BEFORE THE SESSION
Light, Light, Light!
Natural light is the most flattering and organic. Before I arrive, please have all your curtains and blinds open. I will do a quick walk through of your home looking for the best natural light for us to set up our mini studio. Sometimes the best location is in the kitchen, living room, or wherever there is a large window.
Bring the Heat!
It is recommended that you keep your home a little warmer than usual for the session. Newborns are used to being in 98.6 degree temp of your womb. We want them to be comfortable when we get those cute naked baby shots. Heat also helps them sleep better. We will be hot and sweaty (nothing new for a new mom), but the baby will love it! Please let me know if you don’t have a space heater, and I will provide one.
- About 30 minutes before the session, please loosen up your baby’s diaper tabs. This allows the little imprint marks time to disappear. Your baby will be naked in some of the shots, so we want the red marks to go away.
- We desperately want the baby sleepy for our photos. We recommend that you try to keep your baby awake for a while before the session (around an hour, if possible). It’s 100% worth the effort!
- Pictures turn out the best when we have “milk drunk” babies! Please feed and burp the baby right before the session to ensure baby is happy and sleepy. This usually is done while I set up the mini studio in your home. I also may ask you to feed the baby during our session if they start to get cranky.
- Gather all the props you would like to use during the session.
DURING THE SESSION
- Silence is KEY! During the session we need to have the house/location quiet to keep the baby asleep. If you have other children that might create noise try to have someone there to play and keep the older child occupied. If you have a pet, you may want to do the same. Older siblings are also welcome to take some cute pictures with their little brother(s) or sister(s).
- Relax as much as possible (I know, I know, it’s tough)! The baby will probably get fussy, but we will get great shots; sometimes it just takes time to calm down, which why strategic feeding can really help. We let the baby take the lead and never force anything against the baby’s will. Sometimes the baby will need to eat, get a new diaper and just need to cuddle with mom for 10 minutes. Babies know when the parents are stressed, so keeping the environment mellow and calm helps to keep the baby calm.
Sessions can last 2-4 hours, so there’s no rush to get the perfect shot if the baby is crying. It all depends on the day and the baby’s mood, so unfortunately the universe is not always on our side, and that’s OK! We can always change it up with photos of mom or dad comforting baby!
- I am also a built in baby sitter, so take advantage!! If you feel comfortable stepping away for a tea or snack, feel free! I would!
- Shit happens! Baby will be naked we may see them use the blankets as a diaper. It is ok. We clean up and move on. There is no need to feel embarrassed or apologize. As a mom myself, I have been peed on before…and that was the least of it! It would be helpful if you had a stack of old towels, wipes and blankets on hand just in case things get messy.
- Safety FIRST! Your baby is in safe hands. If there is ever a point during the session where you become uneasy, PLEASE let me know. I will not put the baby in unsafe positions, even if the parent wants to get a specific pose. I won’t put your babe in a jar of candy (that’s what Photoshop is for)! If I feel it is unsafe, we will not proceed. The baby’s safety comes first.
Please feel free to ask any and all questions! I am an open book and NEVER take anything personally. This is a very intimate photoshoot with your most prized possession…so speak up!
TIPS FOR A MORE VARIED LOOK
MAKE THE BED!
Is there anything more classic and adorable than a new family cuddled up in bed together? Um, no!
So I might suggest that we move the session to your bedroom at some point. If that’s something that appeals to you, a few tips:
- Make the bed, just this once.
- A solid blanket/comforter (or something that isn’t TOO busy is best.)
- We highly recommend white to light cream bedding to keep things light and airy. (And are more than happy to bring some along if needed!
BUT WHAT DO MOM/DAD WEAR?
- I know! You just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best… but it’s amazing what brushing your hair and putting on something other than pajamas will do! (I know from lots of experience!)
- As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. (And please don’t feel the need to match everyone in white shirts and jeans – there’s simple…and then there’s boring!)
- Dad, just keep it simple! Just try and avoid logos on shirts and really loud prints.
- We’re also big fans of skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple and timeless!