Howdy! So those that really know me know that I've had baby fever since I was a baby myself. As a child, I played with water babies and had dolls attached to my hip. Eventually my family would open several day cares which I worked at in high school and even became a nanny in college. But is it just me or does it feel like there's some sort of baby BOOM because I've seen a lot of pregnant women and new moms lately. From celebrities to my own family, all I see is baby bumps and newborns. The result... lots of sessions in the making! :)
Most recently, I did my first newborn shoot, in, I don't even know how long. It was my first on location newborn session and just like everything else I do, I researched and over prepared. From heating pad to potty pads, I had it all but the breast milk.
Cade Alfred Wallace was born May 9 at 1:51 in the afternoon, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 18 inches long. He's now the youngest of 3 boys and none of which had newborn photos taken. He's a bright-eyed and super cute baby boy! As a result, we captured this picture.
Then we fed him and got this image.
So what can a new mom expect from a newborn session and how can you prepare? Well newborn sessions are best taken 1-2 week after birth. However, with a newborn at home it can be hectic, so don't stress if you can't schedule a session at the perfect time. Before the session, we'll talk about props or theme and how to prepare in depth, but I've listed some basic tips:
-Keep the baby active and awake in the 1-2 hours before the session. That way right before, you can do a feeding and they should fall sound asleep.
-Make sure your diaper bag is full of essentials like extra diapers and wipes, a pacifier and enough milk to last throughout the session as it can last up to 3 hours.
-Have baby in a loose diaper and dressed in loose clothing prior to the session so there won't be any marks on the skin.
- And finally...well this is more like a warning, but since the baby will be naked, the room will be warm and cozy with background music to keep the little one soothed.
The work will result in super cute images like this one...
And if you're nervous your bundle of joy won't cooperate, don't be. We're working around baby's schedule and he's the boss! But just in case, if you feel the session isn't going well, we will reschedule when it's convenient for you.
P.S. We design birth announcements and invitations too!
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Howdy! I'm Michelle Burdick & thanks for checking out BHP's blog! Here you find tips and tricks for your next family photo session, as well as my take on life in general. Thanks & Gig 'em!