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Tiny toes, tiny fingers, little eyelashes oh my!

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Location

Newborn sessions take place at your home for my mobile newborn studio sessions.

Pacifiers!!!

Please dont underestimate the importance of a pacifier, they are CRUCIAL to newborn sessions, even if your newborn doesn't use one, please bring one. It can make or break your session. I recommend soothie pacifiers.

Sleepy, Hungry?

Babies do very well  for posing when they are in a very deep sleep. To encourage this, I highly recommend stimulating the baby at least two hours before your scheduled arrival, a warm bath always does the trick. This also means keeping them awake during the car ride here and refrain from feeding 2 hours before arrival as well. If they are fussy while trying to keep them awake, i'd leave them be.

As mentioned I’ve seen it all, unfortunately their have been a few moms that will say,” my baby always sleeps through anything”. Well come to find out in a very unfortunate way, no they actually don’t.

Once I arrive you will feed your baby right away after set up, once burped, we will then start preparing him/her for their session, meaning any and all clothing must be taken off, except for the diaper. As you might know babies don’t like the feeling of being naked, they want to be warm and completely snuggled (although we will have a small heater in place to keep them warm(not applicable for mobile newborn sessions)) still, they are naked. That alone completely startles and wakes up a baby faster and because of that, they are now fully awake. Some babies fall into a deep sleep once picked up, wrapped in a small blanket and soothed for about 15 minutes.There are the babies that have been asleep for 3+ hours before arriving and are now refusing to go to sleep. 

From experience, babies that have been asleep prior to my arrival are unfortunately the babies that are more difficult to pose because as soon as the blanket comes off, they get startled again and it’s back to trying to put them to sleep. That alone can take up to an hour, if not more and unfortunately does count against your session time.

Keeping in mind these two instructions will most certainly give you a well rested baby. In return we’ll be able to maximize the time you have in the studio with plenty of set ups and photos- so for that reason please do not underestimate and risk how well your baby sleeps after a feeding. We need your bundle of joy to be very exhausted, tired and a bit hungry. I know it will be hard, atop of your own sleep deprivation but I promise you, it will be well worth the effort.

SUPER TIP- If you are a new mom, or even a seasoned mom, here is a very helpful tip. Feed baby until their fists relax, do not assume they are full and asleep because they fell asleep while eating.

Feeding! 

I highly recommend if you’re breastfeeding to pump and bottle feed your milk for your babies session. I’ve had mom’s that breastfeed for up to an hour and unfortunately that does delay the session quite a bit and does count against your allotted time for your session as well. If you don’t pump, my only alternative is to formula feed just for this session only. As a mother, I’ve realized breastmilk doesn’t keep our babies fuller longer so choosing to formula feed for the session, will not only be a little easier for you but it will keep them asleep longer during the handling and posing for a scene. Moms, please just be advised, it’s just a recommendation so if you choose to do neither, it's completely okay. As a newborn photographer, I just feel it’s my duty to offer any advice or tips that you as a parent can use to maximize the time we have in the studio and in return you’ll be able to showcase and display more than the average number of baby photos! 

Shhhh!

Please do whatever you can to keep the noise to a minimum during our session. Maintaining a calm environment is also a big key to a successful newborn shoot. I do have a white noise machine and a baby shusher that I will keep close to baby during the session to help soothe him or her. Babies love strong and rhythmic sound. If the newborn has siblings, it is best to keep the siblings in another room while we conduct the session. This also minimizes the likelihood that my equipment would be damaged. I have a 2 year old tornado so I understand full and well how excited they get!

Safety! 

Safety is my utmost number one top priority when handling your baby, so either mom or dad will be my spotter/assistant. All eyes and hands are to be kept around baby during posing. During the session I will be handling and posing baby, but don’t worry I have plenty of experience handling a newborn. I will hold and care for him or her as if they were my own, I promise!

Mom, Dad!

Chances are you’ll be here close to 2-3 hours so I highly recommend eating a good hearty breakfast before I arrive. I know this can be a very exciting and stressful time for you, especially when adding sleep deprivation in the mix! As much as my goal is for baby to be comfortable, I also want you to be comfortable and at ease! Having me photograph these precious moments for you, means a lot to me so anything I can do to make it a smooth session for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know! I have had parents fall asleep during our sessions, so dont worry- you won't be the first to do so! Lol!

Please sit back and relax, or feel free to go about your normal daily routine! 

The photographer

It is hot! Not to mention a lot of work posing and soothing newborns, for this reason I will NOT be wearing "professional" clothes, I typically wear workout wear for my sessions- this includes a tank top, workout leggings and a sports bra. I need to be able to be cool and be able to move around freely in comfortable clothes. Sometimes I will be wearing mismatched socks, lol- because... mom life!

 

No cameras are allowed during the session or photos of baby in props etc, but please be sure to take behind of the scenes photos of the photographer!

Thank you so much for choosing me to do your newborns first modeling session

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Northern Virginia photographer Casandra Lorraine provides family photography, child photography, baby photography, in-home lifestyle newborn photography, posed newborn photography on-location in Northern Virginia, and throughout the Washington DC metro.  An accomplished Stafford, Virginia baby, child, family and newborn photographer, Casandra Lorraine is known for gorgeous studio and natural lighting, beautiful color and clarity, genuine emotional connection and a relaxed approach tailor-made to suit her individual clients. Casandra's attention to detail and emphasis on quality make her one of the most sought-after photographers in the Northern Virginia area.  She is a leading family, newborn and maternity in the Stafford, VA and Washington DC area, and serves many clients in Stafford, Quantico, Woodbridge, Falls church, Alexandria, Occoquan, and surrounding areas.

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