Read on for how you can prepare and what you can expect from your newborn session with me!
What to Expect
My newborn sessions are relaxed and free flowing with a focus on simplicity, connection and storytelling! Since my central focus is documenting your personal story (lifestyle photography), in these sessions with your newest addition, I strive to capture photographs that convey all the emotions involved in welcoming a newborn into the world, your interactions with your new baby and the rest of your family, and all the tiny little details that are so significant to this time period, so unique to each individual babe, and so quickly changing!
AN AT HOME NEWBORN SESSION
All DVP newborn sessions takes place at your home. Whether that’s a lifestyle session, or a studio style (more about those here), you’ll be able to get all your photos of your new addition right from the comfort of your home.
When I first arrive, I generally ask for a tour of your home. We will chat, go over the details you’d like me to capture for your session, meet your new addition and take some time to make friends with your other children (if applicable). I’ll get familiar with your space, the light in your home, and I’ll discuss my plan for your session. At every newborn session, I follow the baby’s lead leaving lots of time of breaks to change baby’s diaper (newborns poop…a lot…so I like to leave lots of time for this!), feeding breaks, and fussy breaks too. I have a loose order in which I shoot, but I keep that completely flexible depending on feed times, cuddle breaks, and toddlers being toddlers. I give direction and guidance to a point, such as positioning you in the best light, asking you to look at each other, look at your baby, think about certain moments, or provide you with some conversational prompts to elicit those emotions of love and joy surrounding this stage in your life. Mostly I am creating a space and opportunities for connections to happen naturally. We usually focus our time in the master bedroom, nursery and the main living area. If your session takes place during the warmer seasons, and the weather cooperates, we can also take some portraits in your backyard, or porch. If your home doesn’t have a whole lot of natural light or windows, that’s ok too! I have some great quality lighting equipment I can bring with me to enhance what’s there. Just be sure to reach out and express this concern beforehand so I can come prepared.
Wondering how to prepare your home for your session? It’s important to declutter, but don’t stress! I love “lived-in” homes, and photographing you in your natural element is part of the charm of Lifestyle Photography. You don’t want to go overboard cleaning prior to your session. We both know you’re not going to have the time, and much less likely the energy to go nuts dusting or vacuuming. Focus on clearing the areas I mentioned above, so you don’t have anything too distracting in your images. Putting toddler toys away in baskets or buckets, tidying books into piles, hiding tissue boxes and phone chargers, etc. are all great ways to reduce clutter in your photos. The main spaces I generally shoot in during a session are the master bedroom, the nursery and the main living area so these are the areas you should focus on when preparing for your session. Again, if you need some guidance you are more than welcome to send me through some images of your spaces for advice before your session.
Your in-home lifestyle newborn session will generally be about 1.5 – 2 hours in length (alternatively, studio-style and hybrid sessions take approximately 3-4 hours). One of the great things about these lifestyle baby sessions is that we can photograph your new addition anytime in their first few weeks. If you really want photos of your sweet, new baby asleep and dreamy, then it’s best to do your session within the first 7-14 days. If you’re happy with more awake, interactive images of your new baby, a session can take place anytime in the first 4-6 weeks.
What to Wear
This is where almost every client seeks guidance. So if you’re struggling and stressing over what to wear, you’re not alone. And that’s what I’m here for, so don’t sweat it any further!
I offer a full styling service for all my clients, which includes access to my client closet, and a platform where you can design your outfits and pull inspiration from suggested items. In general, I recommend neutral clothing, or maybe some lighter tones with pops of color, and textures, but most importantly, comfortable! I love bright, airy, whites, grays, with some subtle pops of color (a light flowy dress with a flower pattern, or a loose-fitting light colored shirt with some light jeans) and simplicity when it comes to newborn photography. I suggest coordinating over matching your outfits. For baby, you are free to have a few outfit options to use throughout the session, though I will also provide several wraps and accessories to choose from. You may consider a simple swaddle, an outfit with some amazing prints, texture or color, or a cute head piece (bonnet, headband, bow). Your session needs to represent you and your family as honestly as possible. Before your session, feel free to send me photos and ideas and I will be happy to give you wardrobe advice.
For further inspiration, take a peek at my pinterest board for more wardrobe ideas: dacia vu photography.
Clients investment varies, depending on how you’d enjoy your images most after your session (whether digitally, in prints, frames, albums, etc.) I require a retainer to book your session date in advance, and the remaining investment is reserved for after your session, once you’ve seen your gallery of edited images, and can decide on your order options and favorite photos. While I mostly serve Eastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island, I also travel to the surrounding areas for in home newborn sessions. Any location outside a 40 mile radius of Preston, Connecticut will incur a small travel fee.
Once we’ve finished your session, I will sort through all of the images and choose to edit all the very best ones. I love to give you the images where there are beautiful expressions, and priceless moments captured. While I do not edit or share every image from our session, I do strive to deliver the best photo(s) of each pose.
I will aim to have your photos edited and ready within two weeks of your session. We will schedule a viewing and ordering appointment within that time-frame, where you can choose your images and any Art Collections you’d like to purchase. You will receive a print release for any digital files purchased, which allows for your printing at the consumer lab of your choice, but you will have the opportunity to order heirloom quality professional prints through me as well, so you can display and preserve your family’s photographs in the most beautiful way possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read through the details of my newborn sessions. I look forward to connecting with you and discussing your vision for documenting this special time in your lives!
Now that you know a little more about what it’s like to work with me, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out and contact me for further details, with any questions you’d like answered, or to book a session!
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