Frequently Asked Questions – Newborns

Congratulations on your pregnancy and your little one! To me, there is nothing more magical than capturing your baby's first coos.. their first smiles.. their complete adorableness. As a mom of two, I know they grow up so fast! Photographs are the best way to treasure these moments forever.  To better prepare you and your family for your portraits, here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

How old should my newborn be for the session?

If you are currently pregnant, schedule your newborn's session now (I am flexible around your due date). Newborn portraits are usually scheduled within the first two weeks of life.  It may seem early to some moms, but trust me, it's worth it.  The session is best during this time for a few reasons:

- the baby is at his/her sleepiest state (16-17 hours of sleep per day). 

- it's right before the onset of baby acne (occurs in the 3rd/4th week).

‚Äč- the baby hasn't developed colic yet.

- it's the easiest time to "mold & fold" the baby into those adorable baby poses!

Baby on belly looking at the camera on a pink blanket

My baby is a few weeks old, is it too late?

Though newborn sessions are best during the first two weeks of life, the answer is no! It's never too late for photographs of your little one.  There may be limits on certain baby poses but I'll be able to capture big smiles and more of their personalities.  These cuties are only this tiny once, so as they say, "better late than never"!

Where do sessions take place?

Mommies, this is the best part.. I COME TO YOU! I know how exhausting it can be right after the arrival of a little one.  There is just nothing like the comfort of your own home.  It's so stress-free to know you don't have to leave your home or pack everything up and take your baby out. Just relax, I'll take care of everything.  All you have to do is grab a cup of tea, sit back in your jammies, and watch me capture these tender moments.  

Newborn photographer on location studio setup

My living space isn’t very big or bright, is that ok?

It's not a problem at all!  I don't need a lot of space and I bring studio lights in case I need more light. Photographing sessions in and around Boston, I am adaptable and have a lot experience shooting in many different types of spaces, big or small, light or dark.

Can my significant other, siblings, and pets be part of the session?

ABSOLUTELY!  These are your family keepsakes; they will be treasured forever.  I encourage parents and fur-babies to be part of the session.  Most mommies don't feel very comfortable being photographed during these long, tiring days and that's ok.  Some moms are.  I want you to feel completely comfortable either way.  Though I do find even shy moms change their mind at the end of the session and we always end up getting a few beautiful images with the mama and baby.  :)

Newborn baby in a blue wrap on grey blanket

What do I have to provide?

Just the baby!  

It's just that easy.  I provide everything for the baby.   I bring an assortment of blankets, wraps, hats, etc that match your style and favorite color schemes.  

How long do sessions take?

Newborn portraits average about 2-3 hours.  I go with the baby's flow and try to make it extra cozy and relaxing for you and the baby.  I want to make sure little ones are happy and comfortable. There is also plenty of time for soothing, diaper changes, and extra feedings.  After your session, it will take about an hour for me to help you pick your art and digitals.

Is there anything I should prepare?

Before photo day, families complete a quick homework assignment to help me customize their session.  I send each family a prep list to ensure a smooth and fun session.  See the full prep list here

What should I wear?

Moms should  wear something that makes them feel beautiful and comfortable (after all.. you just had a little one!).  Overall, solid and light colored tops flatter moms and help create a whimsical feel.

 Solid colors such as creams, light grays, and light pastels help in keeping focus on your expressions and the moment.  A long flowy dress is also a beautiful option. Dads can wear a solid shirt that compliments mom's top.  A subtle pattern on dad's shirt can add interest.

Mom holding newborn baby in pink wrap in studio portrait

Anything else I should keep in mind?

If you have any other questions or special requests, please don't be shy...let me know! I want you and your baby to have the most memorable and satisfying experience from start to finish especially since these timeless photographs will be keepsakes and will be cherished for years to come.

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