Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!
This is such an exciting time and choosing to invest in newbon photos documenting your baby's first days is truly a wise investment. Your precious photos from this time may be the only thing remaining after your baby has grown. But I'm here to capture these precious new moments and all those tiny little newborn details while your baby is still fresh and new. I highly recommend reading about the two types of Newborn Sessions before deciding on which one is right for you. But if you still have questions, please make sure to ask!
Your newborn photography session will take place in your home.
Having your session in your home is the safest and most comfortable for a brand new baby. It's also far more convenient with easy access to everything you need in your home to feed, clean, change and soothe your baby. I'll also take lifestyle family photos, as well as grabbing shots of all the cute little details, in your nursery, making these the most personal photos you'll have from this time.
I remember those days of bringing home my tiny little person very well. Managing to shower and eat, let alone leave the house for any reason, was not an easy task. I remember feeling so grateful to anyone who could come to me rather than me go to them. It's part of my newborn photography service, I bring the studio (set-ups, backdrops, props) to you, and I'm happy to do it! I have a beautiful variety of wraps, blankets and props in earth-tone colors in shades of brown, gray, cream, blue, mauve/pink and purple/plum. However, I'm always open to using any items you have as well, to make the photos more personalized.
And, don't worry about cleaning before I arrive. I'll rearrange furniture as I need to for different shots and poses, and I'll even put it all back when I'm done.
Posed and Styled Newborn sessions are best done when your baby is less than 14 days old.
Lifestyle sessions can be done when your baby is as old as 1 month, however as your baby spends more and more time out of the womb, they because less flexible and less sleepy making it harder to pose them into those squishy cute little poses. So, if sleepy posed photos are the types of photos you want, make sure to book your session early, so I can make room on my calendar. That way I can guarantee we get them done in those first 2 weeks after birth.
Safety always comes first when handling and posing a tiny little newborn. Newborn posing takes patience, experience and time to create beautiful images of your baby looking comfortable and relaxed. Using simple and soft blankets and props, the focus is on your baby making your images timeless and beautiful. You'll never regret capturing your baby in their purest and most natural form.
Your session will start in the morning around 10:00am.
I find this time works well for everyone; not too early and not too late. Plus the light coming in through the windows is really nice around this time of day. Once I arrive to your home I'll have you give me a little tour, so I know which room(s) will work the best (based on size and lighting). I always use natural soft window light, which is most flattering to your newborn's tiny little facial features and we can even go outside for a few if it's nice enough!
How the session progresses will be completely up to the one in charge, your baby.
For Posed Newborn Photos, if baby is well fed and sleepy when I get there, we'll start with the posed photos first. If baby is wide awake and due for a feeding we may start with family photos and do the posed photos last. Most of my posed sessions last 2.5-3 hours. Lifestyle sessions go with the flow of your baby's feeding and nap schedule. We'll start shooting right away capturing candid moments as we go along. Lifestyle sessions last between 1-2 hours.
What if my baby doesn't sleep for the posed photos?
From time to time I've worked with a newborn baby who just doesn't want to sleep or want to be put down for one reason or another. It could be they're gassy, going through a growth spurt, not eating enough to completely fill their tummy, or are just used to sleeping on/next to mommy and daddy. After making sure we've completely addressed every possible issue and baby still won't get sleepy enough to be put down and posed, the session will continue on as a lifestyle photo session. The photos will still be wonderful and you'll have a fantastic story to tell your little one when they get older.
The room I'll be using for the posed newborn photos will be very warm (between 80-85 degrees). Dress comfortably.
You are more than welcome to sit in the room with me and watch, rest and relax while I go through a variety of poses, props and shots. I'll have you keep some cold water on hand to sip on and feel free to have a snack or eat lunch. Between the heat from my space heater and the white noise machine I use to put baby to sleep, you may even find yourself dozing off, too, and I certainly don't mind. If I need anything, I'll let you know.
Once I'm done, I pack up and go!
If all goes well, I will be out of your hair in 2.5-3 hours after the session starts. Post processing and editing newborn sessions takes a bit longer than a regular session, but your online gallery should be up and running within 2-3 weeks of your session.
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you have about your newborn photography session. I will do everything I can to ease your mind and make this an easy, comfortable and most of all safe session for you and your baby.