Newborn Session Info

Marin Newborn Photography

 

WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
It’s best to contact me before your baby is born. Newborn babies photograph best between 6-14 days old. I photograph newborn sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and my schedule fills up about 3 weeks in advance. Since we never really know when your little one will arrive, I will put you on our calendar to hold a spot for you. And you can just call or text when your baby is born.

If older toddler siblings will be in the photographs, we recommend doing the session at 5-10 days. Siblings will typically be in the honeymoon period with their new sibling up until then, avoiding any issues of jealousy or rejection.

If your baby is already born or came early, that’s Ok! I always do my best to squeeze newborns into the schedule. It’s never too late to do a new baby session. Families contact me weeks after the birth, simply because circumstances prevented them from doing a session earlier. We can still capture the joy and beauty of your little baby at any age.

WHAT WILL THE SESSION BE LIKE?
Prior to your session, I will give you instructions on how to prep for the shoot, including the instruction to keep the baby up as long as possible before the session starts. As soon as I arrive, you will feed the baby while I’m setting-up, helping them drift off into a deep, satisfied, sleep.  We allow plenty of time for feedings, diaper changes, and mommy & baby breaks, so newborn sessions typically last up to 3 hours.

We typically start with any posed/propped baby photos if they are included in your package, and then move onto the family lifestyle photographs, focusing on capturing your interaction with your new baby in a comfortable, relaxed and natural setting of your home.

WHAT SHOULD BABY WEAR?
Newborns photograph best without any clothes at all, but you can start baby out in something solid colored, no stripes or patterns. Solid white, grey or neutral colors are timeless and classic, and allow us to focus our attention on your beautiful baby. We have a supply of hats, headbands and bows that coordinate well with our blankets and props. However if you have something you would like to use, I am happy to incorporate them into any photographs, specially when they are meaningful to your family. If we are doing posed/propped photographs, I love to photograph newborns swaddled in blankets with lots of texture and snuggled up tight in buckets and baskets, so if you have a special blanket or two feel free to round them up.

DO I REALLY HAVE TO BE IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS?
Some new moms who gave birth can be self conscious about being a part of the photographs, and would much rather their partner hold baby, or it just be about siblings. I understand the concern for being photographed at this time, however I want to capture the love and wonder you feel for your new baby. Think years from now when your child is older, looking back at these photographs, if you are holding and interacting with your baby, they will be able to see the connection you had, how much you loved and adored them, and we can only do this if you are part of these photographs. So I ask that you trust me and my capability to make you look beautiful in any shape, and do this one for your little one.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
You and your spouse should wear solid colored clothing; whether that be jeans and a long sleeve top, or a solid colored flowing dress, we don’t want anything that will distract us from your beautiful baby. Solid colored long sleeve tops tend to work best, for those of us that are self conscious around this time. Usually maternity clothes are still a good option at this time.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY NEWBORN SESSION?
Sleepy babies with a full tummy photograph perfectly, so we will start with you feeding the baby. I will ask you to undress and swaddle baby before the feeding so as not disturb them by undressing them after the feeding. We have a variety of props, hats & throws that we will bring, but gather up any special hats or headbands. All you have to do is shower, dress, and hair & light makeup. Set-up plain white sheets or comforter on the bed that gets the most light. And gather up a few towels and cloths for bare bottom photographs. Other things to have include a pacifier (even if your baby doesn’t use one yet ~ I recommend the “Avent Soothie” brand), wipes, diapers, and baby hair brush.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Please send me an e-mail by clicking on this link to our Contact Form page. Please do not make inquiries by phone text, Facebook or Instagram. Please send me an email by clicking the link above to: Book a session, Request my pricelist, Ask questions, or to request a phone consultation. From there, we will set-up a quick Pre-Session Phone Chat, where we’ll talk about your goals for the shoot, my approach, where and when to shoot, etc.  And if you’d like to book at that time, then we can go ahead and schedule the booking.

Due dates are only placed on my calendar when your session fee and contract are submitted. To ensure the best possible service to each client, spots are limited. I recommend booking at the start of the second trimester. The actual session date is booked the day baby arrives. It is VERY important to contact me the day baby arrives so we can have the session when baby is 6-14 days old.

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San Francisco Newborn Photography by Dia Rao Photography based in Marin