Congratulations! What an exciting time in your life. This is my favorite type of session, and these photos are so important because our newborns are only this ‘new’ for such a short amount of time. The photos will become keepsakes for you and your little one.
It is very important to have the shoot within the first 10 days of life if possible. The earlier the better. During the first 10 days, babies are more curled up and sleep easily while being moved around. Setting up a tentative date in your third trimester is recommended to assure your spot on my calendar. If baby decides to come early or late, contact me ASAP and we will adjust our session date.
Unfortunately I do not have a studio at this time. My husband and I are only here in Louisville until 2018 so we are making due until then. Most of my sessions take place in my living room or the client's home. I give you the option of location. My studio lighting and props are portable. When shooting in your home I also like to shoot in the nursery, parents bedroom and maybe on a comfy couch or by a window.
I photograph newborns naked or in unique wraps, so no need to worry about outfits. I have a large selection of hats, wraps, headbands, buckets, bowls, backdrops. The questionnaire you fill out will give me an idea of what you like. I will select a few options and let you choose the final 3. Please note that as I do offer props, I do not provide specific props. Feel free to purchase anything you wish to use and please let me know if you do so I can plan accordingly.
If you see something you like in my gallery or someone else's, be sure to mention it before your session. I am open to suggestions on poses that you may have seen from Pinterest but please understand that every pose I do depends on how well baby cooperates and how safe the pose is for your little one. I cannot guarantee any pose for this reason. I also do not do any 'unnatural' poses.
Preparing For a Successful Session:
I cannot stress how important it is to follow this guide. It will be the difference between a 3 hour session and a relaxing 1.5-2 hour session. Parents that follow the newborn guide and do all the recommended suggestions are usually in the studio about 2 hours.
1. Keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your session.
This is very important. Without this, we spend too much time getting baby to sleep and not as much time photographing them. Stimulating baby with a bath or by doing ‘naked time’ prior to the session to help keep them awake.
2. A full baby = a sleepy baby. Feed your little one RIGHT before you leave for your session.
Those first couple of weeks you are trying to get baby on a schedule. It's hard, I’ve been there. However, we need your little one completely full to ensure he/she is very sleepy and calm. The only way we will achieve calm, flexible poses is if baby is fully satiated and sleeping. We want a “milk drunk baby”.
If you are working towards a schedule, I recommend keeping your schedule and just adding in that extra feeding before you leave the house. For example: If you are feeding schedule is at 1 and 4 but your session starts at 2:30. Feed at 1 like normal. Feed again at 2 and then feed again at 4. The extra feeding shouldn’t throw your schedule off much.
3. Dress baby in a loose outfit that does not go over their head.
The goal is to dress baby in easy to remove clothes, feed him/her until full and then put baby in carseat. The full belly and car ride usually does the trick. By the time you get to me, baby is completely asleep.
4. Bring baby inside in their carseat.
When you arrive, please leave baby in the carseat when bringing him/her inside. I will remove baby very slowly in the warm studio to avoid disturbing them as much as possible.
Things to bring:
Diapers & Wipes
Extra change of clothes for baby
Extra change of clothes for mom (just incase)
Family poses can be added for $50. We can take these photos at the beginning or end of the shoot. I recommend that young siblings only arrive at the end. It is important that we have a calm and relaxing environment for baby.
I know that you may not feel like yourself right after giving birth, but I strongly encourage you to have a portrait taken with your new baby while they are still so young and little. You will never get these memories back. I will shoot you in flattering angles, so don’t worry! Worst case scenario is that you don’t like the image and no one but you will ever see it. A white/cream short sleeve shirt is suggested for Dads and a white/cream tank or blouse top is suggested for Moms.
If you have older siblings that you would like photographed with your newborn we will do these shots at the end. Cream, ivory or white (without patterns or logos) is recommended for older siblings (tops with jeans or even dresses for girls). They’ll be barefoot, so no need to look for clean shoes.
During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need much assistance, so take advantage of this time to rest (I’m sure you need it!). Parents will often watch a movie, answer emails or read while I work with your new little one. I’ve even had some parents take a nap.
We will be working in a 85 degrees room with an extra space heater to keep your little one warm. I recommend dressing in layers to avoid getting too warm. At anytime, if you need to step out, feel free to.
Just to warn you: When being photographed with your baby, you may get peed or pooped on! This happens daily in my studio (usually on me), but some parents are surprised by and unprepared for it.
I will upload edited images to my client album site within about two-three weeks. From this site you may download, order prints (only if you want) or simply view the photos. Galleries are password protected, but you are welcome to share your password with whomever you choose. I highly suggest that you burn the images to a disc as well as save them on your computer. The gallery link will be active after two weeks.
If you have further questions please free to contact me!