Here with Urso Photography, I photograph newborn sessions a little differently than most photographers. I love the natural setting of a family’s home and photos showing the perspective of those first few days of REAL LIFE with your new bundle of joy. I will come to your home for the newborn session and stay approximately 1-3 hours, depending on baby’s comfort and cooperation. This post will help you better understand what to expect and how to prepare for your Lifestyle Newborn Session with me.
“Wait. What? I have to PREPARE for my newborn session? I just had a baby! I don’t want to prepare anything!” – You.
Woah, calm down, friend! You don’t have to actually “prepare.” I mean, I don’t need you to have the dishes cleaned or the laundry done. It’s more of a mental preparation and a few minor things around the house. Also, if I get there and you’re house isn’t spotless… I may help pick up a few things.
PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION:
It is best to book your session while still pregnant. We will tentatively schedule your session around your due date. I understand that babies are very rarely born on their actual due date, but this helps us plan and have an idea of when your session will take place. Remember, newborn sessions are best photographed within the first 10 days of baby’s life. After we officially book your session, I will e-mail you my contract so that you may print it. This will need to be filled out, signed and returned with your deposit within one week of us scheduling your date.
The week before your session ever begins, I will ask you to do a few simple things to help me get ready for your session. I would like for you to send me a few photos of your home. I want to see your living room, your bedroom and the baby’s nursery. This will help me better prepare for what time of day we need to shoot and also if I need any special equipment to bring. I also want to be able to see what kind of natural light your home has.
With baby’s first session, most of my photos are taken candid. Many hugs, kisses and snuggles are captured. I will pose baby in one or two set ups that include props you provide. I will bring a few options of my own and let you choose. Go ahead and get anything you have that you want photographed out and ready. Put it all in one place so that when I come, nothing is left in a drawer and forgotten. This could be a special piece of jewelry, a special hat or blanket, or even just an old vintage handkerchief. Anything you want to be specifically photographed.
Clothing: For baby’s posed photos, I prefer to photograph baby in his/her birthday suit. Naked babies are just the cutest and more so than not, newborn’s clothes do not fit properly. I will bring special wraps, hats and head bands for your baby to wear. For photos of baby and family, I will bring wraps and blankets to snuggle up baby. If you desire that your baby wear clothing during your session, please make sure that clothing is soft, neutral colors. No bright colors or patterns. This takes away from the softness and newness of your little one. Also, dress baby in only a zipper outfit or button-up outfit prior to session. We do not want to start off upsetting him by pulling clothing over his little head. When picking out your own clothing, please dress comfortably. No need for dresses or fancy clothing. This is a natural session. T-Shirts, polos and tank tops are always okay. For my own recent newborn session, I chose a tank top with an open sweater over it. Remember to keep your colors neutral and avoid bright colors and patterns.
THE DAY OF YOUR SESSION:
The most important thing to remember on the day of your session is to relax. Please, do not become stressed out about my coming to your home. I am here to help you in any way that I can and capture beautiful images of you and your newest family member. This is meant to be a lovely time and nothing to worry over.
I prefer to photograph newborns in the late morning around 10:00am. This gives your family enough time to wake up for the day and gives you plenty of time to get yourselves ready. If this time does not work for you, we may schedule another time during day.
Raise the temperature in your home. I know, you’re hot! You just had a baby! I totally understand. However, baby isn’t use to this chilly world just yet. We want him or her to be as comfortable as possible. Especially while being photographed. Raising the temperature to 80 degrees will make a big difference in baby’s comfort level. If we aren’t sweating, baby probably isn’t warm enough. I will also be bring a couple of space heaters with me so that right where baby is, is nice and toasty.
Please try to keep baby awake as much as possible the morning I am coming. A sleeping baby is much more cooperative than an awake baby. This may mean walking around the house and not snuggling up for nap time. Let daddy take over while you get ready. Also, wait until I arrive to feed baby. Her sleep cycle typically starts immediately after eating and we want that to happen shortly after I arrive, not before. This will more than likely go along with keeping her awake. Plus, I want to capture a few shots while you’re calming and soothing her to sleep. Simple and beautiful.
DURING YOUR SESSION:
Once I arrive, I will ask that baby gets fed and has plenty of time to fall asleep. While this is going on, I will be setting up for baby’s posed photos. This may happen anywhere in your home that I find nice lighting and may result in my moving a bit of furniture around. While I’m setting up, I ask that you just sit back and relax. This will also relax baby and there’s no rush here. I will come and photograph you while you’re holding a now sleeping baby. From there, I will take her and begin her portrait photos. I typically only do one or two set ups and this may take some time. I am very patient and will take as long as we need to get some adorable shots. This is where I will get full body shots and focus on those adorable tiny details.
After posed photos, we will begin on the lifestyle session. These photos typically are of everyone. Mom, Dad, Babe, Siblings and even pets are invited to play along. Once we have gotten to this point, your session will seemingly fly by. Just remember to relax and be natural. This is a moment you’re going to want to remember forever.
If there are moments throughout our session that baby wants to stop and eat, that is 100% okay. I am there to work about her schedule, not mine. This entire session revolves around the happiness of your brand new baby.
After these photos have been taken, I will then attempt to photograph your babe with any props you have suggested for use. This may or may not get done and it will all depend on how content baby is. Although newborn sessions are relaxed, they do take a lot out of baby. I will do my absolute best to accommodate your wants for props or additional photos. However, my focus is on lifestyle photography with newborns and props will be an added bonus.
AFTER YOUR SESSION:
Now is the time to dream of all the wonderful photos that will soon be coming your way.
I have been allowed to play with your new, sweet baby and carefully capture beautiful images that I will now begin to cull down and edit. After about 2 weeks, I will share your images with you. I would love to bring your images to your home, because I know how difficult it can be to get out with new baby. However, if you feel like you’ve been cooped up too long, you are more than welcome to come to my home to view them. After all, we are totally friends now!
During your reveal/ordering session, we will go through all of your beautifully edited images together. We will take time to choose exactly what prints and products you want to purchase to showcase this amazing and fleeting time in your family’s life. Now you will have beautiful photos to hang on your walls or timeless albums to look back on forever. These images are meant to be displayed and will forever remind you of how tiny your precious baby once was. I cannot think of a more perfect way to treasure your greatest gift of all.
Amanda Urso Perry