First and foremost, I just want to say thank you. I can’t even describe what being a newborn photographer feels like! The anticipation of waiting for a newborn as the photographer is *almost* as good as waiting for my own little guys! I am just so honored to capture these sweet babies and I’m so blessed that you chose me! I truly look forward to every new baby I meet!
Before the session:
I am happy to help you get ready for your day in whatever way you need. Feel free to text or email me your outfits, or ask as many questions as you want! I want you to be as prepared as possible. When you are planning, think about the colors in your home and the baby’s nursery since these will be very present in your photographs. Pink Blush has beautiful dresses for mom that look amazing in photographs. The floral dresses are my favorite!
Here is a link to Pink Blush:
Here is a link to my Pinterest board with style ideas! (See above also!)
If you can, please text me a couple pictures of your home (in the morning) and nursery so that I can prepare for the lighting in your home. Also, the questionnaire is very helpful for me to determine colors of wraps that I will bring with me.
In general, please avoid clothing with neon or bright colors, loud patterns, and graphics. These things tend to not photograph well. Neutrals and earthy colors photograph beautifully!
During the session:
Guys this is the magic! When I arrive, please know that you do not need to do anything, except love on your little (or big!) family! The only rule I have is that you have fun. Keep in mind, that this is mostly a lifestyle shoot. I will have you stick together as a family for the beginning portions, but we will not be focusing on posing. Parents are always encouraged to engage in activities. This could be siblings reading books to the newborn, toddlers jumping on the bed, or mom singing to your newborn in your rocker. You will hear me encourage everyone to snuggle often! (It’s important for me to mention here that I shoot from all angles. I may stand above you, below you, or get really close! It’s always hilarious when I have to stand above you in the bed, but the end result is always the best!)
When I arrive, I will look around the best available light. I will also be looking for a space to set up my newborn posing equipment. It is travel sized, but does take up a little bit of space. A room with large windows works well for this. I will set up my equipment at some point while you are feeding/changing baby.
My sessions always start with the family as a whole, then siblings, then baby alone. Dads and toddlers/siblings are always finished first and can go enjoy the rest of their morning! We will start our session on the parent’s bed with the whole family. (See more below!) The only “cleaning” I ask your husband/family members to do is to make sure that your bed is made and bedside tables are cleared of clutter. Other than this, please don’t feel like you need to pick up anything for me. If something needs to be moved, that is my job! You just had a baby and I want you to relax completely! Our session will take place in the master bedroom, the baby’s nursery, and near any large windows that you have. There is a good chance that I may need to move items closer to windows for lighting purposes.
We will begin our session with what I call “Christmas card photos” of the whole family. These are the classic photos for grandma with everyone looking at the camera. After that, you can completely ignore the camera like I’m not even there. I will give you guys some prompts, or places to be, but in general, I just want you to be you! Snuggle that new baby, love on your spouse, and older kids– just be a brand new, happy family!
We will stop as often as needed for baby. All newborns need frequent feedings and diaper changes and I completely understand all of that. I, myself, am a nursing mama and fed on demand. In the early days, sometimes that was every 20 minutes! Don’t hesitate to stop and do what you need for that sweet baby. I’m there to support you and we are in no hurry. I have no problems helping you in anyway that you need! If you’d like nursing photos, now is the time to let me know!
If you want to use any specific blankets on your sweet bundle, please have those ready! I will also bring wraps/hats with me. My color palettes tend to be very neutral in nature. I avoid bright colors and let your baby’s beauty be the main focus. I recommend having baby loosely swaddled for the lifestyle portion of your session. For this, I absolutely love the look of muslin and bamboo swaddles, but you are welcome to use my wraps, instead!
As time allows, I will end the session with the baby alone on a posing bean bag to capture those sweet newborn photographs. These are what I call studio newborns even though I am doing them in-home. My goal is to get 1-2 poses and hat/wrap/naked baby combos to finish us up! For this portion, I will set up a small space heater and noise machine to help us keep that baby sleepy and ready to pose for us. I will not be using any baskets, just simple posing techniques. This portion works best with a recently fed & sleepy baby, so this may get shifted around in the session a tad!
After the session:
My turn around time is about 2 weeks. It is always my goal to have your gallery to your sooner, but again, I am a mama of 2 littles and sometimes they need me first. I hand edit every image and that can take a bit of time. Once your gallery is complete, I send you the digitals files via online gallery. These files will be available for you to download. Then, you will choose your print files and sizes based on the package you chose. If you are interested in more prints, canvas, birth announcemnts, etc., I am more than happy to go through those with you!
These prints come back to me quickly! You will have your prints in about 2 days after ordering. It’s the photography version of Amazon Prime! 😉