Newborn Portrait Session Information
At-home newborn photography in Connecticut
Congratulations and thank you for choosing me to photograph the most fleeting stage of your child’s life…the first few weeks. The information below is to help you to prepare for our session together.
Having your newborn photo session in the comfort of your own home is the stress-free way to go — new motherhood is not pretty or easy! I know that, I’ve been there with two of my own. The most important thing to do is try to relax and enjoy these sweet first days with your new little person.
Please know that safety and cleanliness are my primary concerns. I take every opportunity to have a safe, warm and clean environment for your little one. My blankets and backgrounds are washed after every session. Some poses may require that parents help by remaining close to make sure that baby is safe, but mostly you are free to relax while I’m working with your newborn.
Here are some tips to make sure that we get newborn photos you will cherish for a lifetime.
- We want baby to be sleepy and relaxed! Please try to keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your photo session. Plan on feeding your baby right before the session–when I arrive and start setting up is the best time to feed and soothe your baby.
- If you’d like photos of your baby undressed, please undress him/her and loosen diaper, then wrap your baby in a blanket, and feed him/her. Otherwise, your baby may get upset at being undressed when they were so cozy. Please note that many clothing changes may make your little one cranky, so it is best to do birthday suit shots and possibly one outfit. It’s also nice to include any special family blankets, hats, rattles—grandparents LOVE this.
- You don’t need to do anything to prepare your home for the photo session. When I arrive, I will scope things out and choose where to set up my beanbag and background—usually near a window. I only need about a 10×10 foot space.
- I often use the parents as backdrops for baby, so please wear a black or neutral top and black pants or jeans (if possible). Mom, dad, and siblings are welcome to join for pictures with baby at no extra charge.
- I love including the parents’ hands in the photos, so please make sure your hands and clean and well manicured. Light polish or French are great.
- Please know that there is no rush with a newborn session, they often run 2-3 hours. Please know that I don’t mind waiting for you to nurse or change baby, or taking a break to soothe your baby. I love babies, and don’t mind holding them and waiting for them to settle!
- When doing the poses where the baby is undressed, it is normal (and okay!) for him or her to “relieve” him or herself on my backdrop…or anywhere else. I can assure you this happens all the time and I am not upset or offended. I always have on hand extra baby wipes, extra diapers and towels. After each newborn session I am sure to launder all of my backdrops and other items the baby comes in contact with.
- Please note that cameras and other recording devices are not permitted during the photo session.
- Please have a list of “must have” images (close-ups with feet and hands, with dad, sibling, etc.) Any example of a photograph that you love will help me get you the photo that will bring you joy for a lifetime. It will also be helpful for you to think in advance of where the portraits will be displayed in your home, or what type of album you’d like so we can talk about what type of photo will work best.
If you have any questions, or if you or your baby are not feeling up to the session, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’m a mother, I understand.