Newborn Session Prep-Guide
The first couple days of a baby's life is so magical and incredible! Booking with us, you are able to freeze those moments, and we are so thankful. We thought it would be helpful to write down some helpful tips and tricks to prepare parents, siblings, and the sweet baby for their session. So... lets get started!
Lets Pencil you in!
Once your sweet little one makes their big arrival, we ask that you contact us right away so we can get you scheduled before the baby is 15 days old. The squishier/ younger that sweet baby is, the better. Newborns that are niche younger, tend to do the best because they stay asleep easier and it makes poses much easier!
Can't make it before they are 15 days old? That's okay, no worries! Our training and being a mom myself, has taught me ways to soothe and nurture the feistiest angels to sleep! Besides, who doesn't want to cuddle those little cheeks!
The session will take place in our cozy home studio, located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Babies do very well in the studio when they are in a deep sleep! To encourage this, I highly recommend stimulating the baby at least two hours before their session arrival time. A warm bath really does the trick! This also means keeping them awake during the car ride here and refrain from feeding them 2 hours before arrival as well.
As mentioned, I've seen it all. Sometimes even the cutest of babies can really make us work for those squeaky poses, and that's okay! Don't worry, we are trained and experienced & love our jobs so don't stress it!
Once you arrive, will will feed your baby right away! Once they have burped all that gas out, we will begin prepping him/her for their session. Meaning any and all clothing must be taken off, except for the diaper. As you might know babies don’t like the feeling of being naked, they want to be warm and completely snuggled (although we will have a small heater in place to keep them warm) still, they are naked. That alone completely startles and wakes up a baby faster than anyone expected and because of that, they are now fully awake. Some babies fall into a deep sleep once picked up, wrap in a small blanket and soothed for about 15 minutes and then there are the babies that have been asleep for 3+ hours before arriving and are now refusing to go to sleep.
From experience, babies that have been asleep prior to arrival are unfortunately the babies that are more difficult to pose because as soon as the blanket comes off, they get startled again and it’s back to trying to put them to sleep. That alone can take up to an hour, if not more.
Keeping in mind these two instructions will most certainly give you a well rested baby. In return we’ll be able to maximize the time you have in the studio with plenty of scenes and photos so for that reason please do not underestimate and risk how well your baby sleeps after a feeding. We need your bundle of joy to be very exhausted, tired and a bit hungry. I know it will be hard, atop of your own sleep deprivation but I promise you, it will be well worth the effort!
I highly recommend if you’re solely breastfeeding to pump and bottle feed your milk for your babies session. I’ve had mom’s that breastfeed for up to an hour and unfortunately that does delay the session quite a bit and does count against your allotted time coverage. If you are formula feeding, always have more formula that you would expect to use, just in case.
That I have been called many times…lol but no worries, it happens! This is completely natural for babies to use blankets or props as there own personal potty. Please don’t feel embarrassed, I reassure you it happens more times that I can remember. Know, I have two young boys on my own so not long ago, it was there never ending mission to make mommy there own personal potty! Have a concern about sanitation? Don’t worry I wash all used props and blankets after each newborn session.
Please do whatever you can to keep the noise to a minimum during our session. Maintaining a calm environment is also a big key to a successful newborn shoot. I do have a white noise app that I will keep close to baby during the session to help soothe him or her. Babies love strong and rhythmic sound. Amazingly! that’s the sound the heard 24/7 in the uterus!
Regulate the Temp!
Since babies are usually photographed naked, the studio will be set at a temperature of 80F to ensure baby is warm and comfortable. If we’re not sweating, it’s probably not warm enough for baby! Parent’s please make sure to wear comfortable loose clothing. I will also provide water and snacks.
Safety is my utmost number one top priority when handling your baby, so either mom or dad will be my spotter/assistant. All eyes and hands are to be kept around baby during posing. During the session I will be handling and posing baby, but don’t worry I have plenty of experience handling a newborn (don’t know if I mentioned I have two boys of my own!) I will hold and care for him or her as if they were my own, I promise!
Chances are you’ll be here close to 3 hours so I highly recommend eating a good hearty breakfast before you arrive. I know this can be a very exciting and stressful time for you, especially when adding sleep deprivation in the mix! As much as my goal is for baby to be comfortable, I also want you to be comfortable and at ease! Having me photograph this precious moments for you, means a lot to me so anything I can do to make it a smooth journey for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
I highly recommend that if you have any siblings coming, to bring along a family member or friend who would be able to entertain or take them on an adventure after we have captured the sibling shots! Although this isn't completely necessary, we do have some very fun local parks minutes from the studio! If that isn't possible, that is okay, we have a TV, some toys, and snacks for your big brother/sister(s).
Again thank you for giving Mike + Chey the opportunity to capture these unforgettable memories for a long time to come! ♥
If you have any questions at all, please let us know!