Newborn Sessions – What to Expect
Newborn sessions are my joy. Photographing them makes my day and that is why I have chosen to make them my exclusive subjects. I spend some time every day learning to perfect my craft. Hopefully this little section will help you to prepare for your session as well.
Preparing For Your Session:
- Once you decide to schedule a session with me, we will set a tentative date based on your due date. I understand that babies rarely come when predicted and I will accommodate their personal plans for arrival. But a due date will give us a base line. Once your infant is born, please get in touch with me and we will confirm your date and time. Babies are best photographed in the first 10 days of their lives. They sleep better, don’t have colic yet, and usually haven’t started developing baby acne or cradle cap. If you are a c-section Mom, we can work out something out. I know that recovery can be slow and painful. Some of my clients send baby to the Studio with Dad.
- When we schedule your session, we will discuss what you are looking for. Do you want only pictures of the baby? Are you more interested in your infant being photographed with family than in props? Are there specific poses you are looking for? For example, one of you is a soldier, do you want your infant to be photographed with props that you will bring from home like a flag or helmet? Are you bringing siblings? Will Dad be there? All of these questions will help me to build a session that is a perfect fit for you.
- Please do not feed your infant before coming to see me. I will give you space and time to feed the baby and sooth him or her to sleep once you arrive. The reason this works best is that if you feed your baby before you come he or she will start his sleep cycle while in his car seat. We want him to do that at the studio.
- It is always nice to have a pacifier. This will help me to sooth your baby in between poses. If you have chosen not to use a pacifier, please be prepared to help me by having your finger ready for your baby to suck on.
- I photograph babies in their birthday suits. I have yet to photograph a newborn in clothes and hope that I am never asked to do so. Newborn babies just don’t fill out clothes properly. They are so much sweeter without all that bulky fabric.
- What should you wear? Wear something comfortable. Bring something to change into after I am done photographing you with baby that is nice and cool. I keep my studio very warm at around 75 degrees. It is all about the baby. So think about keeping cool when you are choosing clothing.
- I strongly encourage you to bring any special hats, hair-bands, bracelets etc. You may not like what I have and I may fall in love with what you bring. So not only will your additions give us more to choose from they are also extra special since they belong to your little one.
- Finally, if you should think of anything before you come please feel free to contact me.
During Your Session:
Once you arrive I will give you some time in my studio to feed and sooth your baby. Once they are happy and sleepy please let me know so I can join you.
We begin your sessions by taking some portraits of your baby on a beanbag. We are looking for some great body shots and capturing some of baby’s bits and pieces like their hands and feet. We will then move on to photographing your newborn in the props that you have selected.
Prior to the completion of your session, you will be asked to sign a model release. This allows us to use your images to promote my business without compensation.
After Your Session:
We will review the images from your session and select the absolute best. We usually narrow it down to 45-50 images. After the final cut has been made, each image is carefully reviewed for editing. Tiny details like baby acne or hairs on shirts once corrected can make all the difference in an image.
Your images will be ready for delivery within six to eight weeks. Once they are completed you will receive an email notification and we can discuss delivery.