Congratulations on becoming parents! It is one of the biggest joys on this planet they say – so enjoy it!
I know how little, fragile and beautiful newborns are. I also know that they can be challenging! ….but I love working with them anyway!
Planning and preparing for a newborn photo session can be confusing, especially if you are a new parent. You probably have a million questions about how a newborn session works. To help you, I have compiled a few tips to help us get the best out of your upcoming newborn session!
Displaying Your Images
Think about where you want to display your images. Do you want them hanging on the nursery walls? Will they be in frames in the living room? Will they be displayed in a collage of photos on the stairway wall? Let us know so we can shoot specifically for your ideas. It will also help us know if there are specific colours we should be using to fit the style of your home……this leads us to planning for props.
Please let us know if there are specific colours you would like to use in the images. We have a collection of blankets, wraps, baskets, knit hats and headbands available for parents to use. You are also welcome to use any of your own props. Items with color and texture help make unique images. If you have toys, hats, props or family heirlooms you would like to use in the session, please let us know so we can advise on what will work best. What to Wear
You just had a baby, so pamper yourself! Feel free to get your hair, nails and makeup done; or even have someone come to you!
Keep your clothing simple
Parents are the most important “props” baby has. Mum should feel beautiful. We suggest short or long sleeves to flatter. Light colored, solid tops. Long dress with a light pattern for whimsy and softness. The significant other can wear a solid shirt complimentary to mum’s color. A subtle pattern on the shirt can add interest, like a striped button down.
Siblings should be in solid, neutral colors (cream, white, grey) to keep focus on the baby.
Baby will be naked for some of the images. This is the one time in their life it is ok to be photographed nude. Wraps, blankets and diaper covers can be used on the baby. Keeping everyone else in neutral colors will keep the focus on baby when they are swaddled in a colorful wrap. We do not recommend using newborn outfits because they tend to be too big and cover their face when parents hold them. However, if grandma made a special outfit, let’s take a few shots!
Babies Love Heat!
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, but the baby will love it!
About 30 minutes before the session, please loosen up your baby’s nappy/diaper. 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.
Because we want the baby sleepy for the session. We recommend that you try to keep your baby awake for one hour prior to the session.I know this will be hard, but do your best Trust us, it will be worth it!
Dress your baby in loose fitting clothing that zips or buttons in the middle , try avoiding clothing which goes over the head .
We love “milk drunk” babies! so please feed them right before leaving for the studio . A full sleepy baby is always best . We may ask you to nurse (or feed) the baby during our session if they start to get cranky.
DURING THE SESSION
Silence is Golden! During the session we need to have the studio quiet to keep the baby asleep. If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a sitter that can take them out for a few hours whist we finish babies photographs , all parent and sibling shots will be taken as soon as you arrive at the studio. We will create white noise throughout the session to soothe baby . If you plan to have children aspart of the session, we recommend bringing them in the beginning and then have someone take them. Only those being photographed should be at the session.
Relax! i am comfortable working with newborns. The baby may get fussy, but i will get great shots; sometimes it just takes time to calm down the little bundle of joy. I let the baby take the lead. Sometimes the baby will need to eat, get a new diaper and just need to cuddle with mama. Babies know when the parents are stressed, so keeping the environment mellow and calm helps to keep the baby calm.
Shit happens! Literally! Because the baby will be naked we may see them use the blankets as a diaper/nappy . It is ok. I clean up and move on. There is no need to feel embarrassed. I have been peed on before its not a problem ! It would be helpful if you had a few old towels, extra wipes and blankets on hand just in case things get messy.
Safety Dance! Your baby is in safe hands. If there is ever a point during the session where you become uncomfortable, please let us know. I will not put the baby in unsafe positions, even if the parent wants to get a specific pose! If i feel it is unsafe, we will not proceed. The baby’s safety comes first.
What to bring
If you are formula feeding or pumping make sure to bring extra milk and a bottles
A dummy or pacifier for soothing even if they don’t have one , this always helps soothe baby
Special items you would like photographed with your baby
Nappies /diapers , wipes , creams
snacks you will be with me for around 2-3 hours
Magazines, books or tablets
If you follow the above instructions on prepping your baby we will most likely have a successful shoot . But remember , we are at the mercy of your precious little one , so do not be overwhelmed if your baby is cranky or will not “cooperate” . We will still get some amazing photograph’s that you will cherish for a lifetime .