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preparing for your newborn session ..... what to expect

WELCOME to the Watch Me Grow Family

Each newborn session is unique and all about capturing your memories. It is such an honor that you have chosen me as your photographer - so, thank you! This preparation guide will help you find out more of what to expect before, during, and after your session, and give you a complete picture of what your newborn photography experience will look like.

Before Your Session

Once you have completed the booking process, we will be in touch as your due date grows closer. I would also love to answer any specific questions you have about the experience, so if you have any questions after reading through this Prep Guide, please don’t hesitate to email or call me

Some clients also like to book a time to meet me and see the studio, so if you would like to book a time to meet with me, please get in touch for more details. Consultations can give you a chance to talk more about your session, and discuss some of the specialty products available for you to purchase after your session.

As far as poses/inspiration images go; I cannot guarantee that we will get any specific images, but I will surely do my best to get the images that are of most importance to you and your family. My focus is about capturing the emotion between your family and the natural state of baby with some gentle posing. I am not one to force baby into poses they naturally would not be in (for example, the froggy pose, which is actually a combination of 2 - 3 shots to get the one).

Preparing for your session

The night before pack the diaper bag and your outfits. Trust me - this is a huge time saver the day of your session (and minimizes the chance of forgetting something super important)

Plan to keep baby awake a few hours before your session. Next, all you need to do is feed baby so you're finishing up right before you leave the house. The next feeding will be when you are in the studio. Other than that please do not do anything out of the ordinary with baby leading up to your session.

"How will we make sure baby sleeps for her photos?"

This is a great question! Leave this part to me. Along with a few recommendations, I do have the area very warm so baby is comfortable, which means it is going to feel VERY HOT!

When you arrive, you will undress baby, change diaper (even if it hasn't been used) and then it is my turn. If baby is super awake I will hang out with him/her for a bit. (This gives them a chance to get used to a new person holding and talking to them) If they are relaxed enough, this is an opportunity to capture a few of those facial expressions. (Baby mug shots) If baby is restless, I will wrap and start with those setups. If a feeding or top up is needed - then mom takes over.

Expect plenty of snack / feeding breaks as this is the most effective way to get baby settled and back to sleep.
  • Nursing? It is important to be careful what you eat for about a day or two leading up to the session. Spicy foods can make baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy, and an upset tummy will always mean lots of tears and very little sleep. I do suggest pumping about 4 - 8 oz into a bottle for me to use to help settle. I get it, you are asking me why when I don't want to use a bottle .... This is only for the session to help top up baby for a feeding. A full tummy = a happy baby.
  • Pacifier? Yes another touchy topic for moms - I have been there myself. Even if you don't plan on using one, I suggest having one for the session. The sucking motion is super soothing to fresh little people, and can save a lot of time if baby decides to be cranky during the session.

When you arrive

Everything will be setup and ready to go. As you are settling in we will discuss your session and the overall plan. You will finally see in person what I have chosen and setup to use for your baby’s portraits.

Typically I start with a wrapped baby with outfit of choice underneath and move along through my workflow. (unless you have chosen no outfit) This seems to be the most seamless way to move baby as little as possible - which makes for a happy and content baby.

Length of session

The length of your session will really depend on your baby. I never rush newborn sessions, as I want everyone to be relaxed and feel comfortable. We can also take as many breaks as needed for baby’s feedings. Most newborn sessions last anywhere from 2-4 hours (and possibly longer for twins).

Please just remember that I am not in any hurry, so don't feel the need to apologize if the session is on the long side, it's totally ok!

Asleep or awake

Some mom's tend to feel stressed when their newborn baby doesn’t seem to be at all sleepy during our session. So before we even begin our shoot, I want to preface it by saying that it is completely fine (and normal!) if baby is awake the whole time!

Yes, I love those adorable sleepy-baby images, however, it is just as precious and beautiful when I get to capture a newborn baby who is awake.

So whether your little one is asleep the whole time, never slumbers, or somewhere in between - rest assured that we will be able to capture plenty of images that you will love.

YIKES!! What do we wear?!

Simplicity is the key
  • Solid colours are best, avoiding large patterns and super bright colors. (You want the focus to be on you and your family .... not the eye going directly to your clothes first.
  • Be sure the colors you do choose co-ordinate with each other (this way you don't end up looking like one big rainbow family)
  • Complimenting one another by choosing outfits that work well together will create an image pleasing to the eye.
  • Navy and black are very slimming; softer earthy colours are more natural on the eye like blues, white, ivory, khahi, grey, salmon, burgandy, browns, tan and pastels.
  • I suggest laying out all the outfits on a white sheet or blanket so you can see how the colors work together. The whole picture should be pleasing to the eye.
  • For a visual look .... I recommend googling "what to wear to my family photography session" for visual ideas.
Iron or steam for a wrinkle free look

Take a double look at everyone's outfits ... check for stains, holes and tears you might not have noticed before. I recommend ironing or steaming your outfits and bringing them to the studio to change into (those nasty seat belt wrinkles are enough to draw the attention to your clothes and away from you and your family)

Shoes are not normally worn in the studio which means if you prefer socks over bare feet check for holes and stains. Dark colored socks work best so your feet don't stand out". Young children look best with bare feet as shoes and socks tend to make their feet look larger than they should.

AFTER YOUR SESSION

Step ONE: Upload and Back-Up

This is the most important step!!! I don't touch any photos until my back up of my back up is completed. Although we are dependant on technology, I have learnt the hard way .... don't trust it and always back up your master files!

Step TWO: Proofing Gallery
Proofing Gallery

This is where I select the best images from your session and create a proofing gallery that is hosted in a private, password protected online gallery. It is now your turn to log in to review and flag which ones you would like to see processed. I normally include 2 - 4 processed images so you can see. (this gallery link is deleted once processing starts)

Step THREE: Gallery Processing

Once you have finished reviewing your proofing gallery it is now my turn! This is where the magic happens and honestly it's where a majority of my time is spent. I typically spend a few hours of post-processing time each evening after your session is completed.

Step FOUR: Your Gallery Is Ready!
Final Gallery
  • Your final images are ready to be viewed and will be hosted in a new private, password-protected online gallery. I will notify you via email when your gallery is live and ready that will include instructions for viewing and choosing your favorite images.
  • Don't forget about those Grandparents!!! You can share your gallery link and they will have access to log in with their email and gallery password.
  • At this time you will also be able to order any additional items such as birth announcements, photo albums, prints, canvas prints or metal prints to adorn your walls and baby book.
Can't wait for our session!

I am thrilled that you have chosen me to be your photographer for such a special time in your family’s life. It is very important to me to have a strong connection with my clients, and I am happy to welcome you into the Watch Me Grow Photography Family!

If you have any questions at all as we get closer to your session date, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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Created By
Michele Sortland
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Watch Me Grow Photography