We have had the opportunity to capture moments with new families are always so happy to have parents that when it is all over say to us that it was so comforting to see their newborn in the hands of a professional. In order to make this all work the touches of simplicity that make newborn photography so special take planning and patience.
This little one was coming to us and Kim started the planning and set up weeks ahead of time. As parents this can be hard since the end of pregnancy, birth and return home all rush together. Now your going to get to come to the studio for pictures and maybe take your first trip out to do something other than go to the doctor. It is edgy, and scary in many ways. What we can do to help is this:
- Set up out studio to be warm and inviting for a newborn.
- Have snacks and a comfortable place for mom and dad to hang out
- Have toys for any siblings that are coming along
- Make sure everyone has enough to drink and eat
- Play white noise and use our comforting tools
We basically become the first baby sitter for newborns and new parents. The sessions are at the pace of the baby who is now trying to figure out this new environment. We want them to be as settled as possible, and safe in the hands of professionals.
For mom and dad going into the session there are tricks that will help. Realization that the babies best sense is their smell. We work to try to comfort the baby for mom because a typical reaction to being near mom is to want to eat and they can smell mom above all others. Another trick is to bring LOTS of diapers. The baby is going to be moved and positioned and this stimulation typically increases their peeing and pooping. So many times we have parents who never have seen their bundle of joy poop as much as they do for us. No worries at all it is part of the game. Finally the option of a bippy is one to contemplate. We completely understand nipple confusion and the lot but giving a baby a pacifier to hold of feeding vs using one to soothe them is a different technique. We are looking to have well fed and happy babies that can use a pacifier to soothe themselves to sleep. It is temporary and we take it from them as soon as they calm.
Finally a newborn photography session is going to be warm and relaxing. Mom and dad can nap and enjoy the show. This is fun and will give you portraits that are beyond expectations.