Newborn Sessions have become very popular in recent years. When shopping for a newborn photographer it is very important that you find someone who has experience and who puts the safety of your child first. Your baby is only tiny for a short time and documenting that time is important. Not only will you cherish these images always, but parents who display images of their children as babies reaffirm their child's sense of well being. Seeing images of themselves displayed on walls and in albums shows them how much they are loved.
Babies are best photographed when they are under two weeks of age, however: this is dependent on their birth weight and whether the baby was born full term. I suggest that you pre-book your appointment but most newborn photographers leave room for newborn sessions so calling within a few days of babies birth should be fine.
Most of the newborn images you see of babies are taken anywhere from 7-14 days of age. If you want the squishy baby photos like the "froggy pose" and others, then coming in within the first two weeks when baby is more flexible is essential.
Often twins and premature babies are in the hospital a bit longer therefore making an early session impractical. If your baby is premature you may need to wait until the baby reaches a healthy birth weight. If you call your photographer when baby is born then she/he can accommodate according to when it will be safe for your baby to be photographed.
Life in Pink Photography Studios has everything you could ever need for a newborn session. You can arrive with nothing but your baby and I will take care of you. I keep a limited supply of diapers and wipes on hand, however, the following is a suggested packing list.
You are also welcome to bring any specialty items or props to be used in your session.
Parents and Siblings
Parents and siblingsare always invited to participate in any of my newborn sessions. When it comes to clothing, the idea should be to wear items that will show well when images are printed and hung in the home. I suggest wearing solid colors or simple soft patterns that are not distracting. When dressing the family you should keep the tones similar.
On session day if you are coming to my studio, I ask that you arrive early to feed baby. This will ensure a nice start to the day. Try to keep the baby awake at least 2 hours prior to your session that way they are nice and sleepy after they eat. If you are bottle feeding your baby, be sure to bring extra bottles. Babies get very hungry during their newborn session which normally last from 2-3 hours.
Breast Feeding Food Guide
Every baby is different but there are certain foods, especially spicy foods, that can cause babies to become gassy. If you are breastfeeding you should avoid eating the following foods for at least 48 hours prior to your session. These foods typically affect babies under 6 weeks, As they get older, introduce foods one at a time to see how they are affected. Every baby is different, so be sure to consult with your pediatrician.
Citrus Acid foods and drinks - Cranberries, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, strawberries, all berries, tomatoes or tomato products, peanuts, pizza, spaghetti, chili, tacos,ketchup