• Baby Essentials
Keeping everything at arms reach will be helpful.
*A pacifier is a lifesaver, so if baby loves it, let's keep it nearby.
*Diapers , wipes and burping cloths, for any accidents.
*Towels, Small swaddle blankets and burping cloths.
• Extra Help
I do love to keep everything simple as possible. But if you have these items, it can make a difference.
*Space header or warming pad if available.
*Do you have a white noise machine or soothing sound you've been using? It can help calm a baby if he or she accustomed to it.
• Clutter Free
I understand newborn’s demands leaves less time for housekeeping. No need to keep the house shinny clean for me. I won't judge I promise! I've been there 6 times and I know how the house chores can be left behind. Think of areas or rooms you will like to be photographed in. Where ever we shoot it will be best to have it clutter free. I don't mind if the other areas are a disaster. I won't be looking in your kitchen sink. I will help to make the space simple and clear if you couldn't get around it.
Manicured finger tips: Your hands will be in some of the images, we want them to look well maintained. A natural trimmed polished look is suitable. If nails are painted with nail polish, make sure it’s not chipped.
Brush your hair and put any light product for flyway's. For moms and little sisters, if you have time, big loose curls is a sweet touch.
• Make up
A natural look always works best. Don’t go overboard, what you’d do for a big night out. Remember this is a reflection of you in the home as a newly mother.
I understand being a mommy can be daining and tiring. I also want you to look back and see your best. Make up that help you look refresh will look beautiful.
I do want you to know that cameras can diminish features and look dull. (it really is a fine line, so just be careful.) Accent eyes just don't over do it, enough to make you feel beautiful. Make sure your makeup is blended well and balanced. Be careful to not to overdo in one specific area. Chapstick is another good item to keeps lips moist and plump for the camera.
Looking super relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. This is an exciting time in your life and we want to capture all of that…so take care of yourself first! As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like.
I happen to love moms in ivory, white or soft pastels. Solid colors are important because prints and patterns can date your photos and distract from baby. Flowy maxi or midi dresses that are nursing-friendly look wonderful for newborn sessions.
Dads look great in a neutral, solid colored button-down shirt or a henley shirt, with well-kept jeans or khakis. Dress your other child(ren) in a complementary soft color and ensure they can move freely to avoid tears
Every family is different, some families prefer to shoot in there nice comfortable clothes, while other moms want to portray a dream like photo, and dress up in a light flowy gown and siblings in their Sunday best. You can choose what ever you are comfortable in or want to portray in your photos. I go more in depth in my "what to wear guide"
• Any more Tips
Patience is Key! It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately…this isn’t something we can predict! It is important that everyone remain calm, should he/she not want to sleep, since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room, and if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.