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Preparing for your Newborn Session

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Now that your session date is confirmed (YAY!),  you should start planning for it right now! This means you decide on a desired theme or color scheme and plan coordinated outfits. When your outfits match, your photos will feel more cohesive.

step 01: start planning

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Session day can be stressful and exciting, but I promise there is nothing to be nervous about! All I ask is that you come prepared, stay open-minded, and trust that I will take care of the rest!

step 02: Session day

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Come fed and well rested

Plan extra time for travel


bring any water, toys, snacks, Pacifier, etc.

confirm your session's payment

plan coordinated outfits for everyone

check clothes for wrinkles and lint

select your clothing color palette

prepare for your session by fulfilling each of these items:

session checklist


Read the tips below for a sleepy baby

Plan time for travel arrive early

Bring a pacifier to soothe baby

relax, have fun, and just be you

You've made it to session day! As you approach your session, keep in mind these few things.



Newborn FAQ

Awake babies are cute but difficult to pose. When bringing baby to a new place there are new sights, smells and sounds to explore so baby may not be as sleepy as normal.  If you would like a sleepy baby please give baby at least an hour awake time before you leave for your session.
Bathe and feed baby before you get in the car. Bring baby in something cute for photos. I have outfits we can use if they soil themselves in the car seat.
Plan an extra 15 minutes for travel delays. 
Let baby fall into a deep sleep on the way over.

I can get babies out of the car seat without waking them which enables us to begin taking portraits as soon as you arrive. 

The studio is fully stocked with adorable props, outfits, bonnets, headbands, lovies and more.
Sentimental Items - please discuss any items you wish to bring with your photographer before your session day.
Outfits - must fit snug to look its best.
Pacifier - During your session we will follow baby's lead. Pacifiers can help soothe baby faster so we can accomplish more. If you prefer not to use one at home you never have to use it again after your session.
Supplies - Pacifier, diapers, wipes, comb, brush for baby
Lovies - is there a special stuffed animal or blanket that you use for baby? You can bring them with as well.
Snacks - Especially for mom and toddlers! Newborn sessions can last up to 2 hours and snacks go a long way to help an unhappy toddler cooperate. Eat before you come as well!

It is generally easier to photograph babies in the first 2 weeks to get the most sleepy, curly, posed shots. 

There is not a point at which you can no longer document your darling little ones.

If you consider yourself late to the game and are just getting your ducks in a row and baby happens to be 3+ weeks old already, (where did the time go, am I right?), still set up that session. Let's capture some gorgeous images for you and your family to cherish.

Document those moments, before they too are gone in a flash. 

Imagine, generational portraits, baby in grandma's hands and more.
These portraits are so special.
Bring those grandparents with at no extra charge.

If you are lucky enough to have had more than 1 baby at the same time I would love to help you document all of their stages.
Things to know about scheduling a Multiples session. These babies are usually born before full term and will commonly need an ICU stay. Because of this, they will likely not be brand new during their stylized newborn session. I usually suggest scheduling their newborn session for on their due date. Babies are usually home from hospital by this time and ready to photograph. They are also typically still pretty small and able to use the props just fine at this age as well.

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Glamourous 30-Week Maternity Session
Lifestyle In-Home Maternity Session
Fresh 48- In hospital portraits of your new arrival.
Newborn Portraits.
Monthly Minis to capture all those changing features
3, 6, 9 & 1 Year
Don't forget 18 Months and 2 years
Annual Family Portraits

Baby Plans are available as well as
Family Plans for annual Portrait Sessions.

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