Congratulations! You're having a baby! :)
We recommend that you schedule your newborn session PRIOR to your baby’s birth to ensure a spot on our calendar. Contact us during your second trimester and we’ll pencil you in. We photograph newborns within their first 10 days of birth, so we will touch base closer to to discuss juggling the date, because, after all we are on Baby's schedule!
I will be moving baby around and scrunching them into those sweet sleepy newborn images, so we want to make sure they’re sleepy enough to allow us to handle them.
What can you do prior to the session to help things flow as smoothly as possible? These are the top FOUR things parents can do to help optimize their session before they arrive!!
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL SESSION:
1. Try and keep baby awake or as alert as possible at least two hours prior to their scheduled session! That said, don't stress about this, newborns make the rules, but just try and keep them as stimulated as possible in the hours leading up to your session.
2. Please dress babe in only a zipper sleeper for easy and efficient removal. Try to avoid clothing that requires it to be removed over baby's head.
3. Pack a PACIFIER, if you have one and are comfortable with one being used. Even if babe hasn't really taken to one yet, a pacifier is an incredible soothing tool that can help tremendously in calming and soothing your baby during and in between posing.
4. Please give babe a full/feeding just before you leave to attend your session. Due to the length in the session, another feeding or top-up may be necessary in between posing and photographs so please bring extra with you, in the event it is needed.
When you arrive to our Studio, we ask you to leave babe in his/her car seat until such time as your Photographer is ready to begin handling and posing. When we are ready to begin, your Photographer will slowly and with little movements, begin removing babe. We do this to ensure babe is removed as delicately and with as little movements as possible to ensure your babe remains as sleepy as possible. After all, we need babe really sleepy to begin with posing.
Our newborn sessions take place in my studio located at 3 Barbara Drive, Rusagonis NB.
TURNING UP THE HEAT!
I keep my studio a bit warmer than normal during the session. (Like a toasty 28 degrees Celsius or so.) We do this to keep baby nice and warm and content. We therefore ask for parents to dress on the lighter side so that you will be more comfortable throughout the session.
Please do whatever you can to keep the noise level to a minimum during our session. Only parents and those being photographed should be present in Studio to help maintain a calm environment.
I most definitely welcome siblings for your newborn session!
That said, please let me know if you plan on bringing any siblings to your session! With siblings in mind, I do alter my typical workflow of the session to accommodate them and their often short attention spans. Kids get tired and bored and I get it!
To help their images run as smoothly as possible, I ensure that their images are captured at the beginning of the session so they get too restless or overly tense, parents can arrange for them to be taken home by another loved one, if needed.
Children Wardrobe: I tend to say, the more simplistic and neutral the better for kiddos. Perhaps a solid neutral colour shirt and jean or a dress in a solid, neutral colour, preferable white or cream. Also, can't find that perfect dress for your little? Our Client Closet has a selection of dresses available for tiny kiddos use during these type of sessions. Kid footwear? Nope, no need to worry, everyone will be barefoot in studio!
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE!
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-2.5 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately…this isn’t something we can predict! As babies can often sense uneasiness, tensions and/or anxieties in those around them, it is important for everyone to do their best to remain calm and relaxed should he/she not want to sleep -- If sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too!
TRY AND RELAX:
Your baby's safety is always my top priority! We let baby lead the session and we utilize all our safety precautions when handling and posing. If babe becomes uneasy with a particular position, we will never impose a certain pose on them, instead we will move along to the next in our workflow. Every babe is different and tolerate certain positions different than the next. This is why we cannot guarantee any particular pose in our sessions. We will of course try a requested pose if we are able to carry it out safely, but ultimately babe will decide if we are successful in getting it.
Please keep in mind that getting your bundle to sleep before posing sometimes takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. You can probably bet that 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. Aside from sleepy newborn images being so incredibly cute, the most important reason we require you babe to be sleepy is that it is the safest and most efficient way to pose your newborn and capture them.
For newborn sessions carried out for babies between 10-21+ days, posing may look slightly different then a traditional posed newborn session. As babies get older, they become more alert, less flexible and have learned that they don't need to be squished up in a ball anymore! With that in mind, that means that they are less tolerant of traditional newborn posing and therefore, these sessions could look slightly different. With that said, I approach all newborn sessions the same when it comes to our traditional workflow, but ultimately, babe does determine the posing that we are able to complete.
WHEN YOU GOTTA GO, YA GOTTA GO!
Your baby is going to be in the buff for much of our session. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use our blankets (or us) as his/her own personal potty.
This is natural and we expect it! Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it.
We have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands right in my studio. If you have items that are sentimental in nature that you would like me to use in your session, please notify me prior to your session date and we can discuss incorporating them and determine what will work best.
VOCALIZE YOUR THOUGHTS & FEELINGS!
Your baby’s safety comes first. Period. Also, I want you to LOVE your images!! So, for our client/photographer relationship to work, we have to communicate! If you EVER have any questions during the session about anything! Colours. props, posing workflow etc, please just ask away! I'm super easy going so you never have to worry about touching base with me if you need clarification on something!
I can't wait to meet your exquisite creation and thank you so much for trusting me with your family memories!