First off CONGRATULATIONS!
Please read the recommendations below – to help create the most successful shoot for your sweet baby!
Hopefully I have an idea of your baby's impending arrival because I've done your maternity pictures, but if not, it's best to contact me a few months ahead of your due date so that I can 'pencil' you in for the estimated arrival of the little one. I prefer to schedule newborn sessions in the first 5-10 days after baby is born. The reason for this is because after about 2 weeks, the baby is much more interested in what's going on around them rather than sleeping and is also not quite as agile for some of the cute newborn poses.
I can do newborn sessions at your house or mine (my studio), however it's usually much more comfortable for you and baby if it's at your home. Please plan an area for me near a bright window so that we have enough natural light for the session. Usually an 8x10 area is enough for me and my equipment.
Comfort and warmth is going to be the number one factor for providing an extra sleepy atmosphere for your newborn. It helps if you have a space heater going in addition to a warm home. Baby's need the extra heat when we have them out of their blankets for posing purposes. The more comfortable they are, the more smoothly the shoot will go. It also helps if you have some sort of white noise going on in the background. If you don't have a space heater or a white noise producer, let me know and I'll bring these things with me.
A well fed baby is necessary to assist with his/her comfort. Please try to feed him/her just prior to my arrival if possible. A baby with a full belly will be much more relaxed and sleepy. If we need to pause during the shoot to feed again, that's fine, too. I'll work with the baby's schedule. It also helps if you interact with baby 1-2 hours before the session and keep him/her awake so that it tires baby out.
I'll arrive a bit early to set up and get a feel for the location. Please have your baby in a loose diaper and blanket so it's easy to take off and on. If you have any special onesies, blankets, headbands or other props, please have the ready. I'll have some items but it's always best to have many. Accidents happen, especially when working with bare babies, so backups are necessary. Soft, dreamy, neutral colors are best to help create timeless photos.
If you have any other questions or concerns - call/text/email me!