Newborn session prep guide
Hi! Congratulations on your new baby! Thank you so much for allowing me the job of photographing your new little one in his/her first few days of life. Newborns are truly my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles .
Below are a few tips to prepare for your session.
When to book:
Newborns are usually photographed anywhere from 5-14 days.This is the only time they sleep deeply and curl naturally. After 2 weeks, baby’s muscles, skin, bone development, feeding and sleep patterns change dramatically. This can make posing them a bit more difficult.
With that being said, it is best to book either during your pregnancy session or as soon as the baby is born. We will set a date from your due date or scheduled C-section. If baby comes early or late, we can easily move the date or time. Regardless of my schedule, I will always leave time for newborns! The idea is to have gorgeous newborn photos. If you are interested in all of the cute wrapped, squishy baby poses then you should want to come around 5-12 days.
How Long are the Sessions:
Newborn sessions generally take about 2-3 hours. Please ensure you bring a snack and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Preparing baby for session:
If bottle feeding, breast milk or formula, please bring extra formula or expressed milk in a bottle and be prepared to feed baby more than normal. It is very important not to be too concerned with a feeding schedule during your session. Babies that are in a deep sleep have much smoother session and photograph perfectly.
Before the shoot please feed baby 2-3 hours prior and plan on feeding him/her as soon as you get here. Also please do not let baby sleep beforehand. If possible, try a bath, let them kick with only a diaper on, tickle their toes, even letting them fuss for a little bit. This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!
I can’t stress enough that it is so important to do your best to keep them awake. Many parents come in saying “baby has been sleeping all morning, but don’t worry, they sleep so well this time of day!” only to have baby wake up, since they will be unclothed and unswaddled.
What to bring:
Dress baby in a button/zip up outfit, ideally nothing that goes over baby’s head so if they’re sleepy when you arrive we don’t disturb them too much, when getting them undressed.
Please bring pacifier or two (preferably the soothie pacifier the hospital provided, it is bendable and won’t leave marks) even if your baby doesn’t currently take one. For parents who don’t plan to use one at home, I ask that you please purchase one prior to your session anyway, as it is an important tool used to keep your baby happy and calm when transitioning from pose to pose. Your baby will not become attached or confused after 3 hours of use. Sucking is a natural way for a newborn to self-soothe and can work miracles when moving to a new position or prop. Please do not underestimate how important a pacifier is for the session.
Please also bring diapers, wipes, a blanket, burp cloths, a baby hair brush and don’t forget the bottled milk.
I have a lot of props and outfits that I will use during your session. No need to bring anything. However, if you have something special that you would like included in your photos, please send them to me prior to your session date so that I can plan your session accordingly.
If you are planning on parent photos, a simple white or light colored top or tank will be perfect (black works, too!)! Same goes for dad. Parent photos will take place about the last 30 minutes of your session. I do love photographing the connection between you and your new baby! Even if you don’t think you want a photo with you and your baby, please do reconsider. For the most part, parent shots are taken chest up and take just a few minutes. They are only little for a short while. If you do decide to have parent and/or family photos, please be sure that your nails are cleans and that here is no chipped nail polish as your hands will make their way into the photos.
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Just like for you, simple is better for clothing! I will wrap baby up in a coordinating color to look best with the family.
33 s 4th Ave
Mount Vernon,NY 10550
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You do have to walk up 2 flights of stairs.
Parking can be a bit difficult but there is metered parking available, if you don't have quarters you can download the free mobile app "Pango"
the parking code is located on the meter.
***I am truly honored to be able to document this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby***