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How to prepare for a newborn photo session

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

You are either expecting, know someone who is, or you just gave birth. Either way, Congratulations! You may be wondering how to go about getting a newborn session, how to prepare and what is included. Choosing a photographer to capture these moments when your little one is so tiny can be an overwhelming task. There's things to take into consideration like the photographers style - Examples: dark and shadowy - light and airy - neutrals - colorful - the extent of skin editing (some like more natural and some like every imperfection taken out). I personally like to do something in between dark and light. I try to make my images look polished but not over edited. I have removed scratch marks when needed but I try not to take away every imperfection. After all, we do want to capture what your sweet baby looks like at that moment. Another thing to think about is whether you want your photographer to come to you, meet in a park or a studio. I personally love doing in home newborn sessions. I love that the parents don't have to worry about packing up everything they may need for the baby. Don't stress about cleaning either. Chances are, we'll be using a 4-5 ft space that I find in your house with good light. If we have to I can help move anything out of the way. I'm here to make it easy for you to get beautiful images. I am hoping to do more outdoor ones this year since the session I did in October of last year outside turned out beautiful. I do not personally own a studio but I have worked for one (outside of this business) for the past 9 years and can appreciate images like those. Something else to think about when choosing your photographer is whether or not they provide props, wraps and blankets etc. Some choose to work with whatever you the client provide, some have a huge collection of items so that you don't have to provide anything but the baby for your session. I provide these things and I am looking to expand my collection. Now lets talk about what age works best for newborn photos. Sure you may consider 2, 3 or even 4 months to be newborn (they are still so new to the world right!) but in the world of photography, even 1 month old is kind of pushing it. If you want images like you see below, these babies were 2 weeks and younger. That is the time where babies are still sleeping most of the day and easier to pose since they don't wiggle as much! The last thing I want to mention is when to schedule your session and how to prepare for the investment. You are given a due date but everyone knows it could be weeks before or days after that your bundle of joy decides to arrive. If you are expecting and know you'd like to book a session with me, you can make payments throughout your pregnancy if you like. A specific date does not have to be booked before the baby is born but you will want to contact me as soon as possible after giving birth to set up a day and time.

A standard newborn shoot with just baby alone includes up to 2 hours of my time (I don't need that long to shoot but some of that time is needed for diaper changes, feedings, calming baby etc) , and at least 3 different setups (depending on the baby's cooperation we may be able to do more). I am experienced with soothing, wrapping and posing babies so you can sit back and relax. You receive all of the edited images digitally within a week of your session. This is typically about 15-20 images. ~ $300

Family members can be added for a fee. Talk to me about your specific needs







Props!

Down below are some of the baskets, blankets and wraps that I have available to use for your session. If you book a session with me and want specific colors that I don't have, let me know. I am always looking to expand my collection. I am actually waiting on some new swaddle wraps and hats to be mailed to me.







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