Tips For A Successful Newborn Session
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We LOVE photographing newborns!
Newborn photography is incredibly challenging, but it’s so amazing to be a part of baby’s life when they are just days old. There’s a bit of prep and planning that needs to go into these sessions to make them more successful though. We’ve compiled a few tips below to help us get the very best out of your upcoming newborn session.
So…let’s get started!
LET’S GET YOU BOOKED!
We recommend that you schedule your newborn session PRIOR to your baby’s birth to ensure a spot on our calendar. Contact us during your second trimester and we’ll pencil you in. This gives me enough time to fully customize a session just for you! If anything else is needed such as a coordinating headband or matching outfit, I will have enough time to research and purchase any additional items needed. Shoot us an email or give us a call as soon as you get the go to head home from the hospital. (And we always feel super special when dad’s put us on the official “baby is here!” call list! Just sayin’…)
Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. However, the BEST time is between 3-7 days after their arrival.
We’ll be moving them around and scrunching them into those sweet sleepy newborn images, so we want to make sure they’re sleepy enough to allow us to handle them.
Plus, babies just tend to do a lot better with the session within their first 7 days.
Somewhere around day 8 they discover the joy that is stretching! Once that happens…they’re not about to let us get them into those curly poses without a fight!
After day 14, it’s almost impossible to get baby into that deep sleep that came so easily in their first few days…so it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to get them into any of the more bendy newborn poses.
And, keep in mind that newborn acne (and sometimes colic) is likely to flare up after day 14. While we can easily edit problem areas, we prefer to do as little retouching as possible to baby’s skin.
Newborn sessions take place in my home studio in Brighton, Colorado. Which has everything needed for your new bundle of joy! Don't worry if the baby feels more comfortable at home, I can easily come to you (within reason) If the weather is warm enough and you’re comfortable with the idea, we can take the session outdoors - Baby being all posey and cute in a big, open field or at the base of an old tree? SWOON!
The key to those sleepy baby photos is to have baby is a very, very deep sleep! To get this to happen it is highly recommended to keep baby awake for two hours before your session time. Warm baths, tickling, etc to keep baby stimulated and awake! This also means keeping them awake during the car ride here and refrain from feeding 2 hours before arrival as well. Once you arrive you will feed your baby right away, once burped, we will then start preparing him/her for their session, meaning any and all clothing must be taken off, except for the diaper.
WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?
We recommend bringing babies favorite comfort items: toys, blankies, pacifiers, etc. Burp cloths are an absolute must!
A well fed baby is a happy baby! Be prepared to feed him/her throughout the session! We'll be taking as many breaks as needed to help them re-fuel. Whether it be breastfeeding or bottle feeding –sometimes baby needs that little extra to push them over the edge into a deep sleep. It’s tough work being a model!
Nothing flatters like natural light, so we prefer to use it whenever possible.
For this reason, sessions are normally done mid-morning to late-afternoon when window lighting is as its best.
We’ll also have additional lighting equipment to help out when needed.
Please do whatever you can to keep the noise level to a minimum during our session. If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a sitter or family member to take them for a few hours. If that is not an option, we have a waiting area for siblings with toys, books & a tv. We’ll have a white noise machine, but it doesn’t always block out tantrums and playtime.
* If you siblings that you want included in photos, we recommend bringing them in at the beginning or end of a session before or after having someone take them. Only those being photographed should be present to help maintain a calm environment.
IS IT HOT IN HERE?
The studio will be a bit warmer than normal during the session. (Like a toasty 80 degrees or so.)
Newborns are used to being all bundled up, warm + cozy…and then we come in and yank off all their clothes for those adorable naked baby shots. They tend not to like that too much!
Pushing up the thermostat is guaranteed to make the session flow more smoothly and help them sleep better. We may be sweating, but baby will be nice and warm…and that’s really all that matters!
PATIENCE IS KEY!
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately…this isn’t something we can predict! We ask that everyone remain calm, should he/she not want to sleep, since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room. And if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.
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I get peed or pooped on in 98% of newborn sessions. I’m used to it! Please don’t feel embarrassed. I take this as a good sign that baby feels calm and relaxed enough to let loose! We wash all of our baby props and blankets between each session with non-scented baby detergent. (This is why we only schedule one newborn session per day!)
*If you would like shots in a diaper, it’s a good idea to have a cloth diaper, diaper cover in a solid color, bloomers, or something to put over the diaper. Diapers on their own tend to look a little messy and distracting in photos, but throwing a cover over it cleans things up.
Let me say it again… Relaxxx!
We’re pretty comfortable holding and posing newborns. (Ashley has several years of experience working with babies + toddlers and nanny-ing kids of all ages.) Your baby is in safe hands, we promise!
So yes! Feel free to rest and leave the room for a bit if you’d like. We’ve had parents who’ve used this time to read, make a phone call or even go for a quick bite to eat. All totally acceptable! If we have a question or need you for a feeding, we’ll track you down.
IN CASE YOU MISSED THAT: RELAX!
Moms tend to stress out because this is a new experience…and they aren’t used to the waiting game that is newborn photography. They see their baby being fussy or having a difficult time getting settled and panic.
“This is a disaster! They aren’t going to get ANY good photos!” It isn’t, and we will!
We take the baby’s lead; getting them to sleep before posing takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. In fact, we’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us. Sometimes the best photos happen when baby isn’t doing what we want.
Just remember: Babies can sense stress and anxiety (especially from their mommy’s!) It’s super important that EVERYONE remain calm and relaxed during this session. Keeping the environment as mellow as possible is pretty much the only way we’re going to get the shots we’re looking for.
We have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Looks for items with texture and color to help make your images unique.
If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props, etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please gather them before we arrive. We may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but we’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best.
*We also STRONGLY recommend that you discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind at least a week prior to your session.
We start planning out your session weeks in advance, so dropping a huge idea on us mid-session (that requires an unavailable prop) can cause stress on everyone! So talk to us early on and let us know what you have in mind!
THE NOSE KNOWS!
As a mother, your smell is so recognizable to your baby, that it may be necessary for mom to step out of the room for a portion of the session. This is not meant to hurt your feelings, only to allow us to help the get baby thinking sweet, sleepy thoughts…instead of “where’s my milk?!”
SAFETY IS KEY!
Your baby’s safety comes first! If there is ever a point where you become uncomfortable, just let us know! I am a mother and a professional. Safety is NUMBER ONE. 90% of the time I will have an assistant by my side (usually my husband, Andrew!) but if not I may ask mom or dad to assist simply by placing a hand here or there. NOTHING ever strenuous. I promise to care for your baby as if they were my own. Your baby is in good hands!
BUT WHAT DO *I* WEAR? I know! You just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best. But we think this is the perfect time to pamper yourself!Go have your hair + makeup or nails done. Looking super relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. This is an exciting time in your life and we want to capture all of that…so take care of yourself first! And feel free to tell your husbands that we’re making you if they need a little convincing!As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. (And please don’t feel the need to match everyone in white shirts and jeans – there’s simple…and then there’s boring!)We suggest camis, short sleeves and tank tops with little to no text, writing or logos. And you may want to bring a change of clothes especially if you plan on being in the photos. There's been plenty of times where mom or dad have been pooped on and let's face it, there's only so much a wet wipe can clean.
FOR THE MEN.
Your hands, and possibly even your feet, will play a major role in this session, so it’s important that you tend to them too!
Even if you aren’t planning on participating much in the session, you’ll still be handling your baby a bit, so it’s a good idea to touch up on your grooming.
Trim and tidy your nails and apply lotion to any dry skin. (It also never hurts to grab a quick shave if you'd like. Then, dab a little moisturizer on your face to help you look more refreshed. Those late nights can take a toll on your skin!)
BABY'S FIRST YEAR
Labor & delivery + Newborn - $540 Includes time during labor, 10 personal photos of those precious moments during delivery, a session of up to 4 hours for Newborn photos in my studio, 20 digital images and custom announcements.
Newborn photography + 6mo photos - $540 Includes a session of up to 4 hours for Newborn photos in my studio, 20 digital images and custom announcements, and a one hour session for 6 mo photos with 20 digital images.
Baby's first year photos - $890 Includes a session of up to 4 hours for Newborn photos in my studio, 20 digital images and custom announcements, a one hour session for 6 mo photos with 20 digital images, and a one hour session for one year photos, smash cake included with 20 digital images.
"Expecting" Greatness - $1,130 Includes time during labor, 10 personal photos of those precious moments during delivery, a session of up to 4 hours for Newborn photos in my studio, 20 digital images and custom announcements, a one hour session for 6 mo photos with 20 digital images, and a one hour session for one year photos, smash cake included with 20 digital images ( Must notify your photographer of any food or cake allergies)
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