home newborn sessions faq
what is the difference between your full newborn session (at client's home) or a documentary newborn session (at client's home)?
My full newborn session at your home will include two styles of photography: some posed photographs of your hopefully sleeping newborn using swaddles, blankets and a few accessories/props and other posed and unposed photographs of your newborn with siblings, parents, and his/her surroundings.
A documentary newborn session does not involve any props or posing. Your story is told with you in the pictures, photojournalism style! This is my favorite kind-of storytelling- the beginning of a new family. Genuine, authentic, real, and raw. Examples of these scenes might include your newborn in their crib, giving him/her a bath, a curious sibling watching over while they sleep, or reading your newborn a book.
When do we book?
It is recommended that you schedule your session before giving birth, this allows us to talk about your vision for the session, color themes, style and reserves you a spot in my schedule. Please feel free to correspond via email or phone with any questions while you are pregnant. If this is a last minute idea, please let me know and I will check my calendar.
When do you shoot the session?
Full newborn sessions should be scheduled between 5-14 days after birth, with the most optimal time being 5-7 days. After 14 days, your newborn starts to sleep less, cry more, stretch more and grow- making your baby a bit harder to calm. I have photographed babies as old as 28 days, so please know that we can make it work; however it will be more difficult to get the sleepy, dreamy poses. For a documentary newborn session, there is no major timeframe- whenever you feel like it!
Where do you shoot?
Your home! Do not worry about cleaning your house. I will find several spots in your home with the best natural light to take some "posed" pictures and the other unposed images can be with you, siblings, or simply your newborn in their crib or nursery. I used to offer studio sessions in my home, however, I've decided the most caring and loving photographs are shot at clients homes, where the story begins and where your newborn lives. I will bring swaddles, a few blankets, baskets, accessories, light reflector and a newborn photography bean bag.
how long does the session last?
Each baby is different and each session is different. Full newborn session times range between 1.5-3+ hours depending on how sleepy, calm and patient your newborn is. Sometimes the sessions can go very smoothly from one transition to the next and other times, your newborn needs a little more calming and soothing. During the session, there will be a point when your newborn or sibling or partner may be fussy and hungry - this is NORMAL. We will take a little break for some much needed soothing and eating and start again when they are ready. A documentary newborn session will be about 1-1.5 hours.
When should I feed my baby before the session?
Please feed your newborn about 20 minutes before I arrive at your home. The milk drunk state is what we are shooting for and we will always allow more time for feeding, cuddling and diaper changes throughout the shoot.
what if my baby is fussy during the session? What if he/she does not fall asleep?
Please do not worry about this issue, all babies are fussy from time to time. I will work as hard as I can with various soothing methods to calm your newborn. We can take breaks, warm her/him back up, swaddle them, unswaddle, whatever your newborn needs to be comfortable. If your newborn is just happy to be up and will not go to sleep no matter what we try, then I will still get some amazing shots with their eyes open. In fact, I try to take shots during every newborn session with the babies eyes open and most of the time the parents choose those for their announcement! So have faith that whatever beautiful state your newborn is in - that we will capture her/him just as they are- awesome and new to the world!
What do we need to have ready at our home?
Please have any quilts, blankets, headbands, or hats you might have bought for the session or items your extended family members gave you for your new arrival. We all have an Auntie that quilts, right? Please have ready any onesies, outfits or dresses you would like to use. I will have a variety of diaper covers, swaddles, bonnets, headbands, and even bowties for us to use.
What if my newborn pees or poops on your blankets?
Don't fret! This is totally normal and happens all the time. I always wash my blankets and swaddles after the session. You can have wipes on hand and I'll have some clean up products as well, so don't stress!
Can I send you Pintrest pictures and pose suggestions?
Of course you can send me idea images or poses you would like to try. Please know that while I do enjoy "posing" your newborn, sometimes your little one does not want to be scrunched or pushed into a certain position and I am not willing to make your newborn uncomfortable getting that exact pose. My style comes from a more natural view that allows me to work with your newborn as she/he wants to and is not forced. Some poses are easier than others to accomplish in a session and there are others I find unsafe to try (more below). If you are a die-hard, need a froggy pose, then I'm not your photographer ;) Come back to me for your 6 months and 1 year cake smash!
What is your newborn photography style?
Full of light. Natural. Focused on your newborn. I love getting your newborn comfortable on their back swaddled first and then snapping those first precious shots hopefully while she/he is dreaming off to sleep, then we go from there. I get up-close shots of their little eye lashes, their tiny nose, and their face. I'll try to move from one pose, setup/scene fluidly while still getting a variety of shots. My props, blankets, swaddles and newborn outfits are all natural colors- whites, grays, creams, browns, pinks, purples, light blues, darker blues and greens. As stated above, I believe in photographing, thus documenting for you, what your newborn does- holds their hands close to their face, yawns, wakes, or stretches. After a few posed setups, I'll move to a more documentary style with your newborn, your family, and their new home. If you would like a newborn nest (like the one pictured above) or fresh flowers and your newborn on your bed, please let me know before the session and I'll make it happen!
All attention during your newborns session will be on safety. You may have seen some newborn photographs in the froggy pose or hanging from a tree in a swaddle, however, I feel that style is not my true intention. I believe in natural photography, not super staged. I will take every precaution to make sure you and your newborn are comfortable and safe and that we still get amazing shots.