Having a new baby in your life is both incredible and life changing. Things may get hectic during these times, so I have put together some information on how to prepare for your newborn photo session with me, what to expect, and what you will get in return.
PLANNING YOUR NEWBORN SESSION:
Your last trimester: No matter where you will be delivering your baby, it is important to establish contact with me to talk about the approximate time your baby will arrive. Most mom and dads pre-book their due date with me. Though your little one may come well before or after this date, this helps me do some loose planning of what your session will entail. If this isn’t possible, please let me know when you’re ready and I will do my best to accommodate you.
Baby is here!:Please think about including me in the list of important people to update via e-mail or text message once the big events start to happen (heading to the hospital, in labor, baby is born). This way I can start planning dates within the next week or so for baby’s portraits to take place. If this is a fresh-48 session, I will arrive at the hospital when you are about 6cm dilated.
Scheduling: It is best to schedule your session within one week of coming home. For most babies, this will take place during the first two weeks of life. If your baby is being circumsized, please inform me as we will need to allow three or so days for the site to heal so that posing will be comfortable.
In my experience, we need a nice sleepy baby to get those sleepy poses that parents adore, and after a couple of weeks you’ll notice baby is more alert, less likely to curl up tight, and may even develop a little bit of acne.
During your session, we will use white noise to help keep baby calm.
Sessions will take about three hours from start to finish, and will take place in the morning or early-afternoon.
With older siblings, we will save the shots of them together for the end of the session, as with family portraits. As the session goes on, baby may begin to get fussy and need mom or dad to hold him/her. This is when we will begin the family portion to recalm baby. It’s best to schedule at a time when only parents will be present as we want to avoid as many distractions as possible.
What to wear: For other family members (parents & siblings) that will be present in the portraits, please think about what colors are present in your home and keep colors consistent. This will ensure that family portraits will fit in with your home and that the attention will be on you, rather than on distracting clothing. Black, grey, light pinks and blues, tans, and cream colors will work best with baby’s skin tone. Please avoid wearing clothing with logos, writing, or images on them. Do not hesitate to ask me about wardrobe! I would be happy to show you examples of what to wear.
What to bring: Please feel free to bring along or have items out that are personal to your family such as wedding rings, blankets, stuffed animals, or sports gear. If there is a particular prop or item you would like me to include, please let me know ahead of time so I can plan for it. Besides personal items like the ones mentioned, all you really need to bring is baby. I will provide all the props, outfits, hats, headbands, wraps, and blankets for you to choose from!
The day before your session: If you are breastfeeding, please avoid spicy and acidic foods/drinks for 24 hours before the session. This will ensure a calm tummy for baby. For more information, feel free to read this post about how the foods you eat affect baby during nursing. I will also e-mail or text message you to confirm our session.
The day of the session: You will want to do a good feeding just before the session. If you are coming to my home studio, please wait to feed until you have arrived. If I am coming to your home, please begin feeding baby five minutes before my scheduled arrival time. Being in baby’s presence during the time of their feeding helps them get used to my voice and helps them see me as a ‘safe zone’. I will burp baby after the feeding so they will get used to my touch.
If baby is seems sick or rashy, it is probably best to reschedule the session for a better date.
For the ride to the studio or the hour before I arrive, please keep baby in a loose diaper and wrap with blankets for warmth. This will help avoid creases and lines on baby’s body that will appear in the portraits. This also makes it easier to transition into the session.
Parents - dress comfortably and in layers. If you are going to be included in the session, please bring this outfit with you in a bag and I will let you know when is a good time to change into it. I keep it very warm in the studio to ensure baby is comfortable and warm with no clothing. If this is a home session, please close air vents the morning of the session where we will be photographing and I will bring a portable heater to ensure comfort.
During the session: This process has proved to be very enjoyable for parents! Please sit back, relax, and watch it all happen! I may ask for your help with an occasional feeding or cleaning. If you are uncomfortable with anything going on in the session please let me know. Your baby’s safety is my #1 concern, so I will have an assistant nearby at all times. I will never photograph your child with privates exposed or in any way that could be physically dangerous.
Expect baby to eat more than usual during the session. With a ll of the moving and posing, baby will be extra hungry! We will take as many breaks as we need.
While I understand it is very tempting, please refrain from taking photos on your phone or camera during our session. It may affect my photographs or make baby more alert.
Sibling participation: If you would like portraits with older sibling(s) and baby, please arrange for them to be clean, fed, and dressed to arrive or step in towards the end of the session. We will shoot these images last for about 15 minutes so sibling(s) do not have to be present throughout the whole newborn shoot.
If we are shooting at your home, it is best to have a baby handler to bring sibling(s) in and out when necessary. If we are shooting in my home studio, please have someone lined up to take sibling(s) home once their part of the session has ended. If you are traveling to me, we can do sibling shots at the beginning.
After the session: I generally batch and edit images within 3-7 business days of our session and will notify you via email when your gallery has been posted. If you have already chosen a package, we can begin looking through images to decides which you would like to print. If you have not yet chosen a package, I would be happy to discuss them with you further once you have seen your portraits.
Families, Children, Mommy & Me, or Daddy & Me - whatever family sessions you have in need, this is your chance to get them for the last time this summer!
All sessions will take place at Summit Park in Valencia, CA.
26147 Mcbean Pkwy
Valencia, California 91355
Date/Times are the following:
Friday, August 8th
9:00 AM - Manda R.
9:30 AM -
10:00 AM -
10:30 AM -
11:00 AM -
11: 30 AM -
12:00 PM -
A second date will be added if the first fills up. Full payment due at time of booking (PayPal or mailed check). Additional print purchases can be made at an extra cost.
Please comment with your name, email address, and date/time to reserve your spot. Please check your email for booking information and invoice.
I’ve been taking a ton of online courses and doing online research to ensure that by the time I graduate my university next year, I will know everything I can possibly learn to be a successful newborn photographer. With hopes of opening my own studio, I have found many tips and tricks to get the perfect sleepy baby during my sessions. One thing I hadn’t even thought of was that what Momma has been eating/drinking prior to nursing can have a huge affect on whether or not babies sleep soundly during their photo sessions. This affects many babies—keeping them from sleeping through the night and sometimes making them gassy. It is extremely important for Momma’s to remember that even after birth, your baby relies heavily on you for essential nutrients. What you eat has a huge effect on your babies health! Take a look at this list of foods to avoid when nursing.
List courtesy of Ana Brandt at www.TheArtofPregnancyandNewborn.net
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Last weekend I took a trip to sunny Los Angeles where I was born and raised to photograph a few newborns. I met with Veronica and her husband Saturday morning to photograph their newborn son Mika in their apartment. The natural lighting in their bedroom was just beautiful! Here are a few of the photos from the shoot!
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I thought it was about time to start a new Tumblr. I started out with my photography really focusing on live music, but now that I’m geared more towards portraits I figured it was time to let the other one go. So welcome to my new blog! Follow for photos, updates and more!