Newborn Prep Guide (in-home)
Congratulations on your baby! It's such an exciting time and I'm so glad you've chosen me to document it for you :-)
Let's go over a few things so you know what to expect during your newborn session:
Date & Time
The best time to have the session is around two weeks of baby's arrival, so let me know as soon as baby comes so we can schedule a specific date. The session will last around 1-1.5 hours depending on how sleepy the baby is and how cooperative siblings are. We take the baby's lead and they may need to be fed or cuddled in between shots. We'll take as many breaks as necessary, so don't hesitate to ask!
For lifestyle family photos I always recommend simple clothing without crazy patterns or heavy colors that will be distracting. Casual and comfortable is preferred, with neutral/light colors. Avoid black shirts as they will prevent light from filling in around you.
For dad, I think a henley looks the best. A casual button down also works.
For baby, I love to keep it simple as well. A white (or off-white) onesie is classic and great for photos. Simple low contrast patterns are ok, but the cleaner the better. Burt's Bees actually has super cute onesies at Target that work great too. You're welcome to have a couple outfits ready.
Jeans are OK for everyone :-)
A few other things to keep in mind:
Bring on the heat!
Babies love to be warm, so please make sure the house is pretty warm (75 or so) before our session time.
Since the backdrop will be your home, please have the following areas nice & tidy so we can start shooting right away. I know it can be difficult after just having a baby (with two kids, our house is a perpetual mess!) so a simple straightening is fine in key areas:
I love to shoot near windows for gorgeous light - if you have a few large windows or a bay window, please have the area accessible.
The nursery is a must!
The master bedroom is also a great location if you have white or lighter colored bedding. Please have the room ready and bed fairly-made.
Any other areas of the house that you guys like to hang out in, or play with the kiddos will work too.
If we have time (and the weather is nice), we may get a couple photos outside!
If they're nice and milk-drunk, they'll be much happier for photos. You're more than welcome to nurse/feed right before we start. We can always stop to top the little one off, too. Don't be afraid to ask! It's such an amazing bond to remember, so if you'd like some nursing photos we can definitely do that too.