This guide is to help you prepare for your session so you can just relax and enjoy the memories you will be creating.
Newborn Prep Guide
The studio address is 34 San Fortunato Crescent, Lancaster Park. My cell number is 587-986-9440 in case you get lost.
Newborn sessions are about as unique of a session as you can get. The environment should be very calm and peaceful.
Sessions last typically between 2-4 hours. You are welcome to sleep and rest and relax during your baby’s very first photography session.
Here is what I have found to lead to the most successful session:
1.If you are nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy (i.e. pizza, hot sauce, etc.) or gassy (ie. Broccoli) that might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session.
2. Bring a pacifier for the baby. Please inform us prior to your session if your child has any special needs, such as reflux, colic or fussiness so we can accommodate accordingly. We ask that you bring a pacifier and extra bottles of pumped milk and/or formula for your session, even if your child does not typically use them. It is important that we have access to various soothing options to make sure your session runs smoothly
3. The studio will be kept very warm to keep your little one warm while in their birthday suit, so I recommend dressing in layers so that you can remove some if you get too warm.
4. It is crucial to keep the baby awake for the majority of the time before the shoot (at least two hours). Without this, we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them. If you need to give the baby a bath to help keep them awake or get them naked, those are some tricks to use.
5. The baby needs to be fed as much as possible during the 12 hours that precedes the session. This is especially true for breastfed babies. Feeding the baby an extra time or two will help amazingly with getting them to sleep deeply. This will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible. If you are already supplementing – the feeding just before the session is one to do this for. As formula sits heavier on the belly and they sleep better. However, I am a strong advocate for breastfeeding and would in no way say to do this if you are not already needing to supplement. After you keep them awake and give them a good feeding, allow the baby to fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio. This will put them into a deep sleep so they are ready to go when they arrive. Or `plan to feed as soon as you arrive if you live close by.
6. Bring extra clothes for yourself in case he or she uses the bathroom on you, it happens often. This includes underwear. For your family shots, please plan to bring an earth tone coloured shirt for the guys, tank top for women, button down for male siblings, dresses for girls.
7. We will go over the workflow when you arrive at the studio. That way you will be fully prepared for the session and you will understand our plan to make things go nice and smoothly
8. Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on skin – a simple button-up sleeper is best. I prefer items that we don’t have to take over their head.
9. You may want to bring something to work on (Thank you cards or a book you've been wanting to read)
*if baby is being circumcised it is best to do the session prior to circumcision. If it has already been done baby must be adequately healed prior to photography session.
I just adore posing and photographing newborns and cannot wait to meet your new bundle of joy!