Here are some FAQ's about your newborn session
With two kids of my own, I realize just how fleeting these moments are. One moment their tiny little heads fit in the palm of your hand- the next they are off exploring the world as little people!
- When should I book my newborn session? How do I secure my spot?
Generally, my clients book within a few months of delivery (and some the moment they find out they're pregnant!) The sooner the better is key, to avoid disappointment. We generally set a tentative date based on your due date. Generally babies don’t arrive when predicted, but at least we will have a starting point, and I will put you in my calendar for your birth 'date'.
A retainer deposit MUST be made to book your session date. I sometimes have a wait list for sessions, and without a deposit, your spot will not be secured. My pre-booked clients will always take priority over sessions booked last minute. Deposits on last minute session bookings must be paid at the latest, 24 hours before the session takes place.
- When will the session take place?
Newborns are best photographed within the first fourteen days after birth. I generally try and book around the 6-10 day mark, as they tend to sleep better and love being all curled up in those sweet poses! However, please do not hesitate to contact me if your baby is older. I have very successfully photographed 'newborn' images of 5 and 6 week old babies; especially if they were born prematurely. Sometimes the only difference is we will get more awake/alert images with baby looking right at the camera! These are some of my favourite photos!
- How long does the session last?
I typically schedule newborn sessions in the morning around 9:30-10am. This has been proven to be the most successful time for photographing the babies, as they tend to sleep better and fuss a lot less. The majority of newborn sessions last around 2 hours. But we schedule the studio time to allow for 3. This will allow us to take multiple breaks for you to feed and soothe your infant.
- What about photos with families/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 very important in obtaining newborn photos. Having someone to keep the siblings occupied is a important. It is recommended to have someone available to take the sibling home after they are finished. Newborn sessions are lengthy and siblings will get bored very quickly.
- How do we prepare for the session?
Please read through the link I give you the password for, including how to prepare for your session. There is quite a bit of reading involved, but following a few simple guidelines results in a smooth and calm session.
- What should I bring for the baby to wear?
Most of my work is done using wraps, covers and nude. I have a posing workflow I generally go through, and try not to disturb the baby once they are sleeping by changing outfits, putting on pants etc . Besides, they are only this size for a very short time and clothes tend to add bulk and detract from their tiny features.
If you are planning on family or sibling photos with your newborn, I suggest you wear something comfortable. Jeans with a black or neutral tone (Brown, beige, cream,etc.) shirt/t-shirt/blouse work best. It's a good idea to bring along a change of clothes as newborns are bound to have accidents at their sessions.
- What do we expect once we arrive?
Expect to have a rest! Honestly... I want you to feel at home, comfortable and relaxed during the session.
Once you arrive with baby, I will show you the colours and sets I have chosen based on our previous discussions. I will have bottled water on site, and encourage you to bring snacks, a book or just have a snooze! If you want to watch the entire session unfold, feel free! Explore and pick through my props, hats, headbands and wraps.