PREPARING FOR YOUR NEWBORN SESSION
Below are a few tips to help get the very best out of your upcoming newborn session...
Pre-Session Baby Prep
- Try to keep your baby awake before the session begins! This will help them sleep more soundly during photos and posing.
- A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy baby. We can also take breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model!
- Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear.
- Make sure your baby’s skin is moisturized to help it appear less textured in the photos. Use a non-greasy cream the day of the session, especially on your baby’s face.
- Please have a binky or pacifier to help soothe your baby. Keep in mind, this may be in some photos so pacifiers without a logo on it will be less noticeable.
- Baby acne usually begins around day 14 so keep that in mind with your preferable shoot day.
Bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands are great timeless props.
I will bring some some blankets and wooden baskets with me but am happy to try to utilize what is available in your home as well.
Looks for items with texture and soft color to help make your images unique.
If you have any family heirlooms, e.g. a blanket or hat knit by a family member, that you would like me to use in your session, have them on hand. We may not get the chance to use all of the items, but we can determine what will work best.
A larger blanket- especially white, cream, or soft colors is always a great resource.
White onesies always work great on babies. No need to overthink outfits.
Costume items may sometimes be tasteful, but remember that most shots will take place in baskets and natural positions which are comfortable and non-stressful to your baby.
Remember that lifestyle sessions focus on natural moments and the natural environment of your home and / or the designated space being utilized.
Family Portraits - Optional
Family portraits are optional but encouraged - even just for candid moments.
What should mom and dad wear? As far as clothing- keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. Have a solid white shirt and black shirt on hand- We may not need it, but it’s good to have the option.
For moms, we suggest knit or textured tops with jeans. Dresses also photograph nicely.
Do not worry about the extra pregnancy pounds! Every mother has them and they are an essential part of your beautiful, life giving experience.
Remember that makeup is muted by light in photography. Remember to apply your makeup a bit more dramatically than usual so that it will appear in photographs.
For dads, make sure your t-shirts are free of logos or writing. Avoid sneakers with bright colors and large logos which will take attention away from you and your baby.
Wrinkles do show up in photos, so please make sure all clothing is ironed or steamed.
If you have children and would like them to be included in some photos, we recommend incorporating them in at the beginning or end of a session.
Your hands may play a role in this session, so it’s important that you tend to them too.