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. Contact us during your second
trimester and we'll pencil you in.
Then, call us soon after you deliver so we can arrange a time for the
session. (845) 590-9254 (And we always feel super special when dad's put us
on the official "baby is here!" call list! Just sayin'...)
Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 10 days of life.
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
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.
Come to my studio where you will find everything set up in place ready to go
for your convenience. I will send you the directions to our location upon
confirming your session appointment.
CRANK THE HEAT!
We keep the studio a bit warmer than normal during the session. (Like a
toasty 80 degrees or so.) Newborns are used to being all bundled up,warm +
cozy...and then we come in and yank off all their clothes for those adorable
naked baby shots. They tend not to like that too much!
Pushing up the thermostat is guaranteed to make the session flow more
smoothly and help them sleep better. We may be sweating, but baby will be
nice and warm...and that's really all that matters
Please loosen your baby's diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the
session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear. (You baby
will be naked in most of the shots, but we pose them so that all the
"important bits" are not on display.) We also will have Crochet Baby
Clothing for use provided by Ashley J. Crochet. There will be several
choices to pick from to add that extra touch to your memories.
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! Please feed and burp baby right before our
session to ensure a happy, sleepy ("milk drunk") baby. 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!
Please do whatever you can to keep the noise level to a minimum during our
session. If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a
sitter or family member to take them, we can play light music here but it
doesn't always block out tantrums and playtime.
* If you have children and would like them to be included in some photos, we
recommend bringing them in at the beginning or end of a session and then
having someone take them. Only those being photographed should be present to
help maintain a calm environment.
PATIENCE IS KEY!
Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-2 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.