Please open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to our arrival. This enables us to find the best source of natural light in your home. When I arrive, I’ll walk through your home looking for the best light and that is where I’ll do a majority of the shoot.
TURN UP THE HEAT!
I recommend that you keep your home a bit warmer than normal during the session. We may be sweating, but baby will be nice and warm…and that’s really all that matters! Crank the heat 30 minutes before our session to ensure that it’s warm enough in time, and I’ll bring along a space heater to help keep baby in a steady warmth. Bonus points if you’re willing to make a few back and forth trips to the dryer to keep baby’s blankets warm! They love that!
Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear.
A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy baby. We can also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model!
Don’t stress out, parents see their baby being fussy or having a difficult time getting settled and panic. “This is a disaster! They aren’t going to get ANY good photos!” It isn’t, and we will!
I’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us.
Your baby is going to be in the buff for the majority of this shoot, but I pose them so that all the “important bits” are not on display. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use our blankets (or us) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and expected! It would definitely be helpful if you had a stack of old towels, extra wipes and blankets available for when things get messy though.
I’ll be bringing a few to your session. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Looks for items with texture and color to help make your images unique. If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props, etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please gather them before I arrive. I may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but we’ll look together to determine what will work best.
Your baby’s safety comes first! If there is ever a point where you become uncomfortable, just let me know! I take every measure to ensure that your baby is never in any danger. For that reason, I will always make sure that a parent is nearby to lend support if needed.
SO WHAT DO I WEAR?
I know! You just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best. This is the perfect time to pamper yourself! Go have your hair and makeup done (or better yet, have someone come to you!), schedule a massage or have your nails done. This is an exciting time in your life, so take care of yourself first! And feel free to tell your husbands that I’m making you, if they need a little convincing! As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. I’m also big fan of skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple and timeless!
So if you want some portraits like this with your newborn, consider a strapless top or tank as an alternative.
Your hands, and possibly even your feet, may play a role in this session, so it’s important that you tend to them, even if you aren’t planning on participating much in the session, you’ll still be handling your baby a bit, so it’s a good idea trim your nails and apply lotion to any dry skin. (It also never hurts to dab a little moisturizer on your face to help you look more refreshed. Those late nights can take a toll on your skin!) A little clothing advice… Long or short sleeved knits are best. (Make sure there isn’t too much bagginess in the sleeve.) Undershirts also work well, and make sure your t-shirts are free of logos or too much writing.
MAKE THE BED!
Is there anything more simple & gorgeous than a new family cuddled up in bed together? Nope! If that’s something that appeals to you, a few tips:
1. Make the bed, just this once.
2. A solid blanket/comforter (or something that isn’t TOO busy is best.)
3.I highly recommend white to light cream bedding to keep things light and airy. (And are more than happy to bring some along if needed!
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