Tips and Suggestions for Parents for a Successful Newborn Session
Keeping the Baby awake before the Session
Try to to keep the baby awake in the couple hours leading up to the session. If the baby has slept all morning, s/he may be ready for a long awake period upon arrival to the studio which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder. Aside of playing with the baby before the session you may want to try a bath.
Feeding the Baby before the Session
It is recommended that the baby is fed as often as possible about 10 - 12 hours before the session, with the last feeding approximately half hour before the session, to ensure that s/he is really full and ready for a rest upon arrival at the studio.
For Nursing Moms
Be sure to be careful with what you eat for about a day leading up to the session. Any sort of spicy foods or foods which the baby isallergic to, can make the baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy which in turn will lead to lots of tears and little sleep before and during the session!
Wardrobe tips for Baby
Dress the baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper, preferably a loose fitting one. If the baby is fully dressed in pants, shirts, socks and shoes, undressing almost always wakes him or her up. Loose fitting sleepers or pajamas will also prevent lines from clothing pieces left behind on the baby’s skin.
I have many wraps and blankets available at the studio. I also have a heater and keep the studio very warm prior to and throughout the session.
Wardrobe Tips for Parents
Bring two or three outfit changes each. My personal preference is soft colours with no distracting or busy patterns (White is ok for a few photos). Dads, bring some shorter sleeve shirts. For Moms , some light make up is recommended. Both Moms and Dads should avoid wearing watches during the session.
Keeping busy during the Session
Newborn photo sessions are fairly long and slow moving. I recommend bringing something to keep you occupied while I work with the baby (i.e. a laptop or book).
Let me know if you don't feel comfortable with a pose
Safety always cones first! I take the utmost care when handling your little one. Poses are never forced. I will do my best to let you know what I plan on doing next. If at any time during the session you wish to take a break or are not comfortable with a pose, please do not hesitate to let me know.