Newborn Info & Questions
Before the Session
It’s never too early to book a newborn session. Once your baby is born, you will be consumed in their care and in awe of their very existence. Booking newborn session early, ensures you don’t miss your chance for capturing those precious moments. Newborn sessions are reserved on the calendar with your due date. Once your baby arrives, we schedule a date for the session. Sessions are done within the first 7 days after delivery because your newborn hasn't been out of the womb for a long period of time, and they are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses, stay asleep longer, and don’t mind being unclothed. Before your session you will receive a PDF detailing how to prepare for your session. It is important to follow the simple steps I provide to help ensure that your baby is ready for the session. If you have already had your baby, I do my best to fit in last minute requests.
During the Session
Newborn sessions take place in the comfort of your own home and typically lasts between 2-3 hours, depending on the mood of your baby. I leave plenty of time for nursing and changing diapers. I will supply cute props from cuddly hats to wraps, baskets and more. However, you are welcome to incorporate a toy, special blanket or small sentimental item, we’ll find a way to work it in. Parents and siblings are welcome to join for a few photos at no extra cost. I highly recommend that you don't schedule baby visits during the session and also try to keep the environment as quiet and calm as possible. This will make for a happier baby and more likely to cooperate.
After the Session
Two weeks after your session, you will receive a link to your private online gallery that gives you access to download, share and print. Gallery will hold 20 high resolution edited images (white balance, light retouch such as blemishes/ jaundice/ redness, etc.) with unlimited rights to print.
Finding cute poses for your newborn is part of our expertise. Most newborns have a tendency to want to extend their limbs, creating awkward positions for their bodies. We guide their bodies gently into cute, artistic, and serene poses. We start with a basic foundation of poses and make micro adjustments to change the look and feel of the image. Newborns tend to have three basic positions: on their backs, on their sides, or on their stomachs. From there, we use props, blankets, lighting, hand positioning, feet positioning, head positioning and our creative compositions to change each image.
Newborn safety is priority number one. We never put newborns in risky positions or unsafe circumstances, Dad’s seem to be the ones that want to try riskier poses. If we ever use stacked or unstable props, we ensure that we have a helper (usually mom or dad) holding the newborn in place. At the moment of capturing the picture, the helper removes the hand for a few brief moment before gently placing his or her hands back on the newborn.
Personalize your Newborn Session
We love including personal touches to your newborn photos. If mom and dad love a particular sports team, fell in love in a foreign country, or served in the military, we definitely consider including those elements in your newborn photos. Also, you are more than welcomed to recommend any props you may own for us to include in your session.
Newborn Photography FAQS
When should we take newborn photos? We recommend that your newborn photos are taken when your baby is almost 2 weeks old and no later than 3 weeks old. However, the most ideal time in which to plan your newborn’s photo session would be at 5-10 days old. There are a couple reasons behind scheduling your newborn photo session at this time with the first being that newborns are easiest to work with. It is during this period, newborns are sleeping the majority of the day which makes it very easy to get them into poses without causing them any sort of discomfort. In addition, because the newborn hasn’t been out of the womb for a long period of time, they are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses, stay asleep longer, and don’t mind being unclothed.
How long are newborn photography sessions?
Newborn Photography Sessions can last anywhere from 2-3 hours (setup/ tear down included). We typically allow for a range in time as we need to work on the baby’s schedule. The newborn may need to feed or have an accident. Often times, we may simply not be able to get him or her to sleep (which is necessary for most poses and looks).
Are props included? If so, what kind of props are there?
We do provide an assortment of props for the newborn photos but we also strongly encourage parents to also have their own props as to help create more personalized photos for the baby.
What do I do to help prepare my baby for the Newborn Photography Session?
There are a few things that parents should do before the start of a newborn photography session.
-First, have the newborn cleaned with a sponge bath prior to the shoot. This helps in removing any dry and loose skin the baby may have.
-Secondly, remove the newborn’s clothing and loosen their diaper 1 hour prior to the shoot. Doing this allows for any lines caused by the clothing or diaper to disappear and provides for smooth and soft looking skin in any semi-nude photos.
-Thirdly, most newborn parents have a space heater, it would also be helpful to keep the house nice and toasty to help in getting your baby to sleep for the duration of the session. Lastly, try to keep your baby awake for 1-2 hours before the session and having the baby fed and burped before the shoot will help the newborn to fall asleep easier and provide for a happy and productive shoot.
Will we need to help during the photography session?
Yes. We will need the mother, father or relative’s assistance at times during the shoot. This might be something as simple as soothing the baby or comforting the newborn when needed. We can do all of the “lifting” and posing during the session if you’re comfortable with that, but if not, mom or dad can assist. Note that the room will be warm! Newborns stay sleeping if the room is well heated, so if you’re helping out, dress appropriately.
How many images do I receive & how long does it take for me to get the images?
After the photography session, it will take about 2 weeks before you will receive 20 images that have each been processed with our unique style of basic post production.
Will the photographers come to my home or will I need to go to them? Is there a traveling fee for them if they do come to my home?
In order to accommodate you and your new addition, we actually do the newborn photo session at your home as to create a more comfortable and personalized environment for you and your baby. We will travel to your house for the newborn photography session without an additional charge unless the shoot is over 100 miles round trip.
Will any retouching be included to remove rashes, birthmarks, baby acne, etc.?
Retouching of any kind is upon parent request and will be subject to an additional charge.
How Do I book?
Book your session today by contacting our Newborn Specialist, Victoria. Text/ Call 951.532.4562 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I see more of your baby photography?
Of Course! Click here to see more pictures from our newborn photo sessions.