1. When is the best time to book your newborn session?

Sooner the better! The best time to book your newborn session is when you find out you are expecting to ensure a spot on my calendar. If you are pregnant and know that you want a newborn photo session, please schedule your session as soon as you can. Once you are on the schedule, you will be given priority for session scheduling when your baby arrives. If your baby is already born, please do feel free to call and inquire about a session as I do try to fit in newborns whenever possible. We know that most babies do not arrive on that date, but it gives me an idea of when the session will actually happen. I ask for a text, call or email as soon as the baby arrives so I can get you onto the calendar before the baby reaches 14 days old. So tip #1 is to find your photographer well in advance and provisionally book in your session for around 1 week to 10 days after your due date and then move the session if necessary.

2. Why newborn session has to be scheduled within 2 first weeks of life?

It is surprising to many that there is in fact a fairly small opportune time frame for photographing Newborns. Ideally it’s in between 5 and 7 days as I find this works the best. I used to receive many inquiries from families who wish to book in their precious newborn only to have to tell them that unfortunately a 1 month old is no longer classed as a ‘Newborn’ in photography terms. To achieve the incredibly cute, curled up photos we need a super sleepy baby. After the 14(ish) day window the babies tend to wake up for longer periods of time, sleep less deeply and become less mouldable. The older they are the more alert they are which is never good when the goal is to have a sleeping baby.

3. How should I prepare My Baby before session?

– KEEPING YOUR BABY ACTIVE. If at all possible try to keep your baby awake 90 minutes prior to the session.You can do this by bathing, talking to baby, massage, nappy changing or simply trying to engage baby prior to the session. Keeping baby stimulated, for at least an hour if not more before the session, will ensure that he/she is asleep during the session.Keeping a 5 day old baby awake can be a challenge but trust me this will benefit in the long run.

– FEEDING BABY PRIOR SESSION to ensure baby is happy and sleepy.This is easiest done if you plan to feed your baby 3 hours before the newborn session so they will be awake and hungry before you leave your home or when you arrive at my place. If baby is hungry before you leave go ahead and feed him/her or you are more than welcome to make your self comfortable and feed your baby when you arrive. A full & sleepy baby is always happiest. Our aim is for baby to fall into a deep sleep throughout the session and keeping baby active and feeding just before will encourage this. We may ask you to nurse (or feed) the baby during our session if they start to get cranky.

4. What should My Baby wear to a newborn session?

A onesie or easily removed sleeper works great so they do not have to be disturbed. No layers, if the weather is cold or damp etc, consider using blankets or sleep sacks, bundle me, etc. Most studio newborn photography is done naked to capture the tininess of being a newborn so something that is easy to take on and off is best. Babies in their first days of life’s look best in their birthday suit but we are discreet with their girl & boy parts, and they are never shown in the image. Clothing is usually too large and baggy on so liitle babies, and it does not make a very good portrait. The majority of the session your baby will be naked, but posed so that all private areas are covered. If you’d rather have your baby clothed in the pictures something that fits them very well is important. Big clothes never look good on anyone in photos, but on babies it really looks very bad.

5. How long does a session take?

The session may last up to 2-4 hours; getting a baby to sleep before posing them takes time and they may need to be fed during the shoot as well. Babies usually need to eat more during a session, so even if you are on a schedule, or the baby eats at certain times, please be flexible with on demand feeding during the session. Babies will sleep, but when they are being moved around a lot, their sleep isn’t near as solid and posing them takes time. When we collectively agree that we have enough good shots, then we’re finished. I allow for plenty of time for these shoots so that we can take our time and get as many shots as we want. If your baby is extremely fussy for a long period of time (usually older infants or belly aches), we can try to transfer session to other day (depends on availability).

6. How do you handle pee and poop when baby is without diaper?

Your little one will most likely poop and pee on some props. This is 100% natural and expected. Please do not feel embarrassed when this happens, because they all do it. It is all just a part of the process! Blankets and props get peed on frequently. That’s why everything is 100% washable and it’s no big deal. You just keep going and throw it in the wash after the session is over. Parents need to be prepared as well. If you are going to be in the pictures, I don’t recommend wearing your favorite shirt or expensive clothing – bringing some clothes for change (just in case!) might be a good idea.

7. What should I bring to my newborn session?

A newborn session can take up to 3 hours so a “newborn session kit” is essential. Here are some items to include:
Your special blanket, wrap or props.
Snacks & drinks for Mom & Dad
Extra milk or formula
Diapers & wipes

* If you use a pacifier bring it with you, but don’t use it prior to the session. It will help soothe the baby when he or she becomes restless, making it much easier to continue or transition from shot to shot. If You are against pacifiers, or do not plan on using one with your child – it’s totally ok.

8. Should I prepare anything special for a session / bring my own props?

I have spent years collecting cute little props and delicate hats and headband for newborn photo shoots so no need to bring a thing. However if you have something special like a hand knit blanket made by Grandma or a cute little stuffed animal given to you by someone special than by all means bring it. I will figure a way to work it into your session.Baby will be naked for some of the images. This is the one time in their life it is ok to be photographed nude. Wraps, blankets and diaper covers can be used on the baby. We do not recommend using newborn outfits because they tend to be too big. However, if grandma made a special outfit, let’s take a few shots!

9. What else should I know?

SAFETY COMES FIRST! Your baby is in safe hands. If there is ever a point during the session where you become uncomfortable, please let us know. We will not put the baby in unsafe positions, even if the parent wants to get a specific pose! If we feel it is unsafe, we will not proceed. The baby’s safety comes first.

BREAST FEEDING MOMMIES! There are certain foods that you should definitely avoid for a 2-3 days before the session to limit gassiness, and restlessness during your session. Foods such as coffee, chocolate, and soda can keep the baby awake because of the caffeine. Citrus fruits can cause gas, spitting up, and diaper rash. Dairy can be another culprit of colic symptoms, as well as broccoli, nuts, and wheat. Seems like a long list….But avoiding these foods will more than likely ensure a happy and calm tummy for your little one.

ACNE AND LITTLE STRATCHES. Simply don’t worry about them! All photographs are retouched and edited, this will either eliminate or drastically minimize these. If your baby has extremely dry skin, try putting baby lotion etc. on prior to coming to your session and bringing extra with you. This will help the retouching process.

Newborn photography session, 14 days old

Newborn photography session, 14 days old

Newborn photography session, 14 days old

Newborn photography session, 14 days old

Newborn photography session, 14 days old

Newborn photography session, 14 days old

Newborn photography session, 14 days old