Posed NEWBORN Preparation Guide
I strongly prefer that babies are bottle fed (for sessions only) .If you are wanting the posed baby look with baby on beds etc and all curled up sleeping and relaxed. Breastfeeding can take hours and most newborns just snack at the beginning so pumping milk or formula is really super helpful, and a soother is a required for sessions. This WILL NOT cause nipple confusion, there is no evidence nor has this been proven. Even if you just provide a bottle for the session then throw it away.. if that is something you don’t want to do, the few hours will not disrupt breast fed babies, but it will greatly help out for your posed Newborn session.
I will still book exclusively breastfed babies if you decide not to pump but with the complete understanding that we may not achieve as many posed photos baby might be harder to pose if not bottle fed but we can still get a more natural styled session with baby on his or her back and just wrapped up. Sessions take 3hrs, about 1hr to take photos, but about 2hrs extra is usually just feeding and settling baby as we need baby to be a relaxed and calm. After the 3.5hrs are up we are done no matter what we have. By this time newborns have had enough and their comfort comes first. I also offer more of a lifestyle session that will not require baby to be asleep if that is something you would rather book.
I feel I must be clear with all of my expectations and being prepared is really important as my goal is the same as yours to achieve an awesome gallery.
Once I have received your deposit of $125 I will send you a confirmation email, and book you in. Your deposit of $125 is deducted off of your session fee, the reminder is due at time of session by EMT or Cash only.
Did you have a baby boy? if you are going to have him circumcised please book your circumcision AFTER your photo session. So your little one is calm and not irritated.
Please ask your nurse remove the belly button clamp when she comes over for your home visit.
1. BRING A PACIFIER AND BOTTLES
If your baby does not currently take a pacifier, I strongly recommend bringing one anyway to use FOR THE SESSION ONLY. The pacifier is essential to soothing the baby's need to suck and also releases endorphins helping them to relax and allow me to ease them into poses. It is an extremely helpful tool during all my sessions and strongly recommended. If you’re breastfeeding , please pump breast milk before your session and bring bottles with breast milk, or provide extra formula just for your session. I can feed baby with a bottle more quickly and it prevents the baby from smelling you and wanting to feed more than necessary. Babies always eat way more than usual during their newborn session. If you are using cloth diapers please bring disposable ones. Most cloth diapers are bulky and they do not fit under most of my outfits.
2. KEEP YOUR BABY AWAKE
Keep your baby awake in the couple hours leading up to the session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives to the session, he/she just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder. Parents always think it won’t be a problem because their baby sleeps all the time, but I cannot stress enough that once they are naked and being moved around unswaddled, they NEVER stay that way. But, if you follow these instructions, it will help tremendously! To keep your baby awake, talk and play with him/her, let him/her kick in just a diaper, and give him/her a bath – whatever it takes to keep him/her alert for an hour or two. Then, when you arrive in my studio, he/she will be ready for a long nap!
3. MOM WATCH WHAT YOU EAT!!!
If you are nursing, NO CAFFEINE , NO COFFEE, NO POP , be sure you’re careful with what you eat for about a day leading up to the session. Any sort of spicy foods can make the baby uncomfortable or upset his/her tummy. And an upset tummy will always mean lots of tears and little sleep! So avoid spicy foods, or any foods the baby may have allergies to, at all costs! If baby happens to be gassy the day of your session, Oval or Gripe Water can be used to help ease baby’s discomfort.
4. FEED YOUR BABY
Make sure your baby has a nice, full tummy before you leave the house to come to your session. Make sure you get a good burp in too! A baby with gas is not a happy baby and can result in lots of crying. Baby will probably fall asleep in the car and will be ready to go when he/she gets here. I can immediately get started on the session when you arrive and hopefully get an hour or two of photos done before baby needs a feeding break.
5. DRESS BABY IN LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING
Bring baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper – preferably a loose fitting one. If the baby arrives nice and sleepy in his/her car seat and then we have to remove shoes and socks, pants, and take a shirt off over his/her head – it almost always wakes them up. It’s much simpler to zip down and slip off pyjamas while the baby remains asleep! And if the pyjamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.
6. WHAT TO WEAR
Wear something comfortable. Keep in mind that I rarely show anything below the waist in the family portraits, so you can wear shorts, jeans, or whatever else you choose.
Newborn: All outfits are provided for you beautiful baby.
Mom: White or cream tank, hair left down and curled, not up, Make-up done but not over done, fake eye lashes are really great for photos, contacts no glasses, manicured hands and finger nails for both Mom and Dad, no elastics on wrists for fancy jewelry, wedding rings on, no watches.I have a cream shawl for Moms to use as seen in my photos. Light coloured pants no black.
Dad: white ironed clean t-shirt, make sure finger nails are clean and manicured, clean face shaved and hair combed.
Siblings: should wear cream vintage look or white, light coloured pants no BLACK. Please make sure kiddos faces are free from eye goo, runny noses, hair is brushed and off their face and they are very well rested.
7. DRESS IN LAYERS
My studio will be HOT (28 degrees Celsius), so I always suggest you dress lightly or in layers. You can always change into another outfit when it is time for you to be photographed.
8. BRING SOMETHING TO DO
During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need much assistance, so take advantage of this time to rest in my sitting area (I’m sure you need it!). Parents will often watch a movie, answer emails or read while I work with your new little one. I’ve even had some parents take a nap!
9. BRING SNACKS
I recommend bringing a lunch or some snacks and plenty of water because I expect that our day will be several hours long.
10. ALLERGY ALERT
We have fur babies a dog and a cat. They are not in my studio but live in our home so if you're highly allergic please take an antihistamine before hand.
11. AFTER YOUR SESSION
Your finished photos from your session will be sent to you by digital download with a print release and password within 20 ~ 40 days after your session. You will download all of your photos and save them on your desktop or hard drive. Your digital gallery will expire within 60 days so remember to download all of your photos. The amount of photos depends on how well your session goes. All photos are carefully selected by the photographer and professionally edited and retouched. I will show a "Sneak Peek" on my Facebook page so please make sure you like my page so you don't miss it. The remainder of balance is also due when your session is complete, you can pay with Paypal or cash.
12. COVID & MODEL RELEASE forms :
ALL clients must SIGN the Covid waiver and model release form before their session :
links are below:
MODEL RELEASE: https://form.jotform.com/50647444123249
Please note that not every baby LOVES having their picture taken, being posed, wearing hats, etc. Today you may have the most peaceful and sleepy baby, but your session may be a whole other story.
Please do not feel disappointed or frustrated should your baby want to be awake and visit during our session instead of sleep, they may be wiggly and not hold poses, it can sometimes take a LONG time before we even get one shot, this is OK!
Just remember these are tiny human beings who have only been part of our world for a very short amount of time. They require a lot of patience and you may be surprised how much work goes into creating just one stunning image. I assure you, I have that patience and the training to do what needs to be done to get you that stunning image, so during your session just sit back and enjoy.
Your baby's fussing, crying, wiggling, and yes even pooping and peeing are all part of my job, and I LOVE every minute of it!
Photography by Krista White
2418 Forest Drive
Blind Bay B.C.
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