I get asked a lot about how to prepare for a specific session - maternity, newborn, headshot, modeling portfolio shoot etc etc.. So i decided to address the most frequent questions here, and i will start with newborn session preparations, as it appears to be the one that causes the most questions.
I will try to cover as much of a process as i can and you are more than welcome to ask questions if you feel like i missed something!
1. Timing is everything!
First off, make sure you have booked your appointment BEFORE the baby is born. I know nature has its own way, but i need to know the due date. This way i will keep my schedule flexible within 2-3 weeks period so i can always find a window and fit you in, even if the baby comes early. Let the photographer know when the baby comes asap, so we could get you in. It is also important to TRY and get you baby photographed in the first 2 weeks of life, there are plenty of reasons for that. That doesn't mean that i will turn down a 3 weeks old baby! We just will have more chances to succeed with these so sought-after "newborn" poses if we keep the timing right. I am am not saying 2-3 month old babies are not cute! They are just not newborn anymore.
2. Get an idea.
Do you love any specific color scheme? Do you want to be in a photograph? If so, think through your wardrobe, you want the colors to go well together - always ask me if in doubt! Did granny knit a cute hat or is there a special toy that you had when you were small that you want your baby to have? Did you see a shoot that you were in love with and want to have something similar? make sure to share all of this with me! I want to hear any ideas and all of the thoughts to be prepared the best way for the session to provide you with an unique experience. I am totally fine with you trusting me and the process 100% though - after all, you have seen my work before you chose me.
3. The day of the shoot
It may get a little hectic (a little, right?!) on the day of the shoot and parents often feel overwhelmed, which is totally normal! Here are some tips for scheduling your time right to avoid all of the craziness:
- It is a good idea to try and entertain (meaning, keep from sleeping) the baby for 2-3 hours before the shoot
- Allow about 1 hour for changing/feeding the baby till it is full before the departure - we want full, calm, happy and sleepy baby by the time you arrive to the location for the shoot
- Bring everything you need: diaper bag, puscifer, change of clothes, formula if you need
- Prepare to be PATIENT. The whole process can take anywhere from 2 hours (if we are lucky) to 4 and even 5 hours. It will involve a lots of feeding, cuddling and comforting the baby
- It will get hot in the room! So dress accordingly in layers, since the a/c will be most likely off for the session. Babies love that!
4.Relax and Enjoy!
I work - you relax! Get some tea with cookies, make yourself comfortable and trust the process
If there is anything else you would like to know you are more than welcome to ask questions below!