First, thank you, for booking a newborn photo session with me. I know you have plenty of options for photographers, and I do not take it lightly that you chose me. Your family and your gallery of photos matter to me. I have put together this page of information to help you make the most of your session and answer any questions you may have. Of course, please don't hesitate to contact me with any other questions. I look forward to working with you to create beautiful art that tells your story of your family with your newest addition.
Coming to your home
You just had a baby, the last thing I want you to worry about is having the "perfect" home for your newborn photos. When I arrive in your home I will be looking for the room with the best natural light. Often this is in the master bedroom. I love the "big bed" as that is often the command center when you first bring a baby home. It allows for comfortable, casual and true to life photos of your family.
Other spots we may use would be the nursery (if there is one) and/or the living room. Again, don't worry about anything. I can move furniture if needed. You just had a baby, so you relax and let me do the work!
The best things about in-home sessions is that older siblings may come and go easily. While I often start with the entire family and the siblings all together, should younger kids need breaks, they are able to do so and come back in a little bit.
How do I need to prepare?
The best time to prepare is before baby comes, when you're nesting and playing the waiting game. I suggest you plan outfits before baby arrives so should you need to get anything you don't have to run out to the store (or entrust that job to your husband).
Once baby arrives, your biggest job is to focus on recovering from delivery and snuggling that sweet babe.
What to Wear
Newborn sessions are different then family sessions. While color and bold is great for family sessions, newborn sessions are about this new tiny life.
A few things to consider;
Neutral colors look beautiful, timeless, and allow baby to shine.
Mom, layers are your friend. Wear a black/dark tank top with an open sweater. The tank top allows for the intimate skin to skin shots, while the cardigan offers more coverage for the whole family shots.
For baby less is more. Baby is tiny and cannot hold up fancy outfits. Instead a plain onsie is perfect. Make sure the onsie fits well. (I suggest having a premie or small newborn onesie available if you want baby dressed). This isn't the time to allow for growing room. Another alternative is just having baby striped down to just a diaper.
If you have any large plain or classic swaddles, like these here, have them available. We can wrap baby up to keep him/her warm and cozy too.
Siblings should remain neutral too. Bright colors can reflect onto skin making.
If you're feeling stuck, please don't hesitate with any questions. I am here to help and I love getting a sneak peek of what you'll be wearing!
During Your Session
It doesn't matter if baby is sleepy or awake during your session. So don't stress if baby is super sleepy or super awake just before I arrive. I promise we will capture your sweet babe beautifully no matter what. Since I am not putting baby into unnatural poses we do not need a super sleepy baby. I also expect to need to take breaks for feedings and diaper changes. And trust me when I say, babies cry. It is okay. We will tend to baby's needs first and foremost. I have four children and photographed numerous newborns, giving me plenty of experience ensuring baby is safe and comfortable when being photographed.
As I mentioned above, once I arrive in your home, I will be looking for the space with the best light. During your session I will guide you as I photograph your family. I help you get into positions that show your connection with each other, while being flattering and comfortable. Mama, I know you just gave birth and are recovering and I keep that in mind when I'm posing you. Newborn sessions are slow moving and laid back.
As parents it is often easy to want our children to be "perfect.' Trust me, I have 3 young kids, so I know. But my job is to worry about them. Your job as parents is to love on them, look happy and excited. Your mood will be contagious. I promise they are doing beautifully and we are capturing wonderful memories. Should your other children need breaks, they are more than welcome to come and go from the photos. I have no set workflow, or order that photos must take place in.
After Your Session
Once your session is completed, I will get to work on your gallery. Post processing takes approximately 2-3 weeks. I will work to get you a sneak peek. I may even show a little as I upload them. (Please let me know if you prefer not to have your images shared on Facebook and/or Instagram).
Once your gallery is ready, I will send you an email with a link and password to access your images. You will also receive instructions on how to favorite any must have images for your complimentary 8x8 album. At this time, I will put together a custom design for you, and, once approved, I will send off to a professional printing lab!
You may download your photos and order prints, canvases, holiday/announcement cards and/or albums directly from your gallery.
What is the End Result?
While you wait for your gallery, it is a great time to start thinking about what you want to do with your photographs when you receive them. You didn't invest time and money on family photos to let them sit on your computer. Will you want to put a want a canvas for your walls, prints for grandparent gifts, or maybe an album to have all of your favorite images together beautifully in one place?
If you're unsure of how to use them, I'm here to help. I can suggest sizes for wall space, or even design a wall display of several images in one space.