NEWBORN SESSION PREP GUIDE
At the front door you will find a box so please remove or cover your shoes before entering the studio.
The studio will be really warm (80+ degrees) so please dress in layers.
I have some beverages and snacks available while you are relaxing as well.
A restroom is available for use as well
All of our blankets and props are washed/sanitized between each session.
The Client shall feed the baby a full feeding right before the session and shall keep the baby awake for a minimum of two or more hours before the session. If you live less than 25 minutes away I recommend you to feed the baby before coming into the studio but if you live more than 30 minutes away I recommend feeding the baby upon arrival.
Clean away flaky skin and eye and noose boogers with a wash cloth. Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with baby trimmers.
Please don’t panic or feel embarrassed if your baby decides to use our blankets (or us) as his/her own personal potty (because most of them do it) this is natural and we expect it.
This is probably the MOST important rule to follow. Prepare yourself to arrive at least 5 minutes early to give yourself plenty of time for last minutes issues that may arise.
Remember: A 10 minutes delay will be tolerated but after that the client that is late arriving to the session will have the amount of time late deducted from the time allotted for the session.
During our Session
During the session sit back and relax. I won't need much assistance, so take advantage of this time to rest in my sitting area, parents will often watch a movie , answer emails or read while I work with your new little one. I've even had some parents take a nap before so if you fall asleep for a little nap I also won't mind.
If parents and siblings are not being photographed I ask that the same stay behind the yellow line while I'm working with the baby.
If you booked a full session this can last up to 4 hours if you booked a mini session this will take place under 1.5 because your baby will be wrapped the all session.
Mom & Dad (solid backdrop)
Mom: I normally recommend a tank top in neutral colors but black works too. Natural makeup and please be sure that your nails are manicured, nothing fancy though just because your hands will make their way into the photos.
Recommended Makeup artist and Hairstylist:
Dad: Same goes for dad, neutral colors and clean and trimmed fingernails.
Family photos will take place about the first or last 20 minutes of your session.
What to Bring?
Please bring a compact and basic nuk/pacifier with NO attachments to it.
Even if you haven't used one yet or baby doesn't seem to take to it, just for the 1-4 hours that I’m posing baby it can really help. However if you really prefer that we don’t use one, that is fine as well.
-A change of clothes for parents just in case
-Gas/Colic Relief (recommended by your doctor)
Avoid colorful drinks or lollipops anything that will stain their cheeks, mouths, teeth or hands within 24 hours of your shoot.
If you would like to help make your child laugh, please stand directly behind me and not off to the side.
Little sister: I recommend wear a tank or dress in a neutral color. The hair should be natural and free of bows, headbands, etc( I will provide those)… And no nail polish please.
Little brother: A snug pair of jeans and shirtless are preferred or a neutral color shirt.
The client shall maintain control of siblings. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure the cooperation of additional subjects as not to intrude on the baby’s immediate area.
Due to the duration of the newborn sessions and the recent outbreak, I recommend young children into the studio either in the beginning or end of the session (about 20 minutes). Please arrange for childcare for them when they are not being photographed. Young children do not have long attention spans (3-4 hours is way too long for them). They may not do well in unfamiliar places and will disrupt the environment in the studio necessary for newborn photography.