Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

I'm sure you're busy trying to get some shut-eye in between feeding and changing your new tiny human, so I thought I would try to make it a little easier on you to prepare for our session.

Here are some tips to help our session run a little smoother:

Prepare the Lighting

Natural light is better than artificial! Turn off all the lights in your home, and open your window shades! We will pick a time that works for your family, but also a time where there is ample natural light coming in from outside. I typically like to shoot in-home in the late morning (and that typically works for a very tired Mama as well).


I will want to shoot in areas of your house that get good lighting, and are also the most comfortable for your family. I love doing the living room couch, the master bedroom/bed, and the nursery (if you have it set up already). I just ask that you declutter before my arrival :) Please remove items from nightstands, coffee tables, etc. I will do a walk-through of your home upon my arrival to scope out the best spots.


Depending on the time we choose, it's a great idea to feed/change your baby right before I get there! Don't stress out if during our shoot your baby needs to be fed and changed (even multiple times). This happens at EVERY newborn session and that's why I allot the extra time. We want your baby full, happy, and sleepy :)

Make them Cozy

Turning on those noise machines, or playing soothing music always helps! We definitely also want your baby warm so turning off the AC, or turning up the heat just a bit while I am there will keep them nice and comfortable.

What to Wear

If you need help choosing outfits, please don't hesitate to reach out to me! I think newborns look beautiful in an earth-toned textured romper, but am also happy to incorporate any favorite outfits, or props you may have. Textured fabrics look really beautiful on everyone! For Mom, it's best to wear something comfortable and flowy. Don't forget to have a back-up plan for unexpected blow-out's and spit up :)

Siblings and Pets

We should ABSOLUTELY get the whole family involved. It's always helpful to me if you debrief your big kids on what is about to happen and make sure they have full bellies and empty bladders. I would suggest getting your pups nice and tired before my arrival by taking them on a walk, playing fetch, or letting them run around in the yard. To be honest I have yet to meet a cat that wants to be involved, so, no advice there ;)