The birth of a new baby is so spectacular and life-changing at once. Being asked to share in the early joy of a new or growing family is truly one of the top reasons I adore being a newborn photographer.
Many clients aren’t sure that they’re ready for a newborn session within the early post-birth weeks. Only you can decide what works for your family, but I can assure you that preparing for a newborn session with me is simple. I’ve had three children myself, so I know first-hand what you’re experiencing. My goal is to capture your new life as it’s unfolding, every part of it. And I promise – whether you prepare or not – the images will be lovely and become lifelong treasures.
A newborn session usually lasts about 1.5 hours. Read on for more ways that you can prepare for your newborn session.
Boston Newborn Photographers
A newborn session is usually held sometime between Week 1 and Week 8. The session happens right in your home and usually takes place mid-morning. I know your baby is likely not on a schedule yet. I’m very flexible with how we use the time. If your baby does wake shortly before I come, please feel free to take the time for a feeding. A full belly will likely ensure a happy baby and fewer breaks.
But, trust me, breaks are fine. In fact, we can work a feeding into your images.
Keep the temperature in your house warm, especially in the summer if you have central air conditioning. If you’d like, we’ll take some photos of your baby in his/her diaper, or even naked, and the room should be warm in the room so baby is comfortable.
Don’t worry about cleaning the house for me. I will take a quick tour of your home when I arrive and choose a few places with beautiful light. I will do some simple decluttering to prepare for gorgeous images.
Feel free to think ahead about personal items you might like to include, such as a knitted blanket, hat or a special doll. I love to incorporate items from the family or the home as they make the images much more personal.
Relax and be yourselves. I’m here to photograph your real life. Newborn sessions are all about capturing how your life looks at this moment in time. I’m not coming to take perfectly staged photos or family portraits. Interaction is encouraged! (Yes! That means it’s perfectly fine if siblings are still in pajamas and bouncing around with excitement!).
Oh, and I love pets, too.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Newborn Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family. Get in touch to find out more about newborn and family sessions this winter.
That’s how I felt when I left this Roslindale newborn session, my third time connecting with this fantastic family who just welcomed their second child, Eloise.
It seems like just yesterday I was invited to photograph Eloise’s big brother, Gil, when he was just six weeks old. The new parents were living at MassArt at the time. Ten months later, Gil was growing fast (10 months old!) when we captured these amazing images during a Spring Photo Session at the Arboretum.
Roslindale Newborn Photographer
Three years since we first met, this lovely family now lives in a beautiful home in Roslindale. Eloise was just 12 days old when I had the pleasure of joining them for a photo session last week. Welcome, Eloise.
Not one moment of this session was rushed, hustled or staged. Eloise’s family is the epitome of relaxation. I love being part of their lives, even for just 90 minutes a year, because I love feeling so immersed in their low-key energy. I’m confident Eloise feels the pure sense of peace surrounding her.
I also love the colors in this home. Dad’s art is displayed everywhere, making the atmosphere vibrant and creative at once.
Like I said, Pure Perfection.
And then there’s Gil. He’s such a love. And growing up so quickly. Three years old! He’s bouncing all around, simply thrilled to show off his new sister to the friendly lady with a camera.
All of my newborn session’s are done in the comfort and convenience of a family’s home. I really feel that a session isn’t just about the new baby. It’s about the evolution of a family and their space to a new wonderful phase of living.
On this day, it was really warm, so we took advantage of the weather and went out into the backyard as well. Everyone was thrilled, especially Gil!
Do you ever notice photographic prints around your house wrinkling a little bit? Want to know if there is something you can to do to prevent it?
Love the photo, don’t love the print. I ordered this one unmounted by accident and in less than a year it’s already wrinkling 🙁
Boston Family Photographer Tips & Tricks
The most likely reason your prints wrinkle is because they aren’t mounted. I recommend mounting any image that is printed at 8×10″ or larger to significantly increase it’s longevity, especially if it’s going to be in a place where the temperature and humidity levels fluctuate.
There are lots of options when it comes to mounting: mat board, styrene, foam board all with different levels of sturdiness and thickness. If you’re planning to frame your print, go for something thin like mat board. If you’re planning to hang the print unframed, go for thick ( 3/4″ foam board ).
Styrene is thin and durable, great for framing.
I love the unique, modern look of unframed photos, mounted withe 3/4″ foam backing.
Include mounting to your print and you will increase the cost a bit, but your prints will have a much longer life, I promise!!
(Psst: All prints ordered through me are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper. Images 8×10 and larger are mounted on styrene for durability and longevity! They are also lustre coated and UV sprayed. These are not CVS 19cent prints!! )
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real, honest moments in a beautiful and natural way. Click here to see more of Cara’s work, or get in touch to schedule a session!
Introducing Baby Luca! I got to go out to Luca’s family’s home in the greater Boston area just 14 days after Luca was born.
I was particularly excited about this session, because this was my fourth time photographing this family. I was there when Luca’s big brother, James, was born and even got to do his one-year pictures! I love being around them, and I love that they value family photography, too. Because we have worked together several times, we’ve been able to recreate one special images of Mom and James together in his room from a teeny tiny baby until now. I love to see his progression over the years!
Boston Newborn Photography
Normally, families try to do newborn photography within the first week after a baby is born. After all, that’s when the baby is so little and so sleepy that it’s easy to get those adorable cuddling, sleepy photos. But in this case, life got in the way! Poor Mom came down with a high fever at the last minute during that first week, so we had to reschedule.
And what a difference a week makes. Luca was more alert at 2 weeks old, but that just meant we were able to capture more shots with Luca’s eyes wide open. I don’t think there is a “wrong” time for a newborn session, and I actually love these pictures of older babies because you can see more of their personalities and determine who they look like. Besides, if I’m being honest, I didn’t feel thrilled to be photographed just a couple days after I came home from the hospital with any of my babies!
This past spring, I visited a gorgeous family of four at their home on the South Shore of Massachusetts for a lifestyle newborn session.
When I arrived, Mom was feeding little baby Hadley—who was just one week old!—so I spent some time getting to know Dad and Hadley’s big brother, 16-month-old Conrad. Dad used to play semi-professional hockey, so he’s already working hard to teach Conrad (Connie) the ins and outs of the game. He can already swing the hockey stick and hit the puck into the net, but his favorite thing to do, by far, is to throw his hands over his head and shout “GOAL!” So adorable!