*Please be sure to follow these guidelines to help ensure the most successful session.
Due to the need for a quiet environment, I ask that you bring only your spouse and that you leave siblings at home. The environment should be very calm and peaceful, and the more people there are, the more tension the baby senses.
Jaundice: If your baby has jaundice or is still yellow from jaundice it is best we wait until it is out of his/her system. Jaundice is very hard to edit out of skin due to the yellow/red blotchiness it causes as it is leaving their system. Jaundice is typically gone by week 2.
Caffeine: Please DO NOT drink caffeine 72 hours prior to your session if you are breastfeeding. Debbie has seen a difference in those that are getting caffeine thru mother’s breast milk. Babies who are affected by caffeine tend to be very jumpy, tense and alert.
Gas:If you are breastfeeding and your baby has gas issues, please abstain from eating the following 72 hours before your session: dairy products — milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein in it. Other foods that may cause gas and fussiness include anything with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, citrus fruits and prenatal vitamins containing iron.
Pacifier: Please bring a pacifier even if your baby doesn’t currently take one. I highly recommend the Soothie pacifier, especially if you are nursing as it provides the least nipple confusion. Additionally the Soothie pacifier is the perfect choice for newborn sessions, as it does not leave red marks around baby’s mouth like other pacifiers do. Even if you do not plan on using a pacifier at home I ask that you bring one to use for just a few hours during the session, as it will help me soothe your baby during posing. A baby’s natural born instinct is to pacify and sometimes not having a pacifier to help baby soothe will make or break a session.
It’s best to start on a full belly so feeding him/her right before you put them in the car seat to head my way is best; please make sure your baby has a good burp before placing them in their car seat so gas doesn’t settle on the drive here.
Please dress baby in a button down outfit (pajamas are preferred, no onesies, please) so Debbie does not have to pull anything over their head while undressing them.
Please file the baby’s nails to ensure that they don’t scratch their little faces. The best files are the cheap emery boards you can get Wal-Mart, Target or Walgreen's. Because baby’s nails are so thin and fragile, we do not recommend you clip them with clippers.
It is crucial to keep the baby awake for the majority of the morning before the shoot; at LEAST 90 minutes. Without this we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them. A bath or getting them naked usually helps in keeping them awake.
If you are already supplementing – the feeding just before the session is one to do this for. Formula sits heavier on the belly and they sleep better. However, I am a strong advocate for breastfeeding and in no way say to do this if you do not already need to supplement.
You might want to have a change of clothes, as it is almost impossible to avoid accidents or getting wet with a naked baby.
Sessions can take up to 3 hours even with a sleepy baby. Debbie works very slowly to ensure that your baby is always comfortable. There is a sofa in the studio for you and all of our parents take this time to sit back, relax and enjoy having a babysitter for a few hours. :)
The room will be set between 80-85 degrees for baby so please dress accordingly.
The images on my website are a result of parents that followed these instructions. Keeping baby awake before the session makes all of the difference in your session and the poses we are able to capture. Some mom’s don’t think they need to keep baby awake because baby sleeps all day. But they have to remember they sleep all day at home swaddled, or while nursing, etc. During the session baby is being messed with and posed. We need to ensure baby is in a deep sleep. That is why keeping them awake is a MUST for the most successful session.
Quick Checklist of Items to Bring
Soothie pacifier Diapers & wipes 2 blankets Portable changing pad Extra change of clothes (just in case!) Gas Drops: To ensure your baby remains comfortable throughout their session, please pack a bottle of gas drops just in case, safe for the newest of babies. Debbie will only ask for gas drops if baby is very uncomfortable and cannot release gas thru self-release or burping. Bottled Milk (helpful but optional): If you have introduced a bottle to your baby, this is the preferred method of feeding during the session so we are certain how much baby is receiving. If you are pumping, feel free to bring your pump to the session. We have outlets located near the sofa for your comfort and convenience. If you're exclusively breastfeeding, that's perfectly fine. We will take breaks as we need to.