The first few days of a baby’s life are so magical and incredible! Being able to freeze those moments for you is such an honor for Palm Beach Newborn photographer, Olga of Scribbled Moments Photography! ♥ I thought it might be helpful to write down how parents play an important role to a successful, pleasant and enjoyable experience for the successful newborn shoot.
So…. lets get started!
LET’S PENCIL YOU IN
I highly recommend booking your newborn session as early as four (4) months prior to your approximate delivery date. That gives me enough time fully customize a newborn session just for you! If anything else is needed such as a coordinating headband or matching outfit, I will have enough time to research and purchase any additional items needed.
Yay!! I know you are just excited as I am to capture those little tiny fingers and toes while it last! Once you and baby have been giving the green light to go home, please contact me right away to schedule a definite date and time for your babies newborn session. Sessions are typically scheduled 2 to 4 days, following your release.
When scheduling the session the earlier the better. Newborns much younger (less than one  month) tend to do very well in the studio, oppose to a baby that is 35+ days old. They tend not to wake up frequently and as easily when getting them posed for the scene. I have witness many, many times after the 35 day mark, newborns have discovered the art of stretching quite well! Once that happens…they won’t let us curl them up in the cute little newborn poses, without a fight!
Still need to come in after the 35+ day mark? No worries, my training and experience as a newborn photographer has taught me ways to soothe and nurture the feistiest angels to sleep and beside who really doesn’t want to cuddle and hug these little human beings ALL DAY long!! It helps calm my own baby fever..lol! ♥
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Newborn sessions take place in my studio showroom. It’s a custom design private studio which holds everything needed for your bundle of joy!
Babies do very well in the studio for posing when they are in a very deep sleep. To encourage this I highly recommend, stimulating the baby at least two hours before your scheduled arrival, a warm bath always does the trick. This also means keeping them awake during the car ride here and refrain from feeding 2 hours before arrival as well.
As mentioned I’ve seen it all, unfortunately their have been a few moms that will say,” my baby sleeps through anything”. Well… come to find out in a very unfortunate way, no they actually don’t. Babies are usually 100% AWAKE during sessions - so the better we can prepare - the best!
Once you arrive you will feed your baby right away, once burped, we will then start preparing him/her for their session, meaning any and all clothing must be taken off, except for the diaper. As you might know babies don’t like the feeling of being naked, they want to be warm and completely snuggled (although we will have a small heater in place to keep them warm) still, they are naked. That alone completely startles and wakes up a baby faster than anyone expected and because of that, they are now fully awake. Some babies fall into a deep sleep once picked up, wrap in a small blanket and soothed for about 15 minutes and then there are the babies that have been asleep for 3+ hours before arriving and are now refusing to go to sleep. Ahhhh, gotta love being a newborn..lol!♥
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!! ♥
DO NOT FEED YOUR BABY IN THE 1 HOUR BEFORE THE SESSION!!!! DO NOT - I REPEAT - DO NOT FEED!!!
We want you to feed that baby in our studio. That way the moment you are done will need to use the quiet baby time to start the session. This is so important. We will have to completely reschedule your session if you baby cannot stop crying. I highly recommend if you’re solely breastfeeding to pump and bottle feed your milk for your babies session. I’ve had mom’s that breastfeed for up to an hour and unfortunately that does delay the session quite a bit and does count against your allotted time coverage as well. If you don’t pump, my only alternative is to formula feed just for this session only. As a newborn photographer, I just feel it’s my duty to offer any advice or tips that you as a parent can use to maximize the time we have in the studio and in return you’ll be able to showcase and display more than the average number of baby photos! ♥
CLOTHING FOR PARENTS
I recommend you come dressed in whatever you want to our studio - but bring a change of shirts with you. Bring an extra WHITE shirt with no lint and non-faded (fresh) shirt. Please bring WHITE shirts, blouses, tops, tanks, etc for both Mom & Dad of the baby. This is because one series of the posing with be within the arms and hands up against the very top of your torso with the baby. White tops are best - but think outside the box - plain, white tees can be boring for women, but just fine for men. Sometimes with women, a cute white blouse, or tube top, or off the shoulder is very flattering, as I will pose the baby in your arms very close to your shoulders and neck, and face, and a off-shoulder/tank/tube top can be both very flattering, but also display a slight skin to skin with the baby that can be very beautiful to capture in a delicate, tasteful way. Your stomach area will NOT be in these photographs, as I am very aware that this soon after birth alot of moms are not comfortable with their stomachs, so there is no pressure at all to capture all the torso, just the upper half.
SHHHHH... LISTEN TO THE WHITE NOISE
Please do whatever you can to keep the noise to a minimum during our session. Maintaining a calm environment is also a big key to a successful newborn shoot. I do have a white noise app that I will keep close to baby during the session to help soothe him or her. Babies love strong and rhythmic sound. Amazingly! that’s the sound the heard 24/7 in the uterus! WHITE NOISE - that's what you will hear being played on our speakers in the studio. White Noise soothes a baby just right.
REGULATE THE TEMP
Since babies are usually photographed naked, the studio will be set at a temperature of 77 [F] to ensure baby is warm and comfortable. If we’re not sweating, it’s probably not warm enough for baby! Parent’s please make sure to wear comfortable loose clothing. I will also provide coffee and water.
Safety is my utmost number one top priority when handling your baby. 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 (don’t know if I mentioned I have been in business for over 6 years with cute little ones!) 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 2-3 hours so I highly recommend eating a good hearty breakfast before you arrive. 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!
Again thank you for giving Scribbled Moments Photography the opportunity to capture these unforgettable memories for a long time to come! ♥
dogs are welcomed - please let us know ahead of time
If you have a pup or dog you would like to include in the session with the newborn, please let us know. We do welcome dogs at our newborn studio. Please let us know how many to expect, breeds, and names of dogs. We do not have any breed restrictions all - all doggies welcomed :-)
COMPOSITE EDITING DONE -- PLEASE READ REGARDING SAFETY !!!
See the babies hanging from the garlands or posed holding their own little tiny hands in their hands - Yep, those are Composites done in post-processing. This allows us all to capture multiple images to be composited into really cool, awesome, images with the baby's safety in mind at all times. Alot of newborn photography is mainly composites. At your session, the photographer will guide the baby in a series of poses, that looks boring to eye right in the moment of the photographer capturing them, but that will be all used towards the composites. Please allow the photographer to work through these poses to be able to complete your session in whole. Thank you!
The Day of Newborn Session
For the baby, clean away flaky skin and eye boogers with a wash cloth. Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with baby trimmers. DO NOT RUB ANY OILS INTO THE SKIN - IT WILL CAUSE LIGHT REFLECTION & GLARE, AND STRONG LIGHT FROM OUR POWERFUL STOBES IN STUDIO. OILY SKIN IS NOT GOOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. If you rub lotion on their skin, please do so at home, at least 3+ hours before the session starts.
If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear.
Do not change the baby’s diet the day before or during the session. Continue to feed your baby how you normally do (breast-feed, formula-feed, or both). Bring plenty of bottles! Your baby will need to eat more often during the session than they normally do. Do not make any sudden changes to the baby’s diet that may contribute to fussiness.
As the session can take up to 2+ hours, we provide water bottles, but please pack everyone snacks and drinks to maintain energy for the session.
Be prepared for messes of all kinds. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, spit up or vomit on. That is why I will be dressed in comfy sweats as I work and why you (if you want to be in the photos with your newborn) would want to bring an extra set of clothing. Bring at least 2 sets of clothes per individual just in case.
Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior and do your best to keep baby awake. Try giving a bath, let baby kick with only a diaper on, tickle their toes, and let them fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. Recruit your spouse or family to help you with these tasks.
At the Newborn Session
WEDDING RINGS / BANDS
If you have a wedding ring or bands, please bring them in. Most of the time Moms & Dads aren’t wearing them and forget them at home. When you arrive, let the photographer know that you have wedding rings/bands ready & with you. We’ll incorporate them into the session, usually in a shot of the baby’s feet holding the rings with their precious little tiny toes.
At the Newborn Session
When you arrive at the studio, be prepared to feed your baby. We want the baby to be full, content and sleeping after the feeding to ensure those curly, sleepy newborn pictures.
Be sure to burp baby really well after the feeding. Gas can make a sleepy, happy baby into an uncomfortable one in seconds.
Be patient. If your baby is fussy or alert, do not stress out. Your newborn can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try and get them comfortable again, but if that does not seem possible, we will take a break or may even reschedule (at the photographer’s discretion).
What to Wear
Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my favorite things. Just as they encourage in the hospital or at home birth, skin to skin contact creates the most beautiful images.
Ladies: A subtle application of makeup can soften your skin and accent your facial features. Neutral looking fake lashes can really flatter your eyes. You are welcome to wear your own snug-fitting tank tops, a hint of lace, sequin, tulle is a bonus. Keep the color neutral and design simple. Be sure your nails are tidy and clean (no crazy nail polish colors that will look awkward 5 years from now…) as your hands will make their way into the images. Also, rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and lighting to bring out the natural beauty in you and your family. Feel free to hire a make-up team to meet you at the studio to glam you up, just let us know what your plans are, as we’ll be happy to accommodate your hair & make-up team at our studio. Try to remember to take off hair bands off your wrist before photos.
Men: Be freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving cream and moisturizing after-shave lotion to avoid bumps and redness. Trim your beard, sideburns, mustache or goatee. Look especially for wiry stray hairs. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed. Be careful not to be wearing sunglasses on top of your head or any cell phones in pockets or clipped to belts. If you prefer not to be shirtless, wear a tight fitting v-neck t-shirt with a pair of jeans.