What to Expect at Your Newborn Session
What to expect
After you reserve your due date with the session fee, you are in my calendar. About a month before your due date, I will send you a client guide containing detailed information about your session. In the mean time, here are just a few basic tips...It is best to book early to guarantee a spot for your newborn.
Due dates are reserved months in advance with a limited number of reserved dates per month. To reserve your due date, payment of the session fee is required (dates will not be held without payment. Session fee is non refundable).
It is best to make contact the day your baby is born! I understand it is a very busy time. If you are unable to get to a phone or computer to contact me, please have a family member do so. I'm sure they will be thrilled to share the news. When you contact me to let me know the baby has arrived, I will give you a firm appointment date. It is BEST to have your baby's session within the first two weeks.
The studio is kept at a balmy 80 degrees to keep baby nice and warm while in their birthday suit. I recommend dressing in layers so you can peel away the layers if you get warm (trust me, you will...I usually wear shorts when working...even in winter!). Babies pee and poo on everything...including me. Lol. It is to be expected...and often makes for a good laugh. It does not bother me, everything gets washed after a session.
Newborn sessions can let up to three hours, so please plan accordingly. You may want to pack yourself a lunch and snacks. Enjoy the 'free' time to rest...I will not be offended if you nap! Sometimes parents may be called upon to "work". Some poses require assistance from Mom or Dad as a spotter. Baby safety is ALWAYS number one in my studio, I will let you know when help is needed.
I have everything needed for your newborn session. Hats, bonnets, outfits, fancy wraps and props. If there is a sentimental item you would like included, please let me know ahead of time so I can plan a setup around the item.
Other things to bring include a pacifier (even if your baby doesn't use one yet ~ I recommend the "Avent Soothie" brand (I have a few new in packages in my studio available for use as well)), wipes and diapers, spare bottles and pumped breast milk or formula. (Babies eat MUCH more than they normally would at a session. It is completely normal.) While nude photos are adorable and capture the essence of your newborn, nudity is not mandatory.
“Carrie is an incredibly talented photographer with a special touch for newborns. Her studio is warm, dim and cozy for her littlest clients, and she has a stunning collection of props and outfits.
I especially appreciated how calm and soothing she was with our daughter, and how efficiently she works. We were on borrowed time with a napping newborn, and we ended up with way more photos than we were anticipating. My only problem now is I’ll never be able to choose which ones to print!
I will recommend Carrie to all of my expectant friends, and hope to have another little tiny client for her in the future!” ~Leslie N, Facebook Review