Have you ever wondered what exactly goes on behind the scenes during a newborn session? Everyone knows the baby gets their picture taken. What takes place between all those shutter clicks? I’ll give you a sneak peek at the process!
When you book a newborn session, I will meet with you ahead of time to discuss your personal preferences. I will also address any special needs I can accommodate. I love creating artwork for you that will be a treasure for years to come. So it’s important to me to get it right from the beginning! I will spend hours planning props, backgrounds, wraps, etc. This gives you the freedom to just bring baby the day of the session.
Ideally, I schedule the session when your newest little love is 5-12 days old. Photographers use many “tricks of the trade.” A big one for newborns is making sure our littlest clients are ready for a long nap! I make things as easy and stress free as possible. I have everything set up and waiting, based on your preferences from our pre-session consultation meeting.
When (tired) parents arrive, they have the option of enjoying a warm (caffeinated!) beverage & fresh pastries from the Morris Bakery. Then they can enjoy watching the session from the room adjoining the shooting space where a window affords parents the opportunity to check on their little love without disturbing them. I have also had parents who have been comfortable enough to take a much needed snooze! If that caffeine kicks in, magazines & wifi are available to help pass the time.
During the session, I’ll pose your sweet bundle in a way that highlights all their precious newborn rolls, wrinkles, and squish. It has always been my policy to never put a baby in a position that could compromise their safety for the sake of a photo. I, or a parent, are always within an arm’s reach. I’ll also use various tools for posing them that keep them safe and secure.
During any given newborn session, we’ll have a few breaks where a baby might need changed or fed. It’s all just a part of the process! I’ll never rush my clients through a session. I always work to create an atmosphere that is peaceful and enjoyable for all! I provide a quiet, comfortable area for nursing mothers. A sanitary changing station is also available in the private bathroom.
When working with babies, there are quite a few occasions for cleaning up little “oopsies”. Before and after every newborn session, everything I use is washed and sanitized. The materials used are soft and comfortable on baby’s skin, and conducive to keeping them sleepy and cozy.
One of the techniques I use is called “flow posing”. This allows me to get a different look in each image, while moving the baby minimally. It’s a great option for newborns so that I can promote a natural look that keeps them feeling relaxed and secure. It gives me the ability to create art for you that can be beautifully displayed through a variety of different products that can be matched to the décor of a specific room, or around a theme, like I did in this session.
I am so thankful that I have an outlet to combine my love for babies with my love for creating art through the medium of photography. I consider it a privilege to capture these first fleeting moments for you of your newest member of the family. All the sweet little details that you will want to remember – the eyelashes, the little rosebud mouth, all the perfect little fingers and toes that you will feel the impulse to count – preserved for you forever in breathtaking art.
If you’re expecting, come see me to talk about how I can accommodate your dreams for capturing your baby’s first few weeks earth-side. Looking for a creative gift for new parents? Give them the gift of memories preserved by purchasing a newborn session, or even one of the beautiful products I can offer! It will be my pleasure to capture your memories of your newborn for Today. Everlasting.
Hilda Burke says
And this is what makes you great!! Love all the care you put into your work 🙂
Thank you xo