....Ahhh!! I'm so excited for you and congratulations on your new bundle of love. I have witnessed many blessing in my lifetime but nothing has come close to the miracle of birth and the LOVING INTENSITY of welcoming home your newborn. I would love to help capture those first touches, feelings and the amazing experiences you and your family will share during this monumental time.
LIFESTYLE / CANDID NEWBORN SESSION I’m focused more on lifestyle/candid photography. My lifestyle newborn sessions usually lasts around 1hr to 1.5 hrs. I feel like 3-4 hours is overwhelming to be in the clients home or in a studio right after having a baby. Especially your first baby. I feel like my style is more towards capturing real moments as much as possible. Our photos will tell your newborn story. Your family story. I hope when you and your family members visit these photo over the years you will be able to feel how tiny and soft your newborn was. I hope they will bring you lots of love and joy.
GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER - I would like to talk with you around the second trimester, get to know you, see if you would like to meet before our session and also set up a tentative date for us to have your newborn session. We will talk about your ideas and wishes during the session. There are no rules with my sessions. There are poses and ideas that are typical or standard and if that’s what you are looking for well that’s great too! I don’t want you to feel limited. (I also will ask you to sign a model release so I can use your images on facebook and for other advertising purposes.) SLEEPY BABY -- Interact with your baby as much as possible prior to the session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy when we get there - sorry he/she needs to stay up as much as possible before the session and then they usually eat and go into what we call a “milk coma”
HUNGRY — Make sure your baby has a full belly right before I arrive. We might also break for a milk snack. Who said models don't eat?
AMAZING LIGHT — Please open all blinds and curtains before I arrive. I’ll usually ask you to send me a couple of photos of the inside of your house that receives the most natural light. Please notice a space and time when the most sunlight comes into the room. Usually that is around mid-morning to late-afternoon. We should try to schedule the session around the light and when your baby is feeding/sleeping. Please let me know what is best for the baby, you, and the space.
HANDY — Have extra blankets, diapers and wipes available. If your baby takes a pacifier, please have it nearby. I will be using hand sanitizer before and during our session.
PHOTO-READY — Please have the nursery, your living room and a bedroom that has great natural light nice and tidy so that it will be "photo-ready" and gorgeous. (*Tip & Highly Recommended: The use of a solid white or cream blanket/comforter bounces the beautiful natural light and keeps your images light, airy, and clean.
POOP HAPPENS — It’s OK! :) Happens all the time and I get peed on too, especially after feeding and if they are nude. I will bring extra wraps and clothes with me. No worries at all :) We will quickly clean up and continue making new family memories.
SOOTHING — There might be moments of rocking and snuggling with your baby because they are just too precious. :)
WHERE’S MOM — I might ask you to step out of the room if we are posing your baby. Not that we don’t love and want you, but I will need your baby to be comfortable and thinking of sweet dreams while poses him or her. Sometimes when mom’s close by baby thinks it's lunch time . . . “I’m hungry, where’s my milk Momma?”.
POSING THE FAMILY — Candids are alway best. I like to capture my families as natural and stress free as possible. But if I see something that looks awkward, I will definitely try my best to suggest another position or placement of a hand or foot. haha
SIBLINGS — If you have children and would like them to be included in some photos, we recommend bringing them in at the beginning or end of a session. It is also helpful to have a friend or family member to come by and help keep your other baby entertained until the end of the session. Only those being photographed should be present to help maintain a calm environment.
WHAT TO WEAR — I LOVE TO PIN!! So I have come up with a board of "What to Wear" ideas for almost each season. But let's start with this board and if you need help, I'm here! Click here for some great ideas (*Tips: Sometimes it helps to find "one piece" you really love and build around that one piece. I would stay away from small stripes or spots and logos. I would not wear a plaid and then get your hubby to wear a plaid. Just too much. Try to coordinate a plaid print, a medium striped print and a couple of solids. Then use a seasonal accent color for accessories.)