1. Don't stress over your home! I photograph newborns in the comfort of your own home for a reason. For you to relax and have everything you need right there. You've just had a baby and I don't expect a clean, organized household but rather the opposite. A lot of parents move around the time they are building their family, so the nursery may not be completed. Not a big deal! Don't sweat the small stuff!
2. Crank up the Heat! I know having a baby does all kinds of things to our bodies, including our temperature. While we love that AC blowing on us, your baby not so much! To get those bare newborn shots they need to stay snuggly and warm. Space heaters also work well...
3. Full baby is a happy baby! We will allow lots of time for extra feedings, but feeding right before session time will help.
4. Loosen their clothing and diaper. About 30 minutes prior to start time slightly loosen the diaper and remove hats, gloves or socks. Wraps or gowns are great to help your baby keep warm until arrival!
5. Props! I like to keep things natural but I will bring clean, soft wraps, blankets and baskets. If you have any accessories like hats, bows or blankets you want to use for a personal touch please let me know, as I would love to incorporate them! All the images in my gallery are done in a client's home and your session might offer a different backdrop and variety than someone else's. That's what makes each session unique and personal to your story!
6. Love light! I photograph newborns in natural light because it beautifully curves their little bodies and to protect their little, sensitive eyes from the bright, harsh camera flash. This tip is not just for your session but for all guests that come see your new little one. Please turn off phone flashes and camera flashes when photographing your baby for their own safety! After I arrive I will look around the house for the best lighting spots. It may be a spare bedroom, hallway or by the backdoor. Open up the blinds and let the natural light shine through!
7. Poop happens...and yes it will! Everything I bring is washable and cleaned with dye and perfume free detergent to keep a safe, clean environment for your baby! Don't be embarrassed or concerned when these accidents happen. Its good to have extra diapers, wipes, burp cloths and blankets close by to help with the messes.
8. What should parents wear? Wear something comfortable. Soft cotton clothing, blacks or whites, or add a splash of color if that's what you like. Be you! We are at your home so you will have the opportunity to change if you desire.
9. Patience! Newborns are the one session you cannot rush. This is another reason why it's so helpful to shoot in your own home. Allow up to 3 or 4 hours for me to move in and invade your home...lol! But seriously, I have a lot of time and patience and I come knowing it will require this to capture the beautiful moments. Things don't always go as planned. Even when they don't it's a fun and enjoyable experience if you just relax and let it happen.
10. When to book! It's good to let me know your due date ahead of time, but I always stay flexible for those arriving newborns. All newborns differ but the following guidelines are typical with the certain age. Within the first week is a great time for sleepy, curled up, bare poses. The second week you will get more open eyes and lots of wraps to calm your baby. After two weeks is great time for lifestyle sessions, such as bathing and interacting with your newborn and more stretching awake moments.
I hope these tips help and always let me know if you have any further questions before your newborn's session!