Newborn Prep Guide
First off, congratulations! I'm so excited that you've chosen me to capture your new little one's first photographs. Heirloom portraits are priceless images that last a lifetime and you will be sure to cherish them for generations to come.
Booking for your newborn is preferably done while you are still pregnant, to ensure that I have time put aside for you. This applies whether you have a estimated due date or c-section date scheduled. We will set aside an approximate date and then adjust accordingly once you deliver. Please contact me as soon as you can once baby arrives. The ideal time to capture your newborn is in within the first 2 weeks after their birth. This helps us to have a more sleepy, easy to pose baby.
Sessions are typically done at my home studio in Hampton Bays, NY. I have many props, outfits, headbands, wraps, etc. that you can choose from. If you have specific wants or a theme in mind, please feel free to discuss with me prior to your shoot. You're welcome to bring along anything you'd like to use during the session.
Before your session, please do your best to keep baby up for 1-2 hours prior to your arrival (I know this isn't always possible!) The room will be kept very warm so you may want to dress in layers that you can remove. Bring along an extra bottle, pacifier (if using), diapers, wipes, a burp cloth and a blanket for your little one. Dress him or her in easy to remove clothing (one piece pj's are perfect) and try to keep diaper tabs loose.
Siblings are absolutely allowed to be in photographs with baby! You may want to consider having an extra pair of hands to help with big brother or sister, or to have someone take them home after the sibling shots are completed.
Sessions typically last 1-3 hours, depending on baby's cooperation. We will take feeding breaks and time to lull baby off to sleep.
AS OF 2019, COVID GUIDELINES ARE NOW IN PLACE IN MY STUDIO
-Please only bring immediately family to your session (mom, dad, and siblings). Anyone else will be asked to wait in their car.
-All clients (including children over the age of 2) will need to be masked at all times, except when we are actively shooting.
-If anyone in your family is sick or feverish, please tell me before you arrive so we can reschedule. Your deposit will be applied to a new date.
-All blankets, outfits, props and the studio itself are washed/sanitized prior to every session
Questions? Feel free to ask. I look forward to meeting you and your little one!