NEWBORN SESSION GUIDE
You already know that I don't do super posed, baby-in-a-basket studio sessions.
I prefer (and hope you do too) to have a more relaxed approach, with unplanned authentic moments captured in the comfort of your home.
I've written this guide to help you get the most out of your newborn session.
Read on friend. Then let's get started.
SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
I show up. We chat. I get my camera out. Start shooting. That's it in a nut-shell.
Basically I'll look for the light and guide you guys to where will work best. I might start with some shots of baby by themselves or I might start with family photos. Each session is guided by the baby and their mood.
We might shoot in multiple locations around the house. The key rooms I usually use are the living room, the babies room and the master bedroom.
Note: I don't edit out things that are lying around so if you don't want your nipple cream that's sitting on the nightstand in the shot then do a real quick run through before I get there. I'm not saying make your home look like it's not lived in. Because it IS lived in, and it should reflect your life as authentically as possible.
Here's all you need to do.
1. Make beds.
2. Throw washing in the laundry and close the door.
3. Grab a washing basket, whip through the rooms and chuck anything in it that you don't want in the shot.
4. Hide the washing basket.
Boom. 'Clean' house in 5 minutes.
YOU MADE A BABY
Guys, YOU MADE A BABY. You got jiggy with it and then you created an actual human. OR someone else did the rude things, created a human and you are making a loving home for the little one. Either way, you are in the babies life. So you will be in some of the photos. I don't care if your hair needs a touch up, if you are feeling a bit frumpy or if you just don't like photos. You are a parent and your little one will want to see these photos when they are a big one. Also don't be surprised if I ask you guys to get a little romantic with each other (in a non-gross way of course). Your relationship just changed big time and I want to get some snuggly images of you two to mark the occasion.
FAMILY OR FUR BABIES
Grandma is visiting? Let's get grandma in a shot. Fur baby that has recently been replaced by a real baby? Bring 'em in. Older kids at school? Get them home early and involve them. Totally fine by me.
NUDIE? MAKE IT TOASTIE
Okay let's make this clear. Adults are not to be nudie at my shoots. In fact the term 'nudie' can only applied to little kids. So if you were planning on stripping down for the session you need to find yourself another gal. This has happened exactly zero times, but I just thought I'd put that rule out there.
Now that we got that out of the way. If you are planning on bathing bubs or having any nudie shots of them (I actually keep the nappy on and cover up with a swaddle - I've been peed on so.many.times.) then you want to have the room nice and warm. It's just nicer for them.
THE FABRIC OF LIFE
Just a couple of notes on clothing.
Be yourself, but wear something that you love. However I do have a couple of rules to help you to get the most out of your photos:
Please. No logos. I'm talking to you dads. I get a lovely photo of your little one, snuggled up to your chest...right by that Blackcaps or Ford logo. It ruins it. Just wear something plain okay? So that means no sport tops. Choose something with a maximum of two colours in it if you can. The plainer the better. Thanks!
Think about your surroundings. If you think we'll be shooting on your bed and your head board is black, maybe don't wear a black top etc. Steer clear of fluorescent colors - they tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. I always recommend versions of primary colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal). The boho-beige look is totally awesome too.
Make sure you are on the same page. If one of you is in farming gear and the other all dressed up, it won't look cohesive.
Dress baby in plain clothes. While that little darling dress or overalls look super cute, in photos they often look a bit bunchy and distracting. Just a plain onesie it totally fine. And maybe a hat. Because babies with hats are delicious.
Did your nanna knit you something special? Or do you have a blanket that was yours when you were little? Let's use them. It will give you all the feels.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS
That's it. Actually one more thing. Relax. It's all going to work out well.
See you soon!