It is hard to be a new mom. The way you see the world is now totally different now. You are in charge of another human’s life! When having your baby’s photos done, you need to relax. Any tension that you bring into the studio, your baby feels. Infant sessions usually take up to two hours, sometimes more, depending on how everyone is feeling. After the the first few days, you will start to notice a pattern in baby’s sleep schedule as well as when they seem to sleep the deepest. We should schedule the session for that deep sleep time. This first session should be done within the first ten to fifteen days. For this session, our goal will be simply to document the tiny, sleepy, infant time, including all of the parts of fingers and toes. We don’t need to go in to this expecting big smiles; just baby. I feel that newborns look best photographed nude, or in just a diaper, or in a plain white onesie. Most baby clothes are way too big for newborns and just don’t photograph very well. Keeping the clothes extremely simple keeps the focus on the baby. Cute hats and props that define you as parents are a wonderful addition to add interest to the photos. Army boots and firemen helmets are still my favorite! I suggest adding both Mom and Dad in on these photos, too. You may not feel like you should be photographed at this point, but you should. Years down the road, your child will love to see you as you were when they were first born.
Feel free to bring a few different outfits for your three and six month photos, or you may use the options I have in the studio. You can have a little fun with style, but still stick to the basics of solid, similar tones. This would also be a good time to add in any siblings or pets if you’d like. I feel it is better to wait a few months to add in the “bigs” and “furries” as they sometimes have a hard time being calm around a newborn and can overstimulate the situation. For the first year birthday session, plan on having some fun and getting a little sticky. Bring at least 2 outfits, one for the “sitting pretty” photos and one to play with cake in.
We can set all of the appointments ahead of time if you would like to have a full first year package or you can schedule them as they come along. If you would like to document every month; we can do that too. There are some cute ideas out there for both of these packages and we can get really creative. If you have a particular idea that you would like to set up, just let me know ahead of time so I can gather any props we may need. Please feel free to be creative. I make most of the props and clothes that are offered in-house; so if you have any ideas or things you would like made, please just ask.