I thought I would write about the whole newborn photography experience. Many parents tell me they have no idea what to expect as this is either their first time booking a photographer, or it is their first baby. So, let's start with when to book. Some parents book months in advance, and others book last minute. Either is fine with me, except for during the summer through to late fall as things are hectic with sessions during those months. Maternity sessions (if this is something you are interested in), are done anywhere between 32 and 37ish weeks. Newborn sessions are booked for anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks ideally, but sometimes life happens and we meet when the baby is 1 month. That is fine too, but babies become more alert and awake after the first month.
When you first arrive at my home-based studio, we will get the baby changed into a cute little outfit, which in turn will probably wake them up and they will decide to eat (again). Generally, the first little portion of the session is spent soothing the baby, and probably feeding them. I do like to start with wrapping them as that helps to put them to sleep. I like to place the baby in one of my selected props (boxes, baskets, beds), for posing. I also use a beanbag for those adorable squishy, sleepy baby photos.
I like to keep the studio warm as babies do prefer a warmer environment to feel comfortable. Immediate family are always welcome in the photos, except for the mini newborn sessions as they only focus on the baby. If you have a toddler coming, we normally start with the family portraits in the beginning so they don't get bored and impatient. There are a few parks, a library, and a Tim Horton's down the road from my studio. Another parent or guardian is more than welcome to take their other child(ren).
Babies tend to be hungrier when they come to the studio, so I ask parents to be prepared for a little more than usual. There is seating, so breastfeeding or bottle feeding is comfortable for you. I have a changing table available for your use as well.
I also offer in-home newborn sessions if that is something you are interested in. Please see the above links for any information.