Congratulations on your new baby! After so many weeks of anticipation and preparations your little miracle is finally here. And what an adventure it is with feedings and changing every few hours day and night. I’ve been there. My baby boy wanted to nurse every two hours for months.
If you scheduled your Newborn Photo Session before you delivered you have an advantage in planning to document these precious fleeting moments. The first 10 days after birth are best for newborn portraits. Baby is sleepy and won’t mind being moved into a few different poses. The earlier you can make it to the studio the better. The first week is ideal. After two weeks our chances for sleepy portraits drop dramatically as most babies sleep less and lighter. Yes, it is hard to get out of the house with a newborn. You are tired, we understand. But if you do make the effort you will never regret it, it will be worth it. All you have to do is get here, feed your baby and then just sit back and watch us do the rest. You can even take a nap if you like 🙂
As for how to prepare and what to bring to your Newborn Session. We recommend to pack a diaper bag with the usual – diapers, extra clothes in case of accidents (for Mom too because spit up happens) and formula for two feedings (if you are not nursing of course). Feel free to pack some fun things such as hand knit hats and blankets, stuffed animal or anything else that has a special meaning to you. No need for fancy outfits. At this age nothing really fits well and newborn babies look their best in just a birthday suit anyway. Our studio is always very warm at 75 degrees and we use a space heater near the baby to make them comfortable during the session. Also, feel free to bring snacks for yourself. Most newborn sessions last between 2 and 4 hours so you may get hungry and we tend to be bad hosts in this area when we get busy behind the camera.
If you read my previous post you will be delighted to meet Max, Aubrey and Matt’s firstborn child and an amazing newborn baby boy I had the pleasure to meet and photograph. After working with Aubrey for a whole year documenting her pregnancy each trimester I couldn’t wait to meet this little guy! The little cutie was just perfect. Flawless skin, beautiful lips and so adorable. He slept well and allowed me to mold him into several newborn poses without waking. Too bad Aubrey and Matt took him home afterwards 😉