Newborn Prep - Sonja E McGiboney

Congratulations on your new baby. Photographing a newborn should be a relaxing, fun event. However, we never know what to expect from a newborn baby so we need to be flexible and patient. Posing your child is only accomplished if your baby is sound asleep for the photo session. If they are awake then we will still get beautiful photos, they just won’t be exactly the same as the “posed” ones we would like.

How shall I prepare my baby?

Make sure your baby has a nice, full tummy before I arrive. If you have particular garments, blankets or other baby things you wish to include in the photos have them nearby. I photograph the baby in outfits first, then if you want the “naked” shots we do those last as babies tend to pee the minute you take off their diaper and I go through my blankets quickly when that happens. (But it’s nothing to worry about) Look around your house and see if there is anything that has meaning to you that you might want to incorporate into a photo. Baskets, boxes, suitcases, and uniforms have all been incorporated into photos.

How shall I prepare my home?

Babies like it warm. If you want any “naked” shots, please turn up the heat before I get there. This way all the changing of outfits won’t be so drastic. I bring with me a large bean bag to pose your child. I also bring blankets and a backdrop stand. Find a place in your home that has natural light, like from a large window. If you don’t have an area like this, I do have lighting equipment. Please try to make the house as light as possible by opening the curtains and shutters in the area we will be using for the shoot. If your house is a bit messier than usual, don’t worry, I know that you’ve been spending time with your child. The session should be relaxed, warm, and easy going and it starts with you being as relaxed as possible. Babies know when moms are upset.

What should mom do?

Relax, pamper yourself and if you have time, have your hair & makeup done. Take care of yourself first! As far as clothing, keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. I suggest cotton knit camis and knit tops. If you want to show more skin to skin contact with your baby, I would suggest a tank like top.

What should my partner do?

Help mom! But after that, take care of your hands, and possibly even your feet as they might play a major role in this session. Trim and tidy your nails and apply lotion to any dry skin. Even if you aren’t planning on participating much in the session, you’ll still be handling your baby a bit. As for clothing, long or short sleeved knits are best. (Make sure there isn’t too much bagginess in the sleeve.) Undershirts also work well. Make sure your t-shirts are free of logos or too much writing. Wrinkles do show up in photos, so if you don’t want to see them take care of them or wear clothing that won’t wrinkle.

What shall I expect from the session?

I will arrive about 15 minutes before the allotted time so I can bring in and set up all my gear. (Amazingly, there is a lot.) I will set up the bean bag and back drop in the location where there is the most light. It’s up to you if you want to do the family shots first or last, but sometimes it depends on if your baby is awake or asleep. We just play it by ear. I’ll take photos of your baby alone on the bean bag. With patience and love I will try to “pose” your baby. They don’t always cooperate so we do what we can. If you have pets, we can attempt to get a shot with your baby and your pet if you like.

What will I get?

You will get an online gallery of proofs from which you can choose 10 of your favorite images for me to do detailed editing. Most newborns will start having dry skin, red rashes, and other possible issues. It takes about an hour to edit these mild skin irritations out of the photo. The detailed editing removes these blemishes, fixes lighting, softens or sharpens the images as needed and removes distracting elements.

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