When is the best time to schedule my session?
Definitely schedule your session as soon as possible. Although I make every effort to fit in last minute newborn session requests, my schedule does fill up quickly and once it is full, I can't always guarantee a spot. Once you are on the schedule, you will be given priority for scheduling when your baby arrives.
When is the best time for newborn sessions to take place?
The sooner the better! I like to photograph newborns before they are 10 days old. This gives me the best chance to get those sweet, sleepy, posed shots that make you say, "awww". If they are older than that, you run into the problem of having a very awake baby.
What should we wear? What should baby wear?
I recommend parents bring black or white shirts with them. Baby just needs diapers. :) I have a lot of accessories but you are more than welcome to bring any other blankets/accessories that you would like to incorporate into your session.
Where will the session take place? Where is your studio?
My in-home studio is located in Draper. It has beautiful natural light! I no longer work on-location since I have so many props and backdrops that I can't fit them all in my car! :)
How long will the session last?
Newborn sessions are very unpredictable. It depends entirely on baby. The session can last anywhere from 2-4 hours so please plan accordingly.
Do I have to be in the pictures as well?
I know you just gave birth and are not feeling your most beautiful, but I definitely think you should! Of course, it is always your decision but just remember that I can work wonders with retouching dark circles (from those sleepless nights), camouflaging problem areas, and making you look your most beautiful!
Anything else I need to know?
Right next to patience and the newborn having a full, settled tummy, the temperature in the room is the most critical factor next to a successful session. I like to keep the room very warm and will have a space heater on for the entire length of the session. Please remember that baby was just in a 96 degree temp. womb. To get baby in their most relaxed state, I will, in a sense, re-create that environment with the room temperature, white noise, and tight cuddled poses. Also, remember that while we are dressed, baby is naked. A newborn's body temp isn't yet stable and can easily fluctuate. If they are working to keep themselves warm, they lose calories and this makes for an unsettled, cranky, and continually hungry baby. Please remember to dress lightly for your session. I want Mommy and Daddy to be comfortable too!