You've booked a Newborn Session....Where do we go from here?
You decided to book a session. I can't wait! I am so incredibly honored you are trusting me with your newborn baby. Here is where we give you all of the information you could possibly want. Let's make this easy.
What to wear for Newborn Pictures?
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Neutral colors are best, I recommend sticking to white, cream, gray or black shirts. Tank tops or t-shirts for women are great options and fitted t-shirts are great options for men.
Moms-Keep the color neutral and design simple. Be sure that you have no nail polish as your hands will make their way into the images. Also, rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and light to bring out the natural beauty in your family.
Dads- if you prefer not to be shirtless, please bring a t-shirt.
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Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s portraits is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
Sister(s): Please bring along a snug fitting tank in a neutral color. I ask that girls hair be natural (or in braids) and free of bows, headbands, etc. Just as with mom, no nail polish please.
Brother(s): A snug pair of jeans and shirtless are preferred, please take a few moments to chat with your guy about this so he is ready. Or a tight fitting white shirt is perfect too.
Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior, and plan on feeding him/her as soon as you get there! Also, please do not let him sleep beforehand, instead try giving him a bath, let him kick with only a diaper, tickle his toes, and even let him fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!
I can't stress that it's so important to do your best to keep him awake.
Many parents come in saying "baby has been sleeping all morning, but trust me, he sleeps SO good this time of day!" only to have baby wake up, since they will be unclothed and unswaddled!
It will be at least 80 degrees in the studio. Due to this, I come dressed for a warm few hours and suggest you do too!
Sessions last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottlefeed off and on based on baby's demand.
If you can, bring the soothie pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It's the bendable, green/blue/orangish one, and won't leave marks. Even if you haven't used one, just for the 2 hours that I'm posing him/her usually really helps.
If you don’t happen to have one, I keep unopened soothies here in the studio (as well as plenty of newborn diapers). However if you really prefer that we don’t use one, that’s fine as well!
It is very important that everyone being photographed be feeling 100%. There isn’t anything worse than an unhappy and sick feeling child. (family member) - they especially do not want to be in front of a camera.
At the first sign that your kids or family isnt feeling well, please give me a call.
Don't worry. We will have fun. Capture gorgeous images of your family and do life together.