By Brianne Ennes, Owner/Photographer
Heaven’s Blessings Photography
First of all, congratulations! Bringing a new baby into your home is one of the greatest and most special times in a families life. Enjoy every moment you possibly can with your brand new baby, those memories made are ones you cannot get back. But… if you invested in newborn portraits they are memories you can oooh and awww over for a lifetime.
“When do I book my newborn session?” is a question I get asked a lot. This answer will vary with all photographers, but I always say sooner rather than later. Once momma’s reach that 18-20 week mark I like to get them on my schedule.
It is important to not make newborn portraits a last minute decision so that you can be sure to make your photographer’s schedule and so that you can collaborate on what type of session you are wanting.
- Do you want a lifestyle session, where baby is captured in his natural environment, unposed and surrounded by family members who love and cherish him/her?
- Do you want a session that captures your newborn in those sweet, sleepy poses in a studio setting?
- What color scheme do you think you would like?
- What type of props if any?
- Do you like photos where the newborn is showing off that brand new baby bum or would you prefer them to be wrapped, or in an outfit?
There is a lot of planning that goes into that session, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to do so!
“What do I do before my session?” Relax! 🙂 Your photographer will give you a list of exact instruction to follow to make your session go as smoothly as possible. The closer you follow the list, the better you can expect your session to go. I always photograph babies before 14 days of life, but my very favorite is 5-7 days old.
Breast feeding mommas normally have their milk in by this period, babies have a slightly less startle reflex, and they deep sleep for long periods of time. Mornings are typically the sleepy period for newborns, so I try to always schedule their studio portrait sessions around 10am.
I ask that circumcision be healed and that if vaccinations are given, they are done at least 4 days before the session. This helps to avoid fussiness from sore legs.
Breastfeeding momma’s, avoid spicy foods for 2 days before your session. This will help to prevent a gassy, fussy baby. Wake your baby 2 hours before your scheduled portrait session, feed newborn upon waking, and attempt to keep him/her awake until you get in the car to head to your photographer, I know this can be a hard job, but I promise, it is worth it!
Make sure to put your newborn in a loose diaper and loose clothing to avoid red marks on the skin. Once you get to my studio I will have you feed your baby and then you’re done, I will take it from there!
“What do I bring to my session?” Again, this is something that will vary by photographer, so I will answer as if you were using my studio. NOTHING! Ok, not really! You will need items to care for your baby, such as diapers, wipes, formula, an outfit to wear home, a pacifier if you use one, but you do not have to bring anything for the actual session.
I provide all props, newborn wraps, outfits, hats, and anything else needed for your session. Be sure to bring your wedding rings if you would like those included in the portraits. If you would like, you are more than welcome to bring anything special to you that you would like photographed with your baby, such as a blanket, special outfit, or stuffed animal.
Your baby will set the pace for the newborn session and as a photographer I will do everything I can to keep him/her happy and safe. There will be lots of cuddling, feeding, and quieting time, all directed by your baby, so that I can capture those fleeting moments of your precious newborn that you will always cherish.
Brianne is a blood bought, born-again Christian, wife, and mother to 3 girls. She is a labor and delivery RN turned stay at home mom photographer. When not behind her camera or in front of her computer she enjoys rocking in her porch swing with her husband by her side while watching her girls play on their small farm.