Preparing for your Newborn Session
You have a lot of newness going on, so take a deep breath, and don't stress. This is meant to be easy and comfortable.
First off, let me congratulate you! Congrats on your new little babe and this new addition to your family. You deserve major props. You are now caring for another human! Poop and all! So let’s talk the basics. We are going to be keeping this as easy and stress free as possible. Before you ask, no, I will not be watching the clock and I don’t like to restrict our sessions based on times. ESPECIALLY with newborns. I know how unpredictable they can be, so we will go with the flow. Typically, my newborn sessions last about 1.5-2 hours. Again, this could be less if your little one is super happy and cooperative the entire time. Usually that is not the case. So pour some coffee, turn on some of your favorite music and take it easy.
There are a few things you can do ahead of time to prepare, but if you don’t get to them, no worries! I know you have so many things to think about right now, and these are definitely not at the top of your list. Mom brain is a real thing.
First things first. Go around and turn off all lights. Anything that isn’t absolutely necessary (bathroom etc), turn it off! They cast weird colors and mess up skin tones in photos. Next up, open up all the shades and curtains and much as you are able to. If you get a lot of direct sunlight in your apartment, you can leave this until I arrive. I will do a walk through and adjust anything I need to then as well.
If you are able to, crank up the heat a bit. Babies loooveee to be warm and toasty. We may be a little warmer than usual, but the warmth will help keep your babe nice and cozy throughout the session. This is especially true if we will be dressing/undressing the little one or taking photos in just their diaper
WHAT TO WEAR: For the Moms
I know you are still recovering and might not be feeling yourself. So find something that you feel beautiful in. Something that represents you, and above all, something comfy. Cotton dresses, jeans or leggings and flowy tops are usually great choices.
WHAT TO WEAR: For the Dads
Stay away from anything too formal or dressed up unless your partner is. Stick to neutrals, comfy shirts that will be comfortable to snuggle that baby in..henley or flannels are always great choices. No need to match everyone perfectly together. Coordinate, don’t match.
WHAT TO WEAR: For the Babies
I am a huge fan of a simple white onesie. I’m sure you have a ton of cute clothes you are just itching to put them in. To keep it short, we want to be able to comfortably dress these babes as to keep them happy and comfy. Try to avoid anything too complicated or busy/shirts with logos (unless it has a special significance for you). Have a few outfits ready and we can look them over together and make choices once I arrive.