What to know before your Newborn Session
What is a natural newborn session? By natural, I mean that I want your images to look real & relaxed, and also that nature inspires much of what I do. My images reflect a love of the land, and a deep connection to both season and time. Natural also means that your newborn will not be styled into odd poses that require photoshop. I'm more interested in relationship and connection than props and outfits.
As far as props go, I like simple, muted-tone, natual fiber items. In the renovated barn studio, I have woven baskets, sheepskins, hand-knit wraps and blankets, and often something fresh that reflects the season. There may be spring time willow twigs, a handful of peonies or a tin of evergreen boughs, depending on the season. If you happen to have a summer baby, (and the weather co-operates!), we will go outside.
Not only will we get heirloom photos of baby, but we will spend a significant portion of our time taking photo-journalistic style images of you interacting with baby. These will largely be intimate, unposed shots, with a good number in timeless black and white.
How will the day of the shoot go?
We reserve 3 hours for your newborn session – plenty of time to not worry about fussiness or feedings – there will be both, and that’s no concern. (I’ve only once had a baby fuss for 3 hours straight, and if that happens, we do a re-shoot free of charge!)
If possible, please bathe your baby on the day of your session, and be sure to lotion any dry skin areas. Feel free to bring lotion with you. Try to keep baby as awake as possible on the day of your shoot, because it's nice to have them sleepy at the studio.
For planning, we like for you to feed baby soon after arriving (and possibly a number of times during the session!) Mostly, we hope that you can relax into the experience, and enjoy a few hours of newborn snuggling.
What do we all wear?
Babies are at their best naked, or in a simple swaddle or knit diaper cover. Hats and headbands are great, anything knit adds beautiful texture to contrast with baby's skin. You can bring a clean white onesie, a blanket that was knit for baby, or a vintage piece handed down to you. Many parents like to have something unique (usually off of etsy) to add to the session.
Parents will be photographed during the sesssion, and should wear clothing they are comfortable in. Neutral or muted colors are fine; please avoid strong patterns. Black shows baby spit-up, just fyi!
Siblings are best dressed simply. White, neutrals, and pale colors are great. Little guys look cute in just their shorts or jeans, cuddling baby skin to skin.