HOW TO PREPARE

  • It is very crucial that your newborn session is done within the first 14 days after your little one is born for several reasons: They are more likely to stay asleep and cooperate during their poses, they still like to be curled up and don’t mind being posed and their flaky skin or baby acne has not set in yet. After 14 days old, they are less cooperative and it takes a lot of time to ease the baby. 

  • I completely understand that babies come on their own terms  so you will still have a guaranteed spot reserved no matter when you deliver. 

  • If breastfeeding, please try to avoid eating anything spicy (pizza, mexican food, etc.) or anything that may cause your baby to become gassy or upset baby's tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. 
    *Some other foods that may cause gas: dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, cream, or any product that has milk, milk products, casein, or sodium casein. As well as foods with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, or citrus fruits. 

  • If your baby takes a paci, be sure to keep it handy. Even if baby does not intend on using one permanently, it is often convenient during pictures to keep baby calm and soothed for the 1-2 hours they will be taking photos. This is much easier than moving baby each time they need soothed. I would recommend bringing one even if they do not normally take one if you are ok with your baby having a pacifier. 

  • Newborns also tend to eat a little more than you're used to during the experience so be prepared for that and please bring extra bottles and formula if you are bottle feeding. I have a private studio so you will have privacy to feed your baby wherever you like. I even have a bed if you're more comfortable.

  • Newborn Sessions take anywhere from 1-2 hours. If you're not planning on being in the images you are more than welcome to come in your comfy clothes, bring a book, etc. and make yourself right at home. I will be capturing the images at my studio and it will remain a little warm in studio area to keep baby comfortable. 

  • Please avoid bringing any outfits for the images. For best results I will be using my newborn stretch wraps. I supply the props, blankets, etc. as well but if you would like you may bring 1-3 personal items or heirlooms you would like to include in the session. If you have any special requests please let me know.

  • I will have you undress your newborn down to their diaper before we start so please dress baby in loose fitting clothing to avoid leaving lines on baby's skin, a button up or zipper sleeper is best. Avoid onesies or anything that has to be pulled over baby's head.

  • The baby runs the show, I can only do what they allow. Not every baby will do every pose. I do not guarantee to get a certain pose. 

  • Turn around time for newborn photos is 1-3 weeks and you will receive watermarked images of your newborn. After you have seen your photos and the photo reveal video attached you are able to purchase which package and products you would like. Feel free to call or text me anytime with questions. Bonus if you facetime me during your reveal :)

  • IMPORTANT* If you would like your Newborn Session to include Family/Siblings  it is best to do those first. These typically only take about 15-20 min. If there are any siblings please make sure they arrive happy and well rested with something to keep them occupied while we get baby to sleep. If they are upset and crying it can keep your newborn awake and not allow for us to get the family portion done in a timely manner. Thus, cutting into your newborns portion of the session which interrupts the work flow. If possible; it is also encouraged to bring a family member, friend, or care taker with for the first part of the session to take siblings or have siblings picked up after their images with baby have been taken, especially if they are between the ages of 1-5. This also helps your newborn rest better but this is NOT REQUIRED. 

  • OTHER NOTES IF YOU HAVE OTHER KIDDOS UNABLE TO BE PICKED UP
    - I'm not at all opposed to bribery, however, make sure to only give it to your kiddo(s) after the session. I promise you it doesn't work if you    give it to them before the photos.  
    - Bring a snack & a water bottle/kiddos drink of choice. Water are a few snacks are provided but sometimes a nice break with some food helps the kids do better.
    - Bring a noise maker (toy) if your kids are of age that will need it. 
    - If your kiddo is younger it's always a good idea to change their outfit at the studio. 
    - Relax. I know photos are stressful, I totally understand. The best thing you can do for the session is to have low expectations and to breathe. I promise things go a lot better when we don't stress too much about it. Let your kids be them. Life will be great. It's my job to get everyone smiling.
    - You will have my cell number after you reserve your newborn session online for immediate contact. Please text or call me if you need anything.

 

 

With love,

Ash 405-301-9595

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