Prep Guide

In-Home Newborn Session


Hello!

Let me begin by saying congratulations!  As a mother of four young children, I know firsthand how amazing, exhausting and fleeting those first few weeks at home with a newborn are.  I’m looking forward to creating beautiful images that will bring you back to those sweet moments with your baby, time and time again.  My job is to show you just how beautiful your life is.  Below, I’ve outlined some helpful information for your upcoming session with me.

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In-Home Newborn Session

Your newborn session will take place in the comfort of your own home.  As a lifestyle photographer, I love capturing images that are relaxed and casual.  I want your newborn session to feel like a cozy morning at home with your family.  On the day of your session, I will spend around two hours documenting you family’s connection as you interact with your new baby.  I will guide you through some casual poses, give you direction when needed and let the rest unfold organically.  Just be yourself and do what comes naturally.  I’ll move around the room with my camera and capture your story from different angles as it unfolds.

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What to Expect

Before your session, I will send out a questionnaire which will help me get to know you and your family a bit better. Prior to your session, we can talk about what to wear so you look and feel your best and I can answer any additional questions you may have.  We can either chat on the phone or converse through email (whichever you prefer).

When I first arrive at your home, I will take a look around and choose which rooms will work best for our session.  I typically like to focus on the areas you and your family spend the most time in, such as the living room, master bedroom and nursery.  Ultimately I’m looking for one of two areas in your home with good light.

After the session, I will send you a sneak peek of a few of my favourite images within 48 hours.  In the following weeks, I’ll create a gallery showcasing the best images that tell your story.  Your online gallery with all your retouched, high resolution digital images be ready about 4 weeks after your session. 

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Preparing Your Home

Trust me, I know what it’s like to have a newborn!  My goal with each session is to make things as easy as possible so please don’t stress out about having a spotless home!  If you have time beforehand, quickly de-clutter surfaces in the rooms we may use for your session to help minimize distractions.  But, we can easily clean up an area that we want to use for photos while I’m there.  Occasionally, I may move things around a little to get the best images or light possible.

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Preparing Baby

Before I arrive, I recommend that you feed your baby (if possible).  From there, we will follow your baby’s lead and let him/her determine the flow of our session.  Newborn sessions can take time and that’s okay. We may need to pause for you to feed, change or soothe your baby. A typical newborn session is usually around two hours in length.

I do not do any traditional posing or have any expectations of your baby.  He/she may sleep throughout our entire session or be alert and wide awake the whole time.  If your baby is fussy we can always get beautiful images of him/her nestled in your arms.  What is important is that we capture this amazing, fleeting time in your life.

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Preparing Siblings

A new baby can be a big adjustment for older siblings!  I usually try and get sibling and family photos done within the first half hour of our session so children can get back to their regular routines.  I have no major expectations of siblings throughout our session and find the best way to elicit co-operation is through play.  To prepare your children for the session, you can tell them that a new friend is coming to visit and will take some photos of your family.

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Style Tips (for Her)

Choose an outfit that you feel comfortable and flattering in.  A long, full-length flowy dress looks amazing because it really flatters every female body, especially on camera.  Jeans or linen pants paired with a three-quarter length shirt creates a slimming effect.  Pairing an accessory or two with your outfit can really help bring some extra dimension to your images and be a nice tie-in when you’re coordinating with the rest of the family.  I also recommend light make-up and hair styled down.

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Style Tips (for Him)

Long, fitted pants (linen, khakis or jeans) paired with a solid coloured shirt or light sweater works best on camera.  Solid colours are most complimentary whereas patterns, graphics and logos tend to distract the eye.

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Style Tips (for Baby)

I have a very minimalist style when photographing newborns, so for me, less is more.  I believe your baby is beautiful just the way he/she is!  I recommend a form fitting onesie that compliments the rest of your outfits.  I will likely take some photos of your baby in his/her diaper as well.  Please gather a few of your favourite swaddle blankets for your baby to be wrapped in during our session.

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Coordinating the Crew

You will look most put together and cohesive on camera when the colour palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate but don’t actually match.  By choosing pieces of clothing that fit together you will create more visual interest in your images.  The goal of coordinating a family is to visually break up the colours and shades so that you’re not all wearing the same colour on top and bottom.  I encourage you to think about planning each outfit with “dominant colours” and “accent colours”.  When you’re planning each family member’s outfit, aim for each person to have a different dominant colour, then bring in and vary the accent colour to tie everything in.

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One Final Note

I know I just gave you a lot to think about!  I created this guide to help make your newborn session an experience you’ll look back on with fondness.  At the end of the day, a perfectly tidy home and the outfits you wear won’t matter nearly as much as the memories you make together.  I want your session to be a time for you to be yourself, have fun, laugh and enjoy each other.  I’ll take care of all the rest!

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