THE INDEX

I'm so happy you decided to book! You will never regret this- I promise. Your baby is going to grow SO fast, that by the time you get your images back in 4-6 weeks, you'll be absolutely amazed how much your little one has changed. 
I want to take a minute to genuinely thank you for booking with me. I really value all of my clients, and aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome in my studio space. I have a couch for you to hang out on while I work with your baby, and even a bed if you need to nurse or just take a nap! (We all know new moms are in need of those!) 
Now, before we get down to business, I just want to emphasize for you how important it is to follow this prep guide as BEST as you can! Keeping your baby awake prior to the session is huge, and if you haven't tried- I can totally tell
For this reason, I highly suggest calling in the troops! Round up grandma and grandpa if you need to. Call an auntie for backup, or at least make sure Dad's around to help get baby ready for his or her big day!

Hey, Mama! 

Sessions begin at 10AM, and for the best results, baby should be awake from at least 8AM until the time of the session.
Often they fall asleep on the drive to the studio, so if you live very far away, it’s best to try and keep them up from 7AM onward.
I know this can be difficult, so I suggest having a grandparent, aunt/uncle, friend or someone you trust to come over in the morning and help keep baby awake while you catch some sleep, shower, or get ready for the session.
If you’re struggling to keep baby awake, often bathing them will help wake them up! Just do your best!
 
I ask that you put off feeding them until you arrive at the studio. I'm not asking you to starve your baby! Just aim for a big feed around 7AM, and then try not to let them nurse again until you arrive at the studio.
Once you arrive, they can nurse until their little heart is content- and generally, they totally pass out at this point.

The Basics:

I’ll need you to be willing to nurse/bottlefeed off and on, as baby needs you. My studio is a very breastfeeding friendly place! My assistant and I are happy to leave you to relax with baby on the couch or bed while we hang out and plan our next set-up.
Pacifiers tend to be very beneficial to sessions, however I understand that not every parent approves of soother use, so it’s completely up to you! If you are a soother user, the best brand to bring to the session is the soft, green “soothie” kind that you can find at walmart. (Green only! The other colors are stiffer and made for older babies!) I keep pre-sterilized soothie's on hand for parents who don't have soothers, but are okay with using one for a session. Again, this is always YOUR choice. 

Baby's gotta eat!

My goal when photographing parents and is to show connection. The best way to do that is to get some skin-to-skin contact showing. I encourage plain black or white tank tops for mom, and black or white polo/v-neck shirts for dad (Or, if Dad wants, shirtless is a great option!) You’ll be photographed from the waist up, so wear whatever pants you’re comfortable in.

Moms- bright nail polish is a no-no! A plain french manicure or subtle color is fine, but bright colors will be distracting in your images. If you have gel nails with a bold color already- rest assured I can tone it down in photoshop.

Mom, I know your body just went through a HUGE change. I know that if you're like most of us, you're probably not feeling super great about your body right now. Rest assured, I am well versed in posing and promise to flatter you!
New moms are often very self-conscious about having extra weight. Please don’t let this deter you from being photographed with your baby! In twenty years, these photos will hold so much sentimental value for your children, and the baby weight is not going to matter one little bit!
But like with anything else- remember that its your choice. If you're not feeling up to having photos done, then there's no pressure. You decide.


Photos with Mom and Dad

Picking your outfits is no simple process, but I don't want you to stress. I want you to have fun and remember that not everything is going to be flattering on you. EVERYONE has a different body type- we just need to find what really, really works for you! I want you to do your work to find just the right outfits for you. Find something you feel amazing in. Go to a lingerie store and ASK THE WORKERS FOR HELP!  Stay patient and calm and remember that the work is worth it. You will find the right pieces for you, no matter your size!

What to wear? 

You're going to need 3 outfits

Or something else that's kind of "cute". A simple baby-doll lingerie piece, an athletic bra/panties set... or a batman t-shirt with marijuana socks? (see queen to the right  lol) Please make sure your bras and panties are a good fit!

Matching Bra and Panties

Picking your outfits is no simple process, but I don't want you to stress. I want you to have fun and remember that not everything is going to be flattering on you. EVERYONE has a different body type- we just need to find what really, really works for you! I want you to do your work to find just the right outfits for you. Find something you feel amazing in. Go to a lingerie store and ASK THE WORKERS FOR HELP!  Stay patient and calm and remember that the work is worth it. You will find the right pieces for you, no matter your size!

What to wear? 

You're going to need 3 outfits

This is your sexiest, sexy stuff! The items that normally only a romantic partner would see. Corsets, fishnets, thongs, stilettos, thigh-high boots, handcuffs, whatever suits you! FYI: Thigh-high stockings like the model to the right is wearing are mostly just a pain in the butt! They cut in on people's legs, roll down, and just waste time! 

The "Naughty" Stuff!

Sibling shots take a lot of planning.

First, we need to give your child an age-appropriate pep talk. Older children are often easy to work with.. but children 3 and younger can be difficult. This is a time of BIG change in their lives, and they're often just kind of "out of sorts."
For a couple of days before the session, it’s good to mention and act excited about how much FUN pictures will be! Be sure to tell them what a good job they're doing being a big brother or sister!

Please avoid giving your children brightly coloured juices before their photos, as the dreaded juice moustache is nearly impossible to edit out!
Also, we want them to be calm, so sugary treats are best saved for a reward given to them after they cooperate for their photos 
Plain jeans and white tank tops are best for both girls and boys! We don’t want their clothing to distract from their cute little faces. Little boys often enjoy going shirtless and showing off their "muscles". 

If possible, it’s a good idea to have someone available to take your older children somewhere after they’re done getting their photos. Sessions tend to run up to 4 hours long, and children easily get bored, restless and hungry. You'll definitely want to bring a change of clothes for yourself and children. Because photos are sometimes done with baby being nude, the likelihood that baby will pee (or worse!) on you is pretty high! My assistant and I generally get the worst of it, but the little buggers seem to enjoy getting mom and dad too ;-) 

Photos with Siblings

My assistant and I both nursed our babies for very long times- so if you're struggling, please don't hesitate to ask for help! I am a big advocate for the "Natural Nursing Position", as it's how I had to feed my daughter for over 10 months.

MENTIONING

02. WORTH

Newborn sessions can take up to FOUR hours! Hey- baby is boss. It's best to bring some snacks, but if you forget, don't worry! There's a pharmacy and restaurant nearby, and a cafe with some really great food about 5 minutes away.   

food!

01. you may want to bring 

You'll find me at:

311 ABBOTT'S HARBOUR ROAD, WEST PUBNICO

My studio is in the upstairs of the garage, so park right beside my car (the white toyota!) and come on in! 
If you need to reach me in a hurry, you can call or text me at 902-653-0785. 
Also- remember that word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertising for me. If you have any friends or family you know may want a newborn session, please let them know about me!

final things

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