What is a "newborn documentary session"?
A documentary session lets parents and families look back on this sweet and intimate time with their newborn baby and relive those first snuggles, those itty bitty baby bits, and all the emotion and love of that special time in their lives.
It tells a story; it captures a memorable chapter in your life. During this type of session, I do offer gentle guidance, however I mostly let the session unfold naturally.
There are several benefits to a newborn documentary session:
What to expect.
How to prepare.
What to wear.
Keep in mind that I'm documenting a day in your life, so keep it real by wearing what you’re most comfortable in and by being yourself. I encourage neutral colours, steering away from t-shirts with logos or bold patterns. Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet look most natural in a home setting. Moms, consider a light flowy shirty, maxi dress or a pretty cotton gown that will be both comfortable and soft while you are cuddling with your new baby. NOTE: The house will be warmer than usual so dress appropriately for the temperature.
For baby I recommend naked, in just a diaper or in just a neutral coloured onesie. I realize there are tons of really cute baby clothes but it’s rare to find any that fit properly or that won’t be distracting in photos.
Primp yourself just a bit; enough to photograph well but still be YOU and still be casual. Less is more ;)
Relax. If the baby gets fussy or alert, don’t worry. A baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. I am not in a rush and I will not bail because the baby isn’t sleeping or cooperating. C’est la vie! Take some deep breaths and enjoy this time with your new baby.
Ultimately, I want you to enjoy this experience as much as I enjoy capturing it. It’s ok to be a bit nervous. I have to admit that I don’t get in front of the camera much myself! But I can guarantee you that you will not regret having these memories to cherish.