This is such a special time for you and your family--the addition of a new, sweet baby. I want to help you savor those memories of your sweet, little one.
1. For nursing Moms, be careful with what you eat for about a day leading up to the session. Any woman who has nursed a baby knows that any sort of spicy foods can make the baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy. And an upset tummy will always mean lots of tears and little sleep! So avoid spicy foods, or any foods the baby may have allergies to, at all costs!
2. Parents try to keep your baby awake in the couple hours leading up to the session. If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives to my studio, they just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder. Tips: play with baby, talk with baby, and maybe even give the baby a bath before the session – whatever it takes to keep them alert for an hour or two. Then, when they arrive in my studio, they’ll be ready for a long nap!
3. Please make sure your babies have a nice, full tummy before they leave the house to come to their newborn session. This way, assuming your drive isn’t too long; the baby will still be full and has probably fallen asleep in the car. I can immediately get started on the session when they arrive and hopefully get an hour or two of photos done before baby needs a feeding break. In fact, having Mommy feed them as often as they can for about 10-12 hours before their session will ensure that baby is really full and will be more likely to have a long, sleepy stretch.
4. Here’s a really important one Mommies – DO NOT forget the pacifier if you have a specific one you use!! However, if you do not bring one I have brand new ones (Hospital Preferred Brand) I provide during the session. This is a REQUIREMENT, if baby will take a pacifier I will use it to soothe baby into position. If you do not wish to use the pacifier, unfortunately I am not the photographer that best suites yours needs and I wish you the best of luck in your hiring of a newborn photographer journey.
5. Bring the baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper NO over the head onesies. Preferably a loose fitting one. One of the worst things is when baby arrives sleepy in his/her car seat and then you have to remove shoes and socks, pants, and take a shirt off over their heads – which almost always wakes them up. Instead, it’s so, so simple to zip down and slip off pajamas while baby remains asleep! And if the pajamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.
6. My studio is HOT like 80 degrees, as newborns like warmth especially when bare for those cute newborn pictures!!!! So dress lightly and take advantage of my cold drinks in the fridge.
7. Newborn sessions can go anywhere from an hour to four hours depending on your baby’s temperaments. Baby calls the shots! Babies are little people, individuals with their own likes, dislikes and personality. If baby wants to eat, we’ll take a break. If baby wants to swaddle, we’ll swaddle him/her. I’ll work with you and your baby to have a successful session. So parents bring a laptop, a book to read, or whatever you need to keep you busy while I shoot. Because seriously, two to three hours is a long time to just sit there bored! (I will have refreshments and a TV with premium cable for your enjoyment. Or if you just need a few minutes to relax I have a guest bedroom and you are more than welcome to take a nap. TRUST ME UTILIZE IT, I KNOW THE STRESS OF HAVING A NEWBORN AND SLEEP IS A RARE COMMODITY.
8. JUST RELAX!!!!