How to prepare for a newborn portrait session | Santa Cruz Newborn and Maternity Photography

Today I'd like to tell you what you need to do in order to get the gorgeous photos of your newborn baby and its wonderful story at exploring life that you see online and that you've dreamed of! Newborn photography sessions happen between 5 and 14 days after birth, because that is when your baby sleeps the most! This happy slumber is what we need to create the cute poses in buckets, baskets, wooden log beds, and other places. I can't wait to have you in my studio!

Newborn baby boy in green round basketNewborn baby boy in green round basketThis little newborn baby boy had a full head of hair! We photographed him in a beautiful green basket.

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Wagon with newborn baby and bearWagon with newborn baby and bearLuciano posed in his new little wagon together with his teddy bear.

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This preparation guide will help your session go more smoothly. If you’re unable to follow any of the guidelines, please don’t worry! I’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that I’m able to capture those timeless images you’re envisioning. If that means patiently rocking your little one for 30 minutes or taking several feeding or cuddling breaks, that’s ok!

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Before the session

  • Please give your baby a bath the day prior to the session.
  • If you are breast-feeding, try to avoid eating anything spicy or gas inducing (i.e. pizza, spicy sauces, garlic, broccoli, thai/indian food, high fat etc.) that might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. It’s best to stick to a relatively bland diet the 24 hours before your session.
  • ***DO NOT CIRCUMCISE your baby boy right before your session. I might be wrapping him tightly and moving him between different poses which can be painful with a raw circumcision. 

Newborn Baby Girl In Flower Basket - Mountain View Newborn PhotographerNewborn Baby Girl In Flower Basket - Mountain View Newborn PhotographerTonight I got to meet little Harley Rose again! She has grown so much since we took her portraits! Her mum Desiree and grandparents Heather and Dean decided on an album for her and a beautiful acrylic wall art piece of the portrait below! I can't wait to deliver their custom art for them to enjoy for many years to come! Harley Rose also received her little pink onesie rewarding her for having crushed her newborn session - but more on that later! Mountain View, Los Altos, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Scotts Valley, Monterey, Pescadero, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Aptos, Capitola, Soquel, Watsonville, MontereyMountain View, Los Altos, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Scotts Valley, Monterey, Pescadero, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Los Gatos, South San Francisco, Campbell Headshot Photographer.

Day of the session

  • Please do your best to keep your baby AWAKE for 2 hours before your session. This is VERY important. I know this is hard, so all I ask is that you try your best. Some tricks to keep your baby awake are giving the baby a bath, getting baby naked, tickling baby’s feet, and lightly wetting baby’s feet. We will get amazing images if your baby sleeps through the session.
  • If possible, please have a bottle of formula or breast milk ready for the session, along with a pacifier should we need it. This is especially important with twins and maintaining the flow of the session. I understand that many mothers are trying to avoid a pacifier during this critical time of learning to breastfeed. But I hope you’ll consider that pacifiers are so useful in soothing fussy babies back to sleep during the 3 hours we’re together. If you are not comfortable with the use of a pacifier, please let me know. We are absolutely on board with whatever you choose!
  • You will be feeding your baby a FULL feeding 15-30 minutes before our session, so please schedule your baby’s day accordingly.
  • Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on skin. A onesie that opens in the front is best, as this avoids having to lift anything tight over baby’s head.

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During the session

  • Please keep your space warm during the session so that your baby remains comfortable. It is even better to have a small space heater to keep your little one warm. Please dress in layers so that you can remain comfortable during the session.
  • Newborn sessions generally take 2-3 hours. If a toddler is involved, a session may take up to 4 hours.
  • I recommend having no more than yourself, your spouse/partner, children and one guest if necessary. Too many extra people in the room make for somewhat challenging creative conditions and can be distracting both for the baby and the portrait flow.

 

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It is an experience personalized to capture your most natural story and to create your heirloom customized art to own - for generations to come!

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Call us at (831) 600-8729 to inquire! We're always here for you. Newborn sessions are scheduled between 5 and 14 days after birth. To make sure you're on our on-call list, pre-book and adjust when the time comes! We will create beautiful custom made portrait art for your home with your newborn and family photographs in it!

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You will be feeding your baby a FULL feeding 15-30 minutes before our session, so please schedule your baby’s day accordingly.
Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on skin. A onesie that opens in the front is best, as this avoids having to lift anything tight over baby’s head.
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first of all, I thank you to given the images of a beautiful baby. yes, it is essential to prepare the newborn baby portrait because it becomes the memories. you can see in the further feature.
mathygreen(non-registered)
I understand that many mothers are trying to avoid a pacifier during this critical time of learning to breastfeed. But I hope you’ll consider that pacifiers are so useful in soothing fussy babies back to sleep during the 3 hours we’re together. If you are not comfortable with the use of a pacifier, please let me know. We are absolutely on board with whatever you choose.
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