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December 2, 2021

5 Tips for your at home newborn session

Life with a newborn is a magical, messy, sweet, tiring, and foggy time of life!! It’s one of the BEST times and I can’t emphasize enough how much you’ll love having it documented because babies do not keep for long! Here’s 5 tips for your in home newborn session:

Wear something you feel comfortable in

Rocking your maternity clothes or a loose fitting dress is 1000% appropriate! Most mamas wear their maternity jeans with a loose fitting blouse or a casual dress while dads are in jeans and a casual shirt or button down. Bare feet or socks as most common but if you love wearing shoes, go for it! There’s no right or wrong when it comes to attire!! For baby, I recommend 1-2 onesies that you love and a swaddle.

Don’t clean your entire house

Instead, focus on 1-3 areas to have tidy (no need to go all out with deep clean either!). Some ideas: the nursery, your bedroom, & an area where you hang out as a family often. Bonus points if one or all of the areas has windows for natural light! Depending on wether, we can also pop outside for a few outdoor pictures. Zero judgement here for any type of mess, trust me, I get it!!

Make sure everyone has eaten right before your session

Yup, mama & dada (and any siblings) need sustenance too!! A full tummy puts everyone in a better mood. I recommend nursing or bottle feeding right before your session. Don’t stress at all if baby gets hungry during, we’ll still make the most of it!

Have one blanket or swaddle that you love

I recommend this because it will make for a great backdrop to all those fresh baby details (i.e. the precious toes, fingers, ears, etc.). Baby will likely be wrapped in said swaddle for a few pictures as well!

Relax & have fun!

I know being in front of a camera can feel daunting (this is my profession and I still get nervous when I get behind the camera!), but I promise it’s going to be fun, relaxed, and focused on all the sweet baby snuggles! I’ll direct you for a few poses while letting you naturally interact. I can’t wait to document this precious season of your life!!

Any questions? Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out via email at monicabrownphoto@gmail.com!

Cheers,

Monica

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