So……you just had a baby? Congrats!
I know from experience that it can be an exciting yet emotional and overwhelming time for you–a little one just moved in and took the show (or turned it all upside down- ha! I promise you’ll laugh about it later. On top of it all, I know scheduling a newborn photo/film session can seem a little um… scary!? As if being a new mom isn’t making you anxious-ridden enough. I hope you still decide to take the plunge of uncharted territory and book a newborn session with ASF&D. I know you’ll be grateful you captured those sweet little toes or cute little noises (once again, they’ll seem a lot cute later)! Here are a just few things to keep in mind that may help the show run a little more smoothly; however, take what works and leave the rest, you know what’s best. Let me know of questions/concerns you may have:
- The best time to do newborn photos is when your little one is 1 week old (prior to the lovely baby skin shedding); however, anytime is good to capture your perfect little one.
- Please do not worry if your house is a mess! Seriously, you just had a baby. But, I will find a spot or two with good lighting, which means I may need to tidy up the background a bit.
- Have your house warmer than normal. If possible, you’ll want the thermostat set around 80.
- Undress your baby and loosen the baby’s diaper about 30 minutes before the session. This allows time for the diaper’s imprint marks to disappear from their skin. Swaddle baby in a warm blanket or towel until I arrive.
- If baby’s skin is a little dry or flaky, try applying a small bit of baby lotion to those spots the day before our session.
- I will provide backdrops, baskets, and some swaddle blankets; however, collect any items you want to use beforehand – headbands, hats, family heirlooms, toys, monogrammed blankets, swaddle blankets you may like, etc.
- I love to photograph where there is a big window(s)/door without hard light (shadows) coming in. We can figure that out when I get there, but keep your eye out and perhaps pull back the blinds on spots you think fit this description.
- I also love to photograph the baby’s nursery if desired. No need to clean, but just try and make sure the clutter is a little put away.
- I love to get a shot or two with you (and Dad if he’s available), just to let you know! Maybe let this be the first time you showered in a week! 🙂 Or if you’re not up to getting dressed, no worries at all I’ll capture whatever you’d like!
- Prior to our session, try and keep baby awake and stimulated as much as possible. Give baby a bath, play for awhile, and then feed them so they’re nice and fed. I work within the parameters of the baby, so if they need to feed during our session, a little snacktime break never hurts me either! 🙂
- After the baby is full, make sure they are burped really well.
- Be prepared for a longer visit. Newborn sessions are the most challenging, usually lasting 1-2 hours. The more tips you can follow, the faster I am able to work–I won’t leave until I am sure we got some great shots of your perfect little one!
- Last but not least… the only job you have while we are together is to RELAX a little!