Preparing for a Successful In-Home Newborn Session
1. Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing when I arrive at your home. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear.
2. Dress your baby in an outfit that’s easy to get off- nothing that goes over the head. If you choose to have baby in an outfit for any of the photos, please be sure that the outfit fits well and is the appropriate size. Please do not use an outfit that is a size too big.
3. Most of the images I’ll be shooting work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, please keep the baby awake for an hour (give or take) before I arrive for the session--a bath, changing, or playing with baby helps.
4. A well fed baby is a happy baby! After arriving for your session and setting up my travel studio, you will need to give the baby a full feeding and burping to ensure a happy, sleepy (”milk drunk”) baby. We will begin photos whenever baby is done eating. Be prepared to nurse or give baby a bottle at some points during the session (it is helpful to have a bottle handy even if baby is nursing to top off a restless baby while positioning).
5. Please have a pacifier available (even if you don’t normally use one).
6. Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on the baby’s mood and willingness to sleep; unfortunately, this isn’t something we can predict! I take baby’s lead; getting him/her to sleep before posing takes time and it may take some cuddling and additional feedings to achieve that. In fact, I’d say a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get your baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work,we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us. I sometimes use the break to do the family photos.
7. Please warm up the house (especially the rooms we will be in for your session) to at least 75 degrees prior to my arrival. I will bring a space heater with me as well to ensure that baby is nice and comfortable during the session. A cold baby is a fussy baby.
8. Your baby is going to be in the buff for parts of the session. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use my blankets (or me) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and I expect it! Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it. I wash all of my baby props and blankets between sessions.
9. I will bring a collection of baskets, blankets and accessories that I will be using during your session. If you have any items that you would like to use please let me know.
10. Your baby’s safety comes first! I take ever measure to keep your baby safe. If there is ever a point where you become uncomfortable, just let me know! For that reason, I will ask for a parent’s assistance for support if needed.
11. I will be extremely gentle and patient with your baby, but do not be surprised if your baby is fussier than normal. I am after all, constantly touching and moving them while they are trying to sleep! Do not get nervous if baby starts to get fussy. I will try to comfort him/her and attempt the pose again if need be.
12. Don’t forget those little details! Make sure parent’s hands are manicured nicely if they will be in any shots, etc.
13. If you would like any shots of baby in his/her nursery, please have nursery clean and ready to go.
14. I will need a space to set up my travel studio that is roughly 4' x 4'. Please make sure the space is dark as I will be using studio lighting. I will also need an outlet nearby to plug my space heater and studio lights in (I bring an extension cord as well just in case). If your home has a space with a large amount of natural light, I may choose to use that instead.
You are welcome to discuss any sentimental or specially purchased props you’d like to include in your session. I have a selection of adorable hats and props as well as a group of trusted and talented vendors that frequently custom-make items to be photographed in my sessions.
If you plan on having any images of baby with parents and/or siblings, please refer to my Pinterest for ideas, inspiration and suggestions on what to wear. Avoid bright colors as they may reflect color onto baby's skin. I always suggest going with neutrals or earth tones for our session.