NEWBORN PREP GUIDE
What should I wear?
If you don't love it when you try it on, you won't love it during your session. Choose comfortable and well fitted clothing. Flowy dresses are my favorite. Pants with a flowy shirt or cute top, chunky sweater, tank/shirt and cardigan. This includes making sure bras or undergarments work with your clothing. It does depend on the season you are having your photos done and if we are in studio or outside, but whatever you choose, make sure you are comfortable and love your choices. You won't want to wear a skirt and a tank top if it's 45 degrees out, and you won't want to wear a sweater, jeans, and boots if it's 85 degrees out. It's better to bring too much than not enough. I can help you figure out which outfits might work best for our set.
Gents: Jeans and a nice tee, different colored shorts and shirts, different kinds of shoes, a button up or polo shirt. If you aren't normally a suit and tie kind of person, don't necessarily pick that for one of your outfits if you won't be comfortable. I want you to be comfortable and able to be yourself.
I do have a few things (mostly women and children) available in my client closet! These are available for full priced sessions (not minis) and if you are interested in seeing the options and borrowing from my closet, let me know ahead of time so we can make it work <3
I love earthy tones and neutrals for in studio - such as creams and olive greens. Try to stay away from busy patterns and anything that has words or large logos on the t shirt or pants. Light blues with creams/whites/grays are also a good option for in studio. It's better to have outfits that complement each other, rather than completely match. Try to choose different colors for different people. (Ex. don't have everyone in just blue or just one color, try to pick two). I usually give people the advice to dress Mom first, make sure she likes it, and then dress everyone else around her. I am here for you! I can give you a color palette to work with if you want specific guidance.
Do you have props or outfits for the baby?
I have a few different things that I use for newborn sessions! I have 2 different newborn crib props, a galvanized bucket, a posing bowl, and a beanbag that I cover with blankets to get more of a variety of poses as well. We can use whatever we can get to with our time together. I suggest you book the longer newborn session if you want a variety of props and poses.
As stated, I do have many different swaddle blankets in different colors to use as well.
For girls I do have different headbands available for use too!
I try to keep things pretty neutral in studio for newborn sessions so the baby is the main focus. I love getting detail shots as well. You can bring anything special you want or if you want a special outfit for the baby, or you can just bring yourselves - whatever your preference. Please just keep in mind that many times newborns are so tiny and their clothes or outfit you might love just doesn't fit them the greatest yet in that 21 day window <3
What can I expect from our session?
It is always best if baby has a full belly when we begin. A sleepy, full baby is easier to get several different poses of. Try to feed right before you arrive or right when you get to the studio.
- Bring extra in case baby wants to eat in between (or if you are breastfeeding, that works perfect too!) Baby might want to eat in between shots, and that’s okay.
- To minimize having to eat in between shots, bring a long a pacifier
- Feel free to bring different outfit changes if you have something special to incorporate. I do have wraps to use as well. Swaddling usually relaxes the baby if they don’t relax right away, so that we can get some different pictures.
- You are welcome to bring anything special you would like to incorporate into the photos.
- If there is anything you want me to be aware of, or anything you do/don’t want, feel free to let me know beforehand or when you arrive :) I try to accommodate your wishes as best as I can, but will never force pose baby in a position they are not comfortable with or sleepy enough for.
- If there are siblings, it is best they come at the very beginning or very end of the session for the photos they are in. We will get shots with them, then preferably have them leave when I begin baby's alone portion.
- For the baby's alone portion of the session I will make the room pretty warm, so dress yourself accordingly so you are as comfortable as possible.
- If you chose my regular newborn package, feel free to bring food/snacks for yourself to eat throughout our time together when I am working on just baby. I allot 2-3 hours for these sessions to ensure we get all the combinations of photos we need with the whole family and with just baby alone. These generally take about 90 minutes if it's just parents and baby without siblings.
Where will we do the photos?
Maybe we have already talked about location, and maybe we haven't. Generally newborn sessions are done in my studio in Homer. I do have the ability to bring my gear to you for a more lifestyle or in home session as well! We have quite a few options open to use around us if you want to choose a location other than indoor. Travel fees are generally included depending if you are choosing locations in Cortland County. Especially since my sessions are usually back to back (with travel time between), I just need to make sure I am able to get to everyone's session on time and before the sun sets :)
A few suggestions within my free travel distance: Hope Lake, Labrador Hollow, Cornell Botanical Gardens, Downtown Homer, Little York Lake, My Studio in downtown Homer, Durkee Park in Homer
-Other places that may require a travel fee: Emerson Park, Green Lakes State Park, Stewart Park Ithaca (these would add on a $50 travel fee)
What is your turnaround time?
Depending upon the time of year, generally you will have your proofing link within 7 business days of your session. From this link, you will choose which images you would like and if you would like to purchase any more than what comes with your package. Once you are done choosing, I will finalize the edits on each chosen image within 5-7 business days. If you chose the all-inclusive package, I'll send you a few sneak peeks along the way, and the final gallery will be ready about 14 business days after our session. Once your photos are fully finalized, you will have the option to purchase prints, collages, canvases, magnets, and more through me. You do have a print release where you can print at your own discretion, I however, do not guarantee print quality through places other than my own.
Should I get my hair and makeup done?
Hair and makeup can help enhance your photo experience, absolutely. If you get it done, make sure the hair/makeup artist knows exactly what you want. I always love loose curled hair in photos. However, if you know you prefer your hair a certain way or like how you do it better, now isn't the time to experiment. Just make sure you like your hair prior to the session :)
If you get eyelash extensions or your eyebrows tinted or microbladed, please do in more than enough time before your session with me to ensure the redness is gone (especially for lashes). Don't do anything drastic before your photos in case you don't like it. There are no retakes for hair/clothing/makeup malfunctions.
If you spray tan, make sure to do that also a few days before the session where you have had time to shower.
Tan lines - watch out for them. If you normally wear an apple watch or have noticeable tan lines from clothing, pay attention so you can address those before your session. Tan line removal isn't included in your edits and would involve an additional fee.
I have a zit or a bruise, can you help?
Simple editing is included with your senior package, such as minimal blemish removals. I edit to make sure everything looks natural. I do not do brace removals, body enhancements or slimming, or major editing. For blemishes and bruises, these are generally pretty easy to remove on my end and let me know beforehand if you think you would need extensive editing. This way I can let you know if it falls within the pricing or if I need to get you a quote for additional editing. I will always do everything I can to make sure you love your photos!
What are your business hours?
My business hours vary a tad depending on the time of year! But generally my office hours are M-F between 10 & 5. This is when you can expect a response or when I am also editing. Weekends are generally spent doing sessions (so you might not get a reply on weekends because I am working away from the computer) or spent with my family. Please allow me 48 business hours to respond. I do homeschool and stay home with my 3 children, so my days are a bit chaotic sometimes. Sessions generally take place 1-2 hours before sunset during the week, and certain weekend days of the month. The lighting for sessions is best right before sunset, so if you cannot make this time work, just keep in mind that the lighting you see in some of my pictures might be different than your final product. Still beautiful, but may be harsher lighting if there are no clouds for outdoor sessions :)
How do I get in touch with you?
The best way to get in touch or keep in touch with me is through my Facebook business page or through my contact link on my website!
It is easiest to stay in contact with me through one method of contact. So if we are already talking through Facebook or email - let's keep it at that. If you text me or use my personal Facebook, I might not get it right away or respond, so please try to use one of the other methods :) If it's been 48 business hours and you haven't heard from me - feel free to send another message or call and leave a message <3 But as long as I am in town/not on vacation - I do generally get back to you within that timeframe!