It is recommended to book your newborn session in advance, ideally during your second or third trimester of pregnancy. This ensures that the photographer will have availability during the optimal timeframe for a newborn session, which is within the first two weeks after the baby is born. Sometimes we can accommodate you last minute if there is availability but to be sure it is good to book months in advance and secure the session. We only take a limited number of newborn sessions per month and would hate to turn you away!
So once the deposit is paid you are on the official calendar according to your due date. I only take a limited number of sessions and collective memberships to ensure that once the baby arrives, you can contact me ASAP and we set your session date. This is the process for newborn sessions because this accommodates for early or late birth and any hospital stay, if necessary.
Newborn and family photography sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on the baby's mood. I really let the baby guide the session. If baby needs to eat, we stop and feed. I typically start with family and sibling images and then do individual, unless mom is getting hair and makeup and then we start with baby first and go to family.
It depends. Typically I will schedule the family photos to be at the beginning of the session. This way we can finish the photos and if they have young siblings, they will be done and can relax. However if mom is getting hair and makeup done, I will start with baby photos and once she is done we can being hubby and the kids in and do the family photos. It really flows better this way
I think the best way to prepare them is let them be with and maybe try to let them "hold" or snuggle with the baby before the session so they aren't scared. You can even practice with them holding a teddy bear or baby doll. All of the poses that I do with them will be appropriate to their age for safety! If all else fails bribes or snacks tend to work. Maybe even possibly "rewarding" them with something small if they are good!
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