Newborn Sessions: What you need to know...
Often our studio is the first place a new mom comes to with her precious newborn baby. Why? Because she knows how important it is to capture her little one while they are still so sleepy and little. And at our studio, she can come and relax after a sleepless night and Susan will take over as soon as her exhausted foot hits the door.
Susan has photographed hundreds of babies. Sleeping ones. Crying ones. Just born. She's ready for every one. And, with three kids of her own, there is no situation too messy or unexpected. She's seen everything. We wouldn't say it if we didn't believe it; Susan is the perfect artist to photograph your infant and toddler.
when to schedule
It is very important that you contact us while you are pregnant - BEFORE your baby is born. We will schedule your session for one week after you due date. The best age for photographing sleepy, smushy, gentle newborns is around 7 days old. So we like to get you in our studio within the first two weeks. As long as we have you on our calendar, it is easier for us to reschedule if you have your baby before or after your due date.
how to prepare
Think about who you want to be in the photographs: siblings, parents, grandparents, godparents. Susan wants you to be able to maximize these sessions for you. So, bring whomever you want remembering that sometimes extra people can be too distracting to the baby and mom. You know your family best. Don't take on more that you can handle.
Please feed your baby before you come so that she/he will be full and happy for the pictures. If you would like to come a little early to nurse here, please let us know. Also, if we need to stop so that you can feed your baby again, that is perfectly fine. We want these sessions to be as relaxed as possible for you and your family. Having your baby full throughout the session allows it to go easier for everyone.
what to bring
Please bring items you might want included in any photographs of your newborn: rattles, heirloom outfits, "coming-home" outfits, wedding rings, or special blankets. These are your portraits for your baby. We want to use items that are important to you, and not things that are stored here.
If your child likes a pacifier, please bring it. Always nice to have on hand.
A note for the parents - please bring a solid color shirt (black or white is perferrable). If you want a family picture, you might want to bring a solid shirt or outfit for the baby. For all clothing - the simpler the better so that the focus is on the baby.
Another reminder: your hands will more than likely be photographed. If you think you will be distracted by your nails, remember to cut them or "style" them beforehand. On that note, natural nails look the best.
what to expect
Lots of pee, poop and spit-up!! Seriously. What do you expect when you have a naked baby lying around?! We are prepared for anything and know that it will happen. So, don't worry about it. It is normal. Also, we will take the session at your and your baby's pace. We schedule our newborn sessions first thing in the morning when babies are usually the happiest and sleepiest. But, we still leave time to stop and feed, walk and soothe. No worries.