PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION
NOTE: PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR SESSION IF YOU ARE SICK! I work mostly with newborns and young families, so I am doing everything I can to stay healthy for my clients during this time. If anyone in your family has any symptoms of illness or has possible Covid exposure, please let me know so we can choose a different date!
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO KNOW FOR YOUR SESSION:
- Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior and then feed again right before I arrive.
- Let me know if you’d like me to bring wardrobe for you for your session. (You can see my available dresses here). For dad and siblings, I recommend simple neutral clothing to not distract from baby. White, cream, gray, and pastels are good options. Some dads wear button ups and dress pants, some wear jeans and a nice henley or sweater, so whatever they’re comfortable in will work as long as it’s neutral and light colored!
- I recommend avoiding bulky watches, bracelets, fitbits, etc. as they can distract from baby. If you choose to wear jewelry, dainty pieces will photograph better.
- Please don’t feel the need to clean your whole house before I come, but keep in mind your home is the backdrop for your session. You’ll want to make sure the areas in your house where we’ll be shooting are clutter free.
- If it’s easy to do, unplug/move any baby monitors, hatch lamps, diaper pails, etc. that you don’t want to appear in your images.
- Our goal is to keep baby asleep during the shoot, so it helps if you’re able to keep them awake for an hour or so beforehand. Try giving a bath and letting baby kick with only a diaper.
- I recommend starting with baby in a white onesie or loose swaddle so if they are asleep when I arrive, we can grab a few shots of them before we wrap them. Otherwise please have baby in something loose fitting and easy to remove.
- Hands will likely show in your pictures so you’ll want to wear neutral or no nail polish. (For siblings, please make sure to remove chipped nail polish, temporary tattoos, etc.)
- If you have younger children, I advise having a treat on hand in case we need to bribe them during the session (puffs, fruit snacks, a non staining candy, etc.)
- If you can, have the soothie pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It’s the round, bendable one, so it won’t leave marks. Even if you haven’t used one, just for the time that we’re photographing the baby it usually really helps. (However if you prefer that we don’t use one, that’s fine!)
- Sessions last about 2 hours (but may run a little longer depending on how settled baby is/how cooperative siblings are).
If you have any other questions before your session, please let me know!