Preparing for your Newborn Session
all your questions answered
My goal is to capture genuine connections that you will look back on and remember as moments that took your breath away and made your heart sing. This is a time that is exciting and miraculous and deserves to be documented.
I prefer to do newborn sessions between 2-8 weeks after birth. I think it’s important that mom has time to recover and look and feel her best.
My lifestyle approach to newborn photography lends itself to capturing the yawns, stretches, tiny fingers and toes, and the bond between parents and siblings and the newest family member.
While I will give direction on positioning you and your little one, I don’t do posing. I want to help you preserve the memories of the first few weeks with your newborn. Posed photos are cute, but you’re not going to look back and think, “Remember how cute she was in the froggy pose?” You’re going to look back and remember all the nights you rocked him to sleep and napped with her on your chest. Those are the moments I will capture.
Preparing for your session
Now that your session is booked, here are tips & tricks to make your session stress-free.
Choosing what to wear
I recommend a soft color palette for newborn sessions, whites, creams, pinks, greys, and blues. This allows your baby to be the focus of the images without distractions.
Have the baby dressed in a plain white onesie to start.
For parents and siblings, remember, you don’t need to match! You simply want to coordinate your outfit so that everyone’s individual style still shines through. But most of all, don’t stress about your wardrobe. Sessions are intended to capture your life as it is right now. I’m guessing that you don’t wear matching or coordinating clothes every day!
Lay your outfits out on the bed and look for items that don’t work. Be sure to include shoes, jewelry, or other accessories that you may wear.
Make sure that your outfits are ready the night before so you don’t feel rushed on session day.
But what if the baby cries or sleeps the whole time?
Let’s face it, your session will revolve around the baby!
What do I mean by this? Little ones are unpredictable, so it’s impossible to plan for everything. We may need to pause for diaper changes, feeding, or snack for the siblings. That’s okay!
Tips for making sure siblings are at their best
- Allow time at the beginning of the session for the kids to warm up.
- Make sure there are no hungry tummies.
- Plan sessions around nap time so little ones will be rested.
- Let them help pick out an outfit. They will be more comfortable. Don’t worry if they choose something awful, we can do a few shots and then have a wardrobe change!
- Have a bribe/reward for after the session. Just make sure not to bring it out before the end of the session.
- The best way to ensure that your kids are at their best is to just relax and have fun.
What to bring to your session
The beauty of in-home newborn sessions is that you don’t have to bring anything! Here are a few things to have readily available.
- Extra diapers and wipes
- All clothing changes you want for the session
- Burp cloths
- Swaddle blankets
Session day is here!
Your big day is finally here!
Sessions usually last 2-3 hours and there’s no need to rush. It usually takes at least 30 minutes for us to get acquainted and comfortable with each other, especially if there are siblings.
It’s best to feed and change the baby 30 minutes before the session time. Don’t forget to warm the house so the little one doesn’t get too cold.
Safety is my top priority with newborns. I have 20 years of experience as a pediatric nurse/nurse practitioner, so your little one is in good hands!
“For all the things my hands have held the best by far is you.”