What should my baby wear?
I love to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight in buckets and baskets, I recommend that you bring diaper covers for baby (we have a supply if you don’t own one) and plenty of diapers and wipes. We do have diapers, wipes, lotions, and sanitizing wipes on hand for you at our changing station. All newborn sessions include access to our extensive supply of newborn hats, bows, headbands, blankets and props, which are sourced from the finest local and international suppliers. I encourage my clients to bring special personal items, which make the session and images especially meaningful. Any props or personal items should be discussed with the studio to ensure safety of the prop meets studio standards.
How should I prepare?
Try to keep baby up for 2-3 hours prior to the session if possible so she/he will sleep better for posing. Awake babies can be difﬁcult to pose and will usually want to spend the session eating. If possible, avoid feeding baby right before leaving the house. We want him/her to start a sleep cycle once the session begins, not before. There will be time to feed baby upon your arrival. This way baby should sleep for a longer interval. Upon arrival, baby can be nursed or bottle fed until full and soothed to sleep. If baby must be fed before your arrival, try to give only a light feeding. If you are pumping or supplementing, bringing a full extra bottle can be extremely handy as newborns will eat a lot more than usual during the session.
Sleepy babies photograph perfectly. Arrive with baby in a onsie that is easy to take off. When you arrive you will be asked to undress and swaddle your baby before the feeding so as to not disturb them by undressing them afterwards. If needed, we take several breaks for feeding your baby during the session to ensure that your baby is happy and has a full tummy. We typically start with swaddles wrap poses first and get through several poses. Once we unwrap baby, we will then be able to see if we need another feeding to soothe baby to transition into non wrapped postions. We ask that you are not too concerned with scheduled feedings during the session and that you feed your baby on demand (or when they get a bit fussy) to ensure their comfort and a smooth session.
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