Home Session Prep Guide

This guide will help prepare you and your baby for a successful portrait session and ensure that your session runs as smoothly as possible.

Before Your Session

  • If you can, encourage baby to stay awake and be active for a bit the morning of your session. A great way to do this is with a bath!

  • Dress baby in a button-down or zippered sleeper or outfit that doesn’t have to go over his/her head.

  • Set your thermostat to 76-77 degrees. I'll bring a space heater to make it even warmer in the shooting area for baby's comfort.

  • Try to feed baby right before your session time. It takes me about 20-30 minutes to set up, and you can use that time to feed if you'd like.

Things to Have Ready

  • Blanket, pacifier, baby brush, diapers, wipes. A pacifier is HIGHLY encouraged, and can sometimes make or break a session. Usage will be too minimal to cause nipple confusion.

  • Extra milk/bottles if you use them—babies tend to eat more than usual during their sessions.

During the Session

  • Sessions are typically 2-3 hours long but could run longer depending on baby. Lifestyle sessions can be shorter.

  • We will take family and sibling portraits first. Siblings should be in the shooting area for their portion of the session only. Please try to have someone to help occupy them when their portion is complete.

  • Because I don't work with an assistant, mom or dad may need to help “spot” baby for one or two poses.

  • Be prepared to feed baby during the session. If possible, bottles are great for feeding while posing so as not to disturb baby.

A Word About Outfits

Neutral colored shirts are encouraged for family members. When thinking about what to wear for your family photos, the important thing to remember is that solid colors and subtle prints are preferred—simpler is always better. My color palette is generally light: creams, whites, and neutrals, if you'd like to coordinate with the rest of the session.


Avoid words or pictures on shirts as they can be distracting. Coordinating colors help the image to look cohesive and eliminate distractions so the eye is drawn to your beautiful faces!

Dress for success—when in doubt, dress up. You can never go wrong when you look sharp. There are tons of inspiration outfits on Pinterest if you’re stumped on what to wear. Check out some of my favorites here.


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Austin  |  Round Rock  |  Georgetown  |  Pflugerville  |  Cedar Park  |  Leander  |  Hutto  |  Lakeway  |  Dripping Springs

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