Are you thinking of planning a newborn shoot with me? Here are FIVE things you can do before I arrive to make things go as smoothly as possible!
“My favorite part of working with Melissa is that she made us feel completely comfortable no matter the situation. Our first experience was at our daughter’s newborn photo session. I was not feeling my best but she managed to make me feel at ease and just went with the flow of having a newborn that could be totally fine and calm one minute to fussy and hungry the next. She let us go at our own pace, we never felt rushed.” -Mindy, Charleston
1. Turn up the heat! Before I arrive, turn the heat up in your house a bit so baby is nice and toasty 🙂 The goal is to have your sweet babe sleep through most of the shoot. (If they don’t, we’ll make it work!)
2. Feed your little one before I arrive (older siblings, too!). Hopefully the baby will be in the food coma stage when I start photographing them! Then I can get details like fingers, lips, ears and toes easily. Again, no worries if they don’t sleep… I’ve done entire shoots with wide awake babes!
3. Set aside items you want to include in the session. My style is capturing real life so I don’t use many “props” but I will bring a couple of wraps/blankets and a basket. I typically use clients’ swaddles for shoots. If there are any items that you would like to include in the photos (a blanket someone made, a hat or outfit, a book, etc.) go ahead and pull those out before I arrive. I don’t NEED these items, but am happy to use them! Side note: remove watches and hair ties from your wrists. Bracelets are fine!
4. Find the light! When I arrive, I’ll ask to walk around your home to look for the rooms with the best light. If you’ve identified those rooms before I arrive go ahead and throw any clutter in a drawer or under a bed 🙂 Good natural lighting makes ALL the difference to create beautiful images!
5. Relax! Some parents feel like they’re wasting my time if the baby is crying or needs to be changed or fed during our shoot and I have to wait around a little bit. I expect all of this and am in no rush. I always plan extra time for newborn shoots (plan on about 1 1/2 hours). It doesn’t bother me one bit if there is some waiting in between snapping pics 🙂
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or want to book a newborn or family shoot you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This also makes a great shower gift for friends and family who are pregnant and I have gift cards available. I look forward to working with you!