NEWBORN WELCOME GUIDE


Congratulations on your new baby, and thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of photographing your sweet babe. Newborns are my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles. Please have a read through my Welcome Guide to best prepare for your session.


I can’t wait to meet you and you little one once they arrive earth side!

My Studio

Newborn sessions take place in my Mount Maunganui Studio. The studio is well equiped for your family and new baby. I have a range of clothing options for newborns up to 5 years as well as a range of wraps and blankets that I used during the session.


YOUR SESSION

Newborn photography sessions take around 2 hours. This gives us plenty of time for cuddles, feeding, settling, and shushing baby to sleep. Please feel welcome in our studio to sit back and relax on the couch, watch your baby’s first photography session, and have a look through our collection of magazines.


FEEDING BABY

Newborn babies (and new parents!) are slowly settling into a feed and sleep routine. To photograph sleepy newborns, we aim to have baby with a nice fully tummy, just prior to their session. To achieve good sleep time, babies need adequate awake time, kicking their little legs, having a bath, waving their arms around, so they can expend some energy and be tired enough to sleep. Try enjoying some awake time with baby at home before your session, so you can have an enjoyable, quiet car ride, and we can start photographing baby when they arrive, asleep.

Newborns are usually feeding every 2-3 hours, please feel free to feed your baby at home, and again when you arrive, or partway through your session.


BREASTFEEDING & BOTTLE FEEDING

If you are breastfeeding, please be prepared to feed baby during the session, as baby will usually require a feed either when they arrive, or before you leave.

If you are bottle feeding, please bring your usual supply of bottles, plus an additional 2-3 bottles – just incase. I have hot water facilities and a microwave that you are welcome to use.

If you have a dummy or pacifier at home, please bring that along.


DRESSING BABY

Please dress baby in clothes that are easy to remove, if baby is asleep – a zip-up onesie is perfect, with a larger-size singlet if needed. Removing singlets over the head is a sure way to wake up a baby! If you have a special little outfit for baby, please bring it along and let me know, so I can use it in your session. Otherwise, most newborns are photographed either with a nappy or wrap, or naked. I love the simplicity of newborns, and we love our photos to be all about the baby, without the distraction of lots of props or clothing.


MUMS, DADS & SIBLINGS

I have found after photographing hundreds of families and babies, neutral clothing always remains the favourite to wear. Aim for soft, neutral colours – white, cream, latte, pale blue, grey, green.  Soft, simple clothing like t-shirts are best for Dads, or a soft, plain coloured collared shirt.

Please avoid stripes, checks, logo’s and branded clothing.


OTHER INFO

I aim to photograph siblings and family first, while little ones are still fresh and happy!

There is a small green space across from the studio were Dad can take siblings for a wander after family photos are done, while I concentrate on baby’s session. I have colouring pens and books available in the studio also.

Packaged snacks, fresh fruit and water is provided in the studio. Please feel free to bring additional food or drinks if you like.


THANKYOU!

Thank you for choosing me to photograph your precious family.

I cannot wait to meet you and your new baby, and capture some beautiful photos for your home.


See you soon x