With 2010 filling up with the wee-ones, I thought it would be nice to share some tips for booking / capturing newborn photos. I simply ADORE newborns – their smell, their softness, their freshness. They are simply adorable and one of my favorite things to photograph. Ideally newborn sessions should take place prior to 10 days of age and no later than two weeks of age. I know it seems “all too hard” at the time – trust me i’ve been there – but the wonderful images and treasured memories you will have of the short moment in time will make it worth it, a million times over! Under two weeks of age are when babies are more sleepy, curly, and well “new”. It makes it much easier to capture the beautiful curled up poses.
Newborn sessions take place at my studio (31st and classen / north okc) which has been set up for newborns. I understand that some parents would like to shoot at their home, and that can be arranged as well. Keep in mind that it is helpful if the home has a good natural light flow and that you would like the backgrounds in your home to show through in your photos. It can make for some beautiful photos. Newborn sessions tend to be anywhere from 1-3 hours and depend on the baby. The sessions is never rushed and it is not uncommon to have lots of pauses while we wait or baby to settle, feed, ect.
I always make sure i have sessions available for newborns (because lets face it their arrival is unpredictable) but please plan on contacting me to touch base on your due date and pencil you in for date and time the week of arrival. Also, we can discuss ideas and creative thoughts for your session. It is then best to contact me when you deliver so we can set a specific time. Please also feel free to bring the following to the newborn session:
-special blankets / stuffed animals
-any hats or bows
-colorful items / letters (possibly baby’s name in letters)
Please also know:
The studio is kept very warm during the newborn session so that we can strip the baby down for shots. Parents, please dress in layers so that you do not get too warm. Please bring anything you would like to sooth your baby in between shots. Feel free to ask any questions during the session – birth announcements, baby’s first year plan, newborn albums…..It is a great time to discuss it all.