NEWBORN
There is nothing more beautiful than a nice round bump, squishy little cheeks, tiny little fingers and toes, happy babies and adoring families.  My approach and style is pure, natural, simple and fresh. 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. The first smile, flaky skin, and the swish of curl upon their head.  There first taste of cake and giggles.  These are your memories that have only just begun.  we will work together to make your experience as magical as possible.

I love soft colors. Creams, whites, grays, blues and pinks. I do not not like to add anything into my photos that will distract away from your baby so I tend to keep things simple with props, headbands, hats and outfits.

What to expect
You should expect to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time to plan for feedings. The studio is kept at 82 degrees in order to keep baby warm and comfortable. Newborns can loose their body temperature quickly, especially when unclothed, so we need to assure 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, 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 your newborn to latch on easily. Even if you aren’t thinking you will want to use a pacifier, I encourage you to being 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 your 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. Its 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 5-10 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, we will 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 in to the curly, squishy poses everyone loves, but to also capture natural imagery portraits of your newborn. This is a time to reflect on the true, untouched, unposed expression of the baby as themselves. Little things that help shape and mold them in to whom 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 newborns life. The wrinkles in their feet, hands and face. Their 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 pass down to them to cherish in the years to come.

Nursing Guide
To help keep baby happy and gas free in preparation for their session, I’ve complied some listed foods I recommend you try to avoid beginning 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,

Mercury containing fish: Mackerel, swordfish, shark and tuna.

OTHER FOODS & CHEMICALS: Peanuts, chocolate, saturated fats, pesticides. Restrict foods 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: Wholegrains, brown rice, salmon, avocados, eggs, lean meats, squash, apples, non-dairy items, berries, melons, and plenty of water.

Babies and more…
3-6-9 MONTHS of age are full of smiles, tongues and expressions. This is the best time to capture the next milestone when they are sitting on their own and fully engaged on everything you are doing! If your baby is not yet sitting on their own by this age, its best to wait another month or two until they are ready. We want to make sure we capture this milestone. All milestone sessions are mini sessions unless you decide on a full length session.