Each session offers it varying challenges and opportunities. Please refer to the session type you will be having to see what recommendations we might have to help you prepare accordingly.
We usually do newborn sessions within the first two weeks of baby's life. This allows them to be in that sleepy, bendy stage of life still. It is great to get these penciled in before the birth just so we have you on our radar and don't miss the early days after birth.
The best location for the newborn session is in the baby's world--your home. Don't feel stressed that your house isn't clean; you JUST had a baby! We will set up a little mini-studio in your home and will bring supplementary lighting just in case. We will want to find the best light in your house, so make sure you open all your curtains and blinds. Morning is often the best time to let sunlight in, so we tend to schedule newborn sessions around this light.
BEFORE WE COME: Please make it as warm in your home as you can stand. We want baby to be nice and comfy and they like it warm. Especially since he or she will be nude/almost nude. Bonus for a space heater in the room and blankets fresh from the dryer! We bring some textiles but love to use yours since you know what you like. Also, loosening the diaper about a half hour before helps to prevent diaper impressions in images.
In general, we prefer a more organic look to the session; nude shots of baby are beautiful and we are careful to cover and/or crop any private areas. We are happy to oblige any wardrobe ideas you desire but trust us that the best outfit is the birthday suit for newborns. The gorgeous smocked heirloom gowns are special, but they tend to swallow the baby up and detract from the breathtaking simplicity of a newborn baby.
As for what shots we will be taking? Well, we have our favorites and they are usually produced naturally from your interacting with baby and the baby on his or her own, as well. Siblings are welcome to take part for some of the session-the more, the merrier; for a time. ;) If you have poses or shots you must have--let's do them! We love our clients researching their style and vision and sending us some inspirational shots in email or text to help us get on the same page.