When and where will the newborn session take place?
Newborn are best photographed during the first two weeks of life. The older newborns get the more weight they put on and the more alert they will be. Therefore, it is important to photography baby between 6-14 days old. Newborn sessions can be done later, but your baby will not sleep as easily through the posing and may also not be able to curl into all the cuddly little newborn poses you love. If there are questions as to if your baby is able to have a ‘newborn session’, please contact the studio.
All newborn sessions take place at my studio where the temperature is controlled and we have access to all of the props we may need. The studio is fully stocked with props, backdrops, outfits and accessories that wouldn’t be available for travel.
What is a newborn session like and how would I prepare?
Remember that your baby has been in the womb at 98.6 degrees for the last nine months, therefore, the studio is kept warm. White noise is played during the session to mimic the sound of the womb. Baby is kept safe, warm and comfortable during their session. All sessions are ‘baby led’ posing – meaning baby will let me know what they do or do not like. A pose is never forced and not every baby will do every pose. The session is reserved for 2 hours. Sessions will begin with a feeding, as babies with full bellies tend to sleep well. Please be prepared to feed on demand if breastfeeding, or bring many extra bottles if bottle feeding. If you are nursing, please avoid spicy and gassy foods a couple days before the session and the day of the session. A list of foods to avoid will be provided for you. It is also recommended to bring a pacifier, even if baby is not taking one. It’s natural that babies like to suck, it soothes them. We do keep pacifiers on hand should you need one. We use this soothing tool when baby is not hungry, but needs pacification while posing.
Parent/sibling shots are typically done at the end of the session. With this in mind, we strongly recommend that dad or another person take the older siblings out during the first portion of the session. Children, especially younger ones, can become restless in a warm studio. Also, our attention needs to be focused on baby and posing. For parents, you are welcome to sit close and watch us work with your little person. Or you may choose just to sit back and relax! For some parents, this time will be your first moments alone since baby was born where you don’t have to entertain someone else! So feel free to bring a book or put your feet up and your head back and take a nap.
When you formally book your session, we will go over all the pertinent information you will need to know for your photo session. We will walk you through how to prepare for the session. About a week after your session, you will be invited back to the studio to view all of your images from the session. We will walk you through all the options you have and ways to display your images. Most of our clients will lean towards wall portraits and albums or keepsake boxes.
When should I schedule?
The sooner the better! We take a limited number of newborns each month. Babies are on their own time schedule and we understand that there is a good chance your baby will not come on his/her due date. Once your contract is signed and the session fee is provided, you will have formally booked your session. You just let us know within 24 hours of baby arriving and we schedule within that 6-14 day window. Newborn sessions take place during the day and during regular business hours.
What happens after the session? How do I place an order?
About a week after your session, you will come back to the studio to view and choose your images. We do all of of the ordering appointments in our studio. As part of our service, we do not offer online ordering. This appointment is designed to help you go through all of your images, pick your favorites and go over how you want to display them. Is is important that all decision makers be at this appointment as this is when you would be placing your order. Orders generally take anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on what products you choose.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 402.916.9300.