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 about 30 - 45 mins before your session. I know .... easier said than done. This is a perfect time to hang out with your baby! With them laying on their back exploring how their arms and legs work and following the sound of your voice. Even a bath before the session works a charm (don't forget the baby lotion after as the camera picks up EVERYTHING) 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 take baby out of the car seat do a diaper and feeding check ...... then it is my turn. I will hang out with baby for a little bit giving him/her a few moments adjusting to me (a new person) holding and talking to them. I typically start with family portraits, then wrapped setups and last a cute little outfit. Baby is in charge! 99% of the time my planned workflow is adjusted to what cues baby is giving me. 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.
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.