Newborn Preparation Guide

My studio is located at: 1559 Monroe Ave, Rochester NY 14618

How to Prepare

For Baby Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior, and plan on feeding him/her right before you leave the house or when you arrive at the studio! All babies are different and have different demands so you dont need to starve your baby if he or she is hungry. Also, please do not let baby sleep beforehand, instead try giving baby a bath, let baby kick with only a diaper, tickle baby's toes, and even let baby fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the the 90 min to 2 hours beforehand. This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!

It will be at least super warm in the studio. Due to this, I come dressed for a warm few hours and suggest you do too!

Sessions last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottlefeed off and on. In this case, having a bottle ready is very helpful but if you prefer to breastfeed only, not a problem at all!

If you can, bring the soothie pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It’s the bendable, green/blue/orangish one, and won’t leave marks. Even if you haven’t used one, just for the 2 hours that I’m posing him/her usually really helps.

One more tip: Bring the baby wearing something easy to remove like zipper pajamas.

Mom & Dad

What to Expect

Dads: if you prefer not to be shirtless I ask that you bring a tight fitting v-neck or t-shirt to wear with a good, snug pair of jeans. Make sure to keep colors neutral like white or gray.

Moms: I have a variety of gowns here in the studio, but you’re welcome to bring your shirt or dress you own as well. Just be sure that Mom & Dad are cohesive in colors. If one is wearing a light color, the other should also wear a light color. It photographs beautifully when it blends well.


What to Expect

Sister(s): Please bring along a snug fitting tank in a neutral color or a simple neutral dress. I ask that girls hair be natural (or in braids). Just as with mom, avoid bright colored nail polish. I have dresses that fit one year olds but not older kiddos.

Brother(s): A snug pair of jeans and shirtless are preferred but jeans and a white t-shirt works perfectly as well.

Studio Rules - Please Read

  • If anyone is sick in your family, please avoid coming to the studio. If mom/dad/sibling is sick, please let me know asap so that we can reschedule your session. For the safety of all our babies, nobody is allowed to come in sick to the studio.
  • SIBLINGS: I am not currently allowing siblings to newborn sessions unless they arrive at the end of your session for a few final family shots.
  • Due to Covid Precautions, please be sure to wear a mask at all times if you are not being photographed. You are welcome to watch from the chair that is near where I will be posing the baby. I just ask parents/siblings, please don't stand next to me while shooting as it can be distracting and also to maintain social distance.

I look forward to working with you!