Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!!! Thank you so much for choosing me to capture this incredible time in your lives!
There are a few things I want to mention that can help our session go smoothly.
I want this experience to be as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Because of this, please allow for 2-4 hours for your session. We want to make sure there is plenty of time for cuddling, feeding, and making sure that baby is happy.
For posed sessions, it is imperative to keep baby awake and stimulated for a few hours before the session. We do sessions early in the day to help with this process. Please help keep baby awake and stimulated by giving him or her a bath about an hour and a half prior to leaving for session. Dress baby in something that is easily removable, with snaps down the front (avoid items that we have to take off over baby's head). Feed baby a full feeding right before leaving for session. Baby should fall asleep in the car and will then require only a small top-off feeding at the studio to be ready for our session.
If baby has a pacifier, even if he or she hasn’t started using it, please bring it to the session.
If you are nursing, please avoid foods that can lead to gas and discomfort for baby for 2 days prior to the session (spicy foods including pizza, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bran, oatmeal, apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, citrus fruits).
Babies love a warm environment and hate being cold, so my home studio is kept at a warm temperature (mid 70s-low 80s, depending on what stage of the session we are in). Please dress accordingly or bring a change of clothes for wearing after the family portrait portion.
If siblings will be present, we will begin with sibling portraits and keep this part of the session brief. We will then do family photos and photos of mom and dad with baby, and finally the photos of dad alone with baby. Please bring something that occupy any other children present during the parents and baby portion (we’ll be quick!). After that, it’s best if daddy takes the sibling(s) home and we are able to focus on the photos of momma with baby and the individual photos of baby.
Its best to wear comfortable clothing. White, neutral and light colors photograph well. Flowy dresses are a wonderful choice for new mommas. Don’t hesitate to wear maternity dresses! They are often very flattering even after birth and are generally very comfortable, as well. A white, flowy dress is a fantastic choice for an outfit that will look beautiful and photograph well on mommas. Light colored shirts and trousers are good choices for daddy and light dresses or outfits are also great choices for siblings. Please take a look at my session style guide for more information about what sorts of clothing photographs well.
At least a week prior to the session, please let me know your color preferences for baby’s wraps and outfits. Please also let me know if you will be bringing any props that you would like included. My studio has plenty that I like using, but if there is a special item you want included, we can definitely work to make that happen. The only exception is that I will not use any prop with a round bottom or that is potentially dangerous to pose in.
If either parent has tattoos and would like those featured in the photos with baby, please let me know and we can work to include them.
10. I do not use poses that I think are potentially dangerous to baby or do composites. If you are interested in hanging poses or the frog pose, they are not poses I am willing to do because of the potential risk of baby’s safety so another photographer might be a better fit for you.
11. Momma or daddy will need to act as a spotter during the session. Someone at all times will be needed to watch baby and be within reach to make sure he or she is safe.
12. If you have had a Caesarean Section or are experiencing any sort of physical discomfort, please let me know and we will adjust positioning accordingly.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, either before or during the session, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
I can’t wait to meet you and your new arrival! I’m so excited for our session!!!