The Newborn Experience
Newborn portraits are a perfect way to capture all the little details of such a short special time and cherish them for generations. Remembering their tiny features, fuzzy hair, and all that is new about them brings back amazing memories of those first few weeks that go by in a flash! These days should be captured and always remembered.
When to Schedule:
Typically, within the first week of your newborn’s arrival is the best time to schedule your session. The first week works best to get peaceful and sleepy poses. Typically after two weeks of age, newborns are more likely to be disturbed while sleeping so it’s important to get them in the studio before the two-week mark.
A session typically lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour once we begin shooting. However, it is not uncommon for a session with a newborn to take up to 2-3 hours (depending on time to feed and comfort). All newborn sessions are recommended to be done at the studio to control the environment.
Spouses and Children:
Please feel free to bring your spouse and/or children to the session. If you are bringing children, I would recommend bringing a helper to occupy them while we are photographing your newborn and you.
For newborns, any colored hats, blankets, and wraps work great. It’s not uncommon for parents to become props themselves to their newborn in a photograph.
Clothing for your children, your spouse, and you should be simple to not take away from the newest member of the family. Jeans or khaki pants with a sold colored, long sleeve shirt (preferably black) with no buttons or logos typically look most appealing (especially in black and white shots).
For more examples of clothing please visit the newborn image gallery.
The best thing to do to calm your newborn is to feed them 30 minutes prior to your session. Having some bottles of pumped milk or formula on hand can be helpful to the calming process during a session. For mothers who are breastfeeding, we may take multiple breaks during the session for feedings, again this helps the calming process.