NEWBORN

There is nothing more beautiful than squishy little cheeks, tiny little fingers and toes, happy babies and adoring families. My brand is soft, pure, clean and timeless. I am your storyteller. I am here to capture the story of your newborn baby and portray that through my vision.

The first few days when they are sleepy, squishy and curling up as if still in the womb is the best time frame to complete your session. While beautiful images can be captured at any age, newborn sessions are normally scheduled between 5-12 days of age. It is during this time that babies are most flexible and sleepy. Capturing these very details are so very important to have and treasure forever… your baby’s first smile, flaky skin, and the swish of curl upon their head, those sweet little details that will grow and change in just a few weeks time. All sessions are tailored specifically for you and your newborn via phone consultation or in-studio.

I love keeping my newborn portraiture simple. All sessions are completed in my studio in Jessup, Pa.  We offer a waiting area with a refrigerator with snacks and water, as well as Wifi and Netflix so you can relax.  Professional photo retouching is included in your newborn session. I specialize in comprehensive and detailed editing while focusing on your baby’s natural look. Every session revolves around capturing your baby alone as well as with siblings and father. I love soft neutral colors. Creams, whites, grays, and pastels are my go-to colors. For family photos, I ask you to wear something neutral and simple.

What to expect

You should expect to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time to plan for feedings. The studio is kept at 84 degrees in order to keep baby warm and comfortable. Newborns can lose their body temperature quickly, especially when unclothed, so we need to ensure they are kept warm at all times. You may want to dress in layers so you are comfortable as well.

Please know that babies pee and poo on everything and you don’t need to worry. I have plenty of wipes and pads on hand. Everything is hand washed after each session. There will be a white noise machine running to help soothe baby. Feel free to sit back, relax, read a book, or even take a nap yourself!

No outside cameras or videos are allowed to be used during your session.

The “soothie” pacifiers are highly recommended for your newborn baby. These have been found to be the most effective in soothing and helping you’re newborn to latch on easily. Even if you aren’t thinking you will want to use a pacifier, I encourage you to bring one to your session. The short amount of time we will be using one should not affect any habit-forming behaviors for your baby. My goal is to keep baby happy and calm during our session.

Whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding, having extra is suggested. Even supplementing with a couple ounces of formula can make your session go smoother and won’t upset baby’s belly. Some babies tend to eat more than usual during their photos sessions. It’s best to be prepared! Feel free to bring food for yourself as well, although I will have snacks for you in the studio.

Hand knitted hats, blankets, heirlooms, rattle are all things that help create your newborn story. I love photographing separate items to be used as details in your album to remember forever.

I will provide everything for your baby. You are welcome to bring anything to your session but I will already have everything laid out for you. If you have any special requests, please let me know before your session so we are prepared. The best age to photograph your newborn is when they are between 5-12 days new. During this time, newborns are still very sleepy and curly. They don’t mind you moving them around from pose to pose while they are in dreamland! Once they have a full belly and are kept warm, they will generally sleep the entire session. If they do not, then we will capture their story awake. If you are considering having your baby circumcised, make sure we allow at least 5 days of healing time. If you can schedule the procedure after the session, it would be best.

My goal as your photographer is to not only pose the baby into the curly, squishy poses everyone loves, but to also capture natural portraits of your newborn. This is a time to focus on the true, untouched expression of the babies themselves. Little things that help shape and mold them into who they will become as a person are special and unique to each baby.

Every tiny detail will change over the next two weeks of your newborn’s life. The wrinkles in their feet, hands and face… eyelashes, hair and lips. The umbilical cord, which is the last piece of you left on them from their time in your womb. These are details to capture and cherish forever of your newborn baby and to cherish in the years to come.

Nursing Guide

To help keep baby happy and gas-free in preparation for their session, I’ve compiled a list of some foods I recommend you try to avoid in the two days prior to your session if you are nursing. This guide is a suggestion only, and as always, please consult your pediatrician.

  • SPICY FOODS: Curry, cinnamon, onions, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, cucumber, beans.
  • CITRUS FRUITS: Pineapple, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes, ketchup.
  • FISH CONTAINING MERCURY: Mackerel, swordfish, shark and tuna.
  • OTHER FOODS & CHEMICALS: Peanuts, chocolate, saturated fats, pesticides. Restrict foods such as soda, coffee, tea, wine, beer & dairy. Babies experiencing gas or tummy discomfort may feel uncomfortable during their photo session. It is important we work together to keep the baby soothed and calm as possible.
  • GOOD FOODS TO EAT: Whole grains, brown rice, salmon, avocados, eggs, lean meats, squash, apples, non-dairy items, berries, melons and plenty of water.

About

I’m Crystal. Proud mother of five, follower of Jesus, baby addict and artist behind Dolci Momenti Photography.

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