Newborn Session

What  To  Expect  From  Your  Custom  Newborn  Portrait  Session  
I  am  so  excited  to  capture  your  sweet  newborn.  Your  custom  newborn  session  is  done  in  the  comfort  of   your  own  home.  I  bring  a  complete  set  up  and  only  need  one  good  window  that  has  adequate  natural   light  for  the  newborn  photos.  I often use a bed, a crib mattress, or even the couch as my portrait area. When  I  arrive,  I  walk  around  your  home  and  scout  out  the  best  lit  areas   for  family  and  sibling  shots.  I  also  scout  for  items  that  can  be  used  as  props.  I  often  use  the  couch,  bed,   and  nursery  for  photos.  I  know  what  it  is  like  to  have  a  newborn.  Please  don’t  feel  like  you  have  to  clean   the  house  before  I  arrive.  We  can  easily  clean up an  area  that  we  want  to  use  for  photos.  If  the   weather  is  nice,  we  may  be  able  to  step  outside  for  a  few  family  shots  as  well.  If  your  newborn  is  over  2   weeks  old,  he  or  she  may  not  be  that  sleepy  which  makes  getting  the  “posed”  newborn  shots  a  little   harder.  Don’t  worry,  we  will  still  capture  beautiful  images  of  your  newborn,  they  just  may  not  be  the   sleepy  images.  Newborn sessions often take a lot of time, up to 3 hours, 4 if you have twins. Feel free to take this time to rest and allow me to do all the work, I love doing it.  Often, if the newborn can smell his/her mama he/she will not sleep.  Sometimes mom needs to step out of the room so that the baby can get into a deep sleep.  Your baby is perfect as he or she is.  I do not do major posing or have any expectation on how the baby should behave (alert or asleep).  We let the baby guide the session.  What is important is that we capture this beautiful time in your life.

Here  are  a  few  things  that  you  can  do  to  prepare  for  your  session  so  that  it  will  go  as  smoothly  as   possible.  

  • About  30  minutes  before  I  am  scheduled  to  arrive,  turn  the  heat  up  in  the  house  to  75  degrees.  I   know  it  is  warm,  but  a  warm  and  cozy  environment  is  best  to  keep  baby  happy  and  sleepy.  If  it  is   summer  and  the  home  is  warm,  no  need  to  do  this.  I  also  bring  a  space  heater.
  • About  30  minutes  before  I  arrive,  dress  baby  only  in  a  diaper  and  swaddle  baby  in  a  blanket  you   would  like  baby  photographed  in.  Feed  baby  as  much  as  you  can  at  this  time  up  until  my  arrival.   A  full  belly  really  helps  baby  to  sleep  and  relax  for  the  session.    We  may  have  to  take  frequent   feeding  breaks  during  the  shoot,  which  is  expected.
  • Gather  any  props,  blankets,  hats  or  headbands,  or  outfits  you  would  like  baby  photographed  in   prior  to  my  arrival.  I  will  do  my  best  to  use  as  many  of  your  selected  props  and  blankets  as  I  can.
  • Wardrobe  for  parents  and  siblings:  I  am  a  huge  fan  of  natural  and  pure  images.  I  say  dress  in   neutral  colors  and  be  comfortable.  Keep  in  mind  that  it  will  be  warm  in  the  house  so  dress   accordingly.     Newborns  pee  and  poo  a  lot!  Don␣t  worry  if  they  do  this  on  my  blankets.  I  wash  all  of  them   before  each  and  every  session  and  totally  expect  for  them  to  get  soiled.  Keep  this  in  mind  while   selecting  blankets  you  would  like  used  for  the  shoot  as  they  will  likely  get  soiled.

Feel  free  to  e  mail  or  call  me  with  any  questions  you  might  have.  If  there  are  any  specific  “must  have”   shots,  please  let  me  know.  Thank  you  and  I  look  forward  to  meeting  you!

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