Newborn Session Preparation Guide
Hi there! Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of photographing your new bundle of joy in his/her first few days of life! Below I have outlined a few tips to prepare you for your newborn session.
Let’s Get You Scheduled!
I highly recommend booking your newborn session as early as three months prior your due date. This gives me enough time to customize your newborn session just for you. If anything else is needed, such as coordinating a headband or matching outfit, I will have enough time to research and purchase any additional items needed.
Happy Birthday baby! I know that you are just as excited as I am to capture those little tiny fingers and toes. Once you and baby have been given the green light to go home, please contact me right away to schedule a definite date and time for your baby’s newborn session.
When scheduling the session, the earlier the better. Newborns much younger (5-10 days) tend to do very well in the studio as opposed to babies over 14 days old. They tend not to wake up as frequently and as easily when getting them posed for a scene.
With that being said, still need to come in after the 14 day mark? No worries, I will still get you beautiful images. I am a mom of three and have lots of experience soothing and nurturing babies to sleep. Besides, I’d happily cuddle a baby all day long!
Newborn sessions take place in my home studio in Signal Hill, Southwest, Calgary, Alberta. I have everything needed for photographing your new little one.
The Day of Your Session
Babies do very well in the studio when they are in a very deep sleep. A lot of photographers would say “don’t feed them until right before the session”, “try to keep them awake for a couple hours before the session”, or “try giving them a warm bath right before to keep them awake”. I won’t ask you to do these things. Yes, they may in fact help, but let’s get serious here! You have a brand-new baby in the house and this is all new to you (whether it is your first child or not). You are lacking sleep and adjusting to your new family. I am a mom of 3 children and I remember the chaos of bringing a new baby home. You don’t need anymore stress associated with this. I schedule sessions for 2-4 hours to ensure, no matter the temperament of your baby, I will get you some beautiful images!
However please do/bring the following for baby;
bring baby in a snap down or zipper sleeper to the session. This makes it easier for me to get the little one undressed and ready to go while minimizing jostling of the baby.
Please bring a nuk/pacifier to your session. Even if you haven’t used one yet or baby doesn’t take to it, just for the 2-4 hours that I am posing baby, it can really help. If you don’t happen you have one, I keep unopened soothers here in the studio. However, if you really prefer that we don’t use one, that is fine as well.
If you are bottle feeding baby breastmilk or formula, please bring a bottle with you to your session in case baby needs to feed.
I have an ever-growing collection of props so there is no need for you to bring anything from home. If there is something special that you want your baby to be photographed with please let me know ahead of time so that I can plan for it in advance.
For yourself and your spouse;
The studio is kept very warm for babies comfort. The temperature is set to 27°C (80°F) so please dress in layers. I will have water available in the studio, but be warned, it gets hot in there. If we aren’t sweating, baby probably isn’t warm enough.
Your session can take anywhere from 2-4 hours so I suggest that you bring along some snacks for yourself and any older children you bring with you.
If you are planning on getting parent and/or sibling photos, dress in simple light-colored tops or tank will be perfect (black works too).
If sibling and parent photos are also requested, the images will be taken in the first 20-30 minutes of the session. This allows one of the parents to take the sibling(s) home or out to do something else. No toddler will be happy being stuck in a hot room with minimal to play with and all the attention focused on their new baby sibling. If it is not possible to take the siblings out, no problem, we will make do.
Please bring a change of cloths if you plan one getting photos taken with your naked baby. Babies to like to go to the bathroom whenever and wherever they want.
At Your Session
First and foremost, relax! Your baby is likely going to poop, pee, wiggle, and cry at some point during your session. This is perfectly fine, normal and bound to happen. Don’t be embarrassed or stressed out, I reassure you that it happens at almost every session at least once. Not to worry, I have lots of blankets, wraps and other props that are washed and sanitized with baby friendly cleansers after every session. With that being said, this is why I recommend bringing along a change of clothes for yourself and your spouse if you plan of getting pictures taken with your naked baby. So, one more time, relax! Babies can sense when people are anxious or stressed. Keeping the environment as mellow and calm as possible helps keep the baby calm. No matter what happens, I will get great shots of your new bundle!
Safety is my number one concern at your baby’s session. I do not shoot with an assistant so I might ask mom or dad to spot baby if needed. I will be handling and posing your baby during the session, but don’t worry I have plenty of experience handling newborns (including handling my own 3 when they were little). I have taken newborn safety courses and completed first aid training. Even with all that being said, if at any point during your session you feel uncomfortable, please let me know. I will never put baby in unsafe positions, sometimes even when parents might want a particular “unsafe” pose. As when you may feel something is unsafe, if I feel it is unsafe, we will not proceed. The baby’s comfort and safety come first and foremost.
When do I get to see my photos?
After the session is over, you will receive a sneak peak of your beautiful bundles images. At your consent, these will be shared on my Instagram and Facebook business pages, so make sure to “like” and “follow my pages to receive the updates.
Two to three weeks after the session you will receive an email in your inbox with a link to your password-word protected online gallery so that you can view, purchase prints and purchase digital downloads. All the prints you order will be fulfilled by my professional lab so you are guaranteed the quality of the product.
I look forward to photographing your new baby! If you have any more questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. I will see you in my studio!