SIMPLY NEWBORN studio session prep notes
essential TIPS for having a successful studio newborn session
1. WHAT GOES IN...
If nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy (ie. pizza, hot sauce, etc) or anything that will cause gas and might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. A gassy baby will not pose well during the session due to their little tummy being upset.
*Some other foods that may cause gas are dairy products- milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein it, as well as foods with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, or citrus fruits (Courtesy Babycenter & ModernMom parenting).
*If baby happens to be gassy the day of your session, Oval or Gripe Water can be used to help ease baby’s discomfort.
2. WAKEY WAKEY
Do whatever it takes to keep baby awake for the 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. This is very important. Without this, we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them. Which leads me right into my next request...
Not only does bath time help stimulate baby and keep him/her awake, but use this bath to wash their hair (mama's hormones can leave baby's hair looking greasy), gently slough off any dry or flakey skin and wipe for boogs. If baby has hair, please bring a baby brush so I can smooth it out after putting bonnets or headband off and on. Be sure to remove all bandages (from shots, etc) from baby’s skin during bath time so you can (hopefully) get any of that sticky residue off. Bandages cannot be removed in post processing and, if left on, will show up in the final images.
4. FULL + HAPPY
Please make sure your little one has a full belly for the session. Feed baby just before you leave for the studio. I'm talking FULL feeding, not a snack. If possible, please bring extra bottles and milk (formula or breastmilk) so I am able to feed them when they fuss.
*A full baby = a sleepy baby, and we need a very sleepy and calm baby in order to achieve the sweet, flexible poses you see in my portfolio. I may ask you to ignore a strict feeding schedule for the 2.5 hours at the session. The only way we will achieve calm, flexible poses is if baby is fully satiated and sleeping. I would rather have you give baby an extra feeding than have you worry that baby isn’t sleeping and we’re missing out on some cute poses.
5. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
For baby, I rarely photograph a baby completely naked (unless it is your preference, of course). For my newborn sessions I recommend leaving baby in just a size-appropriate diaper or a white, well-fitted onesie (if you don't have one, I always have a one on hand). For parents and siblings, I always recommend keeping it simple and neutral. If color is your thing, by all means, add that pop but limit it to one color so its not too distracting. I created this PINTEREST board to help visualize the style that my studio lends itself to.
6. PASS ME A BINKY
If your baby takes a pacifier...DON'T LEAVE IT AT HOME – they are very helpful during the session!
The studio temp will be about 78-8o degrees to keep your little one warm while being photographed. Plan your wardrobe accordingly. Layers are a good choice. In case it gets a little too warm, I have bottled water and snacks available.
Notes to consider:
First and foremost, it is important to me for your baby look comfortable and peaceful in the photographs and for each image to be a piece of timeless art. I have a lot of experience and patience with newborns. I have two little girls of my own and have photographed over 100 newborns. Safety is ALWAYS first. I will never put your newborn in an unsafe or unnatural pose/prop. I listen to baby and let them tell me what they are willing to do what doesn't feel right to them.
If you have older siblings that you would like photographed with your newborn we will do these shots FIRST. Cream, ivory or white (without patterns or logos) is recommended for older siblings (with jeans or even dresses for girls). The more texture the better (knit, lace, etc). They’ll be barefoot, so no need to look for clean shoes.
PERSONAL PROPS and 'PINTEREST’ REQUESTS
I supply all of the backdrops, headbands and wraps for the session, and my style is neutral, simple props and photos that focus on baby. I am always open to new ideas but be aware that I will not use anything that will harm, irritate or look awkward or controversial (guns, deer antlers, etc) on your newborn. If you see something you like in any of my galleries, be sure to mention it before your session. I am open to suggestions on poses that you may have seen from Pinterest but please understand that every pose we do depends on how well baby cooperates and how safe the pose is for your little one. I cannot guarantee any pose for this reason.
My studio is located at 1940 E Thunderbird Road, Suite 220 in North Phoenix, near Cave Creek and Thunderbird Roads. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.