Newborn Tips A complete guide to your newborn session
So you've booked a session with Tiny Feet Photography, whats next? Well I decided to put together 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. ;)
Will I have to take my brand new baby to a studio?
No! I find that parents are more comfortable in their own home for newborn sessions so I travel to you! Newborn sessions can last 2-4 hours depending on feedings, diaper changes, etc. I want you to be relaxed and comfortable throughout our session because a happy mumma means a happy baby.
How much room will you need?
I usually set up a mini studio in a room with the most natural light and thats nice and warm. Usually an area between 2 - 3 square metres where possible. I find usually in the dining area or lounge room works best.
Do I need to get outfits or props?
No, I have a variety of newborn props. That is probably expanding as you read this. 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, however I ask that Dad or Grandma or Grandad take them out for a play until they are needed for their photos.
What should I wear?
Skin to skin is not just for the hospital, but it creates the most stunning images. Dads if your not comfortable going shirtless than wear a tight fitting shirt (white or black) with well fitting jeans. Moms 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 preferably or a pretty neutral colour dress. Hair natural or in braids, free of bows or ties and clean nails. Brothers well fitting jeans and if not shirtless than 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.
LETS GET TO THE SLEEPY TIPS!
WARM! Babies love being warm and cozy, after all they just came out of a room thats been nice and cozy. If you have heating I ask that you turn it on in the room before I arrive and keep any doors or windows closed. 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 your comfy as well!
LETS PLAY! I ask that you keep baby engaged and active about an hour before our session. A warm sponge bath usually does the trick, or enlist dad for game of peek-a-boo!
MILK! A good time to feed baby is after I have arrived while I am setting up. This is not a “snack” feeding- tickle feet, change the diaper, do anything and everything you can to keep the baby awake and ensure a full feeding. A full tummy equals a sleepy baby! We will stop throughout the session for feedings as needed. 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.
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 that the 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 culling and editing your images. I will usually have a sneak peak on social media within about 1-2 days. In about 1-2 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!