"There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child." -Anne Lamott
This sweet little girl has added an extra sparkle into her parent's lives.
"Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." - A.A. Milne / Winnie the Pooh
“Like stars are to the sky, so are the children to our world. They deserve to shine!” — Chinonye J. Chidolue
That is just what this little sweetie did! She shined through her whole session!
This little star gets to grow up with two sweet older sisters. How sweet are these three?
Newborn photography is my passion! However, as much as I love it and we all absolutely adore the results of a successful newborn photography shoot, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure it all goes smoothly. It is a team effort with me and the parents for sure. So, here are my top tips for parents to secure a winning team!
When you are expecting a new bundle of joy and you know that you want to capture those precious newborn moments, make sure to book your photo session as soon as you decide. Those first few weeks of life are when your baby is the most posable and sleepy and I want to make sure there is room in my schedule soon after the due date. If you want more playful and awake photos, let me know as that adjusts the timeline a bit.
Dare to Dream
What would your ideal newborn photos look like? What colors, backdrops, props and outfits do you picture? I love collaborating with parents and making sweet dreams come true. So, don't be afraid to daydream, browse my past sessions and let me know what you are envisioning. But remember that when the day comes, it's all up to what baby wants, which leads me to my next tips.
Be Ready to Feed
A newborn photo session takes anywhere between 1-3 hours, so it is important that you come to the studio prepared to feed your baby at some point. A full baby is a content baby and those lead to the best shots.
Dress for Comfort
Babies love to be warm and snuggled, so I'll have the studio space heated. Have the baby dressed in something easy to take off, such as a zipper sleeper, so we can get your little bundle in a sweet swaddle or cute outfit without too much disruption. And you may want to come in layers to ensure your own comfort while enjoying the session.
Lastly, make sure you have given some time and attention to where in your home you want the end results and what you want to do with your newborn photos. I promise you that the moments captured of your newborn will be ones that you will cherish and want to share with others. So, think ahead and make a plan so your cherished results are valued.
And I'll walk you through every step of the way. Before your session you will get a personalized email from me with what to expect, what to bring and tips and tricks of what to do before you get to the studio to help the session go as smooth as possible. I'm your photographer but also your cheerleader and coach too on this team. Looking forward to teaming up with you soon!
Tegan is a certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant in Northern Colorado serving families all over the world the gift of sleep. Learn more about Tegan, aka Your Dream Maven, as well as more great infant and child sleep tips on her website, Facebook or Instagram.
Healthy Sleep Habits From the Start
If your little one is less than three months old, or if you are expecting a new baby and want to get off to a great sleep start these new born sleep tips will be very valuable.
You will be teaching your baby healthy sleep habits right from the very beginning.
As a Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant, I help families safely get their babies, toddler and older children sleeping through the night.
Newborn Sleep Goals:
Goal #1: Independent Sleep Skills
One of the most crucial elements for teaching children to fall asleep and stay asleep is helping them develop independent sleep skills. It is important that you avoid teaching your baby to rely on a sleep prop. (feeding to sleep is the most common). Keep your baby awake during feeding is key.
Goal #2: Full Feeds
Encouraging full feeds during the day by creating an Eat. Play. Sleep schedule. Newborn babies (up to 3 months) will need to take 4-5 naps a day. These naps should ideally be between 1-3 hours. Most newborns should only be awake for 45-60 minutes before it is time to take another nap.
Goal #3: Consistent Bedtime Routine
Establishing a consistent bedtime routine from day one is a great way to help your baby organize days and nights, which leads to consolidated nighttime sleep more quickly. One of the best things to signal that bedtime is near is a warm bath.
Example Bedtime Routine
Amber Sullivan- Northern Colorado Photographer
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