Newborn Prep Guide


 

General info:

•The studio is located just off the freeway on Barnett Rd. We are the first suite in the plaza- K&E Photo Studios. There are usually plenty of places to park in front of our suite and there is a ramp for your (and your stroller's) convenience.
1601 East Barnett, Medford, OR


When to schedule:
•I highly recommend booking your newborn session as early as three months prior to your approximate delivery date. That gives me enough time fully customize a newborn session just for you! If anything else is needed such as a coordinating headband or matching outfit, I will have enough time to research and purchase any additional items needed. If you haven't already, contact me to book!

•RELAX!

I will take the baby’s lead; getting them to sleep before posing takes time and they may need to be fed or cuddled a few times first. I would say a good 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get baby comfortable. If that doesn’t work, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what baby is giving us.
 

•POOP HAPPENS!

We may be doing some cute nakey pics of baby for your session. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use my blankets (or me) as their own personal potty.

This is natural and I expect it! Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it.

I wash my baby props and blankets between each session with non-scented baby detergent.

•Poses- Please keep in mind that not all babies will cooperate or do all the different poses. The safety and comfort of your baby will always be my top priority. I've been professionally trained in safe hands-on posing. Some babies may fuss and cry while they are being posed just because they don't want to be messed with and this is normal. Trust in me that I will attempt what you want me to but if I feel like it's not going to happen, I will let you know and we will move on.

Thank you! I can't wait to meet you and your sweet baby!




 

What to bring:

•Desired snacks/beverages (ideally high in protein, as these sessions can range from 2-4 hours). I do have some bottled water and some soda as well as a Keurig with a few options.
 

•Blanket for baby to snuggle in between setups and during feedings.
 

•Pacifiers- even if you do not plan to use one long term, being able to quickly soothe baby during the poses can be the difference between a easy session and a tough one! 
 

•Extra diapers and wipes

•If bottle feeding, bring plenty of formula. If breast feeding, I will have a comfortable place for you to nurse as needed during the session. The sessions are up to 3 hours to allow for plenty of time for diaper changes and feeding breaks.


 


Prepping baby:

•Try to interact with baby to keep them awake 1-2 hours before we start the session. It’s also ideal to schedule baby’s feeding right before you leave for the studio so baby is sleepy with a full tummy upon arrival.
•Please dress baby in comfortable, loose clothing and a loose diaper to prevent marks on the skin. Button  up pajamas are recommended as little ones tend to get cranky if you pull their clothing over their heads!

What to wear:
•Family- If desired, your newborn session is inclusive of family photos so this will happen first. Please wear simple, timeless, muted colored clothing (white, black, dark blue, grey) with no graphics. Bright colors like pink, red, neon reflect onto your skin and your baby's skin.) I recommend plain white, dark blue, grey or black shirt (dad's are welcome to go shirtless for skin to skin shots if that's what you'd prefer).  Please have all family members wear the same or coordinating colors.
Please make sure hands and nails are clean, as your hands will be in photos.  The newborn is generally naked, or wrapped or dressed in wraps or outfits that I provide.

•Baby- I have plenty of wraps, swaddle fabrics, hats, headbands, and hand-made/size appropriate outfits on-hand so you don't need to bring anything!


 

During the session:
•Newborn sessions typically take 2 to 3 hours to complete, with soothing, feeding, posing and changing props.  Feel free to bring some snacks for yourself. A couch is available for your relaxation and comfort during the photo session, great time to take advantage of a nap! Because these sessions can take up to 3 hours, I recommend that you arrange to have siblings (and sometimes antsy dads!) leave after the family portion of photos are complete since waiting quietly in the studio may get boring!

 

•I will have the temperature in the studio set to a toasty 78-80 degrees. Babies are very temperature sensitive and because we want a happy sleepy baby, it’s best to keep them comfortable. Be sure to dress in layers or bring something cool to change into after the family/parent posing if you feel you will be too warm.
 

•When we start the session, I ask that mom handle baby as little as possible. Babies who are nursing will wake up when they smell mom and think it’s time to eat.

•If needed, we will stop and do diaper changes and food breaks throughout the session. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep.  I ask that everyone remain calm, should baby not want to sleep, since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room. And if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.

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