What to bring
About an hour before you have to leave to come to the studio please try to keep baby awake and alert as best you can via stimulation & playtime (baths work great). Interact with them as much as possible so that we are not spending too much time getting them to sleep when you arrive.
Ensure baby has a VERY full belly for the session. It is advised to feed baby about 20 - 30 mins before you leave to come to the studio. Should your baby need a top up after I have gotten them undressed then I will have you feed a little bit more.
Please bring extra bottles of formula and/or pumped breast milk to help fill up baby faster and get them into a sound sleep even if you are not bottle feeding.
**PLEASE DO NOT DRINK COFFEE ON THE MORNING OF YOUR SESSION IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING**
I try to allow very little handling with the parents during the session as it can often make baby more irritable especially if they can smell ‘mommy’. I will only hand your baby back to you if I feel he/she needs feeding. I kindly ask that you do not hover over me during the session. I have a comfortable seating area for you to sit back and relax and allow me to work with your newborn while you catch up on emails, read a book or even take a nap.
What to do before you arrive to the session
Please bring the following:
Extra bottles, wipes, a pacifier.
My goal is to help keep baby happy and calm during your session and is only used if assistance is needed to capture certain poses.
For Mom & Dad
Mom & Dad you are a big part of the show. Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my all time favorite things.
Dads: a tight fitting t-shirt to wear with a good,.
Moms: something neutral color and design simple.
For Siblings: Please bring something neutral color and design simple.
Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s portraits is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
If you are bringing an older sibling to the studio, please let me know before day of your session, so I can prepare start shooting your new baby with sibling(s).
I have a variety of props, headbands and hats that fit within my style to use during the session. I kindly ask that you do not bring your own props, clothing, gadget or anything else that doesn’t fit within my style. If you have something special that you wish photograph with your baby, you must send me some pictures of it before the day of your session.
I will go through various poses during the session. I will try my very best to get every pose and prop possible with your baby however some babies just don’t like certain poses.
A re-shoot will only be offered should your baby not settle at all and I feel I haven’t gotten enough images.
Your session starts at the time it is scheduled for so please do your best to be on time.
Should you be late it will result in less poses/set-ups and in turn less images for you.
If you are more than 30 mins late for the session without notice I do have the right to cancel as per the contract you signed.
Sessions generally last between 3.5 hours so please plan for that.
The studio will be VERY warm in order to keep your baby comfortable and sleeping(for some poses.
Please dress in layers so that you don’t get too hot. please also feel free to bring your own refreshments.
As my studio doesn’t have a lot of seating room and is kept VERY warm, I kindly ask that you do not bring extra family members/friends with you to the session who are not involved with the shoot.
It is recommended that you avoid scheduling doctor appointments or any other appointments on the morning of your session as this can disrupt or agitate baby if they are in and out of the car, especially if they are being poked and prodded by a Dr prior to arriving at the studio.
Thank you so much for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your little one in his/her first few days of life. Photographing babies are my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles so much.