session prep | newborn
So you've booked your newborn session. You may be wondering, now what? Well don't worry! I've got all the tips & tricks for you to help ensure your little one's session goes smoothly!
-The Day Before-
Try to avoid eating anything that might make your baby gassy or fussy within 48hrs of your session. Avoid caffeine, high fiber veggies such as broccoli or cabbage, beans, spicy foods, acidic foods such as oranges & strawberries &/or anything else you've noticed bothers her tummy.
A well fed baby is a happy baby!! Please try to feed & burp baby right before the session or plan on feeding baby when you arrive. I have a couch available in my studio area for you to use for any feedings baby may need. If you plan on feeding once you arrive, please let me know & plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before your session so that we can still start on time. Babies need to eat when they need to eat & sometimes even need to eat during the session & that's ok!!
I encourage you to dress in light-weight clothing and/or removable layers so you are not sweating & uncomfortable lol! My studio is set to about 76 degrees & gradually gets to about 80-82 degrees during our session so it is quite warm!
No socks or hats on baby before the session. We want to prevent any marks on his skin. Keep his clothing loose & preferably something that doesn't have to be pulled off over the head. A zippered or snap up sleeper, no onesie under, works great!
Please bring a pacifier, even if baby doesn't take one. We won't necessarily use it but it's good to have as a back up if baby needs soothing or has the urge to suck but isn't hungry. If we do use it, it is only for very brief periods of time so not to worry if you'd rather your baby not use a paci.
If you have other children that are being photographed, please make arrangements for them to be taken home after their portion of the session is over. This is especially important for younger kiddos & toddlers as a newborn session can take 3-4 hours & it gets to be too much for them. I always do parent/sibling poses first to make this easier.
-Session Wardrobe for Family/Sibling Poses-
Soft, neutral colors are best. I do have a client closet available for mom. Jeans or solid khaki pants along with a solid tee or polo for boys is best. Casual, simple dresses or tops for girls. We want the focus to be on baby & the beautiful connection between your family & it's newest little member! Make sure everyone's finger nails are clean & trimmed. Remove any chipped polish. If you want to wear polish, I recommend sticking to neutral colors.
I take the baby’s lead; getting them to sleep before posing takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. In fact, I’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us.
Just remember: Babies can sense stress and anxiety (especially from their mommy’s!) It’s super important that EVERYONE remain calm and relaxed during this session. Keeping the environment as mellow & quiet as possible is pretty much the only way we’re going to get the shots we’re looking for. For older babies, I will try my best to get the traditional sleepy newborn poses but it can be more difficult as older babies tend to be more awake & sensitive to touch.
And lastly, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled session or 30 minutes if you plan on feeding baby in the studio. This is especially helpful if you've got a bit of a drive. And of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out! I can't wait to see you!
305 8th Ave SE
Isanti, MN 55040