It is never too early to book your newborn session! Newborn sessions are my priority but my calendar fills quickly. It is best to contact me in your second trimester or early third trimester to be placed on my newborn calendar to ensure a spot.
For a successful newborn session, please plan for your session to take place during the first 3-10 days after birth to help ensure a sleepy, flexible baby. When you book your session, I will tentatively plan for it to take place shortly after your due date (babies sometimes come early or late so I always maintain flexibility in my scheduling). Once your baby is born, please notify me from the hospital and I will work with you to pick a date within 10 days of birth for your little one's first photo shoot. Newborn sessions typically last from two to four hours to ensure we have time for multiple setup changes, feedings, and settling.
*$199 plus tax covers the time and talent of the photographer--an in person, email, or over the phone pre-session consultation, 2-4 hours of shooting time at my home studio, and an in-person reveal session where you will make your product choices from your 25 (minimum) image gallery. Print Products/Digital images are sold separately. All accessories (hats, headbands, wraps, etc.) are provided. Parents and siblings may be included in a few shots for an additional $65 fee.
WHAT TO BRING
Don’t forget to bring diapers, wipes, burp-cloths, a cozy blanket to keep the baby warm during set changes, a pacifier, and anything you will need to feed the baby when needed (outlets are available if you're pumping!).
You are welcome to discuss any sentimental props you’d like to include in your session but I have a huge selection of adorable hats and props as well as a group of trusted and talented vendors that frequently custom-make items to be photographed in my sessions.
Don’t forget those little details! Make sure parent’s hands are manicured nicely if they will be in any shots, etc.
preparing for a successful newborn session
1. Be sure to remove all clothing from your baby and loosen diaper before feeding when you arrive.
2. Most of the poses work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, please keep the baby awake for an hour or two before the session--a bath, changing, or playing with the baby helps.
3. A well fed baby is a happy baby! When you arrive for your session at 9:30 am you will give the baby a full feeding and burping to ensure a happy, sleepy ("milk drunk") baby. We will begin photos around 10:00 or whenever the baby is finished eating. Be prepared to nurse or give the baby a bottle at some point during the session (it is helpful to bring a bottle even if nursing to top off a restless baby while positioning).
4. PLEASE bring a pacifier (even if you don’t normally use one).
5. Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on the baby's mood and willingness to sleep; unfortunately, this isn't something we can predict! I take the baby's lead; getting him/her to sleep before posing takes time and it may take some cuddling or additional feedings to achieve that. In fact, I'd say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get your baby comfortable. If that doesn't work, we'll take a break or we'll work with what baby is giving us.
6. You may want to pack a lunch or be prepared to send someone to pick something up as the session will go right through lunch hour. I have some snacks, coffee and tea, and water available for you as well.
7. Your baby is going to be in the buff for the majority of this shoot. Please don't panic if your baby decides to use my blankets (or me) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and I expect it! Please don't feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because almost all of my newborn models do it. I wash all soiled baby props and blankets between each session.
8. I have a collection of baskets, blankets, hats, and accessories that I'll be using for your session. You may bring any items you wish to incorporate as well but it’s not necessary…I have plenty of items to dress and accessorize your little one. You MUST send snapshots of anything you wish to include in advance so that I may help you decide which ones will work best and so that I may plan ahead for your session. While I want your session to be what you envisioned, I can only assume that you have chosen me based on my style and eye for details so please trust me if I say a prop or accessory isn't a good choice :)
*PLEASE discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind at least a week prior to your session. I plan your session in great detail and stick to poses I am a master at so suggesting an idea mid-session catches me off guard and can result in less than optimal images :)
9. Your baby's safety comes first! If there is ever a point where you become uncomfortable, just let me know! I take every measure to keep your baby safe. For that reason, I will always make sure that a parent or assistant is nearby to lend support if needed. I am extremely gentle and patient with every baby I photograph but do not be surprised if your baby is fussier than normal. I am, after all, constantly touching and moving them while they are trying to sleep!
10. The room is kept around 85 degrees to keep the baby nice and cozy. Keep that in mind when you are choosing your own outfit (dressing in removable layers is recommended!).