Are you considering booking a newborn photography session? This blog post will help in preparing for your hospital newborn photography session in Fort Collins, Boulder, or Denver and surrounding areas with Colie James Photography.
I love newborns. LOVE them. They are my favorite subjects to shoot, along with their family. I wanted to write up an article discussing how I photograph newborns so that you can decide if I am the right photographer for you. I also think this will help in preparing for your session once you are booked.
I tell stories, in this case newborn stories. The kisses and hugs, the tears of joy, the tiny tiny toes; all of these help tell the story of YOU. For newborn sessions I am documenting snuggles, feedings, diaper changes, family members meeting your new baby, and those quiet moments with just you and your new baby that are so beautiful they make you cry and experience them again and again when you see the images.
Visiting Hours Only is a hospital or birth center session where I come after the baby is born to document your new family before you head home. These typically occur on the day after you give birth but we can also schedule these for the same-day or the morning before you check out. These sessions focus on the details and those first few hours as a family. I also love to capture siblings and grandparents meeting the newest addition to your family.
Book right away – While it always suggested “the earlier the better” for booking a newborn shoot, if you want a hospital session it is imperative you do so. I only accept a limited number of these sessions each month because there is very little leeway in completing the shoot after you give birth. I pencil in your due date and when you head to the hospital for labor you will send me a text to let me know to expect the session in the next 48 hours. Don’t worry if you go early or later than your due date, that is to be expected and why I only take a limited number each month!
Schedule the grandparent/sibling visit – Once I know you are in active labor I start preparing to come to the hospital for a session the next morning/afternoon. The session will begin with taking detail pictures of the baby and the room so it is best if family members are not in the room for the start of the session. Once we confirm your day and time I ask that you have the other family members that will be taking part in the session to arrive approximately 30 minutes after we are scheduled to begin.
Be comfortable – Bring something comfortable to the hospital for the session. For mom, a nice loose shirt, preferably one that allows for breast-feeding from the top so that any breastfeeding images captured are limited in the amount of skin shown. For baby, a nice white onesie or swaddling blankets will be used. We will take a few images with the standard hospital baby blanket and then we can change to a personal one.
Tidying up the room. Please don’t put yourself out to clean the room before I arrive. I will be moving personal belongings in and out of my frame as needed. I assure you all eyes will be on your new family.
Next week I will have some tips on preparing for an in-home newborn session.
Enjoy the weekend!
Looking for a maternity, newborn or family photographer in the Fort Collins, Colorado area? Colie James Photography offers lifestyle maternity, newborn, and family photography sessions in Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver and the surrounding areas that tell the story of you and your family. For additional information on sessions please review my session info or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org