How To Prepare For Your Child’s Session

Children are a bit more difficult to plan for than a newborn, as they have more needs at this point. However, it is not an impossible task! We’ve created this helpful guide to assist you in planning for your child’s upcoming session.

  • Try to feed your children right before the session. At this point, they will be full and happy, but not ready for naptime. You want to make sure they aren’t fussy and crying for lunch throughout the entire shoot. Also, you may want to bring snacks, formula or juice to help quickly replenish your little one if they get hungry mid-session.
  • Remember the essentials. Younger children may need a special toy or pacifier until they get comfortable in front of the camera. Toddlers often require teething tablets, orajel or a diaper change mid shoot.
  • Plan your session around naptime. If your little one is happiest in the morning right after waking up, plan your session for this time. Alternatively, if they are happiest right after naptime, book your photo shoot for the afternoon after they wake up.
  • Don’t stress about trying to make your children smile. We are very experienced in making complete fools of ourselves to keep your child entertained. Just plan on sitting back, relaxing and letting us put a smile on that precious little face.

Your child will be more comfortable in a familiar setting. To help ease any anxiety your child may have, we can set up a free consultation where you and your family come in studio, meet us face to face, get accustomed to the atmosphere and talk about what you want in your portraits. This allows your child a stress-free chance to get acclimated to us and our studio. When it’s time for the session, they will be more comfortable knowing they’ve seen us and our studio before.

How To Prepare For Your Maternity Session

From the very beginning of your pregnancy, maternity photos have probably been on your mind. Parenting magazines and online sites, like Pinterest, offer tons of beautiful portraiture to inspire you and lead you in dreaming of what your own session will be like. Beautiful maternity portraits are an area of expertise for Mitchell Photography. But, to ensure that your session flows smoothly, there are a few steps that you should take to prepare. We’ve created this guide to assist you in checking items off of your to-do list.

  • Gather any personal props you wish to include in your portraits. A lot of women want to include a special pair of baby booties or ultrasound pictures, for example.
  • Decide which backgrounds or scenery to use. Do you want an intimate session on the black background or a playful look on one of the color sets? Weather permitting, outdoor sessions are a popular choice for maternity portraits. Do you want to sit peacefully by a lake or take a more rustic approach in the woods?
  • Bring any inspiration photos. Every photographer has their own style, which holds true for Mitchell Photography as well. But, we are more than happy to incorporate a pose from the web that you’ve seen and fallen in love with into your session.
  • Think about what you want to achieve in your portraits. Do you want to showcase the baby’s gender, name, or arrival date? Are there older siblings you want to incorporate into a few poses? Are you comfortable showing bare belly or do you prefer to be completely covered?
  • What do you plan to do with your portraits? Do you have a vision of a beautiful wall collection for your bedroom or a certain design idea for baby shower invitations? So many different posing collections can be created during your session, but it is important that we are aware of what you plan to do with the finished product so that we can custom tailor your session.
  • Finally, be sure to schedule your session somewhere around the 7 to 8 month part of your pregnancy. You don’t want to be uncomfortably pregnant, but you do want to have a nice, round baby bump to show off.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your maternity portraits. Before you know it, you’ll be in your third trimester and scrambling to prepare all the final touches before baby arrives. Don’t let your maternity portraits fall between the cracks! Start searching for your perfect photographer by month 5 of your pregnancy and be ready to have a date set during your 7 to 8 month window of opportunity.

How To Dress For A Maternity Session

Congratulations! Pregnancy is one of the most magical experiences you will have. Creating life is not an easy task, but it sure is beautiful! We’ve created a guide to assist you in showcasing that baby bump in the best possible way during your session.

  • As for color, try to keep it solid. Adding lots of crazy patterns will distract from the focal point of your images…the bump!
  • Dresses are a very popular choice for pregnant women due to their comfort and versatility. When choosing your dress, be sure to select one that is more fitted than flowy. A gown that is too loose will not cradle the shape of your bump, therefore causing it to get lost in the images.
  • Keep your accessories to a minimum. Small earrings, a dainty necklace or a vintage bracelet are all nice touches if going without jewelry is not an option for you. Try to steer clear of big, bulky pieces that will garner too much attention.
  • Maternity sashes are a great way to highlight your baby bump. We have 3 different ones available for use at our studio.
  • Try to stick to soft, dainty pieces of clothing. Maternity portraits often come out the best when an overall gentle, feminine look is achieved. Bulky scarves, rugged jeans or harsh necklines will add a very masculine tone to your images.
  • If you are comfortable, bare belly shots are always flattering in a maternity session. There’s no better way to document the beauty of your growing baby than with a clear, uncovered look. A bare belly look can be achieved with a large button up shirt, a big soft swatch of fabric, or a pulled up shirt if maintaining a bit more modesty is important to you.
  • Unless otherwise desired, your partner will be included in some of the images. You may decide to go all out and match his outfit to yours with trendy pieces. However, keeping it simple with just a pair of jeans and a plain color t-shirt is a great option. As with the other aspects of clothing choice, you don’t want anything that is going to take away focus from you and your bump.

Perhaps the most important aspect of maternity wardrobe is comfort. Choose pieces that make you feel beautiful, without making you itchy or constricted, and your confidence will shine through in the images.

How To Prepare For A Newborn Session

Whether you’re a first time mom or seasoned veteran, it can be a bit intimidating to try and remember everything so soon after giving birth. In an effort to remove some of your stress and make things easier, we’ve created a guide to assist you in planning for your upcoming session.

Decide who you want to include in the session. Newborn portraiture is known for showcasing babies in adorable single poses. Including your other children in this session will add to the special memory shared by your whole family. Mom and dad making an appearance during these first moments of baby’s life is just as important as the individual poses. Having just delivered your precious bundle, you may not feel your best. Don’t let that stop you! You’ll be glad that you included your entire family in documenting the first moments of your newborn’s growth.

Think about what you want to do with your portraits. Do you want birth announcements, mounted pieces, or a mix of standard sizes to send to family and friends? Letting us know what you plan to do with your portraits, whether it be a collage of smaller photos for your desk at work or larger pieces for your living room, knowing your needs will allow us to determine the most complimentary poses for your artwork.

Pick your family’s outfits. Although nude photos are the most popular for newborn portraits, you may have a special outfit in mind for your little one. See our “How To Dress Your Newborn” guide for more ideas on how to dress your family.

Decide what props you’d like to include. Do you have any special memorabilia you want to photograph with your baby? A photo of a relative who has passed? Dad’s favorite baseball mitt or grandma’s precious pearls? We have a wide selection of props to choose from, but be sure to bring along any sentimental pieces. We will gladly include them in your portraits.

Bring baby’s necessities. Getting used to the needs of your newborn can be a challenge. Thankfully, newborn babies don’t require toys or teething remedies so your list of essentials is a lot smaller than it will be for future sessions. Be sure to pack plenty of formula and diapers. Naked babies often have accidents, so you also should include a change of clothing for the other members of your family.

Try to schedule your session around baby’s feeding time. A well fed baby is a happy baby, and a happy baby is the best for posing! Keep in mind your baby’s feeding schedule when you book your session. Feeding right before you arrive is best, but we gladly welcome baby filling his belly in studio as well.

The newborn session is perhaps the easiest one to prepare for out of all of your baby’s first year sessions. By being well prepared you’ll create a stress-free environment for your baby’s first professional photographs. You’ll be proud to share your portraits with family and friends.

Tips For Dressing Your Newborn For A Session

One of the most fun parts of pregnancy is browsing all of the adorable baby clothes that every store (and Pinterest) has to offer. While dressing your little boy in full suit attire or your little girl in ornate frilly dresses sounds like the best idea, it doesn’t quite work within newborn portraiture. Newborn outfits rarely fit properly and the fragility of your baby gets lost within the numerous folds of the clothing. Newborns are best photographed without clothing to really capture the sweetness of their delicate features.

Instead of extravagant outfits, newborn portraiture is defined by use of soft, fluffy blankets, bows and unique hats. We have collected a variety of blankets, wraps, and knit props to add some color and pizazz to your images. Please —see our prop guide—- to take a look at what we have to offer.

If you would like to include poses of your newborn in clothing, please follow these tips to ensure the best possible images:

  1. No shirts or onesies with a collar. Your newborn doesn’t have much length between their chin and their torso at this point. Adding bulkiness within this area overpowers your little guy and can make him look stumpy.
  2. No puffy dresses. As mentioned above, your baby does not have much length to accommodate extra fabric. Your little girl will be swallowed and lost within the sea of frills a puffy dress provides.
  3. Ultimately, keep it simple. Plain onesies are the best thing to choose for newborn attire and are least likely to clutter your images.

Since newborn portraiture is best done with a nude infant, you only need to plan outfits for family members who will be included in some of the poses. To keep with the delicate feel of your newborn images, be sure to maintain a very simple approach to planning your own outfits.

Here are some tips to dressing the other members of your family:

  1. Plain, neutral colors are preferred over ornate patterns. Dressing in a busy pattern draws the eye away from your newborn, and you want them to be the focal point of the images.
  2. Long sleeve shirts and cardigans provide a solid base to showcase your newborn’s features in poses where a family member is holding him/her.
  3. Dress simply and comfortably! This, by far, is one of the most important tips. If you are constantly thinking about your shirt riding up or your pants falling down, it will show through in the images.
  4. When choosing colors, keep it neutral. Black, white, tan, gray or solid jewel tones like navy, plum or emerald always look nice and won’t distract from your little one.

Although it may be tempting to invite grandparents, aunts and cousins into your newborn session, remember that we are going to focus on capturing the magic of bringing a new addition into your immediate family. It is best to schedule any extended family for a different session so we can fully take advantage of the time set aside for your newborn.