Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Newborn Photo Sessions: What Every Parent Should Do Before Baby is Born

You’ve done your research, found a newborn photographer you love, and officially booked your newborn session. Congratulations - but don’t kick back and relax just yet! Preparing thoroughly as your due date approaches will ensure a smooth experience at your session and gorgeous photos of your new arrival. Here are four important steps to take ahead of your baby’s birth.

1. Sign a contract

Any professional newborn photographer will ask you to sign a contract to make your agreement official. Contracts should spell out all key details, such as the timing of payments, what’s included in the photographer’s services, and refund/cancellation policies. Read the contract carefully and ask questions about anything that seems unclear.

2. Meet with your photographer in person

It’s important for you to be comfortable with your newborn photographer: the average newborn session is about 3 hours long, and the photographer will be holding, changing, and posing your baby throughout. If at all possible, meet with your chosen photographer face-to-face before your baby is born.

In addition to helping you get to know your photographer, the appointment will give you an opportunity to get familiar with the studio, props, and outfits. This first meeting is the perfect time to share your ideas for the session, discuss favorite colors and styles, and make any special requests.

3. Schedule an approximate date for your session

Unless you’re planning a scheduled C-section, it's difficult to predict your baby's arrival. However, it still helps to have an approximate session date in mind. Knowing your preferred date ahead of time helps your photographer accommodate your needs. Ideally, you should schedule your newborn session while your baby is younger than 2 weeks old.

Your photographer should check in with you when your session date is approaching, giving you an opportunity to reschedule if baby arrives later. If you don’t hear from her, don’t be afraid to reach out - you want to be sure your photographer is available when you need her.

4. Ask about a pre-session questionnaire

Many newborn photographers send clients a pre-session questionnaire, which helps ensure you’
re 100% satisfied with your experience. If your photographer doesn’t have a formal questionnaire, see whether you can email her your ideas and requests. Even if you’ve discussed ideas in person or over the phone, it’s best to have them in writing.

Don’t forget to let your photographer know if you’ll be bringing something to the shoot (e.g. a special family heirloom or a favorite outfit.) And don’t be shy about sharing your ideas - a professional will always happy to try something new. It's your baby and you should love every single photo!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Cake Smash Photography Session

You’ve done it!

You survived your first year of parenthood, and your little baby is becoming a toddler. Celebrate this milestone with a family -- tickles, kisses, and giggles.
“Cake Smash” is a great way to celebrate your baby's 1st birthday! Beautiful outfits, creative setups, quality props, and a fantastic artisan cake! This will be a memory cherished for years, and most likely not only in your house -- I have yet to see a grandparent who would say “No” to a custom print or wall art in their place.
You will be able to use these high-quality images on invitations and/or thank-you cards. Alternatively, if you were looking for a perfect gift -- gift a Cake Smash session, it will be remembered for a long time to come!

Are you curious?

Whether you are strongly interested or researching, just curious or unsure, or even if you were gifted a session -- please, come and meet me at the studio. Once you see the place -- it is much easier to decide whether you want to bring your baby in. You will see examples of finished products and discuss setups, colours, props, outfits, allergies, expectations -- anything you might have on your mind!
Every baby is different and it's very helpful for me, as your photographer, to meet you in advance as well. I would love to know your baby’s habits, what they like and what is to be avoided. What makes them smile or laugh. As a parent you might also want to know me better -- you will be more at ease if you had met me before. This is important as babies sense very well when their parents are “En Garde” and when they are completely relaxed.
We will also check my toddler's closet! I don’t mean to brag (well, maybe a little :)) but there are quite a few oh-so-cute hand-made by artists outfits for both boys and girls. You don't need to buy your own unless you really want to. And, of course, you are always welcome to bring your favourite and/or memorable items, but please make sure to let me know ahead of time -- this way I will be able to better coordinate them with the rest of the session.
Online research is very important and it will take you up to a point, but the proverbial “last mile” is best done in the old-fashion way -- face-to-face. It only costs a bit of your time, and you will be glad that you came, whether you decide to cake-smash, or not.


In the days leading to your session, introduce your baby to different textures and colours -- have them play with mashed potatoes, porridge, applesauce, whipped cream, yoghurt, etc.
Your baby will be more confident with the cake if they had played with various textures before. To bolster confidence even further -- consider making a “trial” session with some finger foods on the floor to make your baby more familiar with the idea.
However, a word of caution: encourage but do not force! Never grab their hands and put them into a new texture. Instead, put your hands in first, play with the food yourself. Give them as much time as needed, be patient. Be a model, show them what to do, how to play, but never force -- it might be scary for the baby at first.
Few days before the session, consider getting a real cupcake and let your baby test it. Remember, no force!

Session Day

Some babies love to try new things while others prefer to take their time, treat new things, places and people with healthy scepticism.
Take it easy, try to keep your routine, but avoid extra activities and classes back-to-back with the session. Stay home, enjoy your family time. Make sure your baby had a healthy protein breakfast and had a nap.
Pack a diaper bag with a towel, favourite toys and finger foods (cheerios, anything your child loves).
Above all, bring your smile and cheerful mood! It is, after all, not a job to do -- it is a celebration to have. Please be patient, and let me do my magic! It will be worth it.
Baby-boy smashes his cake in formal wear