Congratulations to you!!! Thank you for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new baby in his/her first few days of life. I am truly honored to be able to capture this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby!
So of course we don't always know when babies will make their grand appearance. Since I only book a limited amount of newborns a month booking way before your due date is a must. When booking, all I require is your due date or c section date/induction, if known. This will allow us to have an estimated date in mind.
I like to photograph newborns generally around 7-10 days old. This allows everyone to settle in a routine enough before hand that you are relaxed and ready to venture out and baby is still sleepy enough to be posed and moved around.
I require a $200 deposit on booking and the rest of the payment by the day of the session. This can be done through E-Transfer.
For the baby, clean away flaky skin and eye boogers with a wash cloth.
If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear.
Before the shoot, please do your best to keep baby awake. Try giving a bath, let baby kick with only a diaper on, tickle their toes, and interact with them. Please feed baby really good before packing them up in car seat. Do not worry about baby falling asleep on the drive to the studio as its pretty much impossible to keep them awake by then.
When you arrive at the studio, I will be asking if you brought any personal items you want to incorporate with your shoot. Then we can prioritize what kind of shots we really want to get.
I have a client wardrobe available for all clients if they wish and didn't have time to go shopping or want to think about it. I offer beautiful gowns for mom as well as different color dresses for girls ages 1-8.
I will then help with taking baby out of car seat and getting baby ready for family pictures. If baby needs a top up we can do that too or if they seem sleepy still then we can get started! We want the baby to be full, content and sleeping after the feeding to ensure those curly, sleepy newborn pictures.
Be patient. If your baby is fussy or alert, do not stress out. Your newborn can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try and get them comfortable again, but if that does not seem possible, we will take a break or may even reschedule (at the photographer’s discretion).
Be prepared for messes of all kinds. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, spit up or vomit on. I have been pooped on and spit up on too many times to count and its all apart of the fun.
As the session can take up to 3 hours, I provide beverages (water, tea and coffee) and some light refreshments for the parents, but do bring plenty of snacks for baby and for siblings. Please help your self to my little coffee area!! I forget to offer once I'm in photography mode so please make yourself comfortable! That is why its there :) It can be found in the back room!
Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s portrait is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
Moms: I have a variety of gowns in the studio, but you are welcome to wear your own cute tops. Keep the color neutral and design simple. Be sure your nails are tidy and clean as your hands will make their way into the images. Also, rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and lighting to bring out the natural beauty in you and your family.
Dads: Wear a t-shirt or nice button up shirt with a pair of jeans. White or something simple looks great on camera and with the style of photography that I do. Please no logos or neon colors.
Siblings are never predictable for photos, some are great and others take some work, especially toddlers.
It is perfectly okay with me to bring bribes to a photo-shoot–some cereal, snacks or candies that won’t stain their teeth. Nothing chewy. I find Tic Tacs to be a great option as they are small and easy to chew and disappear! Do not let them eat or drink anything will stain their cheeks, mouths or teeth.
Sister(s): I have beautiful dresses and outfits for girls. Feel free to message me before hand if you have anything in mind.
Brother(s): A snug pair of jeans and shirtless is adorable. Or a simple white or neutral shirt is great too! I have a few boy shirts available as well! Just message me for sizes.
Due to the duration of the newborn session, I recommend bringing young children into the studio either in the beginning Of the session for about 30 minutes. I do have toys available to play with but if dad wants to drive separately or bring grandma along to take kids home after is always a great option but not mandatory.