Your newborn session will take place at my shared studio at 9422 Florida Blvd. Walker, La 70785 Suite C-1. We are in a set of green stucco buildings called Regency Quarters, next door to La Bella Salon.
Interact with & try to keep baby awake for at least an hour before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for when you arrive. This is very important. Stimulating baby with a bath or some "naked time" prior to the session are some tricks you can use.
For the baby, clean away flaky skin if possible and/or bring lotion to help with those extra dry spots.
Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid lines on baby's skin & to also avoid disturbing baby when getting undressed. Please avoid onesies or anything that has to be pulled over baby's head. Zip up or button sleepers work best.
Please make sure baby has a full belly for our session. Feed baby a full feeding (to a milk-drunk state) JUST before you leave for the studio or wait until as soon as you arrive. A full baby=a calm & sleepy baby.
Your baby will more than likely want to eat more often during the session than they normally do. If bottle feeding, bring plenty of extra formula or breastmilk.
If nursing or bottle feeding breastmilk, try to eliminate caffeine and gassy foods from your diet for 48 hours prior to your session.
Please bring a pacifier. Even if you haven't used one yet or baby doesn't seem to take it, just for the 2-3 hours that I'm posing baby it can really help. The round soothie pacifiers typically work best & don't leave marks. However, if you really prefer that we don't use one, that is fine as well.
If baby is really wide awake and does not want to sleep, I will swaddle him or her tightly to get some photos and usually this will also soothe baby back to sleep. We can use this opportunity to get some parent shots as well. A fussy baby almost always settles when held snuggled tightly.
I have everything to style your session at my studio. I have an ever growing collection of props like baskets/buckets, blankets, wraps, headbands, knit hats & pants & all sorts of sweet things for your session. However, if you have some personal/sentimental items that you would like to incorporate, you are more than welcome to bring them. Please let me know what you plan to bring so I can plan your set ups!
The studio will be kept around 80 degrees to keep your little one warm while being photographed. It is a good idea to dress in layers as to stay cool or bring a cooler change of clothes.
If you are planning on parent (and/or sibling) photos, simple is better for clothing! I will wrap baby up in a coordinating color wrap to look best with the family. A simple white, black or solid color top will be perfect. Same goes for dad & siblings. Don't feel the need to all wear the same color. Parent/Family photos will take place in the last 20-30 minutes of your session. I do love photographing the connection between you and your baby! Even if you don't think you'll want to be in a photo, please do reconsider. Parent shots are typically taken chest up & just take a few minutes. I aim to photograph using flattering angles & light. If you do decide to have parent and/or family photos, be sure that your nails are manicured (nothing fancy, just ideally no chipped polish) as your hands will be involved.
*Siblings* I typically photograph siblings towards the end, about 1.5 hours into our session. It works best for siblings to arrive then vs staying the entire session. If possible, please have arrangements made so young siblings do not have to sit through that first portion of our session. If you have a friend or family member that could bring them about 30 minutes before our session is finished, that would be great. If this is not an option, we will photograph siblings & family at the very beginning since young siblings typically have a short attention span for photos. If you choose for them to stay for the length of our session, you may want to have your phone, tablet or activities available to them during the wait.
I may need a hand for a pose or two, but mostly I want you to take advantage of this time to rest in my sitting area, sit back & relax! You deserve it!
And whatever you do-DO NOT STRESS! We will get so many beautiful photos of your squishy new baby no matter what & this ever long list of "tips" will be worth it! :)