The ideal time for capturing those snuggly, sleepy images of your precious little one is during the first 5-10 days after your baby is born. For that reason (and to ensure availability), it is best to schedule your newborn session several months prior to your baby’s anticipated arrival. Advance scheduling also allows for ample time to discuss all of the details of, and your preferences for, your session.
Newborn sessions typically last between two to four hours, as I allow ample time for expected breaks for feeding, diapering, and lulling your baby to sleep. Although some clients prefer to have the session focus exclusively on the new baby, I encourage parents and siblings to be photographed with the baby for at least a few images. (During the pre-session consultation, I provide recommendations with respect to wardrobe choices for all members of the family.)
My absolute highest priority in any newborn session is the safety and comfort of your baby. For that reason, I have participated in numerous workshops devoted to safety in posing and photographing newborns. In addition, in accord with the medical community’s recommendations for individuals working with newborns, I have been vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza, and I adhere to the recommended immunization schedule. Finally, I ensure that the temperature and other environmental factors during a session are ideal for your baby, and provide you with other general tips for keeping your little one as happy and comfortable as possible.