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faq – newborns

frequently asked questions…about newborn sessions

do i need props?

we don’t work with a lot of props.  and those we do use we pull from your own home normally. we take a more natural, personal angle to our newborn sessions.  we prefer the session be reflective of you all and not an outside object we bring in. there are probably all kinds of items around your home that you don’t even think as a prop that we often incorporate to our details, chairs and stools to blankets to shelving and kitchen tables.  feel free to provide any props you’d like but other than our gear, we rarely bring extra items.

when should they be taken?

newborn sessions are best within the first 10 days of birth if at all possible.

what should they wear?

for the parents and other family members, casual. stay comfy if you’d like.  whatever is most natural. we have a pinterest section as well for families. if you go to our main page on the top left there’s a pinterest tab if you want to look through and find some inspiration there. the newborns we do a majority of them just in a diaper (to get fingers, toes, etc) and then a lot are taken with them swaddled up. sometimes parents have a favorite outfit or two they want to use and we definitely make that happen also. :)

how should we prepare?

there are a few things that i recommend to prepare for the session. if it’s winter time, get a heater going in the room with the best window/natural light so it’s extra toasty. if it’s summer time, then kick off the a/c (or turn it up) and turn fans off in the rooms we will probably be shooting in.  babies prefer a warmer climate, so the temperature of the room is important. if you could have the baby fed just before i arrive is great too (doesn’t always work out that way, i realize, though) and they can go ahead and be just in a diaper too so we don’t have to start changing their outfit when i get there. again, these are recommendations and i also realize that sessions rarely go according to some sort of schedule. :)

do they need to be asleep?

not necessarily. it’s great to have them asleep for a majority of it, but if they’re more alert that’s okay too, no stress. newborn sessions are the most flexible sessions i offer and generally are also the longest. if they need to be fed or rocked in between that’s totally fine and expected even. so there’s never a rush in these sessions or a set time period.

how does getting the session set up work?

once we have corresponded about your general due date, i’ll have you penciled in for around then on my calendar. once you deliver, feel free to get settled in back home before giving me a call. once you’re home a couple days, call, text, or email me and we will set up a time (hopefully withing that week) that i can come over and photograph you and your new little family at a time most convenient for you all.

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