Newborn Session Preparation
-When is the best time to photograph newborns?
I suggest within 1-2 weeks of birth. This is generally when they are the sleepiest and cooperate the most:) After 3 weeks, they may not sleep well enough for certain poses and props. There IS always exceptions to this rule, but to be safe, shooting sooner is better!
- How should I prepare for the session?
The day of the shoot, try to bring baby dressed in something easy to remove. If they arrive asleep, removing tight clothing may wake them up! Something that buttons or snaps is ideal. Feeding your child immediately before a session is also a good idea. Keep in mind, you may have to take some time during the session to feed again so come prepared for that. Bring a pacifier! It may help in between pose changes and to get the baby relaxed and content while shooting. This also helps if they are having difficulties sleeping, or getting back to sleep during the process!
Please limit the session guests to the persons being photographed (if family photos are being taken) or 3 people. Keep in mind, a quiet, soothing environment is needed to get sleeping shots of baby! Most of the session will be getting the baby to sleep and posed for the shots.
- If I do the shoot in my home, do I need to stage my house?
The only thing you need to do is make sure the room where the photos will be taken is
cleared a bit and that there is plenty of light available. We may be opening window coverings to allow a lot of natural light in if possible. I will also be bringing lights/strobes so if we can not use natural light, it is NOT a problem. The baby’s nursery is a great spot for shooting. The bed is a good spot for family photos, so having plain bed sheets or linens is a good idea!
- How long does a session take? How many images do I get?
A photo session will take approximately 2.5 hours. This usually will yield about 75 proofs. You will then choose the 10 that you wish to have enhanced/edited and put on your final CD. You can also opt to purchase your entire session for an additional cost. Keep in mind the images, other than the 10 selected, will NOT be enhanced. I will simply clean them up if needed. This will not include skin retouching.
- How long will it be before I see the photos?
Depending on my shoot schedule, it will take between 5-7 days to process the full session post the photos to my CBP site in your personal, password protected album. The proofs that you will see will be raw. This means that they are unedited and not enhanced. Remember that YOU will choose your favorites for enhancement.
- Why should my newborn be asleep for the session?
Newborns are still sleeping a lot at this age and that's great because they are a lot
easier to work with and pose. Generally, when newborns are awake and looking around, they can't focus well and often look cross-eyed or uncomfortable in the photos. They also move theirs hands and feet around nervously. This makes some of the fun NB posing that I do impossible! Most likely, there will be a time when the baby is awake during the session, so do not fear! We can get some shots of them awake as well:)
- How do you schedule a sitting since a baby's arrival is unpredictable?
Very few babies are born on the dates they are due. The best you can do is pre-book a
tentative date with me. This is especially important if you need a weekend appointment. During the week days, I have a lot more flexibility. As soon as the baby is born, we can firm up a date and time. It's very important that you let me know when your new baby arrives (within the first few days) so we can get your session scheduled ASAP!
- How should mom, dad and other siblings, dress?
Dress casual and comfortable, but keep in mind that you don't want to wear clothes that
contrast with the baby's clothes. So if your baby is wearing light colors you should do
the same; the same goes with dark colors or pastels too. I personally,
As a general rule don't wear any stripes or patterns in the photos. They can play tricks
with the camera and distract from the baby in the photos. Also, your hands and fingernails may be shot up close while holding the baby. You don't need to go out and get a manicure, but do be aware of polish/dirt in your nails. This applies to the NB as well.
Also, the temperature in the shooting environment is kept around 75-80 degrees. I turn the AC OFF during Summer and use a small space heater in the Winter. This helps the baby stay sleepy and comfortable while nude. You may want to bring a change of clothes if YOU are wearing long sleeves/sweaters for the family portraits. Just warning you, you may get a little warm!
- How should I dress my baby? What about headbands, hats and props? Who supplies those?
I prefer to shoot babies more naturally in their diapers or nude. I also use blankets and
wraps. This is just MY style. Feel free to bring any clothes that you wish to have the baby photographed in. MY one suggestion is that the clothing fits WELL, otherwise they get can lost inside the outfit.
I supply a large selection of props for your session. Most of the things you see on my website are MINE and you will have access to them for use. Feel free to bring any personal items that you wish to use in the session as well. Let me know if there is something that you have seen me used before so that you wish to use so I can pull itin advance and have it ready for you!
- What if my baby has acne, marks or blemishes?
Babies typically do not get acne until the 3rd week of life, making it even more important to get photographs taken within the first two weeks if possible. Some get it sooner or sometimes the session can not take place before it sets in. Keep in mind, it CAN be airbrushed from the finished ENHANCED images, so do not stress over it!