How to prepare for your newborn session

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WHAT TO EXPECT

For the baby, clean away flaky skin and eye boogers with a wash cloth.

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.

AT THE SESSION

When you arrive at the studio, be prepared to feed your baby if needed. I want the baby to be full, content and sleepy to ensure those curly, sleepy newborn poses.

Be sure to burp baby well after the feeding. Gas can make a sleepy, happy baby, grumpy..... and we don't want this.

Be patient. If your baby is fussy or alert, do not stress. Your newborn can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible.

I find sometimes extra feedings can help make baby feel more comfortable and sleepy.

Be prepared for all kinds of messes. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, spit up or vomit on. That is why I will be dressed in comfy sweats as I photograph your little newborn.

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WARDROBE

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.

 FOR MOM AND DAD

Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my favorite things. Just as they encourage in the hospital or at home birth, skin to skin contact creates the most beautiful images.

Mom: A subtle application of makeup can soften your skin and accent your facial features.

I have a variety of wraps and gowns in the studio, but you are welcome to wear your own snug-fitting tank tops. Keep the color neutral and design simple. Be sure your nails are tidy and clean (no nail polish) as your hands will make their way into the images. Also, rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and lighting to bring out the natural beauty in you and your family.

Dad: Be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim your beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee. Look especially for wiry stray hairs. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed.

If you prefer not to be shirtless, wear a tight fitting v-neck t-shirt with a pair of jeans.

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SIBLINGS

Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s portrait is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.

Clean, clean, clean- clean nails, clean hair, clean feet, fresh scrub teeth, and wipe away eye boogers and snotty noses. The cleaner the child, the better their photos will turn out. If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot.

It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo-shoot–some cereal, snacks or candies that won’t stain their teeth. Avoid colorful drinks or lollipops within 24 hours of your shoot. Do not let them eat or drink anything will stain their cheeks, mouths or teeth.

Sister(s): I provide a wrap that will act as the perfect top or please wear a snug-fitting tank in a neutral color. The girl’s hair should be natural and free of bows, headbands, etc., and just like Mom, no nail polish please.

Brother(s): A snug pair of jeans and shirtless are preferred.

Due to the duration of the newborn session, I recommend bringing young children into the studio either in the beginning Of the session for about 30 minutes.