Calgary Newborn, Baby and Maternity Photographer » Calgary and area photographer, specializing in newborn, child, maternity & family custom portraiture.

Like many soon-to-be first time moms, I researched everything before my little Elliott arrived. Which stroller on the market moved like butter with the push of one finger? Which car seat was 1000x safer than the next? Which nursing bra provided some nice oomph and support, but also easy access anywhere and at any time? And you better believe I read up on every check list that’s ever been published (okay, slight exaggeration) about what to pack in your hospital bag. Oh, rest assured – I was going to a pro at this new mom thing (ha! I was a little delusional. I blame the lack of sleep).

So when it actually came to packing for the big day, I got out my super cute expandable weekend bag and stuffed it to the brim. I needed all of the comforts. Robe – check. Pillows – check. And of course I needed things to do to pass the time, so I stocked up on good ol’ gossip mags. Looking back, I completely went overboard. If you’re delivering in Calgary (I delivered at the Foothills hospital, but I’m going to assume all of the city hospitals are similar), you’re not going to need much. Here’s my short and sweet checklist on what to definitely pack in your hospital bag:

 

  1. Throwaway slippers (you don’t want to bring those bad boys home)
  2. Pajamas. I bought a night shirt with a v-neck so I had easy access for babe’s feeding. I just whipped those suckers out!
  3. Phone charger. You’ll be taking a zillion photos of your newest arrival, and you don’t want to run out of juice!
  4. Something comfortable to wear home. I gave birth in August, so I wore a maxi dress home. Super cozy sweatpants would be great for cooler weather.
  5. Something for your newborn to wear home. I brought a super cute outfit, but of course it was way too big. A nice sleeper is really where it’s at.
  6. The car seat (obviously), but don’t bring it in until you’re being discharged. And learn how to use that sucker! We didn’t, and it was super stressful trying to leave as the hospital staff are not allowed to help due to liability reasons.

 

So, that’s pretty much it. You really don’t need to pack everything.. The hospital will supply you with items like mesh underwear (um, so amazing), pain killers, stool softeners, nipple balm, newborn diapers and diaper rash cream. You also don’t need to bring those “luxury” items like your breast feeding pillow (they’re huge!), pillows for yourself (I really just wanted to burn everything that I brought due to being a minor germophobe) or plush robes – you’re really only going to be there for 24-48 hours and trucking all of that stuff in & out is no bueno. Oh, and those gossip magazines that I mentioned earlier? I didn’t read a single page out of one of them. When I had a moment to myself, I just wanted to sleep!

But there is one item I would bring next time – a large water bottle. No one ever told me (and it didn’t come up in my research), but breastfeeding makes you incredibly thirsty, and those little white Styrofoam cups that the hospitals provide will not do you any favours.

Do you think that this list is too bare bones? I’d love to hear your absolute must-haves!

 

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  • February 21, 2018 - 11:22 am

    Rachel - I love this post! Such a great help to mom’s to be!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 11:27 am

    Gail Carver - This is such great advice! Thanks for sharing! Newborn photographers have wisdom to share!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 11:45 am

    Heather Neilson - Such a helpful post for mom’s expecting their first baby!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 11:46 am

    Jami - Great read! So helpful.ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 12:22 pm

    Catherine gross - What a perfect blog! These are fantastic tips for new moms, and dads.ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 1:09 pm

    Kathleen Sadler - Some great advice here, a lovely idea for a blog to help out new mums!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 2:07 pm

    Andrea - What a huge help for moms who are afraid that they might forget something that they should have remembered. Great post!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2018 - 4:40 pm

    Annie - What great tips for a new mom!ReplyCancel

Baby Brynley was just the prettiest little thing. I absolutely adore the photos of her wrapped up and nestled in the little bed (surprise, surprise!) and I also love the photos of her on the cream beanbag fabric. Her mama didn’t want any fancy outfits or knitted bonnets- instead she wanted to use a bunch of fun headbands as to not distract from Brynley’s natural sweetness.

I was also lucky enough to meet Brynley’s older brother, Zac. He was just a ball of energy and he was so much fun to have in the studio. It also looks like he may be a fan of his sweet sister, too!

 Thank you so much for choosing me to be your Calgary newborn photographer!

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  • February 9, 2018 - 4:01 pm

    Brooke - There is something in that Calgary water!!! I was looking at another newborn photographer and I swear, Calgary has the cutest babies on earth!!!!!ReplyCancel

This handsome little boy came to visit me in my Calgary studio for his cake smash with his super sweet parents and energetic older brother. I actually had the pleasure of photographing his older brother’s cake smash a few years ago (you can see Benjamin’s cake smash here – it’s one of my favourites!). Sebastian was night and day from his brother. He was hesitant about this whole cake smash thing (luckily, I had a few tricks up my sleeve) and resisted a little when it came to the bubble bath afterwards. But as you can see, he ended up loving it and we have the most adorable photos to prove it!

Thank you so much for entrusting me to capture this special time in your little one’s life – I feel so honoured.

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  • January 26, 2018 - 10:35 am

    Stephanie Campbell - I love the sweet simplicity of this. My cousin has a newborn in Calgary. She would love this cake smash for his birthday!ReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2018 - 12:23 pm

    Tara - Looking for a local calgary newborn photographer for the Fall. Do you still have any openings?ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2018 - 3:54 pm

    Christie - What a cute Calgary baby!! I love this birthday session, were you also his newborn photographer?ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2018 - 7:08 pm

    k - Love these! Sweet and simple in Calgary!ReplyCancel

  • February 2, 2018 - 6:25 pm

    Jodi Major - Oh this little ones smile. He’s so precious. Too bad I’m not in need of a Calgary Newborn Photographer because so cuteReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2018 - 11:44 am

    Morgan S - I’m also located in Calgary and have been looking for a Calgary newborn photographer for my soon to be daughter. I would love to get in contact with you to setup a newborn session.ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2018 - 7:37 am

    Amanda - This little guy is too cute! You did a fantastic job as his photographer getting him to smile!! Did you do his newborn photos in Calgary as well?ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2018 - 7:58 am

    joy - What an adorable and well done spread!!! I see why my friends tell me that you are the BEST Calgary newborn photographer!! looking forward to working with you when my time finally comes <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2018 - 4:23 pm

    Diana - I have been looking for a newborn photographer in the Calgary area! I love your work!ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2018 - 5:31 pm

    Christie - I would love more information about a newborn photo shoot for my cousin who lives in Calgary! I’d love to purchase a gift certificate for you to be their photographer!ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2018 - 5:43 pm

    Brent - Need a newborn photographer in Calgary. Contacting you!ReplyCancel

I was so so excited when this baby boy’s mama contacted me to tell me she was expecting again. I had the pleasure of photographing their daughter, Indie, 2 years ago & its always so lovely to hear of past client’s happy news that they’re pregnant again. Its also a huge huge privilege for past clients to come back to me – it always gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling. Krista was due in early January. but sweet baby Ezzy surprised his parents by arriving on Christmas Day (best present, ever?!), and he came quickly, just like his older sister. He was ready, and he wasn’t going to wait!

During their pre-consultation, we discussed what they wanted for their session. One thing mama said was that she’d like anything with ears. Oh boy, I was game, and I even purchased this new little hooded bear romper for Ezzy’s session.  He rocked that adorable little romper (and the rest of his session as well). Mama was also wanting a sibling photo oh Ezzy and his big sister, Indie, but pretty much settled on not being able to get one. Indie was super sweet towards her brother, and we managed to capture a few gorgeous images of the two of them.

Thank you for choosing me (again!) to be your Calgary newborn photographer, and I hope to see you all again soon!

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  • January 26, 2018 - 9:48 am

    Angi - Oh my goodness, what beautiful newborn Photography you do. I will definitely have to recommend you to family in Calgary!ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2018 - 10:38 am

    Stephanie Campbell - What a sweet little newborn boy. Calgary is lucky to have such an amazing newborn photographer to capture these little loves!ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2018 - 4:43 pm

    Chelsey - These are precious! I love your colors and styling! That is why you are the best Calgary newborn photographer. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your sessionsReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2018 - 12:24 pm

    Tara - These are so precious! I have friends that need a calgary newborn photographer. Sending them your wayReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2018 - 3:56 pm

    Christie - Calgary is so lucky to have you as the best newborn photographer! You do such creative workReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2018 - 7:09 pm

    k - Lovely editing! You’re a very talented photographer that Calgary is luck to have!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2018 - 7:58 am

    Katie - I wish I lived closer to Calgary so that you could do any and all future newborn photography sessions for me!!ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2018 - 7:38 am

    Amanda - Best Christmas gift ever! I love how this Calgary family was all involved in this newborn session. You are such a talented photographer!ReplyCancel

  • February 5, 2018 - 8:03 am

    joy - Another incredible spread from an amazing Calgary newborn photographer. Thanks for doing this work. Calgary families are so fortunate to have you <3ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2018 - 6:38 am

    Jenn - What a sweet little snuggle but! I love the image with the teddy bear suit. Your mama’s are lucky to have you as a Calgary newborn photographer!ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2018 - 6:40 am

    Laura - Your newborn images must have been a beautiful Christmas gift to his family this year from such a talented Calgary newborn photographer! They are all so precious!ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2018 - 5:32 pm

    Christie - Congrats to this Calgary family on their sweet newborn! You are such a talented photographer!ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2018 - 5:49 pm

    Rebecca Trumbull - The animal ears make me so happy! Calgary has such a talented newborn photographer! Your images are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2018 - 9:07 pm

    Paige - Oh my! These newborn portraits are so beautiful. I am due soon… I might just need to make the trip to Calgary to have you as my newborn photographer.ReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2018 - 4:03 pm

    Brooke - Hey! I’ll be in Calgary this summer. Do you do newborn photography mentoring?ReplyCancel

Beautiful baby Caitlyn came to visit me at the studio for her 1st birthday cake smash & splash session. Her mama chose pinks and gold for her session & she loved the fan set up that I did previously with my daughter, so we used that here, too! I like to keep my cake smashes a bit more simple so the focus is on babe and the cake (and so they’re not distracted my a zillion decorations) and this has to be my favourite cake smash design; I absolutely love how girly it looks – the pinks compliment Caitlyn’s stunning glowing skin & big brown eyes.

Thank you for choosing Brittney Bietz Photography as your Calgary Cake Smash & Splash Photographer for your baby’s 1st birthday – here are some of my favourite images from your session with me.

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  • February 7, 2018 - 4:25 pm

    Isabel - This are super cute! Are you also a newborn photographer? My niece is looking for someone near Calgary to take her daughters pictures!ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2018 - 5:44 pm

    Tara Middleton - Calgary is so lucky to have a talented newborn photographerReplyCancel