​​​​​Newborn Preparation Guide

Scheduling Your Session

Newborn sessions take place in my home studio when your baby is between 4 and 14 days. The session itself can take up to 2- 3 hours so make sure to plan accordingly.

In order to make the most of our time together, I will need your help with the following:

Before You Arrive

Try to keep your baby awake for one hour prior to our session. I know this is hard and easier said than done, but do your best - this will help ensure a very sleepy baby for our session. While you are trying to keep your little one awake, try giving your baby a sponge bath 30 minutes prior to arriving to the studio. This may help with keeping them calm and awake. This is also useful for dry, flaky skin.

Dress your baby in loose fitting clothing that zips or buttons up the middle. Avoid onesies or clothing that will have to go over baby’s head.

Give a great big feeding right before you leave the house.   A full sleepy baby is always best.

What to Bring

If you are formula feeding or pumping, make sure to bring extra milk and a bottle.
A pacifier for soothing (if you use one) will also be helping.

Parent and Sibling Portraits

Parent and sibling shots are typically taken first. (Please inform me prior to the session if you wish to include siblings.)  I recommend wearing solid neutral colors, especially grey, white, tan or cream. Older siblings can wear a light colored shirt to match the gender of the baby, solid neutral colors, jeans and/or dresses for girls. Try to avoid busy patterns and graphics.

**Keeping the studio quiet and calm is crucial to achieving the best shots of your baby. Once the sibling shots are complete, I highly recommend that a spouse/partner take siblings home or out for something fun while we finish up. I do have a waiting area with a TV and books to keep them busy if they have to remain in the studio.

Session Length & Details

For a Full Newborn Session, plan on your session being around 2-3 hours. If you are doing a Mini Newborn Session, your session will be 1.5- 2 hours. 

My studio will be very warm. I normally have the thermostat set between 75 - 80 degrees. For the adults, it will be hot and I will be glowing as I work, but your baby will be toasty and happy. It is set at this temperature because at their age, babies are unable to regulate their body temperatures. If the air around them is too cool, they will be uncomfortable and I will be unable to achieve our goal poses. With this said, I recommend bringing layers.


While scheduling your session we will discuss colors, props and ideas you have. I have blankets, baskets, hats, headbands, wraps, and other props. If you have specific items you would like photographed,  you are welcome to bring them to your session but please inform me while discussing your ideas ahead of time.

If you follow the above instructions on preparing your baby we will mostly likely have a successful shoot. But remember, we are at the mercy of your precious little one, so do not be overwhelmed if your baby is cranky or will not “cooperate.” We will still try to get many amazing photos that you will love!