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how to prep for your session

PREPPING YOUR BABY

  • Please fully feed your baby right before I'm due to arrive.​

  • Before your session you can give your baby a nice warm bath.​

  • Keep your baby in a warm blanket with their diaper only - no socks as they leave ugly marks on their feet and no outfits so that they are not disturbed when I start working with them.​

  • Even if your baby doesn't typically use a pacifier, I ask that you have one handy during your session as they serve as a  wonderful distraction for the baby during the session.  They are incredibly  helpful in keeping your little one happy when moving from pose to pose. 

  • Every baby is different and so each pose will vary with each session.  I will never force a baby into any pose it doesn't feel comfortable doing.  I do try my best to get the pose however not all babies are comfortable with some poses. 

  • Don't use any lotions or oils on the baby hair before the session

  • If your baby has a lot of hair have a brush close by so we can brush the hair.

DURING YOUR SESSION & PREPPING YOUR HOME

  • Depending on your package your session will take 1-3 hours

  • The temperature in your home should be between 75-77 degrees otherwise your baby won't cooperate.  If you want the baby to wear outfits then its crucial to have that warm temperature.  Using a small heater in the area where we will set up is good and helps keep the rest of the house cooler. 

  • I will need space to setup - the backdrop stand is between 7-9 feet wide and I do need 5-6 feet in front of the backdrop to shoot. 

  • Please do your part with warming the area up to the ideal temperature (75-77 degrees) and having baby fully fed before I arrive so that your baby is ready to do and does well during the session.

  • If you have a 2 story house we will do your session on the first floor.  There is too many things to carry upstairs such as a large bin that weighs over 50lbs. 

  • Try to leave an open area outside for me to easily unload. It takes 4-5 or more trips to unload everything for your session. 

  • If you have pets in your home please vacuum or mop the area where we will setup.  

  • I will wear a mask when I'm working close with the baby.  You are welcome to wear a mask but if you don't want to I do ask to keep your distance so that we are all safe. This helps me stay healthy so that I can do your session and not share germs with your new baby and the next baby. 

  • Please remember that taking your own pictures during the session is not permitted as stated in your contract.  You are allowed to take behind the scene photos with me in it.  I love when my clients share their behind the scenes photos of me working with your new baby. 

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WHAT TO WEAR (IF YOUR PACKAGE COMES WITH FAMILY PHOTOS)

I offer all inclusive newborn sessions.  What does that mean? That means I provide all the backdrops, props, and coordinating wraps and accessories for your baby. I will use the questionnaire you have filled out in order to prepare for your session. The room will be warm (75 degrees) so wearing light clothing is recommended so that you are comfortable while we are doing the session. 

Family/siblings photos are done at the end of the session. The photos are done from your waist and up only.  You will be posed on your knees.  I do have kneepads to help you if needed.  You will be on your knees for around 10-15 min or less. If you have a handicap or are unable to be posed like this please select lifestyle images in your home instead of regular posed ones. 

MOM & DAD

  • I want all the focus of the image to be on the connection you share with your baby, rather than the clothing.  Therefore, I suggest a simple black, white, or grey solid top for mom and dad. I would suggest avoiding busy prints just as they are more distracting.  

  • Avoid using too much hairspray, as soft hair photographs best with newborns.

  • I can't fix hair such as fixing hair color such as roots.  If you have nail polish please make sure its good as I cant fix chips or fix nail colors. 

  • Avoid long earrings or necklaces.  I want all the focus to be on you and your baby.

  • Dads if you're wearing a new shirt be sure to iron out in advance. Other then that, just relax.  It will be over before you know it. 

SIBLINGS 

  • I suggest wearing same solid colors to coordinate everyone.  Baby will be wrapped so that the (young) sibling(s) can easily and safely hold the baby while laying on the floor  on the fur setup.  

  • If there is older siblings (tweens and teens) they will pose holding the baby as a regular pose. 

AFTER THE SESSION

  • Your gallery will be ready within 1-2 weeks for image selection.  

Behind the scene photos and the final edited image