Bringing home a new baby is such an exciting time! It’s so important to capture every little wrinkle, roll, and “smush” possible since they change so very quickly, and I can’t wait to preserve these memories for you!
WHEN TO SCHEDULE
Capture your due date as soon as possible since baby session time slots are limited. Most sessions are booked sometime during the fifth month of pregnancy, but don’t be afraid to schedule eight months in advance! Newborns are photographed between 6-10 days old. That perfect time frame is a time when they’re still comfortable being posed in “womb-like” positions, but aren’t startled easily or totally aware yet of surrounding noises. They’re usually still quite happy to eat and sleep, which is the perfect time for portraits!
WHERE IS THE STUDIO?
Sessions take place at my home studio in Klein, TX near the Champion Forest area. For security reasons, the address will be given once the session fee has been paid and the contract has been signed.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Newborn portrait sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on how the baby is sleeping, feeling, and feeding.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring diapers and a pacifier as baby sometimes will need to use it to relax into a deep sleep. Please also bring any feeding equipment that may be needed (bottles, formula) as babies usually have at least one or two feeding breaks. If you forget a pacifier, no worries! I have a few extra that are brand new and still in the package that I can boil for you while you're feeding at the beginning of the session.
WHO CAN COME?
Due to the small studio space and multiple pieces of equipment/props, only the ones being photographed may come to the session. There simply is not enough room for several people and all of the studio equipment. As much fun as it can be for grandparents and best friends, please have them wait for the final results to see the images.
The portion of the session that includes siblings is done first while they are more likely to be cooperative. Their world has changed within the last week of baby's arrival, and it's not uncommon for them to want to cling to mom for portraits. This is okay!! They will eventually come around and be camera ready. We definitely don't want to push them into something that can be terrifying for little ones. It’s very important to make the older sibling feel included, and there’s no shortage of “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” for them here at the studio! Once the portion of the session involving siblings is complete, someone will need to be available to take siblings out for a treat or even to the neighborhood park. Siblings cannot stay in studio for the newborn’s solo images. Babies are more comfortable with a quiet and calm environment, and siblings tend to get very bored with the lengthy baby sessions. This is also helpful for mom to relax, which, in turn, also helps baby to relax.
WHAT TO WEAR
If parent/sibling poses are planned, please bring one backup portrait outfit as things beyond our control can sometimes happen to our clothes on the car ride to the session. If parent/sibling poses are not planned, please dress comfortably as the room may be quite warm for baby’s comfort. Feel free to wear yoga pants and a tank top, or shorts and a t-shirt. There is absolutely no judgment here! I will always be in athletic wear for newborn sessions due to the increased temperature of the room.
Newborn posing props are provided by me. I have a collection of beautiful buckets, crates, bowls, etc for prop images. I prefer the focus to be on the baby rather than a bunch of props that may take attention away. If you have a small personal item (baseball, sentimental fabric, blanket, etc) that you would like photographed, please let me know ahead of time so that proper planning may be done to ensure a gorgeous image. Large props (anything larger than a basketball) will not be added into an image as they will dwarf the baby and take over the image. We definitely want everyone to see your precious baby rather than a "Spalding" logo.
I don't recommend store-bought clothing for portraits as the clothing can sometimes be quite bulky on a newborn. I will almost always wrap a baby for family, sibling, or parent images in a wrap that coordinates with the clothing of those in the image.
Nude images may be shot upon request, but if nude images are desired, please bring at least two other outfits that you would be happy being photographed in as poop accidents can happen without any notice, and we definitely don't want to ruin your outfit of choice in the first image!
While every effort is made to give new parents the poses they desire, not every baby is flexible in the same way. Some babies cannot do certain poses, and since baby’s safety comes first and foremost, they will not be forced into any pose that they aren’t comfortable doing, period. In the spirit of doing only natural poses with babies, Jolene Haas Photography, LLC does NOT do the "froggy" pose with baby's head resting on their hands supported by their elbows. This pose is created by merging two images together in Photoshop, but requires assistance from someone else to properly support baby during shooting.
Jolene Haas Photography, LLC is extremely cautious with the safety of all newborns. Some portraits that look as if the baby is supporting itself are actually a composite of two or more images of a supported baby carefully pieced together. Please know that I would never put a baby in an unsupported pose that could potentially harm a baby...ever.
Upon arrival, I will ask mom to feed the baby in only a diaper while draped with a blanket regardless of the last time they ate. Babies are much happier and more likely to cooperate with full tummies, so we definitely want to keep them happy for their session!
Babies poop…a lot. Don’t feel bad if your baby relieves him/herself on my props or myself. It happens quite often, and there’s nothing to feel bad about. Everything that I lay a nude baby upon can be machine washed, so there is no need to worry. Most images are captured with a strategically hidden diaper, but there are some poses that require a nude baby. Trust me when I say, "It's just baby poop." It won't be the first or last time it happens, and it always washes out.
There is so much that goes into a newborn session while a client is here, but there are also hours of editing that goes on behind the scenes as well. Approximately 1-2 weeks after your portrait session, we will meet again for our purchasing appointment where you will be able to order your albums, story boxes, canvases, and more.
Congratulations on your impending arrival, and I can’t wait to create your baby’s very first portraits for you! It’s such a magical time, and I’m so thrilled that you’ve chosen Jolene Haas Photography, LLC as your photographer!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'd be more than happy to assist you!