WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR IN-HOME SESSION AND HOW TO PREP FOR IT!
Hello! Excited for your session! I'm here to get you ready and comfortable to have a wonderful experience and make awesome photos! Our style of photo taking is more about connection, interaction, and cuddling- all with our help directing it. Rather than just "say cheese" kind of photos. I know everyone appreciates a good look-at-the-camera photo, (I do too!) and we do take those, but I assume you hired us because you were drawn to our style! So let me help you get more comfortable!
As for newborn photos, our style is photographing your family and baby in the comfort of your home, in your environment, just loving on each other and doing your thing. A mix of directed family photos, and candid. But I am always there to help. This session is not like that of a studio photographer who wraps the baby tightly, poses, and uses props. We try to keep it as natural as possible.
It is 100% OK and welcomed for you to look at and interact with each other. Mom and Dad love on each other, admire your kiddos together, admire that sweet new baby. Interact with one another. Hug each other. Pull one you love in close. Tickle someone. Kiss someone on the head. Honestly, the more you interact with each other, the more fun you will have and the less you will notice that I am there!
WHAT YOU CAN DO DURING YOUR SESSION:
*Pretend I am not there!
*Look at each other instead of the camera.
*Interact, be playful and cuddly.
*Fill in any gaps. Space between you looks like cold and uncomfortable body language. Closeness speaks love and connection.
WHAT I WILL DO DURING YOUR SESSION:
*I will lightly pose you and direct you, however much or however little you may need. I will actually place your hands and arms myself if need be, or show you examples of what I mean!
*I will help you or direct you to tuck babies legs and arms up comfortably when holding him/her, so baby is snuggled well!
*I will show you where to "fill in your gaps". The gaps are usually between each other's hips, and between your heads. I'll show ya where to squish close, or where to rest your heads on each other. especially when there is a height difference!
*I will prompt you with actions that bring natural reactions to follow!
*I will prompt you with questions or silly games to invite connection.
*I will remind you to pause, soak in the real, beautiful moments that are happening right then with your family.
*I will be playful with your other kiddos to help them feel comfortable & included.
*I will give you the time you need to nurse/feed and change baby!
*In your home, I will be looking for the most light to shoot in! Whichever room offers the most window light and is available for getting cozy in, will be best. If your home is darker, we can shoot very close to a window and use pockets of light. Keep in mind that in a darker home when staying near to windows, to expect a moodier style of photos, rather than bright, light and white!
*If we are using a large bed for the family to cuddle on, consider that a busy patterned comforter can be distracting. If you have a white/off white or neutral throw blanket that can be thrown over, let's use it!
*If there is anything too distracting in the frame of photo taking, I may ask to move it. :)
*Keep your home warm enough for baby to be comfortable!
*Set aside the items you would like to use for baby. Light blanket, sets of cozy neutral clothing, bows, hats.
*I will ask if you would prefer to start with just baby/mom and baby first, then add in dad and other children, OR start with the whole family and then let any other children go play while we photograph baby/mom and baby. Whichever way you think is more helpful for your other children!
Don't you worry! I will be sure to get you looking at the camera as well if you appreciate those types of photos! I will direct you to still have closeness and even snuggling during these types of photos. It elevates the image to another level, rather than having stiffness in your photos! I am so ready to create with you! You are going to do amazing!