Lifestyle Newborn Questionnaire
Hello & thank you for choosing me to document such a special season in your life! As we prepare for your session, here is some information about what to expect:
First things first: Please email or text/call me within 24 hours of birth so that we can get your newborn session scheduled! Please remember to fill this questionnaire out before baby is born if possible 🙂
Important tips to help your newborn session run smoothly:
-Babies like to be warm, so make sure your house isn’t cold. Turn off any fans and turn the thermostat up if necessary!
-Try to keep baby awake for at least 1-2 hours before the session. This will ensure they sleep so we can get those adorable sleepy images!
-If your baby uses a pacifier, have it on hand.
The Space: We’ll focus on rooms such as the nursery (if set up), the master bedroom, the living room and any rooms with large windows that provide a lot of light. When I arrive at your home, I’ll take a look around and see what areas might work well due to the natural light available. Below, I will ask you how the natural light is in these rooms, as rooms that have a lot of natural light photograph best for indoor lifestyle sessions. You will want to declutter these spaces before I arrive, but please do not stress about cleaning your entire home as there is no need! If your crib has bumpers, I prefer you remove them for the session if possible – I love to get some shots peeking into the crib.
Feedings: I always build extra time into the session for feeding breaks if necessary. If you’d like breastfeeding images, we will definitely capture those! However, in order to help the session go as smoothly as possible, I ask that you feed baby right before the session so that we can get started photographing your new little one right away- unless you’d like to start with breastfeeding images.
Wardrobe: Clothing choices play a huge role in the overall feel and tone of your photos. I offer a client closet with lots of maxi dresses that look great for newborn sessions. If you’d like to borrow a dress, just let me know!
For mom, I recommend a maxi dress! Maxi dresses look natural to the environment and photograph well for newborn sessions. You will want to avoid bright tones as it can create unnatural skin tones on baby due to the color cast. Please also stay away from loud, busy patterns, logos, and dark colors. Most importantly, you want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you end up choosing. If you want to wear jeans, pair a kimono or something soft with your outfit.
For baby, start with a simple neutral onesie and/or swaddle. I bring blankets, headbands and a few pieces with me to the session if you’d like to use one of those! Don’t worry about styling baby if you don’t want to 🙂
For Dad, go simple and casual! A fitted pair of jeans or chino shorts with a neutral v-neck or henley t-shirt always looks great.
For lifestyle newborn sessions, I like to remind my clients to look at the colors of your home and the rooms we will be photographing in – it works well if your clothing colors and patterns complement each other.
Props: Since my newborn sessions are all about telling an honest story of your growing family, I like to keep props to a minimum. If you have special heirlooms or other things you’d like to include in the session, we will definitely work them into the photographs in natural settings. I do bring blankets and some other accessories to help style the session. If you have questions about including certain items in your photo session, don’t hesitate to contact me!