now that you're booked in, you're probably asking yourself, "now what?"
I've created this guide to give you some tips and tricks to help you prepare. But don't worry, I'm with you every step of the way!
preparing for the shoot
The day of the shoot, we want everyone to be as stress-free as possible! Make sure you have all of your outfits prepared and ready the day before. If you're wearing something from my Client Closet, I suggest wearing something easy to get in an out of, just to keep things on schedule.
Let's be real, it's almost ALWAYS the Mama that books the sessions and the ones that I have all the communication with prior to the shoot. So, often Dads can get what I call the "grumpy Dad syndrome " haha, where they kind of feel like they're being dragged to the shoot and are just "showing up". This can bring down the whole vibe of your session. Try to have your spouse involved in the process(whatever gender they are), so whether that's helping with outfits or just getting baby ready! It also helps to remind that this is supposed to be fun! Have fun and love on each other like you would if I wasn't there!
You'll want to have everything that you'll need for baby nearby and handy so that is available right when you need it! This includes all outfits, diapers, wipes, burping cloths and bottles if needed. I aways recommend putting lotion on baby, especially if they have dry skin.
getting your home "photo ready"
Prior to the shoot you'll want to make sure the surroundings that we are shooting in are clean and free of clutter (this is generally the living room and nursery, but sometimes other bedrooms or kitchen depending on lighting). Dont worry, it doesn't need to look like a magazine! However, we do want the focus to be on the family and not distracting objects that catch our eye. So this means tucking away any knick knacks that you wouldn't want in photos, full laundry hampers, brightly coloured objects, if you're unsure about anything, just ask me:)
during the shoot
It's photo time yay! So when I first get there I'll do a quick tour to check out all the areas. I will arrive in a mask and have hand sanitizer on me, and if you allow me I will wash my hands.
Shooting spots will be based on lighting, generally we would do most shots in nursery, living room and parents room. We will mostly be sticking close to a window for that gorgeous natural light. I will have a step ladder with me to be able to get some above shots, but it may also be necessary for me to step on the bed above you/baby, don't worry, safety comes first!
We will do a variety of different poses, and I will lead you every step of the way! I will do a lot of detailed shots of baby, so fingers and toes, nose, eyes, etc. I will need to get close to baby for this is you are comfortable. Don't be afraid to give baby lots of loves and kisses, even if I don't ask, love on your baby :). Nothing will be rushed, we will take our time and stop for feeding and burping, whatever baby needs!
You can expect the shoot to be up to 2 hours long, but this just depends on. baby. If baby is super happy and easygoing it will take less time.