•  I need to arrive at their sleepiest time – so keep an eye on their “new” schedule and we will figure out the best time to come.
  • We will be shooting in the room with the most available natural light so make sure the room is clear and clean
  • Have that room warmed up with a space heater and/or turn your air up so that the room temperature is nice and warm. Keep in mind that this is usually difficult for a new mom to gauge, since we are still so warm from baby.
  • I will bring a heating pad and white noise machine should you not have one
  • Please have some music picked out and turned on in the room (I like white noise and music for as much ambient noise as possible so that nothing disturbs baby)
  • Try to feed baby (if schedule allows) 30 minutes or so prior to my arrival
  • Baby should be only in a diaper when I arrive, that way we do not have to disrupt him/her by undressing them
  • Have all items that you are interested in using in the shoot out and ready for me to sort through:  baskets, blankets, hats, headbands, etc.
  • Make sure nursery is nice and tidy, should we do photos of baby in there
  • If you would like to be in images with your baby, make sure to look nice and wear colors that compliment your setting.  I suggest beautiful light colors for a soft and gentle look.
  • I don’t always have an assistant available so I may need help. It would be great if Dad is around – I don’t want Mom to be working too hard.
  • Be prepared for explosions of all kinds.  Poop, pee and spit up may go flying or spraying on anything around. (I get peed on a lot! ) Let’s have burp cloths, wipes and clean up stuff out and ready!
  • Get ready to LOVE your baby even more, watching them sleep is such a beautiful thing. However, don’t be surprised if it takes them a good while to get into “baby model mode.”  They aren’t used to being handled this much! (I hear a lot of, “They aren’t usually like this.”  Well, they aren’t usually picked up every few minutes and posed on props.  Eventually they get so tuckered out, they don’t notice.

Adapted From Blog Post by Arden Prucha Photography