Thank you for taking the time to read this very important information about your newborn session! Newborn sessions can take 2-4 hours. On occasion, when we have a super sleepy baby, we have done a session in an hour and a half. So plan on a long shoot. We will comfort the baby when she cries. You will feed the baby when he's hungry. And I will clean up the mess when I get pooed on :) Yes, it has happened before. It's ok, I'm use to it by now. However, if baby is unconsolable for 30-45 mins we will assess whether we should reschedule or try to continue. At anytime please feel free to ask questions.
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What to Expect | Session Information | During your Session | Feeding | Safety | Posing Examples
What to Expect
Our goal is to create a relaxed, pressure-free environment for you and your newborn or little one. We want to capture their natural and spontaneous selves. We do everything we can to make the experience fun and carefree. We work almost 100% with natural light, in natural settings where you can relax, play, and forget we’re there. We’ll be snapping away freely, capturing eyes, feet, laughter, love, silliness, and pure joy.
We do our best to customize your session to your personal needs. Whether it be scheduling a morning session for a fresh and rested newborn, or an evening shoot to ensure that your entire family is available, We do our best to work around naps, meals, and busy work schedules. Your session will last from 1-2 hours, depending on location and type of portraiture.
From session to delivery, we spend between 15-20 hours working with you and your project to ensure that each portrait is to your 100% liking. Please keep this in mind when booking your sessions, and give yourself plenty of breathing room for any deadlines involving your images. Allow roughly two weeks for standard portrait orders and 3-4 weeks for custom or specialty items.
Feeding- Please make sure you wait to feed baby at the studio. I will provide you a space of privacy for your feeding pleasure. Once your baby is happy and sleepy we will begin.
Diaper and Clothing- Please make sure that your baby does not have any clothing on or has
on a loose zip sleeping pajama set. Having your baby in their diaper only will eliminate the need to undress them, thus waking and/or upsetting them. Use a zip sleeping set if needed for warmth, as this will be easier to take off than a onesie, once again reducing the risk of waking or upsetting them. Please have diaper loosely applied as well. This will decrease the need to Photoshop out skin wrinkles made by the diaper edges.
Posing- I will begin by photographing your baby on my bean bag. I have a variety of blankets that I use for this time frame and they will be interchanged at times. By using the bean bag, I am looking for some great body shots and capturing your baby’s bits and pieces like his or her hands and feet. I place a pee pad underneath of the various fabrics to catch any accidents. After the bean bag poses are achieved, I move on to photographing your newborn in or on the props that you have chosen or provided.
Safety- So I have been asked about a couple images in my portfolio and wanted to make a quick post about them. Many shots that you see on my page are done very safely with parents near. I don’t balance babies precariously on chairs (actually, I think baby would just slide off!) or balance them on a scale. Baby safety is very important – especially with so many newborn photographers around. I would hate for someone to copy my photo and not realize that no, baby is not balancing on their hands for that shot – and that basket is not going to tip over with them dangling on the edge since there are weights in the bottom and parents right there. I have parents help with the more intricate shots to make sure baby is safe.
This is something every parent needs to think of when you have newborn photos done. If anything makes your heart race or you worry about your baby’s safety do not let your photographer do it. I have seen images that make me want to scream – a baby in a knit cocoon hanging from a tree crying and in distress… a pair of twin newborns in a suitcase on railroad tracks – with the next image being a train rushing by while the family stands 5 feet away with their babies and other small children. A baby in a glass jar surrounded by gumballs – every breath that baby takes those gumballs will compress on her chest making it harder and harder to get a breath in and let her chest expand- not to mention that glass can break! I have no idea what either photographer or parent are thinking in times like these. I often think that there is an unspoken trust parents have with their photographers because they assume that the photographer knows what they’re doing. They don’t always know what they’re doing. Just know that as a parent and never let anyone do anything you are uncomfortable of with your baby or children.
Photographer’s need to think long and hard about what situations they are putting their clients and their babies and children into and be willing to say no, that’s not safe too! I tell my clients right off the bat “Your baby startles easily, we will not be able to do X, Y and Z” or – your baby does not like to be in the frog position and therefor this shot is not going to happen. It is a safety concern and to me although they may be a bit sad they are not getting that photo they wanted in the end I truly believe they are happy I put their baby’s safety first rather than a picture.
Now I’m not going to sit here and act like a saint. Until I really delved into newborn photography I truly had no idea these images were done with Photoshop. I wondered how those babies were hanging in branches and I was curious about some poses. Some images can be done without it being a composite – the “head in hands” pose for instance but safety wise – its better to do it the way shown below. It’s all about learning and knowing. I hope this post will help other photographers in their journey (and parents too!) and really make them think about photos they see around the internet and look at the image and think to themselves “Hmmm…. is this a composite?” because more likely than not – it is and for your and your client’s safety anything you deem unsafe please – take precautions to make it safe or just don’t so it. No photo is worth a baby’s life.
Back to the photos and a little about them. What many parents and new photographers do not realize is these images are called composites. They are 2 (sometimes 3+) images that are taken and merged together in Photoshop. Many times a bit of cloning is required too get the image to it’s final state. Below you will see examples of the images sooc (straight out of camera i.e. unedited) that were merged and the final image after merging, cloning and editing is done.
Thank you for trusting us with your precious miracle!