Please feed your baby before you arrive for the photoshoot so that he or she has a full tummy. Please loosen diaper to remove lines around his/her middle. I do like to photograph a newborn in little to no clothes, but feel free to bring an outfit that you may want him or her in for a family portrait. Please note that many clothing changes may make your little one upset, so it is best to do birthday suit shots and possibly one outfit. I have a few hats and bows on hand, but please feel free to bring your own. My favorite place to shop for newborn hats and other props is etsy.com.
I often use the parents as backdrops for baby, so please wear a black top and black pants (if possible). Also, an extra set of clothes for the parents is a good idea, just in case. Mom and dad are welcome to join for pictures with baby at no extra charge.
Please know that there is no rush with a newborn photoshoot. I like to give special attention to each client, especially newborn sessions. Please know that I do not mind waiting for you to nurse or change baby, or taking a break to soothe your baby.
When doing the poses, it is normal (and okay!) for him or her to “relieve” him or herself on my backdrop … or anywhere else. I can assure you this happens all the time and I am not upset or offended. Please bring with you baby wipes, extra diapers and a towel. After each newborn session I am sure to launder all of my backdrops and other items the baby comes in contact with. This is included in the session fee for a newborn photoshoot.
Please only bring those who are to be photographed to the studio. Also, cameras and other recording devices are not permitted. Please bring something for the older children to do while they are not being photographed. Crayons, mini board games, and books are good choices. Lastly, please bring a list of “must haves” images (close-ups with feet and hands, with someone, etc.)