Your session is just around the corner! Here is everything you’ll need to know to make sure it is a smashing success.
Try to keep your baby awake and active for at least 30 minutes before the session and then give them a full feeding. A little tummy time, sponge bath, and belly full of milk usually makes for one sleepy baby!
Dress the baby in a simple onesie and cozy blanket or just a diaper and blanket. Neutral muslin swaddles and soft woven blankets are great for these relaxed shoots.
Sessions will include photos of the family, siblings (fur siblings too!), each parent with the baby, and portraits of the baby on her/his own. I usually work in the main living room, master bedroom, and nursery or wherever natural light is best.
You can expect the session to last 1-2 hours.
We want the baby to be the star of the show so I recommend wearing neutral or light colored clothing with no large logos or patterns. Keep in mind that the home will be warmer than usual, so light fabrics are recommended or items that you can easily layer and remove if you get overheated.
Maternity, Baby Announcement & Gender Reveal
For moms to be, finding an outfit can be stressful. Try to find something that you will be comfortable in and have a backup option that you love as well. Textures like lace and knit photograph great and you can plan to dress casually. A flowy dress is key.
For dads to be, I recommend a solid colored t-shirt or henley. Often times jeans and pants will wear out in an obvious pattern around phones and wallets so it is a good idea to buy a new pair of pants for the occasion.
The key for a successful session is being comfortable. Clothes should fit properly. Have a quick wardrobe check before the session. Manicure hands for close up photos. Wear light make up. Style your hair.
If you are unsure of what to wear, email me a few photos of your outfits and I am happy to help narrow choices.
Bring some cute props such as handmade toys, sonogram pictures, baby booties and a baby book with cute illustrations.
If you think you could benefit from professional help for styling your session, here are my recommended choices:
Wardrobe Stylist Dayana Espinal. Dayana works in the film industry and has ample experience designing the perfect look. She knows what looks great on camera and she will make sure you look like a million bucks.
Makeup Artist Danielle Henry. Dani has worked with countless celebrities and entrepreneurs alike. She knows how to accent your features and make you look your best.
I’m lucky to know and have worked with many different talented professionals. From florist to set designers, stationary and prop vendors, just ask me and I’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction.
During the session, remember to relax and have fun! These are very low stress, laid-back photos, and I will guide you through simple poses and prompts the entire time. If your baby gets fussy (99% of children do!) there will also be time for feeding and soothing.
I love to capture bottle/nursing photos but I will ask you if you are comfortable with these photos beforehand.
Great photos are the result of honest moments. You are encourage to play and interact with your loved ones, a kiss, a hug, hold hands, tickle, be present and engaged.
After the session
Within 7-14 days, you will receive your full digital gallery. Be sure to download these photos and have a backup if possible.
I appreciate your patience as time is required in order to make sure your photos are perfect.
See you soon!