When to book: The ideal time I like to photograph newborns is within five to ten days of their birth. This is when baby is sleeping soundly, is flexible and comfortably curls up in the womb-like position with that lovely squishiness, but I will photograph after 14 days up to one month old. Just know that after the 14-day mark, they start to develop baby acne, wake up more and, therefore, harder to pose. Babies older than two weeks may not curl up as easily or like their clothes off. Images will more likely be with the baby dressed, awake, nicely tucked in a basket, or handheld shots. If you are not concerned about getting the early, curly poses, then by all means, please feel free to book your session after the 14-day mark. I would be happy to photograph your baby.
NOTE: For boys who have circumcisions, I will set the session date at least five days after the procedure so he is not uncomfortable being moved around.
What to do: Get in touch with me approximately two to three months prior to your anticipated delivery due date. Upon receipt of the retainer fee and executed Letter of Agreement, I will schedule in your due date. This way, at least it’s on the books. However, as we all know, babies decide their own timeline, so your baby may arrive earlier (or later) than expected. That’s okay. However, I must be notified within 24 hours of your giving birth so we can finalize your appointment date when your baby is five - ten days old (my ideal time frame for shooting a sleepy baby.) Waiting to contact me several days after the birth will make scheduling your session very difficult within the first two weeks of birth. If you are having a scheduled delivery, we can schedule your newborn session ahead of time. NICU babies may be an exception to my two-week age rule. Contact me to discuss. If you just had your baby and decided to have professional newborn photos done, contact me immediately to set up a session time and I will do my best to fit you in. Where session takes place: I will photograph your newborn in the comfort and security of your own home using natural window light. I bring my mobile simple setup including the props, headbands, wraps, etc. However, if you have a particular outfit you would like to use in the photo session, I will certainly include it. Please do not stress yourself out by cleaning your house getting ready for your session. You just had a baby, after all. Your job is to feed, comfort and love on your baby. I will photograph in a living area or even a bedroom, hopefully, with a large window. A window facing north gives the best natural light, but no worries if your area doesn't have a north-facing window. If we are in the bedroom, just remove clutter from the nightstands so they will not be in the photographs. Bedding should be simple and white, if at all possible, as white reflects the light wonderfully. Approximately one month prior to your session, I will ask you more detailed questions so you and I will be fully prepared for your newborn's photo session.
Time commitment: Newborn sessions generally can take up to two to three hours. We all know babies have a mind of their own, so this allows time for feeding, diaper changes, calming and getting them back to sleep.
Baby Safety: The safety of your baby is always the utmost of importance to me during our photo sessions. These are my personal safety rules:
I never leave baby unattended in a prop or on a posing bag
I will use you, the parent, as a spotter next to your baby when using props
Not every baby will pose in the same way. Therefore, I will never force a baby into any pose where it looks like they are uncomfortable or stressed. Instead, I will adjust him/her to where they are comfortable.
I will always have my camera strap secured around my neck or wrist when shooting from above
I use extreme care and caution when placing a baby inside or on an object to ensure it does not break or fall by placing weights in the bottom of baskets, crates, etc. to secure them.