• facebook
  • instagram

(773) 396-2307

Chicago IL United States

Rock Your Baby's Shoot! 

I LOVE photographing new humans!
Newborn photography is incredibly challenging, but it’s so amazing to be a part of baby’s life when they are just days old. There’s a bit of prep and planning that needs to go into these sessions to make them more successful though. I have compiled a few tips below to help us get the very best out of your upcoming newborn session.

 

  1. Location

    • The majority of our newborn sessions take place in your home. If the weather is warm enough and you are comfortable with the idea, I can take the session outdoors. 
      Worried because your house is a mess? Don’t even stress out! You just had a BABY! If you didn’t have dishes piled in the sink, dirty clothes and baby items strewn all about, I’d think you were weird. Clutter is definitely understandable! I really don’t need much space and can shoot around any problem areas.
      I’ll also probably move some furniture around if I need to make room, but don’t worry – I’ll put it all back when I'm done!

  2. Light it UP! 

    • Open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to our arrival. This enables me to find the best source of natural light in your home, so that I can shoot in the best possible location. Nothing flatters like natural light, so I prefer to use it whenever possible.
      For this reason, sessions are normally done mid-morning to late-afternoon when window lighting is as its best.
      When I arrive, I’ll walk through your home looking for the best light and that is where I’ll do a majority of the shoot. Sometimes the best location ends up being a foyer, by the backdoor or kitchen…usually wherever there is a large window.
      I’ll also bring additional lighting equipment to help out when needed.

  3. Get your little human ready

    • A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy (“milk drunk”) baby. We’ll also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model!

    • Most of the images I’ll be shooting work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, I recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and exhausted. Keeping your little one awake on top of your own sleep deprivation might feel like torture, but we think it will be worth it in the end!

  4. Props

    • I have a small collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, wraps and headbands that I’ll bring to your session. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Looks for items with texture and color to help make your images unique.
      If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props that you would like me to use in your session, please gather them before we arrive. I may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but I’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best.
      *I also STRONGLY recommend that you discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind at least a week prior to your session.
      I start planning out your session weeks in advance, so dropping a huge idea mid-session (that requires an unavailable prop) can cause stress on everyone! So talk to me early on and let me know what you have in mind!

  5. Relax!

    • Moms tend to stress out because this is a new experience…and they aren’t used to the waiting game that is newborn photography.
      They see their baby being fussy or having a difficult time getting settled and panic.
      Thoughts start going through mom's head; “This is a disaster! They aren’t going to get ANY good photos!”
      Please don't worry, it isn't a disaster and I will get beautiful captures.
      I 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. In fact, I’d say that 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. 
      Remember: Babies can sense stress and anxiety (especially from their mommies!) It’s super important that EVERYONE remain calm and relaxed during this session. Keeping the environment as mellow as possible is pretty much the only way we’re going to get the shots we’re looking for.

  6. What do I wear? 

    • You just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best this is why I think this is the perfect time to pamper yourself!
      Go have your hair + makeup done (or better yet, have someone come to you), schedule a massage or have your nails done. Looking super relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. This is an exciting time in your life and I want to capture all of that…so take care of yourself first! 
      As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns. 

  7. One last thing: MAKE THE BED

    • Is there anything more simple + gorgeous than a new family cuddled up in bed together? The answer is no!
      So we might suggest that we move the session to your bedroom at some point. If that’s something that appeals to you, a few tips:
      1. Make the bed, just this once.
      2. A solid blanket/comforter (or something that isn’t TOO busy is best.)
      3. I highly recommend white to light cream bedding to keep things light and airy.

  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Instagram - Grey Circle
  • Pinterest - Grey Circle