Here you will find all the info you need to prepare for your newborn session.  My hope is that you will be as prepared as you can for your session. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to shoot me an email. I look forward to capturing you and yours soon! 

Michigan Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Mom and Newborn
Michigan Lifestyle Newborn Photographer
Michigan Newborn Photographer
Michigan Lifestyle Newborn Photographer Dad and Newborn

Day Of The Session: When I arrive, I will walk around your home and scout out the best lit areas for family and sibling shots. I often use the couch, master bed, and nursery  for photos.  Please don't feel like you have to clean the house before I arrive.  We can easily clean up an area that we want to use for photos. 

Your Baby:  Your newborn is perfect just the way he or she is.  I don't try and make babies sleep or place them in unnatural poses.  I suggest you have your newborn in a simple onesie that is form fitting with no graphics or words.  Sometimes this means you will need a preemie or newborn sized onesie.   Also, please gather a few favorite swaddle blankets for baby to be wrapped in. I recommend feeding the baby as much as he or she wants about fifteen minutes prior to my arrival. Newborn sessions can take some time, that is okay.   We let the baby guide the session.  What is important is that we capture this beautiful time in your life.

Siblings:  I understand how big this change is for the siblings in the house.  It is best to prepare the sibling for the session by telling him or her that a friend is coming to visit and take some photos of your family.  It is always best not to surprise them.  I usually try and get sibling and family photos right at the start because the sibling may lose interest in me quickly.  I have no major expectations for the siblings and will never force them into doing anything they aren't comfortable with.  If the siblings  are not being cooperative, please do not worry.  Try not to stress out about your child's behavior during the session.  I know it can be difficult and frustrating if they are misbehaving.  I promise your photographs will be 10x better if you can keep your cool, smile, and go with the flow :)

Mom & Dad:  You are going to be thrilled and exhausted.  You will likely be experiencing the highest highs and perhaps some of the lowest lows.  Having a new baby is hard and wonderful all at the same time.  My job is not to make this time in your life look perfect, my job is to show you just how beautiful it is.  I want you to be relaxed and at ease when I am photographing your family.  You don't need to be anything but yourself.  

Wardrobe:  Your wardrobe should reflect who you are.  I recommend neutral colors and comfort for newborn sessions.  Stay away from bright colors because those can reflect on the babies' skin.  I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating.  I am currently offering personalized styling that is quick, easy, and can be done from your couch (yesss!)  It is super simple – go to https://styleandselect.com/questionnaire/, enter access code 7516o448, and fill out the short questionnaire about your family, the colors you want to wear, and the vibe of clothes you’d like to see – and voila!  The results page shows you tons of options for each family member that would look great. You can view the outfits side-by-side once you have favorited your pieces.  Click the email button to send yourself the selected items or shop for the clothes right away by clicking the shopping cart buttons (ps. you probably have similar pieces in your closet right now!) The site is an amazing visual tool to see what looks great together. No more running store to store and no more guessing what will look good the day of your session!  As always, I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe if you are interested.  Just let me know :)

Post-Session Expectations: Within 3 weeks of your session, a private, password protected gallery will be available to view your images.  Images will be included in both color and black and white.  Your gallery will be available for viewing and downloading for 4 weeks.  You may share your gallery link with family and friends.  Please back-up your files.

Session Fee:  A Deposit Invoice and Remaining Balance Invoice will be emailed via Square (check your junk box!)  Please pay the Deposit Invoice ASAP.  The Remaining Balance Invoice is not due until the day of your session.

Session Form:  Please fill out the session form HERE.  This will provide me with a little more information about your family and ensure we are on the same page. 

Feel free to email with any questions you might have. Thank you and I look forward to capturing you soon!