Congratulations on your new addition! We are so excited you have chosen Ethan Avery Photography to photograph your new little one. Below are some prop selections we have in studio for you to choose from for your newborn sessions. Please select 2-3 of your favorite props and include the selections in your questionnaire.
Studio newborn sessions can take up to three hours to complete. Be prepared to come, and make yourself at home. I encourage new parents to make sure this is the only thing they are doing that day to make sure there are no outside timing stressors on the day of your session.
Plan on arriving to the studio at 10am for your session. It is great if this is baby's feeding time, you are welcome to arrive, get baby down to diaper and begin feeding before we start the session. If you are not exclusively breast feeding, please make sure to bring plenty of bottles, formula and water to mix more during the session. On a day of a photo session, baby may be thrown off any previous feeding patterns you may have noticed since baby is being posed and may be woken up more than usual.
I have a specific style I like to achieve in my newborn portraits so I provide a large studio collection of newborn clothing, wraps and headbands that I know goes well with the backgrounds I have available in studio. I also know that these clothes fit well on newborns and we are not having to battle ill fitting clothing that may hide too much of baby or have printing on that may not show up if baby needs swaddled or posed on tummy to settle. All my clients are welcome to these clothes. You are also encouraged, if planning ahead of time, to look online at our collection or visit the following sites to see if there is an outfit you specifically would like to buy for your little one. (I may be interested in purchasing the outfit from you after the session if you simply bought it for the session, just ask me during the session)
Clothes you do not have to pull over baby's heads are best, ie pants, coveralls, items that tie at the shoulders, cute bonnets and bows, steer clear from onesies and clothing with text it's just very hard to photograph well.
Plan for about 2-3 different clothing choices for baby during the photo session.
Please note if you are looking at these outfits some can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. (Contact seller ahead of ordering to see if they have Ready to Ship/Send RTS outfits if you need it faster)
I am working on creating a catalog of my available photo backgrounds. Some of the backgrounds are only available for shots of your newborn and possibly one sibling as they are too small to capture the entire family. These available backgrounds will be posted as Baby Backgrounds and Family Backgrounds. If you do not see anything you love, you can purchase a backdrop you love for your session here:
(Pick either the polypro, vinyl or fabric option for the backdrops, polypro is like paper and is good for backdrops but not for flooring) Some backdrops are as little at $50. As with the clothes, I may be interested in purchasing the print from you after the session so just ask at the end of the session)
Flow Posing on bean bag - tummy, back, frog pose (if baby allows)
Prop Poses- Cute outfit, wrapped, different bonnets or hairbows
Poses with dad holding
Poses with dad holding and mom
Poses with mom holding
Poses with mom holding and dad
Extensive Flow Posing on bean bag - tummy, back,side lying, frog pose (if baby allows) Potato Sack
4-5 Prop Poses- 2-3 Cute outfit, wrapped, different bonnets or hair bows
1 Prop Poses- Cute outfit
Swaddled Sibling shots - Posing depends on age of older sibling
Poses of dad holding baby
Poses of dad holding baby and mom
Poses of the whole family
Poses of mom holding baby
Poses of mom holding baby and dad
More poses of the whole family
The studio is kept warm during newborn sessions. I find that dads and older siblings may get a bit antsy during the session. I encourage if possible for mom and baby to be dropped off at the session to start feeding baby and preparing for the shots of baby alone, and have dad and older kids come up towards the end. (Of course this is not always possible, but if you have grandma or someone else who can help this is SUPER helpful)