Congratulations on the arrival of your new family member! I look forward to getting to photograph your family! In-home portraits use your home as the canvas, so please try and have all areas we'll be shooting free of any extra things (bottles, monitors, etc) and clutter as possible. We want to document your first few weeks as a family so think of areas that you use the most to include.
Here are some things to do in order to ensure for a successful newborn session:
If nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy (i.e. pizza, hot sauce, etc.) that might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session.
Interact with and try to keep baby awake as much as possible before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. It is important to keep him/her awake for 1 hour before the shoot. 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. Also, the baby needs to be fed as much as possible during the 12 hours that precedes the session. This will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.
Please make sure your little one has a full belly for the session. Please feed your baby just before you leave for the studio. If baby is formula fed please bring extra formula and bottles.
Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on skin – a simple button-up pr zipper sleeper is best.
Have a pacifier ready if he/she takes one. Sometimes it's helpful for the session even if you don't use it daily.
Please bring out anything special you'd like to include. This can include outfits, lovies, stuffed animals and blankets.
Keep it warm! Babies are still learning to regulate their body temps so keep your heat up in the higher 70s at least. I will also bring a portable heater with me.
If we're doing family and sibling shots, we'll do those first since big siblings usually have a limited attention span for photos. It's VERY helpful to have another parent or caregiver available to take big brother or sister out to play after their part is done so they don't get bored and stir crazy. :)
What to wear is probably one of my most common questions. The lame answer is something that makes you feel beautiful. Yep, I know that's hard when you're sleep deprived and overwhelmed. But finding something that you can move in and feel comfortable in is pretty important. Some tips (and example photos) though:
Wear layers! While we'll do parent/sibling shots first, right after we will crank the heat higher for your baby and you don't want to melt.
No prints! We will be photographing you both on a black background, as well as in my studio bay windows, so the less print or super loud color combos you have going on, the better.
Wear neutrals! Neutral colors are universally flattering and give your photos an elegance. Neutrals also make it easier for you make your family members match and look like a unit. Blues, blushes, creams and grays are my favorites. You can always add a pop of color with a scarf for some pop!
I can't wait to work with you! Please call me at 415-506-7614 if you need anything before our session! :)