newborn session prep
1. If you are nursing be careful what you eat for about a day leading up to the session. As you are probably aware, spicy foods can upset babies tummy. You are likely learning what works and what doesn't work so simply be mindful that what you eat will affect baby.
2. Try to keep your baby awake for a couple of hours leading up to the session. If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives to my studio, they just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder. So, some tips to give parents are to play with baby, talk with baby, maybe even give the baby a bath before the session – whatever it takes to keep them alert for an hour or two. Then, when they arrive in my studio, they’ll be ready for a long nap!
3. I will probably take your baby when you arrive and try very hard only to give them back when you leave… this gets my cuddle time in with your precious baby, but it is also because babies are SMART! If they are given to Mom they expect FOOD and will get fussy when it is denied. So, Dad and I will likely take on the pacifying role as much as possible.
4. Try to arrive with a hungry baby ( I know this sounds less than appealing). This way you can feed upon arrival and your baby should sleep for the duration of the session. However, babies have a mind of their own so please also be prepared to feed more than normal during the session. If your baby is awake and restless the quickest way to soothe them is to feed them. Bring bottles if your baby will take a bottle, even if you are not exclusively bottle feeding. The more I can keep the baby on the props the happier they will remain. Also bring a pacifier if they take one.
5. Wear something off white (tan and ivory and neutral colours in that palette are great, if you have that in your wardrobe). Bring black top and bottoms. I love it when it is the BABY that stands out in the photos so stay away from stripes, patterns and logos. Dress your baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper. Preferably a loose fitting one. When removing babies from the car seat it is ideal for them to remain sleeping, so the less we have to take off the easier this will be. And if the pajamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.
6. My studio is HOT, so dress lightly and take advantage of my cold drinks in the fridge.
7. Newborn sessions can FEEL sooooo long so bring a laptop, a book to read, or better yet, sneak in a nap!
8. I can never stress this point enough – bring EXTRA diapers and wipes! Babies are messier when allowed to be naked for a long period of time and we often use their diaper to block or catch accidents. Naturally, be prepared to get peed on so bring an extra set of clothes in case we are overly accident prone. Finally – don’t worry if we make a mess. All of the props and accessories are bought and used knowing the risk involved with naked newborns. Babies seem to know when the white fur blanket is underneath them!