The first few days of a baby's life are so magical and incredible! Being able to capture those moments is such an honor for me. I thought it would be helpful to write down how parents play an important role in a SUCCESSFUL, PLEASANT, and ENJOYABLE experience.
Let's pencil you in!
I highly suggest contacting me as early as 3 months before your due date. I will add your due date to my calendar, and then as soon as baby arrives shoot me an email and we will choose a date within the first month for your baby's session. A non refundable deposit of $100 will be required to reserve your due date.
What to expect.
Expect a warm, relaxing environment for you and baby. I keep the studio around 75 degrees to ensure baby is comfortable and sleeps well. From the moment you arrive I will handle baby, including taking them out of the car seat. You can take this opportunity to sit back, relax, and watch the magic. Sessions can take up to 3 hours depending on how baby sleeps and feeds. Patience is definitley the key element in a newborn session, so don't get discouraged if things seem to be going slowly, we will get there, promise!
How to prepare.
Try to keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before the session. I know this is not always easy, but we want baby to be sleepy for those sweet poses we are hoping for. It's best to squeeze in a few extra feedings the day before and of the session. A full baby is a happy baby! You can bathe and feed them right before coming to the studio to help ensure baby is clean and calm for the session. Dress baby in something that buttons or zips up the front, nothing over the head. PLEASE bring a pacifier for the session, even if you're not planning on using one, it REALLY helps with the session. No need to bring outfits, I like photographing babies in soft, natural textures and I have plenty to choose from. If there is something you plan on using for the session, please let me know ahead so I can plan for it.
Baby acne is my mortal enemy, lol! I would MUCH prefer to reschedule a session if baby develops baby acne on their face. A few little bumps are no problem, but if rough red bumpy patches are all over I won't be able to fix that in Photoshop. This usually pops up around the third week so I like to avoid that time if possible, however all babies are different!