Please see a list below to help you prepare for the session:
1. From birth until the session, it is helpful to use Aquaphor (or your preferred brand) on any dry skin patches, especially on the baby's face and scalp. Smooth skin makes for great photos and eliminates editing time which ultimately results in faster delivery!
2. Bathe your baby. Give your baby a bath the night before the session or the morning of the session.
3. Bring diapers, wipes, two warm blankets, bottles, a change of clothes for the baby, hairbrush, sentimental items, pacifier (if applicable) and any props you would like to use (please communicate these props at the time of booking and no later than two weeks before the session).
4. Feed, feed, and feed. It is recommended that you feed the baby well just before the session, and change the baby into a clean diaper. Now, hear me out ..... For breastfeeding moms, pumping bottles and/or supplementing just one bottle of formula with a little "extra" is HIGHLY recommended for your newborn session (of course it is up to you, you're the mom)! You don't want to spend the majority of the session time feeding the baby (trust me, it's happened...I'm talking one hour on and off). Hungry babies are fussy babies, and fussy babies don't pose or stay still. Some fussing is normal but when it lasts the entire session, you won't get the photos you want. Please talk to your doctor about these options before your session.
5. Clear adequate, well-lit space in your home for your photographer and keep the house very warm. If you booked a session in your home, please clear at least a 6 x 6 (feet) space in your home near the best natural light - the night before the session. An outlet for a portable heater is also needed, so if you don't have an outlet near the natural light space, please have an extension cord ready to use on the day of the session. You may also need to crank up the heat or turn off the air conditioning depending on the weather. Overall, be prepared to sweat!
6. Limit guests/observers!
7. Be sure to communicate any "special requests" in advance. These request are most commonly regarding props and poses. Kindly do this two weeks before the session, and earlier if possible. It is also helpful to know the colors of the props you would like to use so that I may prepare the backdrops and color coordinate for flattering images. (Please e-mail those details as soon as possible and no later than two weeks before the session.) It is most helpful to communicate these at the time of booking...the earlier, the better!
8. Don't worry! Babies always cry and fuss at any age, at some point during the session - no matter what. Even if you leave the session feeling like it didn't go well, remember that the best photos from the session are selected and edited in post-production.
9. Understand custom photography. Finally, I ask that you recognize the difference between custom photography and photos you might get at the mall during the holidays. Custom photography means that you choose the photographer based on their portfolio, their style and overall judgment, and ultimately pay for time and talent, not "how many photos." So, the BEST photos are based on photographic elements such as composition, lighting, clarity, focus, etc. In other words, you won't get every photo. What? Yes, I said that. You won't get every photo. There is no other reason than the 20 or so that I select for you are the best based on photographic elements, my own personal brand. Remember that I WANT to give you as many great photos as possible, and that I always strive to do the very best. (I am NOT withholding great photos, I promise!).
10. Enjoy the process! Remember, nothing is perfect and these moments are precious - no matter what! If you have any additional questions, feel free to call me at 631-793-9863.