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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.

What to Expect

All props, wardrobe, styling and set-up are provided with your session fee. Space heaters, warmers, a face mask and hand sanitizer are always used with the utmost consideration for your little one’s safety. Session times usually range from 2-3 hours. I will be handling the baby the entire time unless feeding is needed, and sometimes even then.

Before Your Session

  • Try to push a feeding until 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.

  • 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 sponge bath!

  • When dressing baby for the session, only a diaper is needed—I’ll provide everything else. Depending on the temperature, you can wrap baby in a blanket. **Avoid clothing that pulls over their head and skip socks/mittens until after the session.

  • Set your thermostat to 76-78 degrees. I'll bring a space heater to make it even warmer in the shooting area for baby's comfort.

Things to Have Ready

  1. Milk/bottles/nursing accessories
    Babies tend to eat more often than usual during their sessions.

  2. Pacifier with nothing attached 
    I know this is a sensitive request for some, but I promise usage will be too minimal to cause nipple confusion. A pacifier is HIGHLY encouraged and can sometimes make or break a session, but I will always respect your preferences for your baby.

  3. Diapers/wipes

  4. Plush blankets

  5. Activities and snacks for older siblings

Preparing for Family Portraits

  • Dress in solid, neutral/muted colors with a flattering fit. Avoid excess fabric, logos, patterns and the color yellow. Most family pictures are very tightly framed to focus on baby. Jewelry should be minimal. Check out some outfit inspiration here.

  • Toddlers and young children will be photographed at the beginning of the session and may intermittently join back in at certain times. Otherwise, parent or family poses will be done at the end of the session. Alternatively, you can have another caregiver occupy older children until the end of the session to avoid restlessness.

  • You’ll have around an hour to finish getting ready while I photograph the baby.