Planning for your Session:
- Newborn sessions are best during the first 10 days of life
- When you book your session (as early as 6 months out) your EDD is penciled in on the calendar. After baby arrives we schedule a firm date and time for your session at the ARG Studio.
- A Newborn Session requires a $150 session deposit to hold your spot on the calendar.
- With few exceptions, all Newborn Sessions are held in the ARG Studio. A spacious, comfortable, centrally located space set up for fabulous images of your new family addition.
- Amanda has a growing collection of swaddles, wraps, blankets, headbands, etc for use during your session.
- Newborn Sessions generally take about 2 hours. Please plan accordingly.
Before the Session:
- Avoid shots or other medical procedures the day before the session
- Lay out any accessories, swaddles and/or blankets you’d like to include the night before to pack for the session and avoid a forgotten piece.
- Although there is no real schedule with newborns, it’s helpful if baby is kept awake for a good stretch and then fed and changed just before the session. A sleepy baby is the easiest baby to photograph.
- Parents and siblings should have a bite to eat just before the session as well! Bring snacks and a drink to the session – there are some stocked in the studio but it’s nice to have “your choice” as well.
- If siblings are participating, please plan for them to leave after the sibling and family shots or bring quiet entertainment for the duration of the session.
What to Wear
- Baby’s skin is incredibly prone to color casts (or colors reflecting off of nearby, strongly colored fabric and objects). Because of that, I recommend soft colors, though not necessarily pastels, to avoid color casts on baby’s skin.
- Clothes should be gentle on mom’s body and easy to sit and cuddle in. Often, maternity wardrobe favorites are what makes mom feel the most comfortable. I have several options in the studio that will work on a variety of shapes and sizes.
- I highly recommend a hair (and make up!) appointment just before your session. I’m happy to make recommendations. You deserve a little pampering – and it truly makes a difference in the final images.
- Think about how you want to use your images – announcements, art in your home, etc. when deciding what to wear.
- Most newborn clothes are too big and don’t photograph well. I suggest using coordinating or neutral wraps/swaddles for baby.