Tips For Your Newborn Session

First of all, congratulations!  And way to go on scheduling your newborn session, woo hoo!  I'm so excited to have you bring your baby to my studio for photos, and I will try to make it as painless as possible for you all.  You just gave birth to a human, and might be feeling a little crazy/overwhelmed/sad/exhausted/crazy with all the things your body & hormones are doing.  So thank you for making time for these special portraits that you will treasure forever.

Your baby is beautiful just the way they are, and I prefer safe & natural poses in a neutral setting that isn't distracting.  I will spend some of the time photographing with your baby, and some of the time having mom & dad and siblings in on the action.  If you have another child, it would probably be best to have someone (grandma/grandpa/friend) take them until the very end when we'll pop them in for family photos.

Baby Prep:

A well fed baby is a happy baby! Plan to keep that little one up for an hour ahead of time, and when you get here you can feed and burp baby to ensure a happy, sleepy “milk drunk” baby. I am also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help baby re-fuel & relax.  

To Bring:

I have all the wraps and onesies that we'd need, but if you have any special knit/crocheted blankets or quilts, cute hats or newborn sized clothing that you love, feel free to bring them!  I don't pose newborns in football helmets, stuffed into boots, draped over basketballs, etc, so please leave those items at home:) 

Mom & Dad Clothing:

Mom, you're probably thinking the last thing you want to do is have your photo taken!  Soft and natural is the key here, so minimal (or no) makeup and just brushing your hair is 100% fine.  To compliment the light mood of your newborn photos, wear comfortable and neutral clothing, and have Daddy wear something complimentary to what you wear.  There will be no "body shots", all my poses are designed to keep you and baby comfortable.  I have a few neutral flowy things here to wear if you need, so don't kill yourself and go shopping.

What to Expect:

Newborn sessions can take 2-4 hours, it all depends on that baby's mood!  They'll probably poop, need to eat, get cranky and need to settle down. Baby will pick up on any frustration in the room so I ask that everyone remain calm, should he/she not want to sleep.  I have some tricks for calming newborns that you'll most likely see in action.  And if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.

Any questions?  Feel free to text or call me! 402-570-8440