BABY ***MUST*** BE KEPT AWAKE FOR 1-2 HOURS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE and ***kept awake in carseat on the drive if possible***
no matter if baby is a good sleeper or not
Even if baby is regularly a good sleeper, the newborn studio is a new environment. Babies tend to be more alert and unsettled in a place with new smells, textures, and vibes. Completing these steps ensures best results.
Feed baby at the ***two hours before you need to leave***, then WAIT to feed baby again until you arrive at the studio.
THE BEST WAYs TO KEEP BABY AWAKE:
lotion full body
lay baby flat on back and keep arms legs moving enough to engage reflexes
hold baby sitting up on your lap as if to burp, move baby into a laying flat on back position on your lap while supporting head, then move back into the burping position
allow fussing without soothing, but don't let baby get to the point of screaming or appearing panicked
IMPORTANT: If breast feeding, DO NOT GIVE FORMULA unless directed by your doctor. Adding formula to "help baby sleep" usually just ends in an upset stomach and fussy baby.
Dress baby in an outfit that snaps or zips down the front -- DO NOT PICK AN OUTFIT THAT HAS TO GO OVER THE HEAD as these are more difficult to get off, which causes baby to wake up and get upset.
If your baby has a strong urge to suck, generally we do need a pacifier to get the majority of the naked poses, simply because of the closeness of the hands to the mouth.
Without a pacifier, we may not be able to get shots that you are wanting, or meet the minimum of digital images. Unfortunately, there are no refunds in this situation. If you do prefer not to use a pacifier under any circumstances, please let me know so I can be sure to have plenty of swaddled setups ready to go at your session.
For babies without a strong urge to suck, pacifiers are generally not needed, regardless, when baby is prepped as outlined in this guide.
But if you’re noticing that baby is always wanting to get his hands in his mouth, wants to be on the breast ALL the time, or even is developing blisters on his hands from sucking on them so hard, this means he has a strong urge to suck. It may be his preferred method of soothing, or it may just be a cute personality quirk.
The good news is that babies with such a strong urge to suck generally don’t have any issues with nipple confusion. Many midwives aren’t concerned with the use of pacifiers for “suckers.” I’ve also never seen a “sucker” NOT go to the breast during a session after he’s had a pacie, and I've had 100s of babies in the studio — if anything is by his mouth, he WANTS it bad, and will do anything to latch!
MUST ARRIVE AT THE STUDIO 30 MINUTES BEFORE SESSION
(address/parking/instructions at the end of guide)
FEED BABY UPON ARRIVAL WITH BABY ***IN JUST A DIAPER*** TO ALLOW TIME FOR CLOTHING MARKS ON SKIN TO FADE BEFORE PICTURES; please keep baby under a thick, warm blanket.
Feed baby until baby is completely done. It's ok to go for however long it takes, we're on THEIR schedule now! ;) When baby is done eating, leave baby in a diaper and hold baby covered loosely with a blanket. You will be carrying baby up to the studio in your arms to avoid ticking him off by going back in the carseat. ;)
TEXT ME AT THIS POINT AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHICH WAY TO HEAD: 260-418-1110
DO NOT LEAVE THE LOBBY, as I am on another floor and will not be able to find you. There is a bathroom in the lobby behind the stairs.
SIBLINGS: PHOTOGRAPHED WITH BABY AT THE END OF THE SESSION
If older siblings will be joining us, please keep in mind that my studio space is small, and young ones can feel a little pent up after a while. Its fine to have grandma bring them a little later, or let them walk around the building with dad. There's a burger joint on the first floor that's a great place to get some fries for a snack. We're also just a block from the canal, and a few blocks from the circle if dad and the kids want to go on an adventure.
Dress kids in simple clothing. Jeans and a white shirt for girls, and shirtless with jeans for boys is my favorite.
NOTE: please be sure to plan for pictures with siblings at THE END OF THE SESSION -- leave them home and have them be dropped off later if needed. Due to the nature of newborn sessions, I need to do baby first while he/she is the most sleepy.
PARENTS: PHOTOGRAPHED WITH BABY AT THE END OF THE SESSION
Light, summer clothing in white or gray is the best, all year round. The studio is kept at 80 degrees to keep baby from getting chilled. So heavy clothing for you and dad will NOT be comfortable. Feel free to come in pjs or yoga pants and change at the studio. I'll be barefoot in leggings and a baggy workout shirt looking like a hot mess, so you won't be out of place! ;)
Whites, grays, and blacks are my favorite. You can mix and match or coordinte.
Moms, flowy dressed or tops are an awesome option, as they're forgiving. However pictures will mostly be from the ribs up.
GETTING TO THE STUDIO
The studio is located at 1060 N CAPITOL AVE. Parking is metered, be sure to put in 3.5 hours. The best place to park is close to the main entrance on Capitol on either side of the street, however parking is also along both sides of Senate and 11th.
PLEASE ENTER AT THE LOBBY CIRCLED IN THE PICTURE ABOVE. This is on the north end of Capitol and says "LOBBY ENTRANCE" in gold letters on the glass door.