How to prepare for your baby’s first professional portraits
Hospital lifestyle portraits are my favorite images to take of newborns. There is something so very breathtaking about being able to photograph a baby and record those tiny details of the first days of life.
This page serves as a way for you to prepare for your session and ensure that each person is ready to have a laid back and enjoyable experience.
What to bring to the hospital
For a timeless image, I prefer newborns to be in a simple bodysuit or wrapped in a blanket. Simple clothing and accessories help to keep the focus on how extraordinarily perfect your newborn already is. If you’d like to add a burst of individuality in your collection, I encourage families to bring a few colorful swaddle blankets. I will use one to replace the blanket in the bassinet, and the second will be used to wrap your baby in. Bows for little girls are also a great addition.
Mothers also can choose to make their sessions a little more personal by bringing in a short robe or plan to put on their own "going home" outfit. Because this session focuses on your baby and the bond you share, don’t worry if your hair isn’t done or your make up isn't applied. A clean face and a good brush is all you need.
What to expect when I arrive
There are a few steps I take in every session when I first arrive. First, you can expect me to open up the shades to ensure that your room has plenty of natural light. I will also turn off any ambient lights in the room as they have the tendency to produce an unflattering yellow in photographs. Baby’s love a warm environment so please note that I will most likely turn the heat on or higher if I sense that it’s a little chilly in the room. Please plan your own outfits around this, we don’t want sweaty moms and dads! I'll then tidy up the room a bit. This might include moving bags, unmaking dad's sleep nest on the couch and putting it aside, or even moving a few things into the bathroom to make enough space to move around easily. A little tidying goes a long way in terms of having a beautiful collection of images!
If you’re feeding the baby when I arrive, I'll quietly take a seat and ask how your birth experience went. If you'd like a breastfeeding/feeding portrait, please just mention it! If at any time a nurse needs to examine you or baby, I will step aside and wait until we can begin again. Ensuring you and your newborn are in great health and doing well is of the utmost importance.
If your birth doesn’t go as planned
Sometimes birth is everything we hope it to be, and sometimes complications arise. In some instances emergency interventions are needed, recovery is harder than expected or your new baby just needs a higher level of care. In these instances, we have options. In the event your baby is placed in the NICU, as a family you may choose still to have your session take place there. I only ask that your newborn’s doctors agree your little one is well enough for portraits and to reveal any restrictions I may need to observe. Often times, this will mean your session may not take place until the day of discharge. I am also open to rescheduling to an in home session when mom, baby and family have all adjusted to their new lifestyle.
When to expect your collection
I know there's no greater joy than sharing your child's first portraits with family and friends. I strive to have your collection back to you in less than 3 weeks. However, I will always aim to give you 2-4 images within 24 hours to share with family and friends. Please let me know when you have announced the birth of your baby on social media. I always want to make sure families have announced before displaying anything on my website, Facebook or Instagram page.