The beginning of a baby’s life is amazing and delightful. They stretch, wiggle, pucker, make silly faces, and they are a total miracle. It’s wonderful to capture these first extraordinary moments to remember and share with your loved ones.
The first few days of your little one’s life are exciting, beautiful, and full of innocence. Newborn photographs tell the story of a baby’s introduction to family and the world. The images of your baby’s first experiences will provide you and your family with memories of this momentous occasion for decades to come.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION?
At least one month before your due date, contact to discuss the upcoming photography session for your “soon-to-arrive” baby.
Schedule your newborn session in the first three weeks after birth, while the baby is still quite sleepy and can be moved around and positioned more naturally. Once babies discover the joys of stretching, it is challenging to get them to curl up in those adorable newborn positions. Studio newborn sessions are focused on making the baby look sweet and tender with different poses in the studio. We will use blankets, wraps, hats and headbands to create these beautiful scenes with your adorable baby.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU?
A special blanket, a family heirloom prop, the cute hat Grandma made, name-letters or a special stuffed toy can all be easily incorporated into your baby’s first photographs. María José Kuny Photography has a variety of props to enhance your baby’s first photography session. Bring plenty of diapers, baby wipes, bottles of breast milk or formula if baby takes bottle, dummy, two blankets, along with any other items you wish to be included in your baby’s photo shoot. It is also wise to bring an extra change of clothing for yourself.
WHAT TO EXPECT
María Kuny has plenty of experience working with newborns and knows you should always expect the unexpected. Pee, poop, and spit up will happen, and it is apt to be deposited on props, blankets, the parent, or even on the photographer. Don’t panic or be embarrassed. It’s a normal part of newborn photography sessions. Baby will also have fussy moments and that is just fine. You won’t be rushed through your session, and will have plenty of time to cuddle, change, feed, and relax your little one.
A newborn session can take a few hours to allow for all the moods and needs of your baby, and the studio will be kept warmer than usual for baby’s comfort and safety.
PARENTS & SIBLINGS
If you want to have some newborn poses including parents or siblings, choose solid (pastel) color , white is always a win and coordinated clothing, but don’t have everyone match. It’s important to let the baby shine in every image, so avoid clothing that can detract from the family’s star of the day. Avoid busy patterns, cartoon characters , letters numbers, logos.
If Mom wants a skin-on-skin image with the baby, a strapless or bandeau top works very well. It is also best to have siblings attend only when it is time for them to participate in the session.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE MY BABY’S NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION?
Schedule your newborn session as soon as possible prior to your baby’s birth. Session should be completed within first three weeks from birth, newborn images are best when baby is sleepy and easy to pose. This is when I can achieve this lovely curly poses, just like in mommy’s womb.
IS IT OKAY IF THE BABY SLEEPS MOST OF THE TIME?
Yes. I love sleepy, snuggly babies. They are very easy to pose in adorable ways when sleeping.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING DOES THE BABY NEED TO WEAR?
Unless you have a favourite outfit that’s important to you, babies photograph best when naked, wrapped in soft blankets, special newborn photo clothes and posed with cute props.
SHOULD I BRING PROPS?
If you have a special family heirloom or toy you would like included in your baby’s photographs, you are welcome to bring them to the session.
SHOULD BOTH PARENTS ATTEND THE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
It’s always best if both parents can be present when the photographs are taken. It’s important to have photographs with both parents individually, as well as family one.
SHOULD baby siblings ATTEND THE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
Absolutely! The family and siblings photographs are in my opinion the most important. This is priceless treasure for years to come and for future generation.
I tend to do family portraits at the beginning. Follow by siblings photographs, so baby with brothers or/and sisters. When we are done with those, I will suggest dad taking older children for walk/ shopping / bring them back home or to grandparents, as the length of the session, high temperature is not the best for children to stay patient in. They simply will be bored.
CAN OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS COME ALONG TO OBSERVE THE SESSION?
I prefer only the parents to attend the newborn photography session for several reasons. The newborn session is a lengthier session, as extra time is needed to accommodate feeding, changing, and occasionally calming a fussy baby. Due to limited space only close family so parents and siblings, if you would like to bring for example Grandmother or other relative please discuss it prior session.
MY BABY HAS BAD SKIN ( spots, scars, baby rash, acne etc.)
This is no problem it all will be fixed in post processing , we all know newborn hasn’t got perfect looking skin.