This upcoming few weeks are filled with NEWBORNS! I love doing newborn sessions, they are one of my favorite types of sessions to do! So with that being said, prepping for these sessions before I arrive makes all the difference on how smoothly your session will go. I’m going to briefly list below some things you can do prior to your session to create the best environment for a sleepy baby and amazing photos! Some you might know about and others you might not….
1. First things first! Newborn shoots are done best in the first 12 days after birth. This is because baby is most flexible and sleepy during this time. I will be moving them all around and posing them naked, we want them to sleep through all of it! After that time period, baby starts to be more aware of their surroundings and wake easier.
2. I do your session in your home. Why not a studio? Because its where you are most comfortable. My goal is to make this as easy as possible for you and for you to enjoy every bit of it. I know that in the first few days of getting home from the hospital we are not wanting to get out and about so I come to you. This is your chance to take a break, relax, sit back and enjoy!
3. Turn up the heat! Prior to my arrival, turn your thermostat up just enough so that you want to shed a layer of clothing. If your uncomfortable, it is probably perfect for baby. Creating an environment that resembles the womb (warm and cozy) will help baby sleep. Its rough on us sometimes but totally worth it. Tell the husband we don’t have to run up the heating bill too much, promise! I also will bring a small heater and plenty of blankets to help as well.
4. Light, Light, Light!!! I am a natural light photographer. I need the shades open and this is key for the photos. Natural light is the most flattering and I can manipulate it well. So before I arrive, open the shade and curtains and I will take the time to walk through the home and find the best lighting and set up there.
5. Sleep! As I mentioned above, these sessions work best when baby is in a deep sleep, so prior to my arrival, do all you can to keep baby awake. We want baby nice and tired before the shoot.
6. Feed me. A full belly is a happy one! Please wait to feed baby until I arrive. I will take some time to set up and its a great time for mommy to feed baby and get them into that much loved “milk comma”.
7. Safety- This is VERY important! Actually the most important thing about my newborn session is safety. I do everything based on it. Mom and dad can help in this area during the shoot since 99% of the time there will be a hand on baby. Everyone can help!
8. Inside voices please! I say that to my kids all the time, but during the newborn sessions I will say it to the adults too! If you have family or siblings in the home during the session, I ask that everyone try to keep noise down or its a good time to ask family is head out for a bit until they are needed for photos. I will have white noise I play or soft music but that will be it. Remember, deep sleeping baby is the goal.
9. What do I wear? This is a common question in all my photo shoots but what does a naked newborn wear? Well, in this case it does matter what baby has on before I get there even though its coming off while I’m there. Keep diaper loose. We don’t want lines on baby’s skin from a diaper too tight. Also stick to a zip up onsie so we are not needing to pull it over baby head. For mom and dad, keep it simple. No patterns. Mom does best in a solid color camisole or knit tops. Dad will do wonders in a plain t-shirt. And children can keep it simple too (no white shirt and jeans for everyone…there is simple and then there is just plain boring).
10. Straighten up the house. Don’t worry if your house is kind of messy…I won’t get shots of your entire house. I’m not judging the pile on laundry on the couch and dishes in the sink. You just got home from the hospital. I expect it! The nursery is the only room we might want cleaned up and maybe the make the master bed for some family shots. If your not interested in those then your golden!
11. RELAX! This is fun! Your sweet little angel is only this small once and I am there to help you capture that and look back and remember how sweet and small they were. Enjoy the process! There will be pee and poo and I’m ready for it. No problem. There will be spit up…we will laugh. Don’t worry about perfection. You already created that in your child, I’m just taking the photos of them.
Well folks, your all set for your newborn session and if you accomplish these things for me, your session will go smoothly and easy! Everyone will enjoy it and the pictures will reflect it!
Looking forward to all my upcoming babies! I’m ready to get in some snuggles!!