I’m a big believer in giving all information up front. In addition to all the details on my website, I also have a Prep Guide that I send to clients for most sessions that answers many common questions. And I always welcome my clients to contact me if they’re unsure about anything. All of this in hopes of providing an awesome, stress-free newborn session for my clients. Below are some quick tips for those thinking about booking a newborn session.
Pick a photographer with a style that you love
There are many newborn photographers out there with all types of styles. Make sure to choose a photographer that matches the style that you love. Are you drawn to posed newborn photos or do you like more of a lifestyle (at home) look? Does the photographer only use neutral colors and you prefer lots of color? Does the photographer offer any specialized portraits that you can’t find elsewhere (like my Fairy Tale portraits)? It’s smart to keep your expectations in line with their portfolio of work and not expect a photographer to completely change gears to fit your style.
Pre-book your session
Many photographers book their newborn session spots months in advance. Pre-booking your spot guarantees your session. But how do you know when to schedule your session since you don’t truly know when baby will arrive? Easy! Pre-booking your session secures you a spot on my calendar. We don’t actually “schedule” your session date until after baby arrives. Because the due date is so up in the air, I only accept 4-5 newborns per month to make sure every client has multiple session date options to choose from when the time comes to schedule.
Save inspiration images
If you haven’t already started, now is a great time to save/pin some of your favorite newborn images. This will give you a great idea of what colors and poses you are drawn to — and is super helpful for me to understand the vision for your session. After booking you will receive a questionnaire where you can share everything you love.
Make sure to read through the Newborn Prep Guide that I sent you. There are lots of tips and suggestions to make sure your stress-free newborn session goes as smoothly as possible. From what to bring with you, to how to prep baby … I cover it all.
It’s session day! Try to give yourself a few extra minutes to get out the door — everything takes longer once a baby is involved. Once you get to the studio you are welcome to relax and enjoy the moment. I’ve got it from here.