Thank you for choosing me as your newborn photographer. I look forward to meeting your new addition and creating some wonderful memories for you. In order to ensure a successful session, please carefully read through the following information and try to follow it the best you can.
What To Expect
Newborn sessions can last up to 4 hours, so please plan for that. The studio will be very warm in order to keep your baby comfortable and sleeping. Please dress in layers so that you can remove clothing if you are too hot. Bottled water will be provided, but feel free to bring your own refreshments and snacks as well. I try to emulate a “womb” like environment for your baby to keep them calm and soothed, so I will have white noise playing loudly in the studio.
Please know that babies pee and poo on everything and you don’t need to worry. Everything is washable, however I ask that you please bring extra wipes and at least 3 receiving blankets for such incidences. It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothes for your self in case baby has an accident on you during feeding.
As my studio does not 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 that are not involved in 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 the 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. Please also avoid having visitors to your home before you leave. The more relaxed you can keep the baby before the session, the better.
For boys who will be circumcised, it’s best to schedule the procedure for after the portrait session or allow 4-5 days between the procedure and the session. If the session takes place too soon after the procedure, the diaper may have to remain on and posing options may be limited.
Before The Session
At least an hour before you have to leave to come to the studio, please try to keep your baby awake and alert as best you can via stimulation (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. Let your baby fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio. Please don’t take your baby out of the car seat to feed in the car before you come in as it may disturb them from sleep.
If you can, make sure baby’s finger nails are clipped and looking clean.
Ensure baby has a very full belly for the session. It is advised to feed baby 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. It would be helpful for me to be able to try and use a bottle while settling baby into certain poses. If breastfeeding, please try to avoid spicy or gassy food (such as broccoli, beans, etc.), heavy dairy, caffeine, and chocolate.
Dress baby in a loose fitting button or zip-up sleeper with nothing underneath to avoid lines on the skin. Make sure not to do up the diaper too tight as well. Please do not dress the baby in anything that has to be pulled over the head to be removed. When you arrive at the studio, please leave baby in the car seat. I will take the car seat from you and start preparing baby right away. During the session, I will take care of your baby if he/she gets fussy or starts to wake up as I have many soothing techniques that will help settle baby down. 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, relax and allow me to work with your newborn while you catch up on emails, read a book, or even take a nap.
Please try to arrive on time, if you know you will be late, please call or text as soon as possible. If you are late, it could cut into your session time.
What To Bring
Please bring the following: Extra bottles (even if you nurse, please bring some with formula or pumped breast milk as it will be helpful for me to be able to feed as well during the session), 3-5 receiving blankets, gripe water/oval drops and a soother. Even if you are thinking you won’t want to use a soother, I still suggest bringing one. The short amount of time we will be using one will not affect any habit-forming behaviours for your baby. My goal is to keep baby happy and calm during your session and the soother is only used if assistance is needed to capture certain poses. If you do not have one, I keep some on hand and sanitized for use if needed.
If you are wishing to have family photos done with your new baby, please keep your outfits simple. I suggest Mom wear a white or cream tank top or shirt, and have Dad wear a plain white t-shirt (short sleeves please). Siblings should also wear a white or cream top/dress. Please try to avoid collars, prints, logos and bright colours. We want to focus on baby and the family, not the clothing. It is always a good idea to bring extra clothes in case of accidents. Due to the nature of the session workflow, we will do family shots and siblings towards the end of the shoot so that we get all of the beanbag poses and props done first while baby is asleep.
If you are bringing an older sibling to the studio, it is advised that you bring someone who can take them out for a little while until we are ready for the sibling/family shots. The studio is kept very warm and in past experiences, siblings, specifically toddlers, can be a distraction if they are running around while we are trying to settle an awake or fussy newborn. If the sibling is under 4 years old, I will shoot the image with him/her lying down on their back with the newborn swaddled next to them. If the sibling is older, we can try to shoot the image with him/her holding the newborn in their lap. As toddlers are very busy and still adjusting to there being a new baby in the home, most will not want to lay down next to their new sibling, so please be prepared for that. Parents will be photographed from the waist up.
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. If you have something very sentimental that you would like photographed, then please send me a photo of it prior to the session to see if it is something I can incorporate. 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. Should your newborn be fussy and uncooperative, I will move onto some simpler posing/props. A re-shoot will only be offered should I not be able to pose or soothe your baby at all.
If there is anything I’ve forgotten or something you’re unsure of, please don’t hesitate to contact me prior to your scheduled newborn session.