Newborn Prep Guide

The first rule to newborn photography is to leave all expectations at the door. Newborns run the show, I am only here to capture what they allow me to capture. Our session will last anywhere from one hour to four hours depending on baby. This section will hopefully give you a little insight into how I run my sessions as well as educate how to best prep for your session.


Before we can prep...

we must choose a date! Please contact me as soon as you give birth so that we can choose a date that will work for everyone. Oftentimes if you wait until baby is a week old, the session will be at the three week mark. Babies are the most sleepiest from 7-14 days and postponing the scheduling will make it harder to have the curled up posing and sleepy baby pictures we want to capture. The sooner we schedule the sleepier baby will be and the more images we will be able to capture! 

 angelic newborn boy photos with angel wings on his back located on Oahu Hawaii 

Feeding...

Breastfeeding mommas, please be sure to not eat anything that may upset your babies tummy 24-48 hours prior to your session. Some foods that are known to cause colic  are dairy, caffeine, spicy food, chocolates and gassy vegetables such as broccoli and onions. If your family has any history of allergens (even if you have no allergies), please avoid those also. About 12 hours prior to your session please feed your baby as frequently as possible. This will ensure their tummy is full and will allow them to sleep better without being fussy. Formula feeding mommas, please stick to your feeding schedule and bring milk with you for two feedings. 

Bringing Baby...

Please bring baby in loose fitting pajamas that either zipper or button up all the way. Their diaper should also be loose to avoid leaving marks on their delicate skin. Bring a warm blanket. When feeding, the baby will be wrapped in a blanket to avoid having to undress and waking them up. Always bring a pacifier with you, even if you are not going to give baby one they will sometimes help as a last resort solely for the session. Make sure to bring plenty of diapers as baby may poop several times during our session. 

For Yourself...

 Studio session of a newborn boy on Oahu Hawaii. Wearing neutral colors and smiling newborn baby

Because these sessions can last a few hours, please bring entertainment or snacks to munch on. Since it is an in-home studio, you are able use watch Netflix and Hulu shows. You are also welcome to nap while I work with the baby. I understand that sleeping is one of the hardest things to accomplish with a newborn. I will wake you up if I need your help for anything. If we have discussed taking pictures with your newborn, bring an extra set just in case. Being peed on with a naked newborn is part of the job and you will most likely experience that during your portraits.

wHAT To Expect

We will keep the space at a warmer temperature to keep baby as comfortable as possible. Wear breathable clothing to keep yourself comfortable throughout the session. During the session I will have a sound machine playing in the background to try and keep baby calm and relaxed throughout the session. BEWARE: You may fall asleep also! I ask that you keep talking at a minimum to not disrupt baby. As stated above, the babies run the show during newborn sessions. If they fuss please allow me to work and try to calm them down. I have infinite patience and will let you know if feeding them may be the best course of action. If you are breastfeeding and hover over me and baby, they might smell your milk prompting them to want to feed. Sitting down and relaxing during the newborn session will ensure that baby is also relaxed.

Get to know me...

I apologize in advance if I am not very talkative during my newborn sessions. I am usually laser focused at the task at hand making sure baby is safe in all of the posing done. Since I am so close to the baby I also avoid talking as to not startle them. Please wait to ask any questions until I am done taking images or while changing and feeding baby.