NEWBORN SESSION PREP GUIDE - Kristina Ferrara Photography LLC

NEWBORN SESSION PREP GUIDE

Hi! Congratulations again on your new baby! Thank you so much for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new little one in his/her first few days of life. Newborns are truly my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles. Below are a few tips to prepare for your session.

If nursing or bottle feeding breastmilk, try to eliminate caffeine from your diet for 72-48 hours prior to your session.

Please interact with your baby as much as possible to keep him/her awake for at least one hour prior to our session to ensure he/she is nice and sleepy when you arrive. Without this, we may spend more time getting the baby to fall asleep and less time photographing him/her. Try giving him/her a bath or play with him/her to keep them awake.

Studio Sessions: If you live further than 15-20 minutes from our studio, please plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to your session so we can be sure he/she is sleepy when we begin. If you have older children, please plan to drive 2 cars so dad can take them for a play date once they are done with their photos.

Please plan to give the baby a full feeding as soon as I arrive at your home, or when you arrive at the studio. If baby is formula fed, please bring extra formula and bottles.

From experience, babies that have been asleep prior to arrival are unfortunately the babies that are more difficult to pose because as soon as the blanket comes off, they get startled again and it’s back to trying to put them to sleep. That alone can take up to an hour, if not more and unfortunately does count against your session time.

Keeping in mind these two instructions will most certainly give you a well-rested baby. In return we’ll be able to maximize the time you have in the studio with plenty of scenes and photos so for that reason please do not underestimate and risk how well your baby sleeps after a feeding. We need your bundle of joy to be very exhausted, tired and a bit hungry. I know it will be hard, atop of your own sleep deprivation but I promise you, it will be well worth the effort!!

Please dress the baby in just a diaper and zipper/button sleeper. The less we can upset the baby the easier it will be to get them to fall back asleep.

The baby will be naked for photographs, but posed so that all private areas are covered. If you prefer not to have nude photos of the baby taken, just let me know, your baby can be dressed in all setups.

If you are nursing, please avoid eating anything spicy that might upset baby’s stomach for 24 hours prior to our session. Please bring along a pacifier if your baby takes one.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are so excited to see you and meet your little one!

Poop it happens, but no worries! This is completely natural for babies to use blankets or props as their own personal potty. Please don’t feel embarrassed, I reassure you it happens more times that I can remember. Have a concern about sanitation? Don’t worry I wash all used props and blankets after each newborn session with non-scented detergent.

Safety! Safety is my utmost number one top priority when handling your baby, so either mom or dad will be my spotter/assistant. All eyes and hands are to be kept around baby during posing. During the session I will be handling and posing baby, but don’t worry I have plenty of experience handling a newborn I will hold and care for him or her as if they were my own, I promise!

Chances are you’ll be here close to 4 hours. I know this can be a very exciting and stressful time for you, especially when adding sleep deprivation in the mix! As much as my goal is for baby to be comfortable, I also want you to be comfortable and at ease! Having me photograph this precious moments for you, means a lot to me so anything I can do to make it a smooth journey for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Don’t worry about baby acne or little scratches. My retouching will either eliminate or drastically minimize these. If your baby has extremely dry skin, try putting baby lotion etc. on prior to coming to your session, but avoid any lotions that will leave a shine to their skin. This will help the retouching process. *please do not use any diaper creams that are white or have a color in them. Desitin is a good example of a cream that when on the skin leaves a white chalky film that is hard to wipe off. It is best to avoid these creams before and during the sessions so it’s not seen in photos, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to wipe it off completely- they are pretty oily and thick.

And finally....

No matter what your baby does, relax. Your session should be a special experience for you and stress free. Babies can sense stress and it usually makes them cry more. I allow plenty of time for your session and if we need to take a break to feed, walk, rock, etc. we can do that. I want you to enjoy the experience of your session and this special bonding moment for your family.

Congrats again!

Kristina

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