To ensure a spot on the JLP calendar, make sure to book your session prior to your baby’s birth! Once your contract and retainer has been received, I will pencil you in and we will finalize the specific day for your session when your baby is born. Newborn sessions are held in the morning, typically at 9:00 am, and last up to two hours.
Newborn sessions should ideally be scheduled within the first 12 days after birth. This is when they are at their most sleepy and content! Newborn sessions can be scheduled up to four weeks after their birth but usually don’t have as many sleepy shots, since your baby will be much more active even just a week or two older.
If you have booked a full family newborn session, I suggest coordinating colors with your family and avoiding logos, patterns, or distracting neons. Simple white, gray, and black clothing photographs beautifully, as do muted neutrals, creams, beige, etc.
As for baby, I mostly work with newborns in just their diaper, naked, or a form fitting onesie. Please bring the baby either in a zippered/button down sleeper for ease of removal or a plain wrinkle-free white onesie. I keep the studio very warm for newborn sessions (80-85 degrees), as it helps your baby feel cozy and relaxed. This is quite warm for us adults, so keep that in mind when selecting your own outfit.
Mom and dad should also bring a change of clothes just in case baby decides to spit up or pee on you at some point during the session. This is extremely common during these sessions so it’s best to be prepared!
If you have scheduled a full family session that includes older siblings, I will photograph them first with the baby, as well as all group family shots. In terms of styling for siblings, comfort is key! Siblings should wear coordinated clothes similar to the rest of the family. Form fitted, white, and cream always look great. Lace and simple cotton dresses on little girls are classic and beautiful options. Try to avoid bulky layers that bunch up or may make the children too warm. Little boys are perfect in simple khakis or jeans and a white polo or t-shirt.
Due to the duration of the session, once the older kids are done with their photos (typically the first 30 minutes), please have arrangements made for siblings to be taken home so we can focus on you and your newborn without distractions. As we all know, kids get bored fast and won’t want to sit quietly while the remaining photos happen. Siblings are typically only at the studio for the first 30 minutes at most. If you would prefer Dad takes the kids home, we can also do his photos with baby at the beginning of the session before they leave.
THE DAY OF YOUR SESSION
Do your best to keep the baby awake for at least an hour prior to your session. Giving baby a bath is a great way to keep them alert and get them ready for their photos at the same time!
Please make sure to feed baby immediately prior to your arrival. If you are traveling 30 minutes or more to the studio, it is best to wait and feed baby at the studio. This will help ensure your little one is well feed, burped, and content during our time together!
If your baby uses a pacifier, have one on hand. If you are nursing, feel free to do so in the studio or bring a bottle. I will have coffee, water, and light snacks available, as well.
Please do not worry about stopping for a break if baby needs soothing or to be fed! I will provide extra time as needed to keep everything as easygoing and stress-free as possible.
GETTING TO THE STUDIO
The JLP studio is located at my home at 70 Simsbury Manor Drive, Weatogue, CT. When you arrive, please park on the street and head back to the large studio in my backyard, directly behind my driveway.
I hope these tips help! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I can’t wait to capture special memories for your family soon!
Jaclyn Laura Photography is a premiere newborn, baby, and children’s photographer based out of Simsbury, CT. She serves the Greater Hartford and Farmington Valley areas including Avon, CT, Granby, CT, West Hartford, CT, Hartford, CT, Farmington, CT, Canton, CT, Newington, CT, Barkhamsted, CT, Torrington, CT, Unionville, CT, Bloomfield, CT, Glastonbury, CT, Manchester, CT, and Wethersfield, CT.