Even though a mama spends 9 months preparing for the arrival of their baby growing in their womb, there is nothing quite like those first few days home from the hospital. It may even seem as though you were prepared for everything and nothing at the same time. The days and nights become a beautiful fog of not sleeping, recovering from birth and realizing that your heart now belongs to this tiny baby sleeping on your chest.
In home newborn photography captures all of those fresh details! In addition, it tells the authentic story of what it feels like at home with a brand new baby. There is so much going on after a delivery which is why I work together with my clients so that it feels easy when the day comes.
When to schedule a newborn session
I often get the question of when to schedule a newborn session. I like to say that it is never too early! And if there was the need to cancel, I completely understand and no questions asked. With that being said most clients book a newborn session during their second trimester. Typically, newborn sessions are scheduled for a week after the due date. I only take a limited number each month so it is crucial to reach out early so it’s on my books!
I ask my clients to reach out once the baby is born and we figure out an exact day that works. Most newborn sessions are done seven to fourteen days after baby has arrived. I am super flexible with my newborns and if something were to come up (doctor visits, illnesses, etc) we can reschedule for a different day.
How to prepare for a newborn session before baby arrives
This beautiful Roseville mama and I emailed and text back and forth prior to her session. Some clients prefer to chat on the phone and some prefer to communicate through text or email. Both work and whatever is easier for my clients is great for me. We discussed what to wear and what she was looking for in her photos. I always recommend looking through my online gallery or social media accounts before booking. This makes sure that I am the right fit for each of my clients.
My clients also send me photos of their nurseries and/or common room (living room, master bedroom, etc). This helps give me a visual of what the environment looks like so that I can offer styling assistance if requested. Picture day will go much smoother if you have your outfits figured out before baby arrives and you know what to wear!
How to prepare for a newborn session the day of your session
Picture day is finally here! Take a deep breath because what matters most is the bond between the family. Although certainly not necessary, some moms prefer to get help with cleaning, hair and makeup. Houses do not need to be spotless although I do recommend clearing messes in rooms we will be using. If you have siblings that are toddlers make sure snacks are easily accessible. If your baby is hungry before I get there make sure to feed them. And try to have diapers changed if possible. Most of all, enjoy your baby and try not to stress.
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