How to Prepare for a Newborn Session

  • The best piece of advice is to schedule the session as soon as possible, so the photos can be taken as young as possible! The ideal age for newborn portraits falls within the first two weeks of life.  The younger they are the more they will sleep which makes posing them much easier. If you miss this window of time, do not stress – they will be equally cute and photograph fine at an older ages, it may change the style of poses a bit, since they’ll likely be bigger and more alert.
  • Please block off about four – five hours of your schedule on our session date and do not schedule any appointments or plans immediately afterwards. It should not take this long to finish the session but we are on the baby’s terms as far as what we can accomplish and if we have to rush through it, we may not achieve all the looks and poses we are going for. thank you 🙂
  • Feeding the baby right around the scheduled start time is recommended.  In order to keep them happy, we will likely take breaks along the way to feed them again but starting out full is always best!
  • Try not to drink caffeine the morning of the session, if you’re breastfeeding that day – it will wake you up but it also keep the baby up! Also, if you’re breastfeeding – avoid spicy foods the night before and day of the session, since this can upset the baby’s stomach.

STUDIO SESSIONS:

  • Many of the photos are taken without clothes but if there is a specific outfit you would like the baby to wear, try to have it on them before the scheduled session. That way we won’t have to wake them up to change them, just to try to make them fall back asleep for the photos.
  • I supply everything we need however, personal props can be used and often make for some very cute and interesting photos. If there are any specific outfits or props you like, please bring them along and we will do our best to incorporate your ideas into our poses!
  • Dogs are welcome! I know how much people love their dogs in portraits, so if you’re up for it and you think they’d do well at the session, feel free to bring them along.

Items you may want to bring to your studio newborn session:

  • Bottle + formula (If you use it)
  • Pacificer
  • Extra set of clothes for the baby, siblings and/or parents
  • Grooming items for parents (brush, makeup, toiletries etc.)
  • Any props/hats/blankets etc that you may want to use, but I have everything we need!

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FAQ’S

Do you have a studio?
Yes! All newborn portrait sessions will take place inside of my beach cottage studio located right across from the North Beach, MD boardwalk. This space is set up and perfect for photographing newborns, small children and their families. There are many benefits of shooting in a studio and I have everything we need right there, all you need to do is show up!  If we also want to do a few poses outdoors, there are a variety of backdrops right outside the studio doors that we can also take advantage of.

How long does a portrait session typically last?
studio newborn sessions: 3-4 hours

maternity, babies, kids and families: 1-2 hours

How long will it take to see my photos?
I always share one preview right away and your full gallery is typically posted 10-14 days after the session.

How long is my online gallery available?
All orders must be place within 10 days of receiving your online gallery. Once an order has been placed, the gallery will remain online indefinitely.

Will my photos print with the “little dunks photo” logo on them?
If you order a digital collection or prints from your gallery, there will be no logo on them. The logo is only for display online.

What is your style of newborn photography?
Studio newborn sessions primarily focus on the new baby, with a full set of posed portraits which includes props, blankets, baskets etc. I do not pose the baby in positions that are unnatural or heavily photo-shopped, I will only work them into poses they can achieve on their own. If there are siblings, I will always include a set of the newborn with them, as well as a set with the parents.

Lifestyle newborn sessions are shot in your home, in a posed but more photojournalistic style.

What should I wear to my portrait session?
I encourage you to dress in a style that you feel represents who you are as a person. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t wear it because that will come across in your portraits. Solid and neutral colors  (black, white, navy, cream etc.) often work well for a family being photographed with newborn babies. Having an extra outfit or shirt for parents of newborns and the babies and toddlers themselves, is never a bad idea, either 🙂

For inspiration, I have created a board on Pinterest that shows many family outfit ideas: www.pinterest.com/dunksphoto/family-session-what-to-wear/

What kind of camera gear do you have?
I use Canon cameras, flashes and lenses and have back ups of everything!

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