Newborns are best photographed within the first 2 weeks (5-10 days old is best). Sessions can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the baby, so be sure to allow plenty of time. Please let me know ahead of time if you have any special requests for the session and I will do my best to accommodate them. Only immediate family members should be present during the session. This eliminates any distractions to myself and baby.
Although all parents want a few “awake” photos of their new addition, babies are easiest to pose and photograph while they are in a deep sleep (and not to mention they look as sweet as can be). I will ask that you try and keep baby awake and hungry for a while before their session, so that they will easily fall asleep when we are ready to start.
I will have plenty of backgrounds, props, blankets, hats, headbands, etc., but if you have anything special that you would like to have photographed, please have everything ready for me to take a look at when you arrive. Please don’t worry about adding any lotion to flaky skin…it looks great on newborns and is something that you’ll want to remember!
Newborns are best photographed in their bare skin or with a simple diaper cover, headband or hat. Simple is best! While it can be tempting to dress baby in that adorable outfit that you just had to have, newborns tend to look uncomfortable and unnatural in bulky clothes. Any shots that I take of your little one in their birthday suit will be very conservative and their baby bits will always be concealed. If you are uncomfortable with naked photos, a diaper cover can be used just please let me know so that I can plan my poses accordingly.
When you arrive, I’ll probably ask that you go ahead and feed baby to get them nice and full so they are in a deep “milk coma” before I start to photograph them. With a full belly and in a deep sleep, your baby should be ok for at least 90 minutes. Once I begin to pose and photograph, I will ask that you just sit back and watch. If your baby starts to fuss or stir during a pose, give me a minute to try and calm them first. Babies know their mommy’s touch and smell. If you try and help calm them while they are still in a pose, they will most likely fuss more until you pick them up again, thus starting the entire process over. Whenever baby obviously needs a break (either to be fed, changed, cuddled, whatever) it is no big deal, and we will stop for as long as needed! After all individual shots are finished, I am happy to add in sibling shots and parent shots if they are wanted.
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!