When should my session take place?
Ideally, I like to schedule newborn sessions when the baby is between 4-10 days old (if you are breastfeeding, you may want to wait until day 5 or 6 to make sure that your milk has had time to come in). This is when babies tend to be sleepiest and easiest to pose. However, if we miss that window, I do occasionally work with older babies–just be aware that they may be more opinionated about how they do/don’t want to be posed and your session may take a little bit longer.
I recommend that maternity sessions take place when the mother is between 30 and 34 weeks into her pregnancy.
When should I book my session? How can we set a date for a newborn session when we don’t know when the baby will arrive?
I recommend that you contact me to book your session around the beginning of your third trimester (about 28 weeks). Once you book, I put your due date on my calendar to make sure that I don’t have too many sessions coming up at the same time. Once baby arrives, contact me ASAP and we will set up a firm time/date for your session.
Where will my session take place?
Maternity sessions usually take place on location. I am happy to recommend some places to shoot or if you prefer, I can come to your home for a more “personal” session. This option works best if your home is reasonably well-lit and uncluttered. I have also recently started offering in-studio maternity sessions.
I recommend that newborn sessions take place in my home studio whenever possible as we have access to a larger selection of props/backdrops. However, for a small fee, I can travel to your home for newborn sessions as well.
Most newborn sessions last between 2-4 hours as it can often take a long time to get your baby settled and ready to shoot. We also take breaks to feed/soothe baby as needed.
Do I need to provide anything?
In general, I will provide everything I need for the session; however, if you have anything special that you want to use (hats, headbands, blankets, etc.), please make sure to have it ready. I can’t guarantee that we will be able to use all of these items, but I will certainly do my best.
If your baby takes a bottle or pacifier, please have those items nearby and ready to use.
Yes! While the majority of the session will focus on the baby, I encourage moms, dads, and big brothers/sisters to be in a few shots. I recommend that clothing for family members be kept fairly simple–avoid large patterns/logos
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!