1) When should I book my newborn session?
The sooner the better! We will set a tentative date based on your expected due date. In my experience babies usually don’t arrive when predicted so your due date gives us a starting point. I will make accommodations for when your baby makes its appearance. You will need to be sure that I am on your contact list for after the birth so we can schedule your session as soon as possible.
2) When should the session take place?
Newborns are best photographed within the first two – three weeks after birth. Usually, around the 8-21 day mark is the best as during this time they sleep better, and have settled into this new world they are now living in.
3) How long does the session last?
Newborn Sessions are scheduled Monday – Friday at 9:00 am. Plan on your newborn session lasting approximately 3-4 hours. This will allow us to take multiple breaks for you to feed and soothe your infant. Please do not worry if your session is taking extra time, I have planned for this already.
4) What about photos with families/siblings?
At the time we schedule the session we can discuss what you are looking for. Do you just want photos of your newborn? Would you like your infant photographed with family or siblings? I always welcome siblings to come and be a part of the family photos. Please try to keep them calm during this time as a quiet atmosphere is important in obtaining newborn photos. I require you to have someone available to take the sibling/s home after they are finished. Newborn sessions are lengthy and siblings will get bored very quickly.
5) How do we prepare for the session?
If possible a warm bath before coming to your session is helpful at calming baby into a nice deep sleep as well as a full feed before leaving for your session.
If you are using a pacifier with your newborn, please make sure to have one on hand to use for soothing.
Dress your newborn in minimal, loose fitting clothing with a snap or zip front opening and keep the diaper loose to prevent diaper lines on your baby’s skin.
If you are a military family or public service family such as fire or police, you may want to include helmet, boots, jacket, etc.
6) What should we wear?
Newborns are best when photographed in their birthday suits. They are only this size for a very short time and clothes tend to add bulk and detract from their tiny features. Please don’t worry about accidents with an un-diapered infant, this is to be expected and I am prepared for it. All my blankets and props are washable; baby wipes and towels are on hand as well.
If you are planning on family or sibling photos with your newborn we will be taking these first. I suggest you wear something comfortable. Jeans with a black or neutral tone (Brown, beige, cream,etc.) shirt/t-shirt/blouse free from wrinkles work best. It is a good idea to bring along a change of clothes as newborns in their birthday suits are bound to have accidents.
7) What do we expect after we arrive?
When you arrive, I will have you remove all of the baby’s clothing except for a diaper. You will be given as much time as needed to feed and soothe your infant.
If we will be including siblings, then we will begin with the relationship poses; mom, dad and siblings. After that we will move on to portraits of your newborn on a beanbag and with props that I have chosen/provided.
I will have bottled water and small snacks available. If you would like to bring along a drink please feel free to do so. Due to potentially life threatening food allergies in our family, I prefer that you not bring snacks from home, however if you must, please make sure to clear all snacks you plan on bringing with me before your session.
**For your family’s safety I maintain a yearly flu shot and have received the Pertussis booster.