Newborn sessions take about two to three hours, and this is what my typical session looks like:
Studio tour: I will meet you at the door, hi! Right now I am wearing two masks and running an air purifier to lower the risk of Covid or any other illnesses for my clients. All adults need to be masked when not in front of the camera until county health tells me otherwise. This has nothing to do with my trust in you or your family, it’s just a part of running a safe compliant business that serves the community.
This is what I look like under all that:
I have a small photography studio in a room right by the front door of my home with paper backdrops, a studio light, shelving for props and two chairs.
There is also a back bedroom just past the bathroom where clients can change:
There is a client closet there with some different wardrobe options for anyone who would like to use them:
Some clients prefer a lifestyle type of look and so I will shoot family and maternity images in there, they look like this:
You will notice mama is wearing one of the studio dresses and everything baby is wearing is also provided here! I have all the props we will need, but you are welcome to bring something special if you want to.
Family Photos: I will ask when baby last ate, and if you would like to feed baby right away you are welcome to! I will ask if you’d like to use my boppy. If you need to refrigerate milk, just let me know. Then I will typically wrap baby to make them calmer, sleepier and easier for family to hold.
Sibling photos: I shoot these first when toddlers and kids are still in awe of the experience and curious. Once they are bored it’s harder to get them to pay attention to me, haha! I will ask them to lay down on my soft “puppy fur” wink wink, and I will sometimes need parent’s help with this, if the child is younger than three. Then I put out one arm, lay baby on top, place hands and immediately start shooting. Often my foot is under the fur stabilizing baby and I am very close at all times. There are pillows under baby as well.
Then parent and baby (often Mama- see below), add in partner, add in siblings for a full family shot, and then partner and baby alone. This takes about 15-20 minutes depending on how large a family you have.
Mama hold: I will tell you exactly where to put your hands and I will lay baby right where they need to be. It will feel sort of weird, but just look how great it turns out on camera! Baby looooves the snuggles and often smiles in this pose.
Baby Time! Now I will just spend some time shooting as many set ups as I can before baby needs to eat. It is helpful if small siblings are able to go on an adventure with another adult, or have something to keep them entertained, because this part of the session can take about two hours.
A lot of that time involves feeding baby and moving through any awake time, keeping baby comfortable. Sometimes babies can take 30-45 minutes just playing or fussing over some gas bubbles before they will settle down to sleep again.
Each pose takes about 10-20 minutes to move through just depending on how complicated it is. I aim for about 5 poses for each session. Once we are done that’s it! You are welcome to head home. You don’t have to worry about paying me or anything like that during our session.
What if my baby poops on your things? Happens all the time. All the time! I just try to move it out of our way and keep baby calm and in place whenever possible. It will wash right out with soap.