Preparing for Your Newborn Session
- What to Know Before Your Session -
• Newborn Poses:
Petite newborn sessions include the following variety:
• 2 poses of either family group, parents, OR siblings (your choice of 2 poses)
• 3-4 blanket poses of your newborn on the beanbag.
Complete newborn sessions include the following variety:
• 1 family group pose, 2-3 parent poses, 1 pose with siblings (all poses)
• 3-4 blanket poses of your newborn on the beanbag
• 1-2 prop poses of your newborn (using a bowl and crate)
The poses I'm able to accomplish depend on your baby's comfort level. I will gently and carefully attempt a variety of poses, but I will never force your newborn into an unsafe pose or to stay in a pose they are not comfortable in. Your newborn's
safety is my main concern, so I will do as much or as little as your newborn allows me comfortably to do. I have taken many hours of classes on newborn posing and safety, so I delight working with your newborn to create beautiful images. This is your baby's special day so please communicate what you hope to see, especially if you see something particular on my website or newborn portfolio (click here).
• Props Used
I want the beauty of your baby to the focus of the photo, so I use simple, natural props in my images. My style is soft colors, neutrals, and earth tones. I will bring a variety of accessories for you to choose from: wraps, headbands, hats, bonnets, beanies, skirts, and pants. For complete newborn sessions I also bring 2 props such as a wooden bowl, basket, or crate to photograph your baby in. Please limit any personal keepsakes or outfits you hope to include in the session to 1-2 items, and let me know about these items in advance.
• Family & Sibling Photos
I love to photograph Mommy & Daddy with baby, so prepare to have your photo taken! We'll discuss ahead of time any siblings in the photos so everyone can be ready on picture day. For your wardrobe, choose simple neutral colors and avoid busy patterns and bright colors. Clothes should fit snugly and not be loose. For sibling photos, I will wrap your newborn. Little boy siblings can wear jeans or khakis and are usually shirtless on top. Little girl siblings can wear a simple outfit or I can use a wrap on the top.
If we haven't already, we'll schedule a time to chat on the phone for your session consultation (usually 1-2 months before your due date). During this time we'll talk about the session flow, what you can expect, specific poses you'd like to request, props, and colors for your session. This time should answer all the questions you might have about the session.
What is the difference between a "blanket/beanbag pose" and a "prop pose"?
Blanket/Beanbag Pose: These poses are done with a blanket of your choice on a large posing beanbag. I am able to create 4-5 different poses with various angles of each pose. I can capture a wide variety of images on the beanbag and most of your gallery will include these images. I will discuss with you before your session what color blanket you'd like to use for your session.
Examples of Newborn Poses on a Bean Bag
Prop Poses: These poses are done in bowl, crate, or basket, using a wooden floor underneath. They take a fair amount of planing and set up, and include 1-3 images from each setup. For this reason, prop poses are only included in Complete Sessions (no props are used in Petite Sessions). I will use 2 props: a wooden bowl (brown or white) plus a box or crate. Please let me know if you have a particular prop you're hoping I'll use!
Examples of Newborn Poses in a Prop
- The Day of Our Session -
• I will set up in the area of your home that has the best window lighting (large floor-length windows and sliding glass doors offer excellent light). Please have pets safely put away during the session and floors swept clean of pet hair in the areas I'll be setting up in. I will also have you turn off any lamps or lights in the house to avoid the yellow color cast they give off.
• It takes 15-20 minutes for me to set up. During this time you and I will also look through my collection of wraps accessories so you can choose your favorite colors and textures.
• I will start the session with family photos so afterwards you can relax and enjoy the rest of the session without having to keep your makeup and outfit fresh and ready. Next we'll take mom & dad photos, then sibling photos, then move on to newborn photos using the posing bag and/or props.
• Turn up the heat and dress light! We need to have a warm room, around 70-75 degrees. Being warm helps the baby to sleep more easily and not get chilled when undressed. I will bring a portable heater fan with me to keep things warm or to cool down. 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. I want to avoid over feeding your baby, which can make them very uncomfortable, so I'll attempt to settle your baby before feeding if they're not hungry.
• If you're not opposed to using a pacifier, have one ready for the session. It can be helpful to get the baby to fall back asleep when posing, and I usually only allow them to use the pacifier for a several minutes to settle. Using a pacifier also helps with overfeeding.
• 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.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Thank you for choosing me as your newborn photographer.