparation from our brand new (or second-third-or more-time around) parents. Follow these steps and you will help your baby feel calm and relaxed during our time together increasing your chances of having your very own perfect newborn photo session.

A typical newborn session is between 2-3 hours long, all depending on the baby's temperament and willingness to sleep soundly. Please be prepared to block out a 4 hour time period in your day for your newborn photo shoot. Hopefully I will not need all of that time but it's best to set it aside in case we need it for extra feedings/diaper changes/snuggles. The last thing we want is to be stressed regarding timing.

Please feed your baby 2-3 hours prior to our session, and plan on feeding him/her as soon as you arrive at the studio.

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Please keep your baby awake and active for the few hours before our session and at minimum the hour before your session. This is super important. Please try to keep from feeding your baby a whole meal before the session, a little snack is fine but ideally your baby should be hungry when you arrive. By keeping your new baby tired and hungry, you are setting yourself up for the absolute best possible outcome for photos. Once you arrive you will have time to feed your baby and soothe him/her to sleep. Be sure to get a really good burp in before you allow the baby to fall asleep, after all a gassy baby is NOT a happy baby! If you are having a hard time keeping your baby awake, one little trick is to give him/her a bath. Play with him/her, sing and talk. All of this stimulation will help to make your baby nice and sleepy. This will ensure your little one is ready for a nice long nap when you get here, and we will be able to those cuddly, sleepy newborn poses. By doing all of this, we can (hopefully) assure that your baby will fall asleep and stay asleep for the entire session.

Try to keep your baby's diaper nice and loose before you feed him/her for the last time before the session and use a blanket for warmth instead of clothing. Doing this will make it easier to remove and prevent little marks on the skin which allows me to capture your baby's perfectly flawless skin.

The studio will be toasty and a space heater will be on in the room as well. Newborns cannot regulate their body temperature during the first weeks of life, so while I am working with your baby, we need to keep things toasty and warm. I highly recommend dressing in layers so that you can be comfortable too.

I also recommend having a soothie pacifier on hand. These are the bendable green/blue ones that the hospital sends home. These are great because they can help soothe your little one without leaving marks on the skin around their mouth. Sometimes babies just need that extra element of comfort as we move through our poses.

Flow of the session will be as follows (if family/sibling pictures are wanted and part of your package):

  • Family
  • Siblings
  • Mom and Baby
  • Dad and Baby
  • The rest of the time will be spent one on one with baby


The trick for getting successful newborn photos is a very warm and well-fed baby. There is something about the photographic process that makes newborns extra hungry so please bring extra formula or be prepared to nurse more than normal. If possible please time it so that your babies feed will naturally fall at the start of the session. When you arrive at your session I will have you undress your baby and I will swaddle him or her. Most babies hate being dressed/undressed and having their diapers changed, it can get them quite upset. The swaddling and feeding calms and relaxes the baby and after a full feed they are usually ready to do some calm awake photos. Babies cry- it’s their way of communicating. If your baby fusses it could mean number of things. I have experience that helps me know if they are hungry, uncomfortable or just not happy to be moved whilst sleeping. I like to work as a team with the parents to keep baby happy and safe.

What to Wear

Newborns are best photographed in their birthday suit! They are beautiful just as they are. Your baby will only be this tiny for a matter of days and clothes tend to add bulk and take away from how tiny they really are. I take a timeless approach when I style my images and clothes on your newborn will also cause your photos to date very quickly. A little headband, hat or wrap can go a long way in showcasing baby’s beauty.

Clothing for the rest of the family

  • Clothes for mom – something along the lines of a tank top, tubetop, camisole. Black or in a white/nude/beige color. Pants or skirt to match. Jeans are fine too. Avoid prints. If you’re not sure what will work better bring all of it. I also have some beautiful fabric to wrap around you for a more organic look. Let me know if that is something you would like to try.
  • For Dads – a white, grey or black plain t-shirt or bare skin to skin with baby looks really beautiful. Please feel free to let me know what you prefer and are comfortable with.
  • For siblings – Have a white, grey or black t-shirt as well for their individual photos with baby.
  • If there are siblings at the session I usually ask you to also bring a colored outfit each, for the full family photos. Having everyone in the same color looks unnatural. Please refer to my ‘what to wear’ link in the email. We will start in these clothes and then switch outfits for the individual portraits. For the baby we can either swaddle or keep her/him in an outfit of your choice that you bring for these particular shots.
  • Also please ensure you have fingernails and facial hair, hair etc. groomed. These do show up in photos particularly larger print sizes.
  • Please do try and iron your clothes and use a lint roller, as wrinkles and lint tend to stand out in pictures.

These boards can give you some basic ideas on what to wear.

After Your Session

Sit back and relax! I’ll be hard at work editing your images and choosing the best ones to present to you.

I go through the images from your session and select the best. I am looking for the cream of the crop. Once I have the “final cut” selected I go through each individual picture. I look to correct any blemishes. Tiny details like baby acne or hairs on shirts once corrected can make all the difference in an image! My process also includes looking for images that would shine with a special touch like black and white. I know you’re anxious, so I will provide you with a sneak peak of what I captured within 24-48 hours of your session. You will find your sneak peak on my Facebook page where you can tag yourself and share with family members. Approximately 14 days after your session, your images will be done and we will set up a date to do your ordering session, the ordering session is done in the studio.

I can not wait to meet you and your little one!

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Jessica Stiles



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