It is best to contact me sometime in your second trimester if you are interested in having a newborn session booked. This allows for me to notate your due date and to allow sufficient availability around that time frame for your session. Ideally the more advanced notice you give me, the more likely I will be available and it also gives me extra time to plan your session to make it exactly what you dream about.
Once your baby decides to make his or her arrival, you will contact me via phone, email, or text to let me know the happy news. I will be in touch with you so that we can decide and narrow down a date for your session. The session will ideally be booked when your baby is between 5-10 days of age. It is best that we start the session when baby has a full tummy. I also ask you to please avoid keeping the baby awake for any extended period of time outside their usual awake time before the session in the hope they will be more 'tired' and ready to sleep (as is recommended by some other newborn photographers). My experience with this is if newborn babies are kept take for too long, they quickly become overtired and much harder to settle. This will hopefully give us a better chance of a very sleepy baby.
The ideal age to schedule your newborn session is between 5-10 days. This is a very important time frame as your baby will still be sleepy, squishy, curly, and cooperative in order to achieve the portraiture that you see in my portfolio. It is preferred to schedule the session no later than 2 weeks of age, however, there are always exceptions. The older your baby gets, the more awake and alert they will become. They will also enjoy stretching out as they realize they are not in your womb any longer and they have all the room they desire.
It is best that we start the session with your baby well fed. Typically upon arrival, I will have you strip your baby down to a diaper and wrap them up in a blanket for warmth and have you feed them. Most babies at this age will fall asleep after feeding (the “milk-coma”). Most of the session your baby will be bare with special consideration to pose them in ways that will cover them. Because your baby will be bare, it is important that we keep their environment warm, around 85 degrees in the studio. If we are slightly uncomfortable with the temperature having clothing on, then your baby will be comfortable with no clothing. I use a space heater for the immediate area as well as white noise to keep your baby sleepy and to keep them warm and cozy. It is very likely that we will have several potty accidents. Everything I use is washed and cleaned. I always keep towels and wipes nearby and please bring spare clothing for parents (just in case). Most of your baby’s session will happen when they are sleeping. It is during this time that I am able to move them from pose to pose, prop to prop, and position them without them moving or being disturbed. We will get a few awake shots for you as well if you desire and if there is an opportunity. I will be working with the help of my assistant so feel free to sit back, relax, read a book, watch a show on Netflix or even take this opportunity to take a nap yourself!
Yes! We will also take any family pictures that you wish during your session. If there is a sibling we will do those photos in the beginning. If it is a young sibling (under 10), I prefer you to only bring them for only the first 30 minutes of the session, so that I can focus on your baby. If this is not possible, I do have Netflix on TV and a seperate family area but you may wish to bring a couple of their favourite toys or books to keep them entertained. Newborn sessions require a lot of patience and it can be very difficult to work if there is another child in the room. Most parents will bring two cars so they can take the other children home or have a grandparent or other family member take them home.
Your baby will run the show and we will take several breaks for feeding and consoling. If you're formula feeding, bring extra bottles with you just in case. A newborn session will typically last two- three hours (longer if we did family shots) and your little one will usually do best during this amount of time. This amount of timing usually allows for a few various poses on a textured blanket background for the very classic and timeless portraits, 1-2 “prop” set-ups such as baskets, buckets, etc, and a few family and sibling shots. I usually take multiple shots and compositions of the different setups, which results in a gallery of about 30 images. Although sessions are never rushed, the most important images should be captured within the first three hours. Because newborn sessions can go for quite a while, bring a snack with you in case you get hungry throughout the session. Complimentary tea and coffee is provided.
For your family images, I love when my families are willing to photograph with their bare shoulders. This entails dad removing his shirt, and mom will be wrapped in fabric. Your skin, next to your brand new baby’s skin photographs so beautifully. This isn’t for everyone’s taste however, so I usually suggest solid black, white or neutral tops with sleeves paired with jeans for your family images. Whatever you decide to wear, stick to a color palette (everyone the same) and avoid any patterns or logos. Sleeveless, long or 3/4 sleeves look best (short sleeves not so great). Solid colors will keep the attention to you rather than your clothing. Whatever you wear, keep it lightweight as it is quite warm in the studio and preferably dress in layers so you don't get too hot. Don’t forget to have a spare outfit for yourselves in case of accidents!
2 weeks following your session, you will return to the studio for your viewing and ordering appointment where you’ll get to see your final, artistic retouched images for the very first time (everyone’s favorite part!). We have some wonderful art display options to suit a variety of home decor styles and each portrait purchased comes with a matching file printable to 8x10. All of our products are archival and designed to last 100+ years and your order will be ready to be picked up 4-6 weeks after your ordering appointment.
You don’t need to bring anything for the baby at all! I provide all the props and do not generally accept outside props. This is because I maintain a certain style with my imaging that I create using props that are specifically selected by how well they photograph. I do make special exceptions if items are extremely sentimental. I do not photograph any sports themed or whimsical props (fairy wings, etc.). My goal is to create timeless artwork for you that you will treasure for a lifetime. I would love for you to tell me a few colors you might like me to use with the baby that you think would look good in your home. I can then plan accordingly with co-ordinating items and textures. I will usually incorporate some neutral colors also that match most homes so that your photos will always look great hanging up anywhere.