The baby has arrived! What now??

After all the planning, waiting and anticipation, your bundle of joy has arrived. Now it's time to capture precious memories...

A few quick tips for your Newborn Photo Session:

Happy Happy Birthday!

Once your baby is born, please get in touch with me so we have scheduled the proper date.  It is really best to photograph the baby 5-10 days after birth. This allows the ability to capture amazing and timeless poses without a lot of movement from the baby. **Boys that are circumcised need 6 days of healing.

A deep sleep for a baby during a newborn session is best and is the ultimate goal.  The main reasons a baby could get fussy are: hunger, messy diaper, and upset bellies. Bringing the baby in with their car seat is IMPERATIVE! This aids in the flow of the photography session.

This list is a helpful guide of common foods to avoid while nursing. These foods typically affect babies under 6 weeks. As they get older, introduce foods one at a time to see how they are affected. Every baby is different, so be sure to consult with your Pediatrician.

Guide by Dr O'Connell: Newport Beach, CA

Restrict foods such as:

Citrus Acidic foods and drinks:

Cranberries, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, strawberries, all berries, tomatoes or tomato products, chocolate (rarely affects babies) peanuts, nuts in general, pizza, spaghetti, chili, tacos, anything spicy, ketchup.

Soda, Coffee, tea, wine & beer. Beer can help with breast feeding but consult your lactation consultant.

Gassy Vegetable:

Asparagus, onions, cucumbers, pickles, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage.

Avoid if possible for 48 hours prior to photo session.

Hunger: Avoid the "Hangry" baby

  • Feed the baby immediately before arrival or during hair and makeup here
  • Keep a bottle on hand for quick access to food or we will have you nurse
  • Bring a "newborn" size pacifier 

Dressing your baby:

Dress him/her in something easy to get off. Zip/snap up jammies are great. Once you arrive, baby should be good and sleepy in his car seat. That's a great time to get started! Bring baby into our studio in the car seat.

Dressing you:

Soft muted colors are nice, most the portraits are photographed from the waist up. We have a wardrobe selection here for little girls and dresses for Mom. Dad is best dark denim pants or khaki and a coordinating soft shirt or thin sweater.

This day is about capturing and building memories; these tips to keep the day flowing smoothly!

Family by Judy Reinford Photography