newborn session client guide

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At home

  • If possible, give baby a bath the morning before the session. Clean the eyes and flaky skin as much as possible with a wash cloth and moisturize baby's skin.

  • Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with baby trimmers.

  • If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear. 

  • Feed the baby a nice full feeding right before leaving the house. Make sure you burp baby well!!! Gas can make a sleepy, happy baby into an uncomfortable one in seconds. You can also feed the baby here in the studio, right before the session.

  • Do not change the baby's diet the day before or during the session. Continue to feed your baby how you normally do (breast-feed, formula-feed, or both). Bring plenty of bottles. Your baby may need to eat during the session. Do not make any sudden changes to the baby's diet that may contribute to fussiness. 

  • Important! Dress baby in a one-piece outfit that closes in the front. Do not put baby in anything that requires undressing over the head. 

Wardrobe for the session

  • For Baby:

All outfits, wraps, headbands and hats and other props are provided by the studio.​

  • For Mom:

​A subtle application of makeup can soften your skin and accent your facial fea​tures.

Neural looking fake lashes can really flatter you eyes. 

A simple, snug-fitting t-shirt works great. Keep the colors neutral and design simple.

Be sure your nails are tidy and clean as your hands will make their way into the images. A soft, natural looking nail polish is recommended. Rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and lighting to bring our the natural beauty in you and your family. 

  • For Dad:

Be freshly shaved, use shaving cream and moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim your beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee. Look especially for wiry stray hairs. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed. 

Wear a tight fitting, white, black or navy t-shirt with a pair of jeans. 

Solid-colored button-down shirt is also a good idea. 

  • For Siblings:

Little girls look ​great in a simple white or neutral colored dress. The hair should be natural and free of bows, headbands, etc., and just like Mom, none of neutral nail polish please. 

Little boys look great in just jeans and a white, well-fitting t-shirt or no shirt at all. Please refrain from plaid or shirts with logos. 

  • For the whole family:

Please do not wear any jewelry or watches. They tend to get in a way when posing baby in your arms. ​

What to bring 

  • Plenty of formula if not breastfeeding

  • Extra diapers and wipes

  • Pacifier

  • Baby lotion that you normally use (help with dry flaky skin)

  • Hairbrush for the baby

  • Comp and makeup for touchups

  • Favorite book or magazine you always wanted to read

In the studio

Newborn session typically takes around 3 hours. I schedule the newborn baby session in the morning since babies are sleepier this time of the day. Much of this time is spent switching blankets and newborn props, easing your baby into poses and getting baby fed or diaper changed.  There might be times when the baby is photographed naked to capture tiny details so I keep the studio very warm. If needed, especially during colder months, a space heater will be used as well. Please wear layers so you can be comfortable. I use a white noise machine to help sooth and keep your baby sleepy. During the session the baby might urinate or have a bowel movement which is expected. Don't worry. Blankets, furs and outfits are washed thoroughly after every session in a mild detergent. While I'm working with the baby you are welcome to sit back and relax!

I look forward to creating gorgeous images that will provide long-lasting memories for you and your family. Thank you for your trust!