What to wear and what to expect from your session:
Newborns and Babies
- Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever you've seen in other maternity photos that you like. (I have alphabet blocks, baby shoes - boy and girl - blackboard; to write the date)
- Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, loose skirts and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly. Remember your style is important so do dress in what you would normally wear.
- If you’re doing semi-nude, bras and underwear will create noticeable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
- Do bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
Newborns and Babies
- Use a wash cloth to clean away flaky skin and eye boogers.
- If your baby has flaky skin, cradle cap, or eczema, please don't panic. This is normal for nearly all newborns. I can remove this post editing.
- Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with appropriate baby trimmers.
- Book your shoot around your baby’s feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until you’re at the shoot. I always allow plenty of time for this sort of thing to set up the best situation for great photos.
- Baby looks best naked or wrapped in cheesecloth. Clothes tend to overpower and I love to show just how small baby is. They won't be this small forever and this is the best time to showcase that. I also use props such as beanies and headbands so if you do have something sentimental (a hand made knitted hat or family heirloom) please bring it with you. We can incorporate it.
- If your baby takes a pacifier, bring it – if they’re bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.
- I also provide towels, wipes, and blankets so if your baby makes a mess don't stress or feel bad! Believe me I am used to it! Everything I use is thoroughly laundered and sanitized before each shoot!
- Clean, clean, clean – clean nails, clean hair, wipe away eye boogers, clean feet (sandals on kids = black feet!), wipe snotty noses, fresh-scrub teeth. The cleaner the kid, the better their photos will turn out.
- It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo shoot – given a stage and being the center of attention, it’s like our kids know exactly when to act their worst. Some cereal, smarties or other candy that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go by smoothly.
- Avoid colorful drinks or lollypops within 24 hours of your shoot, don’t let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
- Wardrobe – For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt with a button-up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality. For siblings, the children don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to sweet faces and darling expressions instead of loud prints or colors. If nothing else, pick a color that compliments your child’s eye color.
- Dad – Have a fresh shave or trim. Make sure nails are clean and trimmed. For wardrobe, go for jeans or pants, tucked polo or dress shirt with a belt, or go casual with just a T-shirt or untucked polo, button-up short sleeve, etc. In general, whatever your wife tells you to wear. Again you don’t have to perfectly match the rest of the family, just wear something that coordinates.
- Mom – Women know what to wear, but in general, long- or 3/4-sleeve tops are very flattering. If you wear jewelry, aim for subtlety, and be aware of it twisting or turning.
- Kids – Same advice as above, but again, everything needn’t match, simply coordinate with the parents’ outfits. If Dad’s in a T-shirt, don’t put the kids in dress shirts – make it make sense.