Having a new baby is such a wonderful experience. Our newborn sessions are $299 and are available for newborns up to 21 days. Session fees are due within 48 hours of booking to reserve your date/time. Please read below to find out how to make your session the best it can possibly be!
LET’S PENCIL YOU IN!
We recommend that you schedule your newborn session PRIOR to your baby’s birth to ensure a spot on our calendar. Please try to contact us early so that we can get you the best date/time. We will pencil you in with a tentative date. Please contact AFP after the birth of your baby so that we can adjust your date/time accordingly.
Newborn sessions should be completed within the first 10-14 days after birth. However, the BEST time is between 3-7 days after their arrival. We’ll be moving them around and scrunching them into those sweet sleepy newborn images, so we want to make sure they’re sleepy enough to allow us to handle them. Plus, babies just tend to do a lot better with the session within their first 7 days. Somewhere around day 8 they discover the joy that is stretching! Once that happens…they’re not about to let us get them into those curly poses without a fight! After day 14, it’s almost impossible to get baby into that deep sleep that came so easily in their first few days…so it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to get them into any of the more bendy newborn poses. And, keep in mind that newborn acne (and sometimes colic) is likely to flare up after day 14. While we can easily edit problem areas, we prefer to do as little retouching as possible to baby’s skin.
Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear. Your baby may be naked in some of the shots, but we pose them so that all the “important bits” are not on display. If you can avoid putting outfits that go over the baby's head please do so. If you arrive at the studio and baby is asleep it'll make it easier to get baby changed and allow them to stay asleep hopefully. It will be warm in the studio, please keep this in mind if you are hot natured and dressing in layers in encouraged.
Most of the images we’ll be shooting work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, we recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and exhausted. Keeping your little one awake on top of your own sleep deprivation might feel like torture, but we think it will be worth it in the end!
A well fed baby is a happy baby! When you arrive at the studio, if baby is awake please be prepared to feed baby to help encourage sleep. We’ll also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model! AFP is breastfeeding friendly so do not feel like you need to hide in a corner to take care of baby.
We will start with family portraits and/or sibling shots. If you have other children that you would like to include in these portraits, but might be noisy afterwards please try to find a sitter or family member to take them home after the family portraits are completed. There will be a white noise machine near baby during the session, but it is best to try and keep things as calm as possible.
PATIENCE IS KEY!
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-3 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately…this isn’t something we can predict! We ask that everyone remain calm, should he/she not want to sleep, since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room. And if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.
Moms tend to stress out because this is a new experience…and they aren’t used to the waiting game that is newborn photography. They see their baby being fussy or having a difficult time getting settled and panic. “This is a disaster! They aren’t going to get ANY good photos!” It isn’t, and we will! We take the baby’s lead; getting them to sleep before posing takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. In fact, we’d say that a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us. Just remember: Babies can sense stress and anxiety (especially from their mommy’s!) It’s super important that EVERYONE remain calm and relaxed during this session. Keeping the environment as mellow as possible is pretty much the only way we’re going to get the shots we’re looking for. Let me say it again… Relaxxx! We’re pretty comfortable holding and posing newborns. Your baby is in safe hands, we promise! The studio has a TV and WIFI that you can enjoy during the session.
Your baby is going to be in the buff from time to time. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use our blankets (or us) as his/her own personal potty. This is natural and we expect it! Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it. We wash all of our baby props and blankets between each session with non-scented baby detergent.
We have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands available. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Look for items with texture and color to help make your images unique. If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props, etc. that you would like me to use in your session please bring them with you. We may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but we’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best. *We also STRONGLY recommend that you discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind prior to your session. If you have any ideas, feel free to send them to us and we will do your best to accommodate you.
BUT WHAT DO *I* WEAR?
We’re also big fans of skin-on-skin portraits with you holding your baby against you. They’re so simple + timeless! For moms, we suggest cotton knit camis and knit tops. As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. (And please don’t feel the need to match everyone in white shirts and jeans – there’s simple…and then there’s boring!) Go have your hair + makeup done (or better yet, have someone come to you!), Schedule a massage or have your nails done. Looking super relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. This is an exciting time in your life and we want to capture all of that…so take care of yourself first! I know! You just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best. But we think this is the perfect time to pamper yourself!
FOR THE MEN
A little clothing advice? Long or short sleeved shirts are fine, but please avoid logos and writing if possible. *Wrinkles do show up in photos, so please make sure all clothing is ironed or steamed. Trim and tidy your nails and apply lotion to any dry skin. (It also never hurts to dab a little moisturizer on your face to help you look more refreshed. Those late nights can take a toll on your skin!) Even if you aren’t planning on participating much in the session, you’ll still be handling your baby a bit, so it’s a good idea to touch up on your grooming.