I get a lot of questions all the time about all kinds of things, but I think one of the topics I discuss most is newborn sessions, so I thought I would address it here to help!
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY SESSION?
I advise setting up a tentative date with me before your new addition arrives. Obviously, I do understand that things change, and a late arrival or extended hospital stay could mean rescheduling, and I will do my best to fit you back in. On most occasions, though, the tentative date we set up will work out fine, and then you know you have not lost the opportunity.
WHERE WILL THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
One of the things I get told over and over by clients is that they LOVE that I come to them. Your session can be anywhere, but most people prefer the comfort of their own home for a newborn session. I will bring my small studio setup with me, but will also capture images throughout your home.
IS ONE WEEK TOO SOON FOR IMAGES?
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I am not joking when I say that I will come to your home the day you arrive back from the hospital. There is a small window of opportunity to catch that “fresh newborn” look. The first two weeks of life is preferable, the first few days is better.
SHOULD I BUY A SPECIAL OUTFIT FOR THE SESSION?
There is no need to have anything special on hand. As I always say, babies are better naked! However, if you have a special hat or blanket that will add color and texture to the images, we will definitely incorporate it. I will probably ask that a parent have a black shirt on hand in case I need to use you as a backdrop for your baby.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY SESSION?
Plan to feed your little one about 30 minutes before the session time, but if we do need to stop for a feeding, we will. It's best to keep them swaddled in just a diaper and blanket until prior to the session, that way we are less likely to wake them up by having to remove clothing. I would also ask that you turn up the heat a few notches so it is comfortable for your newborn to be bare. Don’t be surprised if I also request a hairdryer or warm towel to heat up cold furniture.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I ALLOW FOR MY SESSION?
I will take as little or as much time as needed to capture your little one on film. It usually takes between 1 and three hours, depending on the individual needs of your child. I have no problem waiting for a baby to be fed and cuddled before I begin shooting again.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions!