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Newborn photo shoot - what to expect?

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The first thing you need to understand about a newborn session is that it takes a lot of time and a lot of patience from everyone. Most parents may think that their newborn session will be a breeze, but the truth is even the "ideal baby" will still be challenging. Please, and I stress, please don't even think about scheduling a doctors visit before your session. This will stress out your baby and the session most certainly will not go well. On that note, newborn sessions take a lot of time, so please do not schedule anything after your session. I would hate for you to have to rush out early and not get the images you want.

We may spend up to 2-3 hours photographing your baby and wouldn't have it any other way. We allow enough time to account for your baby to eat and for those moments when your little one decides it’s time to use the restroom and we need to clean up. I expect your baby to go to the bathroom on my backgrounds and props; it's just part of the experience and happens every time. My stuff washes easily. Please don't feel embarrassed or feel the need to apologize when this happens at your session. I highly recommend bringing a change of clothes because chances are good that baby might go to the bathroom on you. It also accounts for time to change setups for different poses. We want you to have a great experience and images from our studio.

I do keep the studio between 21 and 25 degrees so you will want to dress appropriately. If I am not sweating then it is not warm enough in the studio! So, dress accordingly and maybe wear layers that can be removed if necessary. We’ll photograph your baby in the buff so please to not bring outfits for the baby. Most clothing items swallow the baby and we prefer to capture the naturalness of your baby. We believe it is by capturing the innocence of a nude baby that makes our images art.

What to do before your scheduled session?

-Give your baby a sponge bath and don’t forget the lotion.

-Put clothing and diaper on loosely to avoid red marks.

-Grab a pacifier even if you do not plan on letting your baby use one. Pacifiers help soothe babies and will make the session go much smoother.

-Bring long sleeve black shirt if you plan on being in the photograph with your baby. Please make sure the shirt has no buttons and is free from lint.

Try to refrain from feeding your baby until you arrive at the studio. The first thing you will do when you arrive is feed your baby. Most babies will fall asleep in the car but will wake up long enough to eat to fall back asleep and that’s okay.

As soon as your baby falls asleep, I will ask that you (mom) allow us to take over. Babies can smell moms and will not sleep the way we like. You are more than welcome to sit in on the session and watch. Please do not bring your digital camera or use your mobile phone to take photographs during this session. You will also feel the need to comfort your baby when he/she seems unsettled or starts crying but please refrain from reacting. We have techniques we use to settle your baby back to sleep. If we feel that your baby has not eaten enough, we will give your baby back to get his/her belly full.

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