Billie Metz Photography

Newborn Session Information


WHEN TO PHOTOGRAPH:

I recommend doing Newborn sessions before 2 weeks of age (preferably between 5-10 days) while they are still in that sleepy and curly stage. After the two week mark, they tend to be disturbed more easily while sleeping and it is not as easy to get the true newborn poses. They can also become colicky or baby acne can start to flare.

In order to ensure that the newborn session runs as quickly and as smoothly as possible, please follow these steps:

  • If nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy or anything that will cause gas and might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. A gassy baby will not pose well during the session due to their little tummy being upset. *Some other foods that may cause gas are dairy products- milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein it, as well as foods with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, or citrus fruits (Courtesy Babycenter & ModernMom parenting). *If baby happens to be gassy the day of your session, Oval or Gripe Water can be used to help ease baby’s discomfort.
  • Interact with and keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. This is very important. Without this, we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them.
  • Stimulating baby with a bath or by doing ‘naked time’ prior to the session are some tricks that you can use!
  • Please make sure your little one has a full belly for the session. Please feed baby just before you leave for the studio. If you have to feed baby upon arrival they can wake up and have trouble falling back into a deep, restful sleep. If baby is bottle feeding, please bring extra bottles and milk (formula or breastmilk) - (babies work up quite the appetite being constantly moved around in the warm studio so we can break for baby to have a nurse or a bottle). Also, baby should be fed as much as possible in the 12 hours that precede the session. This will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.
  • A full baby = a sleepy baby, and we need a very sleepy and calm baby in order to achieve those sweet, flexible newborn poses.
  • Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on baby’s skin and to also avoid disturbing baby when getting undressed. A simple zip-up sleeper is best. Please avoid onesies or anything that has to be pulled off over baby’s head.
  • Your newborn will be photographed in his/her birthday suit for the majority of the session but we pay careful attention to ensure baby bits are not exposed in any photos. Clothes tend to be bulky and awkward.
  • If baby takes a pacifier please bring it with you – they can be very helpful during the session!
  • The studio will be kept quite warm to keep your little one's comfort while being photographed. I recommend dressing in layers.
  • During the session, sit back and relax. I won’t need much assistance, so take advantage of this time to rest, most new parents need it! Feel free to watch a movie, answer emails or read while I work with your new little one. I’ve even had some parents take a nap!

PROPS & REQUESTS:

I supply all of the backdrops, furniture, hats, headbands and wraps for the session, and my style tends to lean more toward simple photos that focus on baby. I am always open to new ideas but be aware that I will not use anything that will harm, irritate or look awkward or controversial (guns, deer antlers, etc) on your newborn. If you see something you like in any of our galleries, be sure to mention it before your session. I am open to suggestions on poses please understand that every pose we do depends on how well baby cooperates and how safe the pose is for your little one. I cannot guarantee any pose for this reason.

PARENT PORTRAITS:

I encourage parent portraits with the new baby, and these are usually done at the very end. A white/cream short sleeve shirt is suggested for Dads and a white/cream tank or blouse top is suggested for Moms. For more artistic shots, Dads may choose to remove their shirts and Moms may choose to be wrapped in a scarf, wrap or other stretchy material available in my studio. These can make for some very beautiful images.

  • A note to Mom: I know that you may not feel like yourself right after giving birth, but I do encourage you to have a portrait taken with your new baby while they are still so young and fresh. He will grow up and will want to know what his mother looked like holding him close to her heart as a newborn. I will shoot you in flattering angles, so don’t worry! Worst case scenario is that you don’t like the image and never look at it again, but at least your child will have this moment to look back on.

SIBLING PORTRAITS:

If you have older siblings that you would like photographed with your newborn we will do these shots FIRST. Cream, ivory or white (without patterns or logos) is recommended for older siblings (tops with jeans or even dresses for girls). The more texture the better (knit, lace, etc). They’ll be barefoot, so no need to look for clean shoes.

Due to the nature of the session we ask that your spouse/partner take the older siblings home or out for something fun to do while we finish up with the individual newborn shots.

NOTES TO CONSIDER:

  • You and your baby are extremely important to me. My motto is safety first. I will never put your newborn in an unsafe pose/prop.
  • Be prepared to spend between 2 and 4 hours at my studio. I want to capture your baby in every way that I can even down to their little lips and eyelashes – it’s not unusual to spend up to 20 minutes working to perfect one pose.
  • Just to warn you: When being photographed with your baby, you may get peed or pooped on! Its not a matter of if baby will pee or poop but when baby will pee or poop. Some parents are surprised by and unprepared for it.

CIRCUMCISION:

Circumcision can often leave the area raw and painful for a few days after the procedure. It is important to note that newborn photos should be done either before the procedure takes place or at least 5 days after the procedure to ensure the area is healed.

ADDRESS:

My home studio is located at 928 Cimarron Park Close in Okotoks, AB. Coming south on Southridge Drive you will turn left on Cimarron Drive, take your second right on Cimarron Trail and then your second left on Cimarron Park Close.