Why Choose Jen as your Newborn Photographer
As a newborn photographer in Virginia Beach, I am living my dream. This is how I express myself as an artist. Each newborn session presents a unique opportunity to create something captivating and pure. The best part of being a newborn photographer is seeing the love and adoration on the parent’s faces when they see their newborn posed for the first time. The beauty of a perfectly composed image of a newborn always blows me away.
Why Take Newborn Pictures
As parents, we are driven to honor the responsibility of documenting the milestones of our child’s life. Not only do we want to remember the moments for ourselves, but we also want to preserve memories to share with our children. I distinctly remember feeling really important and loved when I found my baby book.
The newborn period does not last! The saying, “they grow up so fast” is really true! In the first few weeks, your baby is going to rapidly change. Babies spend a lot of time folded up in the womb. Once they are born they stretch out and slowly start to “unfold”.
In short, take the time to schedule a newborn session while your baby is still scrunched up. You won’t regret it.
How do I book you?
Fill out this Newborn Baby Photography Questionnaire. I will use the information to provide you with a quote and to prepare for your session.
How old should my baby be?
Newborn photography in Virginia Beach accepts babies at any age! Typically, newborn photography works well during the first days to weeks of birth. Once a baby gets older and stronger they are not as easy to pose. An older baby gets used to stretching out and will not enjoy being put into a fetal position. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if your baby is older. I can do some poses with them lying on their side, belly, or back. You’ll get your photos, I promise. Schedule your due date as soon as possible. If you don’t need “posed” images, any time is a good time, as long as someone holds the baby.
Is it safe?
YES! Newborn photography in Virginia Beach is baby-led. We never force a baby into a pose they don’t like; no matter how cute it might look. The froggy pose is a great example of a pose that is super cute, but not comfortable for the baby. Their tiny wrists are not meant to hold a heavy head. This pose requires a hand holding the baby’s head at all times. No exceptions. I cringe when I see a newborn photographer do this pose unassisted. It’s wrong.
Can we get family and sibling photos?
Yes! Family photos can be added to your session. I have an indoor setup with simple backdrops. For siblings, I have props and furry rugs, etc.
Fill out this Questionnaire for Newborn Baby Photos. I will use this information to prepare for your session.
What are “poses” and “props”?
As you will see in my pricing, there is a specified amount of “poses” and “props” that comes included with your newborn photography in Virginia Beach. A pose is simply how your baby is positioned. Examples of poses are bum up, back pose, side pose, taco pose, froggy pose, and baby in parent’s hands. Each pose requires a bit of effort to achieve. The more poses you want, the longer the session. This is why I price by poses. I never force your baby into a pose. This is why I never specify which pose we will achieve at your session.
Props are items we can place your baby into or on. Examples of props include beds, bowls, and buckets.
Do you have props?
I collect props, wraps, wardrobe, and backdrops for newborn photography in Virginia Beach. I have everything a photographer needs to make a great photo. All I need to know is the color scheme preferences and nursery theme (if you have one).
I don’t plan to use bottles or pacifiers. Is it necessary for the session?
Nope! It is not required. There are situations, however, where they come in handy. For example, let’s say the baby is finally settled into a pose, yet they decide to squirm a little…. and nothing seems to settle them (like a shhhh or pat on the bum), it is a lot easier to keep them in their pose if I give them something to suck on… if even for a second.
I would never try to interfere and contribute to nipple confusion. The methods I use would be short-lived. Just long enough to get the picture and move on. Newborn photography in Virginia Beach requires that I jostle them as little as possible. I want them to feel like they are being held. Your pacifier and bottle help me achieve good results without disrupting the baby.
How do I prepare for the session?
- Fill out this Newborn Photography Questionnaire. I will use this information to prepare for your session.
- Schedule your session around your due date.
- Once the baby is born, give me a ring and we will set a date for the photo shoot. Newborn photo shoots are typically done between 5-21 days old.
- Let me know in advance any color scheme preferences.
- I welcome inspiration images! Send me your PINTEREST boards!
- 1-2 days beforehand avoid eating foods that will upset your baby.
- Acidic foods – such as lemons, oranges, berries, pizza, spaghetti, chili, and tomato products.
- Gassy vegetables – such as asparagus, onions, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
What do I bring?
- Pacifier – While some babies don’t take one, I suggest bringing your preferred one anyways. This will help me keep baby sleeping without being attached to a food source. I keep extra Soothie Brand pacifiers in the studio.
- Bottles with pumped milk/formula – Even if your child does not typically use these, it is important that we have access to various soothing techniques to make sure your session runs smoothly. Please prepare at least one bottle.
- Preferred hairbrush – Oooh I love babies with crazy hair! The brush is for babies who have a lot of flakes on their head. I have a baby hairbrush in the studio if needed.
- Preferred baby lotion – Babies start to shed skin in the first few weeks of birth. I’ll want to use your preferred baby lotion (if needed).
- Props you want to be included in the shoot – Did your Grandma make a blanket that you want to be featured? Please note: Large stuffed animals tend to take focus from the baby.
- FOOD for yourself! You will be at my house for a while. Bring a snack or two. I’ll offer you food if you forget.
Hot Tips for the Day of your Newborn Photography Session
Give your baby a bath
Your images will look best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To accomplish this, I suggest giving a baby a bath right before coming. This will keep them stimulated yet relaxed for the car ride. Please massage lotion into the skin and wash the hair. Sponge bathe if the baby has not lost their umbilical cord.
Stick to your normal feeding routine
You will have opportunities to breastfeed. Please don’t overfeed your baby. Some moms overfeed because they are nervous about getting good sleepy pictures. Overfed babies get gassy and uncomfortable and very hard to pose. The best thing you can do is to not stress about it.
Dress your baby in a zip/button up sleeper
Something loose fitting is best. Please avoid clothing that needs to be pulled over the head.
Dress in layers
I keep my house warm for the baby. You can remove layers if you are hot.
Sibling photos are done at the beginning of the session. Please designate a caretaker who can drive the kids home after photos have been taken. Also, please arrange childcare for children who are not participating. No childcare? No problem! We can schedule your session when my husband is home and can supervise! I have two toddlers. We have a lot of toys!
Don’t worry about how long it takes or if your little one is not sleeping. We will follow the baby’s lead. Just stay calm and everything will fall into place. The sessions can take anywhere between 2-4 hours long. I promise to get you out of my house as quickly as possible.
Relax as much as you can
I’ve had two babies of my own, because of this, your baby is in good hands. Take advantage of this time to sit back and relax. Let me do the work. It is okay to “space out” on your phone. I’ll ask for help if I need it.
Don’t worry if your baby poops on me
Your baby will poop on me! It’s part of the job and I expect it to happen.
Embrace safety first
We will only do poses that are safe. For the more difficult poses, I will ask a parent to keep one hand on the baby. We will not force the baby to do a pose.
Ask for help
Let me know if you need anything. I enjoy being hospitable.