Newborn Session Prep Guide!!
The first few days of a baby’s life are so magical and incredible! Being able to freeze those moments for you is such an honor for me. I thought it might be helpful to write down how parents play a important role to a successful, pleasant and enjoyable experience for the successful newborn shoot.
So…. lets get started!
Yay!! I know you are just excited as I am to capture those little tiny fingers and toes! Once your visitors have left and you have a few moments please send me a quick note letting me know baby is here and a few days within the 2 week time frame that work for you to do the session.
Newborn sessions take place in my home studio in west Lake Worth. It’s a custom design private studio which holds everything needed for your bundle of joy! Should you want to do the session in your home…let’s do it. (Travel fee will apply)
(You may view photos of my studio by clicking here)
Babies do very well in the studio for posing when they are in a very deep sleep. To encourage this I highly recommend, stimulating the baby at least two hours before your scheduled arrival, a warm bath always does the trick. This also means keeping them awake during the car ride here and refrain from feeding 2 hours before arrival as well. Please plan on feeding just before you leave home.
As mentioned I’ve seen it all, unfortunately their have been a few moms that will say,” my baby sleeps through anything”. Well come to find out in a very unfortunate way, no they actually don’t.
Once you arrive I’ll remove baby from their car seat and i will then start preparing him/her for their session. This means I will remove any and all clothing (please have him/her in a snap or zipper down outfit…the less I move them the better) and in some cases the diaper. Some babies fall into a deep sleep once picked up, wrap in a small blanket and soothed for a few minutes and then there are the babies that have been asleep for 3+ hours before arriving and are now refusing to go to sleep. Ahhhh, gotta love being a newborn..lol!♥
From experience, babies that have been asleep prior to arrival are unfortunately the babies that are more difficult to pose because as soon as the blanket comes off, they get startled again and it’s back to trying to put them to sleep. That alone can take up to an hour, if not more and unfortunately does count against your session time.
Keeping in mind these instructions will most certainly give you a well rested baby. In return we’ll be able to maximize the time you have in the studio with plenty of scenes and photos so for that reason please do not underestimate and risk how well your baby sleeps after a feeding. We need your bundle of joy to be tired. I know it will be hard, atop of your own sleep deprivation but I promise you, it will be well worth the effort!! ♥
Feeding (PLEASE DON’T DRINK CAFFEINE PRIOR TO SESSION)
I highly recommend (if you’re solely breastfeeding to pump and bring bottled breast milk for your babies session). As a mom myself I know that breast milk doesn’t keep baby full for a long period of time. They may need a little snack during the session. Unfortunately, I’ve had mom’s that breastfeed for up to an hour and that does delay the session quite a bit and does count against your allotted time coverage as well. Moms, please just be advise, it’s just a recommendation so if you choose not to, its completely okay. As a newborn photographer, I just feel it’s my duty to offer any advice or tips that you as a parent can use to maximize the time we have in the studio and in return you’ll be able to showcase and display more than the average number of baby photos! ♥
Please bring the hospital round soothie pacifier. Even if your baby doesn’t take them on a regular basis I may need between set changes.
This is completely natural for babies to use blankets or props as there own personal potty. Please don’t feel embarrassed, I reassure you it happens more times that I can remember. Have a concern about sanitation? Don’t worry I wash all used props and blankets after each newborn session with non-scented detergent. Please have plenty of wipes and diapers ready just in case :)
Please do whatever you can to keep the noise to a minimum during our session. Maintaining a calm environment is also a big key to a successful newborn shoot. I do have a baby shusher that I will keep close to baby during the session to help soothe him or her. Babies love strong and rhythmic sound.
It’s going to be HOTT!
Since babies are usually photographed naked, the studio will be set at a temperature of 80F to ensure baby is warm and comfortable. If we’re not sweating, it’s probably not warm enough for baby! Parent’s please make sure to wear comfortable loose clothing. I’ll be dressed for a warm few hours….you should be too.