Your Newborn Session will be a special milestone in you and your baby’s life. I want to help you tell a story of your new, precious little one. A calm, peaceful environment is what I strive for during your time at the studio. It is important to let me know if we will be doing sibling photos or mother and father photos as well so I can prepare accordingly. These photos will take place at the end of the newborn session. During the beginning we will put all focus on baby!
SCHEDULE YOUR SESSION
Once you've decide TJP is the right fit for you, we will set a tentative date based on your due date. I understand that babies rarely come when predicted and I will accommodate their personal plans for arrival, but a due date will give us a base line. Once your little babe has arrived, please get in touch with me and we will firm up our date and time. Babies are best photographed in the first 6-14 days of their new little lives. They sleep better, don’t have colic yet, and usually haven’t started developing baby acne or cradle cap. If you are a c-section Mom, we can work something out. I know that recovery can be slow and painful.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
You should expect to arrive 15-20 minutes before your session time to feed baby or feed them just before you leave your house to come to the studio. The studio room I photograph in will be kept warm for baby’s comfort. Newborns lose body heat quickly so this is important for a newborn session to run smoothly. You can also dress in layers for your own comfort or relax in the other room where the temperature is more comfortable for you! Please know that babies have accidents and it is almost guarenteed this will happen during their session. I keep wipes and plenty of rags around and everything can be washed after the each session. There will be a white noise machine on as well to soothe baby. All parent and sibling photos are done at the end of the session. Feel free to sit back, relax, read a book,write thank you notes, or even take a nap yourself! If you have younger siblings I suggest having dad bring them towards the end of the session so they don't have to sit and wait!
WHAT TO WEAR
What should you wear? Neutral colors are great for family and sibling photos with a newborn. It helps to keep focus on baby and avoid distraction. Wear something comfortable. Bring something to change into after I am done photographing you with baby that is nice and cool. Some of my moms finish off the session in a tank top and bring an extra hair tie to put your hair back with. I also have a handful of gowns that can be worn for family photos if you would like. I typically photograph only from middle of the torso up so don't worry about the baby bump that hasn't gone down just yet!
PREPARING BABY FOR THE SESSION
It helps immensely if you can try to keep baby awake one to two hours or so before the session, I know this is difficult sometimes but it can help allow baby to get into that deep sleep for their session. The sleepier they are the more of those "bendy" and "inside the womb" looking poses we can accomplish. Giving them a bath before can also help to keep them awake before arriving to the studio. Try to put baby's diaper on very loosely to avoid those red marks when we do naked shots. Also try to dress them in something that is super easy to take off, the full sleepers with a zip are fantastic if you have one! If you use a pacifier with your baby please make sure to have it along for your session, it can help a ton with soothing baby throughout! Feeding schedules typically don't work during newborn sessions, sometimes babies need a little bit more milk than usual just to get back to sleep through the couple hours you spend with me. If you breastfeed I may ask you to try to nurse during the session, sometimes just the act of being fed can calm them enough and allow me to continue shooting. If you formula feed make sure to have extra along just in case! Also make sure to have extra diapers with as well, I do keep wipes at the studio so if you forget extra of those don't sweat it! I also send out a full detailed preparation guide one to two days before your session to help out as well!
I can't wait to share the special moments of your little one!
Maternity sessions are SO fun! Carrying a child is such an amazing, beautiful thing and capturing this time is so important. I am so excited to begin carrying maternity gowns for my pregnant mommas to take away yet another task when preparing for photos(as if you don't have enough things to worry about already!). These gorgeous gowns are designed specifically for being photographed and fit a wide variety of sizes. You can reach out to me for photos of these when booking so you can choose what you want to wear, or you can wear your own clothing as well, or even a mix! The options are endless! I also carry a handful of covers ups to go with these dresses as well. Maternity sessions can be done of just momma or momma and family at no additional charge. Dogs are also absolutely welcome!!!
Don't forget to book both maternity and newborn together to save $100!