Preparing for Your Newborn Session

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- Ahead of Time -

  • PROPS: I want the beauty of your baby to the focus of the photo, so I use simple, natural props in my images. I love soft colors, neutrals, and earth tones. I bring a variety of accessories to choose from: wraps, headbands, hats, bonnets, skirts, and pants. I also bring 1-2 props such as a wooden bowl, basket, or crate to photograph your baby in.
    Click here to view a blog I posted of some of my props to see a sample of what you'll get to choose from. Since this post I have continually added more things.

  • FAMILY PHOTO: I always like to photograph Mommy & Daddy with the baby, so prepare to have your photo taken. We'll discuss ahead of time about siblings or grandparents in the photos so everyone can be ready on picture day. Please let me know if you only want photos of your newborn.

  • POSES: Poses include 1-2 with family, 2-3 on the bean bag, and 1-2 with a prop, but I really go with whatever baby is comfortable with. I will include wraps, little pants, or cute skirt, and I will pose your baby nude on the beanbag, but if you prefer to have your newborn covered in all the photos, please don't hesitate to let me know.

  • It's my delight to be creative and provide you with beautiful, detailed memories of your newborn. This is your baby's special day so please communicate what you hope to see.



- The Day of Our Session -

  • 2015_08-03 Santoro 25 Website2015_08-03 Santoro 25 Website I will start the session with family photos so you can relax and enjoy the rest of the session without having to keep makeup and outfit ready. For your wardrobe, choose simple neutral colors and avoid busy patterns and bright colors. Clothes should fit snugly and not be loose. You also can have Dad bare on the top and Mom with bare shoulders using a tight wrap around the chest down to the waist.

  • I will need to set up in the room of your home that has the best window lighting, no matter which room it may be (large floor-length windows and sliding glass doors offer excellent light). It takes me about 15 minutes to set up, and during this time I'll allow you to look through my collection of wraps and props to choose your favorites.

  • Turn up the heat and dress light! We need to have a warm room, around 75 degrees.  Being warm helps the baby to sleep more easily and not get chilled when undressed. I will bring a portable heater with me to aid in keeping things warm. If the adults are a little too warm during a session then the temperature is just about right for a naked baby!

  • Plan for breaks to feed your baby during the session, even if they are short feedings. Sometimes being just a little hungry can make a newborn uncomfortable, especially since I'll be moving the baby around more than usual.  

  • Have a pacifier ready if you use one. It can be very helpful to get the baby to fall back asleep when posing and they're on the verge of a deep sleep.

  • Have a comfortable place to sit and watch. It can take a good amount of me holding, patting, and waiting for the baby to relax properly and safely. Taking the actual photo is the smallest part of the session!

  • I may need your (or your spouse's) assistance on some of the poses if I don't bring an assistant with me. Your baby's safety is my number one priority.


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I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalm 139:14


Thank you for choosing me as your photographer.