When to book
The best age to photograph newborns is when they are between 5 and 10 days new. During this time newborns are still very sleepy and curly. They don't mind you moving them around from post to post while they rest in dreamland. Once they have a full belly and are kept warm, they will generally sleep the entire session.
That is not to say we can't photograph your newborn at any other age. Beautiful images can be captured at any stage. However, you should know that once beyond this "new" stage, we may not be able to get the curly poses. If you are sure you want specific poses, please ask about those prior to the session.?
If you are considering having your baby boy circumcised, we will need to make sure we allow him at least 5 days of healing time before his session. It's always best to schedule the procedure after the photo session if at all possible.
What to bring
pacifier - Even if you aren't thinking you will want to use a paci, I encourage you to bring one to your session. The short amount of time we will be using one should not affect any habit-forming behaviors for your baby. My goal is to keep the baby happy and calm during our session. I do keep sterilized pacis on-hand just in case.
extra bottles - Whether you are nursing or bottle feeding, having extra bottles and/or milk is suggested. Some babies tend to eat more than usual during their photo sessions. It's best to be prepared! Feel free to bring food or snacks for you as well.
nursery items - Hand knitted hats, blankets, a special toy, rattle.. these are all things that help create the story of your baby's first few days of life.
clothing - Generally I will be photographing your baby unclothed. Part of the experience in capturing a newborn is seeing the squishy little toes and cute tiny bums. I also have vintage dresses and plenty of props in the studio to use as well.
What to expect
The studio is kept warm in order to keep the baby comfortable. Newborns can lose their body temperature quickly, especially when unclothed, so we need to assure they are kept warm at all times. You may want to dress in layers so that you are comfortable as well.
Please know that babies pee and poo on everything and you don't need to worry. I have plenty of wipes and pads on hand and everything is washed after each session. There will be a white noise machine running to help soothe the baby. Feel free to sit back, relax, read a book, or even take this opportunity to take a nap yourself!