24 hours before shoot– avoid spicy food and drinking/eating acid citrus juices and fruits because it can upset baby’s tummy. Baby may feel uncomfortable and not sleep.
12 hours before shoot – feed your baby as much as you can all throughout this time period. A baby with a full tummy results in a sleeping and cooperative model. (for sessions on location)
Hours before shoot – Gather props, clothing, pacifier, and bottle (if bottle fed) and plenty of diapers and wipes.
1-2 hours before shoot -Interact with baby and try to keep baby awake so baby will be tired during session. Put loose clothing, loose diaper and socks on baby to prevent marks on skin. Have baby in minimal clothing that is easy to slip off. Once baby is asleep, you don’t want to take a chance of waking baby up when you remove clothing.
(session at your home) Feed your baby right before photographer’s arrival time.
(on location) When you arrive on location, plan to feed or nurse your baby. Make sure you get a good burp in! A baby with gas is not a happy baby and can result in lots of crying.
Clothing is a key element for beautiful, timeless portraits. If you don’t have a specific location in mind, wearing neutral, solid colors are a classic approach that fit nicely with most decors. Best to avoid solid black and solid white as these colors don’t photograph very well.
Even though newborns may have super sweet, adorable clothing, often the clothing is baggy and won’t photograph well. Most families prefer to see some skin of their baby so having baby in a diaper, diaper cover or naked is ideal for at least some of the session. Babies are cutest in their bare bottoms. If we are in your home, be sure to adjust the temperature to keep baby warm.
Another visually appealing option is to swaddle baby in a blanket. This looks adorable and helps to keep baby asleep. This has the added benefit of making it easier to move baby from position to position.
Don’t worry about baby acne or little scratches. My expert retouching will either eliminate or drastically minimize these imperfections. If your baby has extremely dry skin, try putting baby lotion on prior to coming to your session and bringing extra with you. This will help the retouching process.
Mom’s and Dad’s hands will be shown in many of the close up photographs. Please make sure your nails look nice!
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