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Studio Newborn Session Prep Guide

The best time for newborn sessions is between 3 and 10 days old.

Warm it up: 

It's super important that your baby feel all toasty. If they are cold they will wake up! Therefore we keep the posing environment warm throughout the session.

On the Day of the Session:

Stimulate & keep baby awake for an hour or so before the session. This helps make babe extra sleepy for the session & when baby can get in a deeper sleep, it makes posing & going from one set to another easier. 

Feeding baby as much as possible in the 12 hours leading up to the session will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.


Newborns are most sleepy & content earlier in the day. Depending on the day, sessions can start between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

What happens if my baby is in the NICU?

We can do a NICU Fresh 48 if hospital visitor policies allow or we can switch to an in-home session newborn session or welcome home when everyone is at home!


When choosing family outfits, choose solid colors and don't make everyone match. It's important that the images focus on the start of the shoot (the baby) and the connection between everyone. 

I recommend being able to have your older children leave once their photos are finished. I do family & siblings first. Sessions can last anywhere from 1.5-3 hours which can be a long time for siblings to wait, especially when the studio needs to be somewhat quiet. Have Dad drive separate or Grandma meet at the studio to take siblings.


There is no need to bring anything for baby to wear. With that being said, if there is something special you want to bring, be sure to let me know so I can work a set around it.

When baby needs a break, we’ll take a break. Don’t stress if baby gets fussy. If baby needs to stop to eat or have their diaper changed, we most definitely will. Most babies need to eat at least once during their session.

Mothers who are nursing should try to avoid eating anything spicy that might upset the baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding the scheduled session. Caffeine should also be avoided on the day of the session.

Dress the baby in a sleeper to avoid any lines on their skin. Avoid onesies that must be pulled off over the baby’s head.


Carry your  baby into the studio in their car seat.   


If bottle feeding, please bring extra bottles.


Parents are welcome to bring drinks and snacks.

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