Tips and Tricks for a Successful Newborn Portrait Session with Melissa Rosic Photography
PREPPING YOUR BABY FOR AN IN-STUDIO NEWBORN PORTRAIT SESSION
- Please fully feed your baby right before leaving for the studio or right after you arrive. Try to time the feeding so that baby will be sleeping during the session.
- Please avoid having any diaper ointment showing on baby’s skin. If you are using it regularly, please be sure to clean any off prior to your session.
- Please remove all bandaids from your baby prior to your session.
- The morning of your session, dress baby in a loose outfit that zips or snaps up the front with and no tight socks.
- Even if your baby doesn’t typically use a pacifier, I ask that you bring one as they serve as a wonderful distraction for the baby during the session. They are incredibly helpful in keeping your little one happy when moving from pose to pose. Please bring a SOFT pacifier, such as the Soothie brand (without the stuffed animal attached). Pacifiers with a hard outer shell leave marks on the baby’s face.
DURING THE SESSION
- If siblings are going to be part of the session, the best method with siblings is to have them come at the start of the session only. Toddlers especially have a difficult time sitting quietly through a newborn session! Parents find the experience much less stressful when one parent or a friend/grandparent cares for the child for most of the session and brings them to the studio for their portion only. If you need to bring your older child for the duration of the session, please plan to keep them entertained with snacks, quiet toys, books, etc.!
- I do my best to keep the environment of newborn sessions very calm and peaceful. The more relaxed everyone in the room is, the more relaxed the baby will be. For me this means pulling out my baby whispering skills, for parents this means relaxing and letting the photography magic happen!
- Please do not take pictures over my shoulder during the session, except for behind the scenes shots (which I love!).
- Expect my patience and attention to detail to rule the day. I spend the majority of a session perfecting poses, backdrops, fingers, etc. and I believe these little things are what makes the difference between a snapshot and a work of art featuring your baby.
WHAT TO WEAR | MOMS, DADS AND SIBLINGS
- I want all of the focus of the image to be on the connection you share with your baby, rather than the clothing. Therefore, I suggest a simple neutral colored top for mom and a matching plain tee for dad with jeans. Mom/dad and baby shots are close up so most of what you wear will not be shown.
- Moms, keep make-up looking as natural as possible. Avoid using too much hairspray; soft hair photographs best with newborns. Be sure to take nail polish off, or paint your nails with a very neutral color. Avoid long earrings or necklaces. We want all the focus to be on you and your baby!
- Dads, if you’re wearing a new tee shirt be sure to iron out the sleeve crease in advance. Other than that, just relax. It will be over before you know it.
- For siblings, a simple neutral colored top with jeans and bare feet. Please remove their socks and shoes at the start of the session to get them used to it! For little girls please avoid hair accessories unless they are very small and a neutral color.
STUDIO INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS
- My studio is located at the 304 Collective. The address is 700 Morgantown Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.
- Street parking is available along the left side of the building on Arch Street and there are a few spots directly behind the building.
- Please enter the studio through the front door.