WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT YOU TO SET-UP MY NEWBORN SESSION?
The sooner you get on my schedule the better!! I only take a handful of newborn sessions each month, so it is great to get your due date secured on my calendar. Once you do that I will send you all the information on what to wear, tips and tricks and more. I hear that it is nice to get these things before baby comes to read them and have what they need.
HOW OLD SHOULD MY BABY BE FOR THE SESSION?
5-18 days after birth is usually the best time to have your session, but things can come up or you want to wait. It is what works best for you and your family, but don’t wait too long because your little one changes and grows quickly.
WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST FOR NEWBORN SESSIONS?
When babies are usually the sleepiest in the morning. Often I aim to start between 9am-12pm.
WHERE DOES THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Most families like to have the session in their home, so they don’t need to pack everything up and get out the door at a certain time. I also love it because it adds a personal touch to your photos. I do have a studio in NE Minneapolis that we can use though if you would prefer to be in studio. *If we are in your home for the session TURN UP THE HEAT!! Set to 80-85 if possible. It is another trick to hopefully keep baby happy and sleeping.
HOW DO WE PREPARE BABY FOR THE SESSION?
If at all possible, try and keep baby awake and stimulated an hour before our session – it’s important for baby to be tired when the session starts so they are hopefully cooperative. Once I get there is the best time for feeding and diaper change. It is also nice to have baby in a loose swaddle blanket (I love the Aden + Anais swaddles) when do that feeding, so that you don’t need to change them out of clothing.
WHAT IF MY BABY IS FUSSY/WON’T SLEEP/POOPS?
Those are all very normal and I have experience with each of those!! We will keep trying different techniques until something works.
WHAT ABOUT SIBLINGS?
Siblings photos are some of my favorite images!! I like to start with the family images and then get the sibling photos. That way everyone has time to warm-up to me and not too long that older siblings get bored of photos. Plus they can go play after we get their photos and we can concentrate on the little one at that point.
WHAT SHOULD I HAVE ON HAND FOR THE SESSION?
– Pacifier…if you are using one
– Change of clothing for everyone in case an accident happens…and they tend to