What to Expect….
Welcome! First of all, thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer. I'm so excited to photograph your sweet little newborn and capture the love and bonding of this special time. I aim to honestly capture who you are at this point in your lives. I don’t do crazy beanbag posing but I will gently guide you into poses with your new babe and will probably do some solo shots of him on your bed or in his crib. when I first arrive, I will look around to find the best light, usually I will do most of the phots in the nursery, master bedroom, and or living room but I can adapt if the lighting is better somewhere else or you spend most of your time elsewhere.
I may play some soft lullaby music on my phone or even put on white noise to keep baby calm or even help him sleep. But it also helps the rest of us relax too!
Preparing for the shoot…..
Don’t worry about getting your home spotless. It’s OK! you just had a baby. If need be, I will move things around and clear off surfaces where we will be shooting. If you have a lot of things on your nightstands, please put them in drawers if you have time, but you don’t have to go crazy. If you have a light colored comforter or bedspread, that would work best, otherwise I will bring a light sheet to use for individual shots of the baby.
Turn up the heat, or air conditioning. we may feel hot but we want the baby to be comfortable and warmth is best for them.
about 30 minutes before the shoot, it’s best to loosen the baby’s diaper or other tight clothing so it doesn’t leave marks on her skin. If baby’s skin is flaky, try to wipe it with a warm washcloth or even apply a small bit of baby lotion the day before the shoot.
Prepping for the shoot continued….
I typically shoot a good portion of the session in the nursery so please have the curtains and shades open to let in lots of natural light. I also love to photograph baby with mom and dad in their bed, on the couch, anywhere comfy and snuggly. No need to clean, but just try and make sure the clutter has found its way to a closet in these particular rooms.
If Baby has siblings, I will include them in the shoot as well. Please feed them a nice clean snack before I arrive and let them know that a friend is coming over to take photos of them and the new baby so they are not surprised.
I’m not in a rush, so if we need to take lots of feeding breaks, we will. If you are nursing, and feel open to it, I will absolutely take photos of you nursing your baby. sometimes these can be the most beautiful. (side note, whatever your feeding method, I will never judge. I was not able to BF my boys I had to pump with one, and formula feed the other.)
My main goal is to capture your bond with your sweet little one.
What to Wear…
Mom, wear something that you feel comfortable and beautiful in. Neutral colors are best as bright colors, even royal blue and red can leave a color cast on the baby’s skin. A nice flowy top, or maxi dress, or even a nice lace or silk robe over leggings would be beautiful. Kimono’s are also very on trend and can be very forgiving.
Dad, a neutral tee, Henley shirt or sweater with jeans or pants is best as button down shirts can come off as too stiff.
Keep in mind that as you are holding and playing with your baby, your hands will be close up in many of the shots, so if you have chipping nail polish, it’s best to clean it off before the shoot and also remove hair ties from your wrist.
bare feet are more natural in a home setting. When it comes to hair and makeup, less is more, we don’t want hair to be too stiff or sprayed. And soft make up is better than bolder make up looks. But absolutely put on that Mascara.
for baby, a neutral or white onesie is great and timeless. I will mostly photograph him in a onesie, diaper and swaddled so if you have a favorite swaddle as well, have that on the ready.
If you have any keepsakes or stuffed animals you would like to include in the photos, have those ready as well.
Most of all, relax! If the baby gets fussy, don’t worry. A baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. I am in no rush and I will not bail because the baby isn’t sleeping or cooperating. Take some deep breaths and enjoy this time with your new baby.
Please don’t hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions before your session. I’m so excited to meet you and your growing family!