Newborn Session Guide
Congratulations on the arrival of your precious bundle of joy! These first few days with your newborn are truly magical, but they pass in the blink of an eye. I’m deeply honored that you’ve chosen me to capture these fleeting moments for you. Here’s my newborn session guide to help ensure your session goes smoothly:
When to book your session:
Photographing a newborn is possible at any point during their early days, but for those beautiful, sleepy, and curly images, it’s best to schedule your session when your baby is between 8 and 14 days old. Make sure to book your session well in advance of your due date, as my schedule tends to fill up quickly. If you have a baby boy who has recently had a circumcision, it’s advisable to wait for at least seven days after the procedure to schedule the session.
What to expect:
Newborn sessions can vary in duration, typically lasting between 2 to 4 hours. The entire focus is on ensuring your baby’s comfort and safety, including keeping the room cozy at approximately 72 degrees. We will take breaks as necessary for feeding, burping, and diaper changes.
The session typically follows this order: family photos (including individual shots with mom and dad), sibling shots, and then individual shots of just your baby. After the family and sibling photos, it’s best if either dad or a previously arranged caregiver can take older siblings away. Kids have short attention spans, and their presence might disrupt the rest of the session. I’ll have water or tea and some light snacks available for your comfort.
Before the session, please ensure your baby’s fingernails and toenails are clean and trimmed. Feed your baby immediately upon arrival, and use a wet cloth to remove any remaining food or milk residue. Wipe away any nasal mucus or eye discharge. The cleaner your baby is, the easier it is for me to capture beautiful images.
Bring extra bottles of milk or be prepared to breastfeed your baby during the session, as newborns often cluster feed in their first few weeks of life, and we want your baby well-fed and sleepy.
Other items to bring include extra diapers (more than you think you’ll need), spare changes of clothing, a blanket or two, your baby’s favorite toy or stuffed animal, and a pacifier if your baby uses one. Please inform me before the session if your baby has any health concerns, such as a healing circumcision, diaper rash beyond the initial stage, body rashes, or any cold symptoms. We may need to reschedule the session for your baby’s comfort and safety.
Newborn session guide.
What to wear:
Newborn session guide.