Your session will be set up so that when you arrive we can get started right away and make the most of our session time together. Depending on your session type, your will last approximately 1-3 hours, leaving plenty of time for feeding, soothing, posing, and of course, photographing. Some babies sleep sound for their whole session and we finish quicker, where other babies may need a little longer so your session may run a little longer. Please come prepared to relax and take this time to rest.
All newborn props are provided by me, and are included in your session. If you have a special heirloom item you would like included bring it and I will try to work it into the session. Please give me your special item at the beginning of the session so I can plan to use it as I go along.
**Please note that while I make every effort to accommodate client requests, no specific pose or prop is guaranteed.
Your baby will be posed in props, on backdrops using the studio’s wraps, headbands, knitted newborn, hats, etc. Some babies may stir or fuss until they are moved into a pose or wrapped. Once posed or wrapped they usually settle because they love the secure feeling – it reminds them of being in your tummy. If I sense that your baby needs you, I will bring baby to you to cuddle and soothe. An extra pair of hands is always nice for soothing when needed. Some babies prefer to be kept cozy and secure, so we may have to adjust our posing expectations by wrapping baby.
With posed newborn photography comes baby poop and pee! I fully expect your sweet baby to make a mess on me and my stuff. Don’t worry it’s all washable and is sanitized after every newborn session. Parents can be surprised and unprepared if it happens during parent photos, so it’s a good idea to bring a change of clothes, just in case ;)
Some parents may worry about their newborn being exposed. I want to assure you that little bum pictures are as far as I go, and that any images which may contain any genitalia are destroyed.
Parent photos are done based off how sleepy baby is when you arrive. If baby is sleeping deeply, I will get started right away posing baby and will do parent photos at the end. If baby is awake, fussing, or needs to be topped up, we may start with parent photos first and then focus the remaining session on posing of your baby.
Sibling photos are always done at the start of the session, so that Dad (or a relative) can take older siblings home, or out to be entertained for the remainder of the session, so that we may focus the rest of the time on the baby. Children get bored and since newborn sessions can last hours at a time, they don’t do well sitting quietly for that length of time. We need a quiet, calm atmosphere and we need baby sleeping.
Only bring those who are being photographed – dad, and baby’s siblings. The newborn session is really all about getting beautiful photos of your baby, unfortunately not for visiting with or entertaining family or friends during your session. The studio needs to be quiet and the session room is cozy enough just for parents and baby.