Tips for Preparing for Your Newborn Session
Clothing for parents
Newborn sessions are typically are 2-3 hours long. Each baby is different, if we have a full gallery at 2 hours, we will finish there, but the time is there if we need it. We begin at 11 am in the morning and will probably work through lunchtime. I have stocked the studio with beverages, but you may want to bring a snack or two for yourselves.
If bottle feeding, please bring enough for 3-4 bottles. If breastfeeding, it is still beneficial to pump and bring a bottle or two, because of the increase in feeding during the session. I do realize that many mothers do not introduce a bottle until three weeks, so if you prefer not to do this, that is fine.
Pacifiers are sometimes very helpful for calming baby during these sessions. I encourage you to bring one just for your time in the studio, even if you choose not to give them to baby on a regular basis. They can make all the difference as newborns cannot self-soothe. Remember that this is not a typical day for them and we may need that help.
Relax and be Patient
Stay relaxed! We work on your baby's time, and there is nothing that will happen that has not occurred in 10 years of newborn sessions. I am well-versed in working with every baby situation.
Do NOT stress out about your session. Babies pick up on our stress. It is normal for the baby to take 5-10 minutes to settle into a pose. I only schedule one newborn per day, so we are not on time constraints with our newborn sessions. If on the off chance baby is having a bad day, I can tell this in the first 30-45 minutes of the session, and we would just reschedule for another day...no big deal. I don't encounter this situation very often (twice in ten years), but I want you to know we have a plan in place!
Bring Baby in Something Easy to Remove
Dress baby in something easy to get off that does not go over their head.
There is an upgrade to include a short set with siblings, keep in mind that the sibling portion of the shoot will only take about 15 minutes. Please have another family member at the shoot if dad will not be there to help entertain. There are nearby parks and coffee, pizza and soda shops in a case where the child is making too much noise for the baby to sleep. Clients often bring two cars in this case, and when I complete the family and sibling portion, dad takes the other child home. Please stay within arm's reach of the sibling, especially when they are close to the baby.
The Session Flow
We begin with a series of images with mom, dad, and baby. We include siblings if they are present. Next, we move on to baby images and usually spend a little time with feeding and cuddling. Patience is critical during this part of the session. Once the baby is asleep, the session will flow more quickly.
Bring Something Special if You Like
The studio has an entire prop room stocked with vintage props, hats, and wraps, but you are welcome to bring a couple of things like a special blanket or hat that you would like to incorporate in a shot or two. I take care in "styling" the session with colors and textures.
Be Prepare for Extra Feedings
Please realize that baby is not yet on a feeding schedule and he or she will typically eat twice as much during these two hours from being posed so much. Being posed in props is a different experience for their nervous system. Having been a newborn photographer for so many years, I can easily see those tiny cues when baby needs milk. The more quickly we respond to baby's needs, the smoother the session will go.
I look forward to meeting you and documenting those precious first days! Take a peek at our FAQ page as well and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask
Captures in Time Photography
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Captures in Time Photography
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Blue Springs, MO 64015
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