Newborns are truly my favorite subjects to photograph and my passion for capturing the newness of life shows in the way that I comfort, soothe, and carefully pose your little babes. After their sessions, many of my clients leave the studio convinced that I am “a baby whisperer.” Newborns stay new for such a short time. I love to capture all of the special details of your fresh little one before they begin to change.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL TO SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Before your baby is born! It is so important to plan ahead. Capturing your newborn within the first two weeks of life while they are still sleepy and curled up, can make all the difference in your newborn portraits. My schedule fills up about four weeks in advance so please call to schedule your newborn appointment before your baby is born. Since we never really know when your little one will arrive, I will put you on my calendar to hold a spot for you. When your baby is born I will move your appointment accordingly.
If your baby came early or if your baby is already born, don’t panic! I always do my best to squeeze newborns into my schedule and older babies take beautiful portraits too.
WHEN DOES MY SESSION OCCUR?
Please note that all newborn sessions occur at 9:00am on either a Monday or Tuesday morning. Select weekends are available for an additional $75
IS ONE WEEK TOO EARLY FOR MY SESSION?
Absolutely not! Newborn babies photograph best between 4-12 days old. At this point they are still very sleepy and like to curl up as if they were still in the womb. I take up to three hours for a newborn session and leave plenty of time for feedings, diaper changes and breaks for mommy and baby. Come as soon as you are ready – I can’t wait to meet your new little one.
WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR?
Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all. I also love to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight in buckets and baskets, so if you have a special blanket or two bring them. I have an extensive supply of newborn hats, bows and headbands that coordinate beautifully with my blankets and props that I will use to stylize your images. I encourage my clients to bring special, personal items which make the session and images especially meaningful.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Upon booking, I will send a detailed session prep guide!
CAN I CIRCUMCISE MY BABY BOY BEFORE THE SESSION?
Yes, but ONLY if it is 3 full days before the session. I will be tightly swaddling your boy naked in scarves and delicate fabrics. The fabrics are soft, however a fresh circumcision is very fragile and often uncomfortable for a newborn. When I wrap and unwrap, along with change his position or pose, the circumcision can become irritated even further which leads to a VERY unhappy baby who is not able to be photographed. I do not want to make your baby hurt or uncomfortable. Please note, I feel very strongly about this and we WILL send you home if your baby arrives at the studio and has been circumcised within 3 days of your session.
CAN I BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH MY BABY?
Absolutely! I love to capture the emotion of those special first days with your new little one and believe that there is no greater image than a new mommy or daddy cuddling with and admiring their newborn child. Skin on skin images are a unique way to capture the purity of these relationships, but we also ask parents to bring a t-shirt or tank top in a neutral color.