~ Newborn Preparation Guide ~

I am so excited that you have chosen Photography by Jnae to photograph your precious little bundle. I have created this informative preparation guide to help you prepare for our session together.

Important - Preparation is Key for a Successful Outcome for the Day
  • Newborn sessions are usually scheduled for a 930am start as babies always sleep better at this time. I do sometimes schedule babies in for a 1pm start and this may because I have had a cluster of babies born at the same time.

  • Plan ahead by using Google to calculate the distance from your home to my studio and allow some extra time for traffic etc.

  • Ensure your baby is fed RIGHT BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME. If your baby is not due for a feed please wake them for a top up feed as feeding the baby on arrival at the studio will wake your baby and may take at least 45 minutes for your baby to fall back asleep.

  • Please keep your baby awake at least an hour prior to leaving your house. If baby falls asleep in the car on the way this is perfect as bubs will be nice and settled on arrival. If your drive to the studio is less than 15 minutes please allow for a some extra time in the car so your baby falls into a deep sleep during the drive.

  • Dress your baby in bigger onesie that zips in the front as it’s easiest to take off and less disturbing to your baby. Please do not put a singlet on your bubs that requires overhead removal

  • If your baby is in a carseat capsule please bring the baby into the studio in the capsule.

Please Note:

  • NO NAPPY CREAM

  • NO TALCUM POWDER

  • Your session is exclusive to TWO adults only. Due to limited studio space and session policies, we request that all other friends and relatives stay at home

  • If you have a sibling attending. Please note that we will start with the newborn first and the sibling/family images will be photographed about 45 minutes in

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What To Bring
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  • Bring your makeup in case you have to touch up

  • A change of clothing in case baby has an accident on you

  • Bring Snacks 

  • Bring Ipads or colouring books for Siblings

  • Bring Bribes (ie chocolate or things they love) for siblings in case we need it for the sibling shots 

  • Grab a dummy even if you do not plan on letting your baby use one.  They can help soothe babies and will make the session go much smoother.  If your baby becomes unsettled in a pose often a dummy will calm them enough to continue without having to get them up and re-pose them all over again. 

 
What to expect during your Session

I may spend up to 1-2 hours photographing your baby, however sometimes your baby may require more time.  I allow enough time for your baby to eat, for me to clean up messes and settle your baby if needed.  It also accounts for changing setups for different poses.

I keep my studio nice and toasty. The temperature can range from 23 to 28 degrees so you will want to dress appropriately.  I may photograph your baby in the nude during the course of your session, so you do not need to bring outfits for the baby.  I believe it is by capturing the innocence of a nude baby or having simplistic set ups that makes my images art.

 

What to do before your scheduled session and things to Bring

  • Give your baby a sponge bath 

  • Give your baby a full feed before you leave home

  • Bring lots of Bottles and formula if you are not breast feeding. Babies tend to eat alot more during the session than they would do at home. They will require more milk than there normal scheduled feeding. The reason being that your baby is not just sleeping during the session like they would at home and its warm in the studio. It is also suggested if possible to bring some expressed milk in a bottle if you are breast feeding

  • Put clothing and diaper on loosely to avoid red marks. A onesie that zips in the front is easiest to take off and less disturbing to your baby when I undress at the start of the session. Please do not put a singlet on your bubs

 

During Your Session

When you arrive, please leave baby in the car seat when bringing him/her into the studio. I will remove baby very slowly in the warm studio to avoid disturbing them as much as possible. With the poses I do, a sleeping baby is required. I will never place your baby in an unsafe position just to get a pose. Your baby’s safety is the MOST important thing to me.

Once baby has fed I will often ask that you (Mum) allow me to take over. Babies can smell their Mums and may not sleep well.  Remember the Session can take anywhere from 1-2 Hours (or sometimes longer) and the studio will be very warm.

I always aim to take multiple setups of your baby during the session using props etc. However please remember that every baby is different and we may not be able to do everything you are after.

Please understand that sibling shots and poses are not guaranteed as siblings are not always willing to co-operate and your babies safety is most important.

During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need much assistance.  So take advantage of this time to rest (I’m sure you need it!). Parents will often watch or play on their phone, answer emails or read while I work with your new little one.  I’ve even had some parents take a nap!

A few Important things to Remember
  • CIRCUMCISION: Parents often ask ‘Can I circumcise my baby before the session?’ and the answer is ‘Please, no!’. Circumcision can often leave the area raw and painful for a few days after the procedure. It is important to note that newborn photos should be done either before the procedure takes place or at least 4 days after the procedure to ensure the area is healed

 

  • A full baby is a sleepy baby, and we need a very sleepy and calm baby in order to achieve the sweet, flexible poses you see in my portfolio.  I may ask you to ignore a strict feeding schedule for the 2.5 hours at the session. The only way we will achieve calm, flexible poses is if baby is fully satisfied and sleeping.

 

  • If nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy (ie. pizza, hot sauce, etc) or anything that will cause gas and might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours before your scheduled session. A gassy baby will not pose well during the session due to their little tummy being upset.

 

  • This is a full service studio meaning that I will be changing baby’s diapers, cleaning up any messes, and feeding baby when required during the session. I usually ask that Mums try to stay outside of hearing and smelling range of bubs as once baby has that connection with Mummy in the middle of the session, it’s sometimes hard for them to get back into a deep sleep or if Mummy’s milk has not come in all the way baby may want to use Mummy to snack on and pacify frequently. I have always had the most success by being the only one to interact with baby during the session. If you’re breastfeeding and are open to bringing bottles with breast milk, great! Of course if you are exclusively breast feeding then that is fine too.  (again, asking that you remain open to feeding on demand at the studio).​

 

  • The studio will be kept at between 25 and 28 degrees to keep your little one warm while being photographed. If I am not sweating then its not hot enough ;-)

 

  • Just to warn you:  If the nappy comes off, it is highly likely your baby will pee and poo on some of my props and me during the session. Im used to this so please do not worry.  This happens daily in my studio (usually on me), and it is ok.

 

  • I spend a lot of time getting every little finger and toe positioned perfectly when photographing your little bundle.  First and foremost, it is important to me for your baby to look comfortable and peaceful in the photographs.  I have a lot of experience and patience with newborns.  I have children of my own and have photographed hundreds of newborns. My motto is safety first.  I will never put your newborn in an unsafe pose/prop.

 

  • Props and ‘Pinterest Requests: I supply all of the backdrops, hats, headbands and wraps for the session. I am always open to new ideas but be aware that I will not use anything that will harm, irritate or look awkward or controversial on your newborn. If you see something you like in any of our galleries, be sure to mention it before your session as I setup the day before. I am open to suggestions on poses that you may have seen from Pinterest but please understand that every pose we do depends on how well baby cooperates and how safe the pose is for your little one. I cannot guarantee any pose for this

 

What to Wear - Mum and Dad

For Mum - bring a plain white/cream top or a White/Cream nice dress. You can bring a Black top/dress but I find it can look a more harsh in images

For Dad - bring a plain white/cream top, also please bring a Plain Black top​

For more artistic shots,  Dads may choose to remove their shirts and Mums may choose to be wrapped in a scarf, wrap or other stretchy material available in my studio. These can make for some very tender images.

**A note to Mum: I know that you may not feel like yourself right after giving birth, but I strongly encourage you to have a portrait taken with your new baby while they are still so young and little. Remember this photo is for your new baby and they will love you always. I will capture you in flattering angles, so don’t worry! Worst case scenario is that you don’t like the image and never look at it again, but at least your child will have this moment documented.

What to Wear - Siblings

For the Boys - Jeans or Jean Shorts and a plain top or shirt (without patterns or logos)

For the Girls - A nice dress or a plain top (again no patterns or logos)

They’ll be barefoot, so no need to look for clean shoes.

Hair and Makeup Tip

Here are some guidelines for makeup and hair if you have booked in to have family/sibling photos. Make-up should be classic and clean. However your foundation can be quite thick as this photographs well and helps me to smooth out your skin in post-processing. Hair the same - loose is best. Have your hair either straightened or curled/waved depending on your style.

And Finally…..

I want you to come away from this session with images you will cherish forever.  Thank you for trusting me to capture one of the most wonderful moments in your life.

Thanks xx

Jnae