WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT DURING THE SESSION?
My goal is for the session to feel relaxed and laid back and to capture a little slice of this crazy yet wonderful time in your family's life. I go with the flow for in-home newborn sessions, with lots of breaks for feeding, diaper changes, etc. (newborn sessions can take some time and that is more than okay!). Your newborn is perfect just the way he/she is, so I don’t place babies in unnatural poses or stress if they won't sleep during the session. For Mom & Dad, I'll provide lots of direction to help you feel comfortable in from of the camera.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Clothing is a personal choice but here are a couple tips! I find that neutral colours (like cream, white, tan, grey, etc) lend themselves well to the light and airy feel of newborn photography. Also, it’s a good idea to think of coordinating your family as opposed to being too matchy-matchy. For example, a great colour palette would be a mix of light grey, cream and navy, whereas a not so great choice would be to have everyone wear jeans and a black shirt. Here's a Pinterest inspiration board if you're looking for some ideas.
When I arrive, please have your newborn swaddled/wrapped in blankets to keep warm and wearing a) only a diaper or b) in a simple white, short sleeve onsie that is form fitting (with no graphics or words). This usually means you will need a preemie or newborn sized onesie. I'm also more than happy to take pictures of your little one in any other favourite outfits.
If you have any nice blankets (either swaddling blankets or knits with texture) please gather them up as they are great to use as well.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREPARE?
I recommend feeding the baby as much as he/she wants about fifteen minutes prior to my arrival. Babies like warmth, so it’s helpful to have house a little warmer than usual (or even heat the room with a space heater).
Your home is also an important part of your family's unique story and will of course be included in your lifestyle session. So please do a quick tidy of the master bedroom, nursery and living room but don’t worry about it being spick and span (I know what it's like to have a newborn!). Feel free to just throw things in a different spare room/space. When I arrive I'll walk around your home and scout out the best lit areas for family shots.