Newborn Tips A complete guide to your newborn session
So you have booked your session with Tiny Feet Photography? Here is a little information on how a typical newborn session goes along with some tips and suggestions to keep your little one happy, sleepy, and comfortable! Don't worry I'll keep it short and simple I know you are catering to a tiny human or preparing to. ;)
Do I need to get outfits or props? No, I have a wide variety of newborn props. I also plan each session before hand according to the pre-session questionnaire you will fill out after booking. If you do have something you'd like to use just let me know.
Can my older children be present for the session? I love incorporating and photographing siblings with their new baby brother or sister, I usually like to capture the Sibling and family photos right at the beginning of the session and then have Dad or Grandma/ Grandad take the kids out afterwards to a park or another room until the end of the session.
What should I wear? Skin-to-skin is not just for the hospital, but it creates the most stunning images. Dads if you're not comfortable going shirtless then wear a tight fitting shirt (white or black) with well fitting jeans. Mums keep your tops simple in design in either white or black (tanks or classic t-shirts) your hands will be in the images so avoid nail polish or go with something neutral. Also all parent images are close and personal and I aim to use angles that are flattering to all post baby body types.
Siblings Photographing the newest member of your family with your already beloved members is a great way to document your growing family. For sisters please wear a well fitting neutral top or a pretty neutral colour dress. Hair natural or in braids, free of bows or ties and clean nails. Brothers should wear well fitting jeans and if not shirtless then a well fitting white t-shirt.
Will you use a dummy or pacifier? I do ask that you have a dummy or pacifier on hand as it can be helpful should your little one become unsettled while changing poses. I only use them when necessary and for a very short amount of time.
LET'S GET TO THE SLEEPY TIPS
WARM Babies love being warm and cozy, after all they just came out of a room that's been nice and cozy. Please heat the room/house up to around 26 degrees before I arrive.. Typically babies are naked for about 70% of the session so we have to keep the temperature up to keep them comfortable. Be sure to wear light clothing so you're comfy as well!
LET'S PLAY I ask that you keep baby engaged and active where possible before leaving to come to the studio. A warm sponge bath usually does the trick, or enlist dad for a game of peek-a-boo! After that warm sponge bath put baby in a diaper keeping the sides loose, this will help with any marks or redness from the diaper and pop baby in a zip up onsie. Avoid any clothing that needs to go over the head.
MILK It usually takes me a little while to set up so I ask that you feed baby when I arrive. This will allow baby to be ready and hopefully full and sleepy when I am ready to start the session.
RELAX Sit back and relax, I won't need much assistance. I've calmed a number of babies, plus I love the snuggles. I will have you spot baby for poses when your baby needs support, such as the adorable froggy pose. Safety is my number one priority and you can be sure I will handle your baby with the utmost care!
AFTER THE SESSION When the session is over I will go home and begin editing your images. I will usually share a sneak peak on social media within about 1-2 days.
In about 2-3 weeks I will be finished with your gallery and will email you with your gallery link to select your images.
Now that you know what your in for go ahead and fill out the pre-session questionnaire linked below. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your session!