ImaJenAtion Photography | How to Prepare for your Newborn Session

How to prepare for your newborn session

There are many things that you would never think to take a picture of that will mean so much to you later on down the road. Like how chubby their legs are, or the wrinkles on their back when they are curled up. The way their eyelashes look or the faces they make when they sleep. Their tiny fingernails and how they wrap those fingers around yours when you put your finger near their hand. Those are the things that you don't keep on memories alone. 

It's my job to make sure you never forget!

The following are a list of suggestions that will help you prepare:

  • Wear cool and comfortable clothing because the studio will be nice and warm for the baby.
  • Neutral colors and tones always photograph well, please avoid logos and patterns on shirts. Just in case there are any small accidents, please bring a change of clothes. 
  • I like to allow plenty of time for feeding and cuddling, so plan to be here for 2 to 3 hours. Bring snacks for yourself too! I would suggest if you are breastfeeding, not to have any caffeine before the session, so we can get those beautiful sleeping baby photos for you. 
  • I have plenty of props for you to choose from, and do like to involve you in choosing these. If you have a special item you would like to incorporate, I encourage you to bring it along.
  • If you are going to bring siblings along, we can plan on when would be best to have them there, and then make arrangements to have someone take them out for a while so we can finish the session. 
  • I don't normally photograph newborns in anything other than their birthday suit. Nothing seems to fit them just right, however you are welcome to bring 1 outfit if you happen to find something that fits them snug. Maybe a cutely designed onesie. 
  • Bring a pacifier, even if your baby hasn't actually used one yet. Sometimes we get lucky and are able to manage out a few extra cute shots.
  • Breastfeeding Mom's may want to pump and bring a bottle of breast milk. Bringing a bottle may prevent us from losing an incredible pose that may literally never happen again. 
  • Feel free to bring hats and blankets to accessorize your babies portraits. You will also want to bring plenty of wet wipes (if you have a warmer for them). If not, then receiving blankets will be better to use. Of course, don't forget extra diapers! 
  • Please try to keep your baby awake for the hours proceeding the appointment. Feed and burp them right before you leave. This will ensure that they are in a deep sleep when they arrive (hopefully). Please also make sure they are not coming dressed in the outfit of your choice, rather just something simple that can be removed easily.
  • When you arrive at the studio, leave them in the car seat please. I will very gently remove them and we will start with the session immediately while they are still in that deep sleep.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting and working with you!