Preparing for your Newborn Session

If you are thinking of reserving a newborn session with Anamedia, or already have done so, this page will help you properly prepare for your session.

What makes a newborn portrait special is the unique piece of art we are able to create for your family.  The images you see on our website are created due to not only the creativity of our photography, but also the parents being prepared.

We hope this page will help you get prepared for your newborn session, however we love talking with and helping our clients. Please pick up the phone and call us with any questions you may have! 513-503-5154.

Scheduling

Newborn portraits are best done when created within the first 11 days of the baby being born. If the baby is healthy and mom is doing well, we prefer to photograph in the first week. During this first week, the baby is still very sleepy and we can mold them and put them in to all of the adorable poses that families have grown to love.

Unless you are having a scheduled c-section, you are not going to know when your baby will be born. If you are planning on doing your newborn portrait with us, please call us to let us know your due date. We leave time in our schedule around your due date to ensure we can schedule your session. As soon as that baby is born, have someone call us to get on our calendar that week.

Session Packing List

We have many of the items you see on our website in the newborn portraits. I have a minor basket and blanket obsession and buy them whenever I see something I like. Thus I will bring along a few baskets and blankets. To personalize your session we recommend you prepare the following:

  • blankets that are special to you (made by grandma, embroidered with baby name, matches nursery, etc.)
  • hats or booties you love
  • diaper covers
  • plain onesie
  • fun personal items that represent a hobby, favorite sports team, family heirlooms, etc.

If you need some ideas or want to brainstorm, please don’t hesitate to call. Some of the most amazing newborn portraits I have created were conceptualized during a conversation with my clients.

Preparing Your Baby

A well fed baby is a happy sleepy baby! You'll want to feed and change your baby right before I arrive. Please also plan to feed him/her mid-session. Our sessions tend to make babies hungry and you will need to feed them to put them back to sleep.

Make sure you get a good burp in! A baby with gas is not a happy baby and can result in lots of crying.

Don’t worry about baby acne or little scratches. Our expert retouching will either eliminate or drastically minimize these imperfections. If your baby has extremely dry skin, try putting baby lotion on prior to your session and have extra available. This will help the retouching process.

About an hour before your session be sure to loosen their diaper. This will reduce the diaper marks from their naked little bottoms. Also do not have tight socks on their feet. Socks leave sock lines at their ankles.

Preparing Your Home

I'll arrive about 15 minutes before our session time to set up and start warming up the area with a space heater. The room we shoot in will need to be pretty warm so your baby is cozy and comfy (80°)! We'll need to shoot near a window for light. I'll bring a few studio lights as well, but like to use natural light when possible so the flashing lights don't disturb baby's slumber. I might move furniture to clear a space, so let me know if that's an issue. I promise to put everything back when we're done!

Preparing Your Family

For any family members being photographed we recommend dark pants/jeans and long sleeve shirts. For younger siblings they can wear anything that's cute!

Keep your hair and make-up simple. We'll need to keep the area we're photographing in very warm (80°) to keep baby comfortable. Too much make-up and a fancy hairdo will not last.

Mom's, do not worry about the baby weight you haven’t lost, or any skin issues you may still have. We can won't be focusing on that, and we can make minor adjustments so that it's not a problem!  If you're still concerned, wear black, it is very slimming.

Mom's and Dad’s hands will be shown in many of the close up photographs. Please make sure your nails look nice!

Timing

Plan for me to be at your home for 2-3 hours. The younger the baby the less likely chance we will need all that time, but we still recommend it to avoid any stress. We like to leave plenty of time for extra feedings, diaper changes and bouts of crankiness.

One Last Thing…

No matter what your baby does, please know that I am always relaxed. I've done this many times. This session is supposed to be a special experience for you and I don’t want you stressed if the baby starts to cry. The baby can sense stress and it usually makes them cry more. We have plenty of time allowed for your session. If we need to take a break to feed, walk, rock, etc., we can do that. We want you to enjoy the experience of your session and this special bonding moment for your family.