Newborn Prep Guide

Preparing for your Newborn Session

Before Due Date

When you purchase your package, we confirm with you by asking you some questions online. This helps us to style your session. You do not need to bring any outfits or props for the baby. All of our props are custom designed for newborns that are under 16 days. If you want to include one heirloom, please notify us in advance so we set up a station for that. Gather/purchase the outfit that you will wear if you are included in the session. You can look at our Pinterest page for ideas. We do have a few gorgeous dresses that can be used for maternity/post-partum ranging in sizes from medium-2XL. Chat with us in advance if you would like to know more about those options. If you are wearing your own outfit, we suggest that you look for a natural flowing dress or a solid color jersey knit top in black, navy or white. We will give you options of wraps to choose from that we will wrap the newborn during your family set up. Our family images are captured snuggled up together so plan to let us pose you in a close position. The goal is to limit space between you and keep the focus on your faces and the baby, not your outfits. Therefore, try to avoid suits, tight fitting clothing that may inhibit comfort for you. For siblings: We have some vintage dresses available for certain sizes if you want to use them or you can bring a simple longer white dress/no shoes. For boy or girl siblings, we suggest a similar color top that fits well, simple jeans rolled up and no shoes. jeans rolled up, solid color shirt and no shoes for siblings. The baby will be wrapped in a soft and simple wrap. Please wash, iron, and try on any outfits you or your other children will wear. We try to do your family/sibling portion towards the beginning of the session so if your child is under 5, we suggest having someone take them home once their part is done. It will allow you a chance to rest and will not force them to stay for long periods of time. Plan that your session can take up to 3-4 hours and you will be relaxing the majority of the time! We have snacks, wifi, comfortable couches/blankets/nursing pillow and a private space just for YOU while we work with your newborn. Many parents have been known to catch a few zzzz's during the session and that is OK! You can check on your babe anytime and we will bring them back to feed as needed. Once you have your baby or if you have a planned induction/c-section, please contact us within 24 hours. We will get back to you with an open time slot. Plan to be flexible as we schedule these in-between our regular sessions. Most of our newborn sessions are done on Fridays/Saturdays so avoid scheduling a follow up visit then. After many years of working with newborns, we have found that the ideal time is now between 11-16 days after birth. Why? Because if you are nursing, your milk is established and you often feel better about getting into a routine, jaundice is usually resolved and dry flaky skin is better. While we realize Dad might be back to work/kids in school, we will provide what we have available and try our best to work with you. But please plan to flex with us too!

Before Session

As you prepare for the session, give your baby a gentle fresh bath and dress them into something easy to remove (one piece button down). Try to keep them awake for a good 90 minutes before you leave. This really helps them stay sleepy during their session. Dress them in something that is easy to remove. If you are nursing and your baby has been gassy lately, please avoid these 48 hours prior to your session: Dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium

casein in it). Other foods that may cause gas and fussiness include anything with caffeine or soy (peanuts, chocolate, wheat, corn, nuts, eggs, citrus fruits). Gas is definitely a deal breaker with babies and unfortunately we can't help them release it so it's best to just avoid these things prior to your session.

Make sure to pack: extra milk if bottle feeding, Avent soothie pacifier (this helps ease transition and keeps marks off their face--we use it sparingly and will not interrupt your feeding), diapers, wipes, extra outfit, and ironed clothing if you/significant other are included in the session. We have a few dresses that you could use or we suggest that you look for a natural flowing dress or a solid color jersey knit top. If you are bringing your own outfits, we just some jersey knit flowing type shirts for mom. You can choose color but we do suggest black for mom and Dad and a sibling can be in a color that we would match with a wrap for the baby. Our family/parent and baby images are captured snuggled up together so plan to let us pose you in a close position. Therefore, try to avoid suits, tight fitting clothing that may inhibit comfort for you. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas. For sibling girls, we have some vintage dresses available for certain sizes if you want to use them. We suggest a simple dress, jeans rolled up, solid color shirt and no shoes for siblings. The baby will be wrapped in a soft and simple wrap. The color of that wrap will compliment your outfit. Please wash, iron, and try on any outfits you or your other children will wear. Colors to avoid: all white for mom/dad/kids. It's okay for kids to be in white or mom to wear one of our white flowing dress. Also, be sure to plan to do your makeup and paint nails (if that is your thing--but avoid half chipped polish because we do get close up images of you/siblings/baby). You will have time to get ready after you feed the baby before we bring you in for family/sibling portion. We set up your stations with our props/hats/headbands/wraps the day before your session so we are ready when you arrive. We heat the room up to 90 degrees, diffuse some lavender, and prepare everything we need for your session.

Arriving at the Studio and the Session

All parents are late. Me included. So don't over stress but do plan to gather items the night before and try to leave a little bit early and that way you are more likely to arrive on time. When you arrive, we will show you around and help you get comfortable in our private family lounge. There, you will slightly undress the baby and feed him a very good feeding. Undressing them and keeping them awake for a very good feeding will make the session go so much better. This will allow us to begin the session with a very full belly and a warm studio makes for a great session. Then we will get started. We suggest that you do your makeup/get dressed once you've fed the baby and we get started. If we are adding sibling/parents, after you feed the baby, we will get them settled with a few images and then come to get you/your family for your part. It will give you some time to get ready after you feed. Again, once we are finished with the sibling/family poses, it is best to have someone take them home so you can rest. This will ensure that you rest during the session and are available to feed on demand.

During the session, if your baby needs filled up again, we will bring him back to you for snuggles and feeding. We suggest that you do your makeup/get dressed once you've fed the baby and we get started. Take this time to pamper yourself.

Lifestyle Session Only

If we are doing a LIFESTYLE Session, we will go through the same steps in the beginning and bring you in as soon as we get the baby wrapped and have taken a few of them on their own. Plan to have the kids with you and spend time making sure everyone looks their very best, including you momma! We do have a few dresses that mommas can wear. Again, follow us on Pinterest for Lifestyle outfit suggestions above but this is a great time to use one of our dresses or a dress. Plan to bring along an extra hand (grandparents) to help with small siblings during the part where we are posing just baby/you/Dad.

After the Session

When the session is complete, you can pack up and are free to leave. We will show you a sneak peek within 24 hours on social media. We will guide you through the process of choosing proofs when your proofing gallery is ready. You can plan on 1-2 weeks to see a proofing gallery and 3-4 weeks for a final gallery depending on the season we are currently in. We will explain all the details on how to choose additional images and then choosing beautiful prints, albums and wall art. As always, we love positive referrals so while you are waiting, we would be honored if you would write a Facebook and Google review. Share your experience with friends and family!

FAQ: Click on the question to reveal the answer

When is the best time to book a Newborn Session?

A.We suggest booking after your 20 week ultrasound but at least 10 weeks from your due date. We open up 5 newborn slots per month and they fill up quickly. In order to provide the best care for our clients, we keep our schedule open. Babies arrive when they are ready so once they come, we will book your exact session date within 7-14 days of birth. Don't miss your chance by waiting.

How do I prepare for my newborn session?

A.Read the details above before the session. We are happy to answer any questions you have as we stylize your session. Please keep in touch with us and let us know you delivered within 24 hours of birth.

Do you provide the props or do we need to bring things?

A.We stylize every newborn session with our studio filled with props, backdrops, bonnets and headbands. If you would like to include an heirloom prop, please let us know in advance. For child and family sessions, you bring our outfit/s and we provide everything else. For cake smash sessions, you provide the cake and balloons and we provide everything else.

I need help picking outfits! Do you do that?

A.For child, family and maternity sessions, we suggest scoping Pinterest, looking at our Facebook page, and finding high quality outfits. We are working on a stylized guide on our Pinterest page to help you.
Please try on and wash/iron your outfits prior to your session. You are welcome to bring multiple outfits and we can choose when you arrive. Try not to include bulky outfits that make your child uncomfortable. We do have a variety of 6-12 month vintage wear and 1yr-5yr old dresses that you may use. We have headbands and chunky necklaces that you can use for your child too. We also have some maternity and post partum dresses you may use. Let's plan together!

When will I receive my proofing gallery to choose my images?

A.This can depend on the season we are in. Often times, we try to provide you with your online proofing gallery to choose the images that you wanted finely edited about 1-2 weeks after your session. Once you order your images, we will edit and provide your final gallery and send your prints to our lab within 2-3 weeks.

If my package comes with a certain amount of digital images, can I purchase more?

A.Absolutely! We provide you a proofing gallery of 40-50 images. You will choose the ones that come in your package and can add additional digital images to your order at that time. Digital images a la carte start around $25.

Can I order prints and canvas art from my gallery?

A.Yes, you can! When you receive your final gallery, you can order prints, foam mounted standouts, canvas, albums and memory keepsakes and they will be shipped directly to your home. We suggest you always order professional prints from your professional photographer. You've invested in high quality craftsmanship so finish your experience with the best. We are happy to help guide you in the ordering process.

Do I have to order prints through you?

A.You will get a print release for your session. While we highly recommend that you order prints through our professional lab, you are able to order prints as your discretion. We are not responsible for labs that do not color match your digital images.

When do you do outdoor sessions?

A.We photograph children/families outside from May through October only. We choose 5:30pm as our starting time for every outdoor session. That is when lighting is the very best in our meadow.

Can I use the images on social media?

A.The images on social media have our watermark to protect the image. These images are low resolution and if you were to print them, you would get a very poor looking picture. We are an honest family and we ask that you wait until you order your images and we provide you with your final downloadable gallery with high resolution images. Those are the very best ones for printing. They will not have a watermark once you download them.