Client Guide
 Newborn Sessions | Rebecca Lynne Photography

 
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Before your Session:

Parents tend to stress out because this is a new experience and because they want things to be “perfect.” I will take your baby’s lead and allow them to be the focus of the shoot. If your baby cries, or needs a diaper change, it’s okay. It's not "wasting time" or taking away from anything. It's your beautiful new life. Just focus on loving and cuddling with your sweet baby and I will take care of the rest.

Feel free to gather any special blankets or items of that sort that you would like to incorporate into your photography session. Having swaddles on hang is also great in case your baby would like to be bundled up for comfort. These can be basic and simple in color, or bold and vibrant. I love incorporating your family's person style into your images.

Keeping your home on the warmer side is a great idea. That way when there are moments that we would love to capture those cute little arms and legs, your baby won't be chilly.

If older siblings are joining on on the photography session, it is great to pick an activity that they love doing. Coloring, reading, a favorite toy. It is great to choose and activity that you can all do together while your newborn gets lots of snuggles in your arms. This allows older siblings to be able to play while being photographed without the pressure of performing for the camera, and they can join in on the more "posed" images as they feel comfortable.

When your little one has arrived, you can email me, call, or text and I will get you my availability. A wonderful thing about my Lifestyle Newborn Sessions is they don't need to be done RIGHT away. For the heavily posed newborn photography, babies need to be less than 8 days old to ensure they are super sleepy for all of the posing. With my Lifestyle Newborn Sessions there will be lots of swaddling and snuggles which is what newborns crave, so they don't need to be so new that all they do is sleep. This is great if you have had a c-section, or just aren't feeling like yourself immediately after giving birth. We have lots more wiggle room to schedule you session beyond 8 days after birth.

During your Session:

Where will we shoot?

I typically focus on the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. But really, anywhere I find some yummy natural lighting.
Please don't worry about your home being magazine ready. Toss the sink full of dishes into the dishwasher, shove the laundry basket into the closet, and relax! Your session will be focusing on your family, not on the nooks and crannies of your home.

When I arrive at your home I'll take a moment to look around and scope out the areas in your home with the best lighting and then we will get started.

How can I help my baby be cooperative during the shoot?

I am pretty sure your idea of cooperative and mine are different. Newborns are unpredictable. My newborn sessions have plenty of time for changes, feedings, and so much snuggling. It is usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session, but please don't stress too much about that. I encourage snuggles and swaddling, two things newborns crave for comfort.

If capturing tasteful images of breastfeeding during our session is something you would like, please let me know. These moments are fleeting and I would love to capture that for you. 

What should we wear?

My number one tip (besides being comfy)...don't be matchy-matchy!
Placing  every single person in a white t shirt and jeans looks to planned and "stiff". Mix and match colors, throw in a bit of pattern, pop some colors from one outfit into another with the use of a scarf or necklace, have fun with it!
Neutrals photograph beautifully. I suggest avoiding lettering or everyone in busy patterns for this type of session. It can be distracting in the image. The whole family in varying neutrals shades always looks great. You can add pops of color to your outfit, if you wish, by using jewelry or accessories. Or one family member having a pop of color or pattern while everyone else is in complementing neutral tones. For your baby a simple well fitting onesie works best. You can get together fun colored swaddle blankets to add color as well to have handy during the session. I have put together a Pinterest board with some images that help give a visual of colors and styles that work well during a newborn session: Newborn Pinterest Board

Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?

The style of newborn photography that I specialize in is "lifestyle sessions." Rather than posed newborn shots, I love to capture the natural relationship between you and your new baby. This doesn’t mean that I won’t take individual photographs of your baby and capture great detail shots of their little toes and fingers, there will be time for those images as well. I am drawn to the connection of parents with their new baby. The kisses and cuddles. Moments of your daily routine, swaddling, feeding, diaper changes. The joy of new parenthood. That is what I am looking to capture during our session together.

I never want you to feel pressured to perform or be forced to give me fake smiles.
I will guide you a small amount at first as you are warming up to having a camera on you, but honestly within the first few minutes we will be chatting, snapping photos, laughing and having fun.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO reschedule?

I understand that life sometimes gets in the way of our plans-- kids get sick, unexpected things happen, and you may have to cancel our session. I just ask that you try to give me 24 hours notice if at all possible. We will then find a date to re-schedule.

After your session: 

About three weeks after your session, your images will be fully edited for you to view in an online password protected gallery. Your purchased digital images will be a available for immediate download and your purchased prints and products will be shipped directly to you.

You  have the option of ordering a la carte prints, canvas', and products straight from your gallery, from a professional, high quality printing lab.
If you are opting to print your images at another print lab other than the one connected to your gallery, I strongly suggest you do research into finding one with high quality to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Using a high quality print lab is an extremely important part of this process.

As mentioned, the print lab connected right to your gallery is a print lab used by professionals all over the globe. Is is the print lab I personally use for all of my own family's printing needs. I have even taken the extra step and submitted my own images to ensure the printing lab is calibrated to be in sync with my photography editing software to get color correct prints in high quality. 

Along with your high resolution images you will receive lower resolution images perfectly sized for social media sharing. Those social media sized images will also be in a personalized smartphone app for you to download and have access to your gallery right from your phone! Perfect for social media sharing along with showing off your gallery right from your phone while you are out with friends and family.

PRINTing

I have provided you with the highest quality images possible and cropped and colored them how I believe they will print the best.  Some images (particularly those shot in low light) may have visible digital noise when enlarged too much. This is normal, but may not be aesthetic. In those cases, black and white might be a better option. As always, do not let labs auto-color correct your prints. When printed, your images may not match what you see on your computer screen if your monitor is not professionally calibrated.

BACK IT UP

Download your purchased digital images immediately. Make copies of your files and save to an external hard-drive and/or in multiple locations. Even store one in a safety deposit box. I can’t guarantee the ability to replace lost or damaged files. Your final images are backed-up by me for a period of twelve (12) months.

Are you adding a Family Film to your Newborn Session? If so, please read below:

During the session, because I am taking film and I sometimes like to snag cute audio moments to add into the film, I have to be pretty quiet during parts the session. Which if you know me, you know how hard that is! And if you don't know me...well I am some stranger in your home not talking to you but pointing my camera at you. Akkwaarddd! Just kidding!
Before I just jump into the session we will take some time getting to know each other.
There will be moments during the session where I won't be filming, whether I am taking still images or if it's just to chat, so I won't be a fly on the wall the whole time.
I will give gentle guidance if needed. Or if I feel we have enough of a particular activity, I will let you know so we can fit in even more fun stuff, so please don't think you are doing anything wrong if I suggest doing something else. It just means you guys rocked it and we can move on.

Something I just like to mention...during photography sessions sometimes parents like to make big expressions with their facial features (like when you are doing baby talk) but during film there is no "before: crazy face" "after: cute photo of a baby and smiling parents" it is just alllllll right there for the world to see, no before and after. While being silly is SO part of family life and a wonderful thing to capture, being overly expressive the whole session won't translate into film very well. And remember, this session isn't about nailing that perfect "cheese" face. It is all about enjoying your time together. The smiles and laughs will happen naturally.

During the session there will be moments that I am taking detail shots. So if my back is to you and I am aiming my camera at something that seems silly to you, iIt just means I already got some moments of what we are currently doing and now I am capturing smaller details from your day. Baby shoes, mobile over the crib, bottles on the counter.

 

I can not wait to meet everyone!