What to expect at your newborn photography session
Thank-you for entrusting me to photograph and handle your baby. Not only have I had two children myself but I handle many newborns each month and am very careful and patient with them. I never force a baby to do anything they seem resistant to. Having the parents relax during the session is key as babies feed of their parents energy. If you are anxious then they have a hard time settling down as well.
Newborn sessions are typically 2-3 hours long. Sometimes we finish earlier and sometimes run over. It all depends how your baby is feeling that day. I recommend not scheduling any other appointments immediately after your session.
After the birth of your baby please do call or email me so we can schedule your session right away. For breast-fed babies I like to schedule sessions between day 4 and 10 (after your milk comes in). Formula fed babies can be photographed even earlier. Do check with your doctor or midwife when you are able to do this.
Please bring a pacifier as they help to get babies to sleep and soothe them. If you have one (even if your child won’t really take it) please bring it to the session as it may help me. I always pull the pacifier out before taking photos. I recommend Gumdrop pacifiers and I have some that I like to use just for the session if you forget to bring some. If you do not plan on using pacifiers please be assured that babies don’t get attached to them after our session and they really do help calm a fussy baby.
Clothing for the rest of you Clothes for mom – something along the lines of a tank top, tube, camisole. Black or in a white/nude/beige color. Pants or skirt to match. Jeans are fine too. Avoid prints. If you’re not sure what will work better bring all of it. I also have some beautiful fabric to wrap around you for a more organic look. Let me know if that is something you would like to try. For Dads – a white, grey or black plain t-shirt or bare skin to skin with baby looks really beautiful. Please feel free to let me know what you prefer and are comfortable with. For siblings – Bring a white, grey or black t-shirt as well for their individual photos with baby. Please do try and iron your clothes.
TIP: Keep all outfits ready before you leave for you birth. That way once you are back home and tired you don’t have to concern yourself with it.
Also do bring a spare shirt for both of you as babies do pee/poop and accidents happen. Also I’ll have spare blankets in case of accidents, and there are always are a few so please don’t stress on that happening. There is something about the photographic process that makes newborns extra hungry so please bring extra formula or expressed milk and be prepared to nurse more than normal. If you have other kids it’s best to have Dad take them out and come back later as they get bored and restless. If Dad needs a break he too can leave and come back for the family after a couple of hours. It tends to feel pretty warm in the room, we keep it at a warm 85 degrees. If your baby has a clogged tear duct, which means there is a crusty discharge around one eye, here’s what I recommend doing. Take a few drops of expressed breast milk and put that on the eyelid to help clean the eye. Breast milk is safe to go in the eyes and is anti-bacterial so also helps with infections. Once the milk has softened the discharge you can wipe it away gently. If your baby has this issue please try and bring some expressed milk for this purpose. Newborn babies tend to get pretty red and sore on their bottoms since they are not used to wearing diapers. Something that helps soothe that is putting a little olive oil on their bottom before putting the diaper on. This helps with cleaning of the meconium as well. Letting them air out their bottoms will also help. Newborn sessions are a lot more of feeding, snuggling and soothing than they are photographing, so just expect lots of down time.
You may want to bring additional food for yourself and your other children as sometimes sessions go on through the lunch hour.
Babies cry- it’s their way of communicating. If your baby fusses it could mean a number of things. I have experience that helps me know if they are hungry, uncomfortable or just not happy to be moved whilst sleeping. I like to work as a team with the parents to keep baby happy and safe.
Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns. I truly look forward to this time for both you and your sweet little one.