You’re elated. You have finally reached the destination of the journey you started nine months ago. You are holding your newborn child in your arms, and you just want to remember this feeling for the rest of your life. This makes this the best time to preserve the essence of that feeling by capturing their earliest days in pictures. You’ll be making a memory you can hold in your hands.
Scheduling Your Session
Believe it or not, the best time to capture your new bundle’s first pictures is within the first two weeks after their birth. Within the first week is even better, as your baby will still be quite sleepy during this period and will be more willing to be posed as you like. Also, don’t forget that while the saying about how your baby grows and changes every day might be cliché, it’s also true. Don’t wait to make those memories.
What You’ll Need
We have a plenty of options here in our studio that you’ll be welcome to choose from for your session. These include backgrounds, props, baskets, and many other accoutrements that will bring that special, unique feeling to your final portraits. Of course, you are welcome to bring in your own personal items to provide that intimate touch to your memories. We encourage it. Some items you might consider bringing:
• A cute outfit (though try to make sure it’s something in which your little one will be comfortable.)
• A special blanket. Maybe it’s the blanket in which you first brought them home from the hospital, or one that a family member knitted in anticipation.
• A diaper cover (you don’t want your memories to be advertisements for Huggies)
• A toy or rattle that you had as a child. It can be fun to capture the passing of your favorite toy on to your little one.
• Seasonal items. If your baby was born near Christmas, maybe a wrapped present or a stocking. If they were born in Spring, maybe something floral.
Getting Baby Ready
There are three things that your baby needs to get ready for their session: milk, milk, and milk! Babies at so early an age will still be sleeping most of their day away, and making sure they have full little tummies helps the process along. We encourage you to feed your baby right before your scheduled session to make sure we have a happy baby when we make your memories. Don’t forget to burp!
Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure their clothing on the way to the studio isn’t too tight. Tight diapers, onesies, or socks can leave creases and marks on the skin that you want looking as smooth as it feels.
Getting You and Other Family Ready
We recommend simple, dark clothing for parents. You don’t want to draw attention from your beautiful new baby so try not to pull out the crazy patterns! Of course, if you’re after a particular theme like matching monogrammed sweaters, feel free to match away, just think about wearing something simpler underneath so you have some options in the final portraits.
How Long Should You Expect The Session To Last?
We set aside X hour blocks for newborn sessions. Will it take X hours? That depends. Just like your new baby, every session is different, but we find that you and your baby benefit from having the allowance to break whenever necessary. Remember, you’re on the baby’s schedule now, and we will be too.