September 17, 2014
Having photographed so many newborn sessions lately, and having more booked in the next few months I thought I would post a little bit on how to prepare for your newborn session! My approach and style to photography is pure, natural, simple and fresh. I am your storyteller. I’m here to capture the story of your newborn baby – when he is sleepy, squishy and curling up as if still in the womb. The first smile, the flaky skin and the swish of curl upon her head. These are your memories that have only just begun.
Seeing as this session will be such a special milestone in your baby’s life, I want to help you tell the story of your new baby! So with that, it is very important for you to let me know ahead of time if we will be photographing older siblings, as well as mommy and daddy shots. These will take place at the beginning of the session so that we may have the remaining time to focus on the baby alone.
For newborn sessions, the scheduled location is in the comforts of your own home! I love that working with natural light makes this possible, and all I ask is for a space with big windows or doors. I will arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled session to allow time to set everything up and I do suggest keeping the room at (or close to) 85 degrees to keep the baby warm and comfortable!
4 items to have on hand:
1. Pacifier – The “soothie” pacifiers are highly recommended for your newborn baby. These have been found to be the most effective in soothing and helping newborns to latch on easily. Even if you aren’t thinking you will want to use a paci, I encourage you to have one on hand for your sessions. The short amount of time we will be using one should not affect any habit-forming behaviours for your baby. My ultimate goal and priority is to help keep the baby happy and calm during our session.
2. Extra Bottles – Whether you are nursing or bottle feeding, having extra bottles and/or milk is suggested. Some babies tend to eat more than usual during their photo session. So, it is always best to be prepared!
3. Nursery Items – Hand knitted hats, blankets, a special toy, rattle… These are all things that help create the story of your baby’s first few days of life!
4. Clothing – Generally I will be photographing your baby unclothed. Part of the experience in capturing a newborn is seeing the squishy little toes and cute tiny bums. However, I do recommend bringing simple clothing, such as onesies.