Congratulations! If you’re pregnant and thinking about a newborn session, I hope this post helps to answer your questions. I love lifestyle newborn sessions because there is a sense of peace with being in your home with your new baby. Everyone is so happy and in love, and it’s completely infectious to be around.
Most newborn sessions are between 2-3 hours, depending on how many breaks baby needs.
The typical flow of our session will first focus on solo images of your baby, then individually with mom and dad, then siblings and then family portraits. Your baby runs the show – if they need a little more snuggling with mom or dad to begin with, we’ll start with them wrapped in your arms. If dad needs to leave for work at some point, we’ll begin with dad and family portraits!
I want you and your family to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. I promise that your baby is not the fussiest, your toddler is not the most wild and your house isn’t the messiest. You’ll be so thankful you have these photographs once those tiny fingers and toes have grown!
I would book your photographer as soon as you find the one you love! Most mothers tend to book during their second trimester to ensure calendar availability. Plus, you can cross that off your to do list before baby comes! I understand how much you have going on during this exciting time, and will certainly accommodate last minute bookings when available.
I recommend scheduling newborn sessions within about 7-10 days after birth. Babies are usually the sleepiest and most agreeable during this time. However, I understand if you need a little more time. Since this is a lifestyle session without any posing that your baby wouldn’t naturally do, waiting until you and your baby are comfortably ready is no problem. I’ve photographed newborns up through 6 weeks old, and always put your & your babies’ comfort over rushing to schedule a session.
Upon reserving your session with me, I send along a guide with information about what to wear, details on how to prepare, and more of what to expect. You’re welcome to send me outfit options along the way. My images are bright and classic, and I think that the best way to achieve that is to keep your clothing neutral and simple. For me, there’s nothing better than a newborn in a onesie!