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This first post in the “Preparing for…” series starts at the beginning.  Brand new babies!  I love ’em.  You love ’em.  Ok, who doesn’t love babies???

Preparing for a newborn session can be quite daunting, so here is a brief list of how to prepare so that you will have a successful photography session with your little one!

1. SCHEDULE  

It is very important to capture baby in the first two weeks of life.  This ensures that baby will be all curlysnugglysquishy – a technical term in the photography world, I promise! – and able to be posed.  This means that you will need to call me approximately 1 month before your due date.  Yes, I said before.  Now, I know that the due date is not one set in stone.  The little one may grace us with his/her presence long before and sometimes after that date.  However, in order for me to properly prepare, I need to block out some time on my calendar for you…and then you’ll need to stay in touch with me. 🙂

2. SLEEP  

Once the bundle arrives, baby sets a schedule.  We will want baby to be asleep for the majority of the photography session – which lasts anywhere from 1-3 hours.  That means that we’ll need to schedule the session right after a nice full meal, and you’ll want to keep baby awake for the hour or so before that meal so that we achieve a deep slumber.

3. COMFORT

On the day of the session, you’ll want baby to be nekkid…sans clothing…in the birthday suit…for a couple of hours prior to your session start time.  This helps eliminate sock lines on ankles, and sleepy crease marks from cheeks.  Also, plan to bring plenty of outfit changes (this is optional of course, and I do have some accessories like headbands, hats, bows and blankets that you can use during the session) and plenty of diapers, bottles, and blankets.  Oh, and one more thing.  Mom, dad, and anyone else along for the ride should dress in layers.  I’ll have the studio heated up considerably to keep baby happy and calm, but it gets a bit toasty for the rest of us!

4. PATIENCE

Yes, I schedule newborn photo sessions for a 3 hour block on my calendar.  No, not all newborn sessions last 3 hours, but baby is in charge here!  We are at his/her mercy, and we break, eat, potty, you name it, on baby’s schedule.  If baby needs to eat, we stop and eat.  If baby wants to snuggle, we take a snuggle break (the best kind!).  Etc.  And?  If baby is having a bad day?  We reschedule and come back for attempt #2.  I will have uber patience for you and your baby on the day of your session…I just ask that you come prepared for the same.

That about sums it up.  Anything on your mind that I didn’t cover here?  Shout out all questions in the comments below and I’ll get them answered right away!

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