So you've booked us for a Newborn Shoot! What now?!
As we've probably already discussed, our newborn sessions are done in home, and they are shot in a Lifestyle fashion, meaning we are showcasing your new little one in their natural habitat, just as they are!
Even though this is a Lifestyle session and we aren't going to be focused on doing "fancy" wraps and poses, new babies are very temperamental and there are a few steps you can take to prepare your sweet angel and your home.
- Make sure the house is as warm as you can stand it. We don't want the baby to be chilly, especially if we are going to try for some "nekkie" photos (hehe!) or photos in just a diaper ruffle. It may be miserable for us, but the baby will love it!
- Have any outfits, hair bows, blankets (the more texture the better!), swaddles, stuffed animals, etc that you'd like to use out and at the ready! We can go through them when I get there to see what will work best! Some suggestions: Solid onesies are WONDERFUL. Colorful, pattered blankets are great for variety and interest in a photo! Cozy and warm neutrals almost always photograph beautifully.
- Make sure your baby is full (don't feed them immediately before the session, or there could be issues with gas/reflux, but don't have them start the session on an empty stomach, either. 20 minutes prior is probably good).
- Once they are fed, have your little one either stripped down to their diaper or dressed in their first outfit. After that, wrap your baby in a nice, warm blanket and rock them softly. The idea is to get them as cozy and calm as possible before I arrive.
- If you are planning on multiple outfit changes for your little one, my advice is to limit this to a MAXIMUM of three changes. Each time a new baby is switched into another outfit, the fussier they tend to get, and the less cooperative they are. I recommend picking one or two favorite outfits and stopping there.
These tips are definitely a "try your best" type of thing, as babies rarely do exactly what we want them to. In the event that they cry and fuss throughout the session, please don't worry. It happens all the time and we will work through it! Don't be upset if your baby doesn't sleep for the entire session. It happens a lot. And that's the best part about Lifestyle photography--we don't really need them to sleep, because we're going to get great shots of them regardless!
We love including shots of the nursery and other scenery shots that help tell the story of your new addition! And we also LOVE to incorporate Mom and Dad into the photos and also older siblings! So please let us know if that's something you'd like to do! Moms--I completely understand not wanting to be photographed in the weeks after giving birth, but years down the line, you will be glad you did! I am very sensitive to the body issues you may be having, as I am a mom myself, and promise to shoot you in a way that flatters! So please, please consider it!
If Mom and Dad are having trouble deciding what to wear for the session, here's my advice: Dress comfortable and relaxed! These images are designed to imitate a day in your normal lives, showing how you both are doting on your new little one during their first month of life and how your bond as a family is growing stronger. Because I wouldn't want clothing to distract from this simple and beautiful message, I usually recommend wearing solid neutral colors. Because these photos are taken indoors in often-times challenging lighting conditions, I also recommend wearing lighter colors (White, tan, or pastels) that reflect more sunlight onto your faces, as opposed to dark colors (black and dark blue/purple) that tend to absorb light.