Newborn Session Prep Guide

Thank you for considering me to take your newborn photos! I look forward to working with you. Newborns have very special needs and taking their photos require a little more attention so I have created this guide for you to review and prep before your session. 

Please contact me at your earliest convenience after delivering your baby. This will give us a chance to schedule their session.  Ideally they are between 5-14 days old but sometimes things happen and they cannot make it that early, that is ok too. I will happily work with newborns older than that. 

In Studio Session

  • Newborn sessions are ideally done within the first 5-14 days of being born for several reasons: They are more likely to stay asleep and cooperate during their poses, they still like to be curled up and don’t mind being posed and their flaky skin or baby acne has not set in yet. After 14 days old, they are less cooperative and it takes a lot of time to ease the baby.
  • Sessions start around 9:30/10 am as this is usually a successful sleepy time for baby.
  • Babies sleep best when the room is nice and warm. I will have my heater to approximately 80 degrees in that area. I will also be running a small space heater to warm blankets and alleviate air drafts.
  • *important* Please feed baby right before arrival as this helps them stay sleepy. A full baby is a content and sleepy baby.
  • If your baby takes a pacifier, be sure to keep it handy. Even if baby does not intend on using one permanently, it is often convenient during pictures to keep baby calm and soothed for the 2-3 hours they will be taking photos. This is much easier than moving baby each time they need soothed.
  • I will be prepared with wipes, burp cloths and rags, as babies will have accidents during their sessions.  Newborn sessions are often in the nude so messes are normal! All of my blankets are pre-washed.
  • Please dress baby in loose fitting pj’s that button or zip from top to bottom as this allows for a smoother transition if they are sleeping upon arrival.
  • Your baby is working hard getting their photos taken, they will require a little more love than usual while they are modeling.
  • When you are coming to my studio, come prepared to get comfy. Sessions take as long as 2-3 hours so bring something to do. You are welcome to watch me during session the entire time or even take a nap on the couch. You are welcome to bring a snack too. I will give you access to wifi if you want, your welcome to watch netflix on your phone if you have it. 
  • Ultimately, your baby runs the show so if he/she is fussy it is important for you to remain calm. I will work with your baby and have plenty of experience and infinite patience. Everything will be fine.
  • I take photographing newborns very seriously and safety is my top concern. I will not force any positions or do any unsafe poses. I also wash all of my props between each session ensuring everything is completely sanitized.
  • I supply all of the necessary props for the session to run smoothly but welcome any items that are significant to you.

Lifestyle Session

  • Newborn sessions can be done at your home or my home. It will be necessary that you have lots of yummy sunlight near an open window or sliding glass door. I will bring items to you, and I will need that open area to set up.
  • We can discuss colour preferences and props of interest prior to my arrival.
  • Arrival time will be around 9:30-10 am because I have found this to be a successful sleepy time for baby.
  • Make sure the room that has your most amount of light is free and clear from any obstacles, and other children, pets.
  • Babies sleep best when the room is nice and warm. I will have you turn up your heater to approximately 80 degrees in that area. I will also bring a small space heater to warm blankets and alleviate air drafts.
  • *important* Please feed baby right before arrival as this helps them stay sleepy. A full baby is a content and sleepy baby.
  • Make sure your nursery or bedroom is spiffy clean so we can take photos in their new room. (Sometimes this takes place in the master bedroom as well)
  • If your baby takes a pacifier, be sure to keep it handy. Even if baby does not intend on using one permanently, it is often convenient during pictures to keep baby calm and soothed for the 2-3 hours they will be taking photos. This is much easier than moving baby each time they need soothed.
  • Please be prepared with wipes, burp cloths and rags, as babies will have accidents during their sessions.  Newborn sessions are often in the nude so messes are normal! All of my blankets/props are pre-washed.
  • Please dress baby in loose fitting pj’s that button or zip from top to bottom as this allows for a smoother transition if they are sleeping upon arrival.
  • Your baby is working hard getting their photos taken, they will require a little more love than usual while they are modeling.
  • I will be working with your baby for an extended period of time and during that time you are welcome to relax, watch tv, have a snack, complete tasks on your to do list or even take a nap. You are also welcome to watch how sessions goes.
  • Ultimately, your baby runs the show so if he/she is fussy it is important for you to remain calm. I will work with your baby and have plenty of experience and infinite patience. Everything will be fine.
  • I take photographing newborns very seriously and safety is my top concern. I will not force any positions or do any unsafe poses. I also wash all of my props between each session ensuring everything is completely sanitized.
  • I supply all of the necessary props for the session to run smoothly but welcome any items that are significant to you.

 

A typical newborn session is about 2 hours. After 2 hours, we all may need to take a break and cool off. We can get a lot of poses in 2 hours so after that we can evaluate how many photos we have and you can decide if you are prepared to continue. As a mother myself, I know how exhausted you are while nursing, and taking care of your new baby.

 

I look forward to meeting him or her!