Information About Your Newborn Photo Shoot 
What’s the Ideal Age For A Newborn Studio Session?

For studio photography the ideal age is between 5-12 days. When babies
 are that tiny they spend a lot of time sleeping and still curl up into very
sweet poses similar to the positions they were in when they were in the
 womb. After two weeks babies go through a growth spurt and will start 
stretching their arms and legs and will not be as amenable to curling up for
 a picture or sleeping as soundly, which is needed for some of the poses 
and photographs in props.

 What If Babies Don’t Arrive On Their Due Dates?

I hold time before and after so the parents are guaranteed a space no 
matter when their baby arrives.

 How Long Does A Session Take?

Studio sessions typically last 2-4 hours which includes portraits of the baby
 on his or her own and then with each parent and then the whole family 
together. We like baby nice and sleepy for their photos. Please discuss the
 best time with your photographer. 2-4 hours may seem like a long time, but
 usually about half of that time is spent feeding and comforting the baby to 
get him or her as sleepy and happy as possible for the portraits. Parents 
often feel like they are taking up our time when we have to stop for feeds,
 changes etc. This is a perfectly natural situation for us. We go by what your
 baby needs and fit the photos in around them. We want you to relax and 
enjoy photo session. Bring along a snack and favourite toys for siblings.
 Sometimes it’s a good idea to arrange for someone to bring your toddlers in
 towards the end of the photo shot for their photos.

 What Should Your Baby Wear To A Newborn Session?

Most studio newborn photography is done naked to capture the tininess of
 being a newborn so something that is easy to take on and off. We use
 wraps and have lots of outfits and props for bubs. Parents should try and
 colour coordinate clothes. Mum white or black dress dad white or black shirt
 and free from logos. Siblings same colours as parents. Think about if you
 would like skin on skin photo’s with Dad?

What Else Should You Bring?

Some good things to bring are a dummy, a change of clothes for yourself (if
 you’re going to be in the photos holding a naked baby you might get 
pooped on), some extra nappies and wipes, extra formula or bottles if you
 are not breastfeeding, and any special blankets or toys that you want 
included in the photos.”

What Do You Do To Make Sure The Baby Is Comfortable?

One of the most important things is to make sure the room is warm. We
 keep the air conditioner set at 26 degrees. If we are sweating bubs is 
comfortable. We also have a heart beat monitor playing and some white
 noise on the computer. This keeps babies calm and asleep (sometimes 
parents too) We never force a baby into a pose he or she is uncomfortable
 in and let the baby indicate to us which poses he or she is most happy
 curled up in.”

 What Are The Safety Precautions Used During A Session?

Newborn necks are very delicate so you want to be very careful with
 positioning. If the pose comes undone, you don’t want the baby to fall or
 hurt his neck. We use a very large beanbag that was designed specifically
 for newborn photography so if the baby does tip to one side they are very
 protected and are on a soft surface. Also, everything used from the blankets
 to the hair bows are all washed between every session to keep everything
 very clean and germ free. There is also someone assisting sitting very close
 to your baby to make sure baby is always safe.

 How Do You Handle Pee And Poop When You Take Off That Nappy?

There’s no way to sugar coat this one- newborn photographers get
 peed and pooped. Most parents are horrified and apologetic when
 the notice bubs has pooped on our a gorgeous throw remember the
 photographer has taken their nappy off so we are expecting it.
 Blankets and props get peed on frequently. That’s why everything is
 100% washable and it’s no big deal. You just keep going and throw
 it in the wash after the session is over. Parents need to be prepared
as well. If you are going to be in the pictures, I don’t recommend 
wearing your favorite shirt or expensive clothing.

Your images will be ready for collection within 3 weeks of the date of 
your shoot.

Kathy (photographer) and Christy (assistant)  at 
shorethingphotography are excited and delighted to capture this 
precious time with your baby.

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