Precious Gifts Require Their own Special Time
This is most important to capture as these little ones change daily and are most precious gifts! I mention to all of my clients to schedule your newborn’s session beforehand. Around your due date. We can tweak your date when we get closer if we need to change it. Doing this leaves less pressure to find the right photographer quick or at the last minute and you will have enough to do when waiting for that bundle of joy to arrive! During our consult we will discuss whether you would like an in-home lifestyle session, or a session at my Durham, CT studio. I have your due date on my calendar, and when you give birth, you can easily email, text or call me, and we can schedule your session and again discuss location based on you and baby.
The best time frame for your newborn session is between 1-2 weeks after birth. This helps to avoid the peak point of jaundice, but still gets them at their ‘newest’ when they are the most sleepy and form-able to get them into those adorable positions. After that, your newborn becomes more alert and reaches the most common time period for being awake and oh that "infant acne".
BUT, if those chances are gone, I STILL wouldn't pass up a chance to capture your new bundle of joy while they are still a newborn. I consider this limit to be at 6 weeks old, and suggest waiting until your baby is 3 months if you have passed that milestone. Booking a milestone session is the best option for this. Your newborn session does take about 2-3 hours. This leaves time for nursing/feeding sessions and of course diaper changes and any clean-ups.
For Your Session & During Your Session
♥ 1 Feed your baby approximately half hour before your session is scheduled to begin.
♥ 2 Remove all clothes that can leave creases or marks on the baby before feeding, take off sicks and loosen up diaper. You can lightly wrap baby in a receiving blanket for comfort.
♥ 3 Try to bring at least one other person with you to the session other than the daddy to help you out if you need it. Especially if you have sibling.
♥ 4 You and baby's Daddy will most likely be in some photos too, so be sure you dress for the occasion. (optional)
♥ 5 Have ideas at hand that you wish to try to capture certain poses prior to the shoot. We will work carefully and gently to achieve the maximum choices before your baby decides they had enough. ( our goal is to keep baby comfy and less fussy- besides its their debut, and they are on their own schedule too)
♥ 6 Wear light comfortable clothes to the session. Most cases the room is quite warm for baby. The baby will be undressed during most of the shoot and we like to keep the studio toasty and warm. Do not forget baby might be posing without a diaper at times, (optional) you may want to bring extra set of clothes for you and baby just in case baby decides to soil. ( this happens very often.)
♥ 7 Don't forget to bring accessories you would like to use in the shoot, such as a favorite toy that replicates their nursery or special gift from someone dear. Something sentimental. Or ask for props I typically have many options to make this session most memorable.
♥ 8 Bring enough formula, or baby food to the session and keep in mind that you will probably have to feed your baby more often than usual during the session. Bring a snack for yourself as well, since you will be here for 2-3 hours.