Newborn Prep Guide
Congratulations to you!!! Thank you for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new baby. I am truly honored to be able to capture this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby!
This newborn session guide will help you prepare for your newborn session.
WHAT TO EXPECT
For the baby, clean away flaky skin and eye boogers with a wash cloth. Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with baby trimmers.
If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear.
Try not change the baby’s diet the day before or during the session. Continue to feed your baby how you normally do (breast-feed, formula-feed, or both). Your baby will need to eat more often during the session than they normally do. It's best not to make any sudden changes to the baby’s diet that may contribute to fussiness.
AT THE SESSION
It's best for the baby to be full, content and sleeping so we can get those cute sleepy newborn pictures.
Be sure to burp baby really well after feeding. Gas can make a sleepy, happy baby into an uncomfortable one in seconds.
If your baby is fussy or alert, do not stress out. Your newborn can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try and get them comfortable again, but if that does not seem possible, we will take a break or may even reschedule (at the photographer’s discretion).
Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn. No outfit fits a newborn well and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good though– little hats, dainty headbands, etc. I have a wide selection of props that you can choose from or if you prefer, bring your own.
Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s portrait is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
Please avoid colorful drinks or lollipops within 24 hours of your shoot or anything will stain their cheeks, mouths or teeth.
IMPORTANT: Please arrange for someone to watch younger children when they are not being photographed. As mom will be assisting me with the baby, the children will need to be supervised at all times. I have coloring books and other activities for them so they hopefully don't get bored while waiting.
These tips in this Newborn Session Guide will help you prepare for your newborn shoot and ensure that your session runs smoothly so I can focus on capturing your newborn baby’s portraits.