Newborn Session Prep Guide

Congratulations on your new arrival, and thank you for choosing Blue Water Studio to have your newborn portraits done and to celebrate this special moment in time.  Below are a few tips to prepare for your session.

For baby:

Please feed baby about 2-3 hours prior to your session, and then that hour prior try and have some ‘awake’ time.  Give them a bath, let them kick with only a diaper on, tickle their toes.  Then if you can wait to feed them again until you arrive at the studio that usually works best. We will have a spot for you to feed your little one and it makes for an easier transition to photos if you feed them once you arrive. This way we can undress baby (down to their diaper) and swaddle in a blanket before feeding and this reduces the possibility of waking baby up by removing their clothes if they fall asleep during the feed.


 If you have to feed them before you come, then please do so, this is just a guide to help get the best photos but babies needs ALWAYS come first!  


I can’t stress enough that it is so important to do your best to keep them awake for a little bit before the session.  This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!


Many parents come in saying “baby has been sleeping all morning, but don’t worry, they sleep SO well this time of day!” only to have baby wake up, since they will be unclothed and unswaddled.

Sessions last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper or cluster feeding. We need to allow plenty of time for feeding, diaper changes and time for the baby to fall asleep.   The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottle-feed off and on during the session.

It will be at least 80 degrees in the studio.  Due to this, I come dressed for a warm few hours and I suggest you do too!  We do have a separate room that is cooler to sit in if you are feeling hot or just want to relax, we know how tiring being a new parent is!  But we also have a loveseat for you to relax on in the studio during photos as well. 

If you can, bring the soothie pacifier the hospital sends you home with.  It's the bendable, green/blue one and won't leave marks. I keep unopened soothies here in the studio (as well as plenty of diapers and wipes!) However if you really prefer that we don’t use one, that is fine as well.

I have a huge and ever growing collection of headbands, hats, bonnets, wraps, bowls/beds, outfits and more, so no need to bring anything from home unless there is something special or important to your family that you’d like included, just let me know ahead of time (in your questionnaire is great) so I can include it in the flow of your session.

If you haven’t yet filled out the questionnaire, please do so by clicking here





For the parents:

Once baby has made his or her entrance into the world (or if you get a date to be induced or have a c-section), let me know as soon as possible.  This was we can make sure that our scheduled date will still work for photos.  It is best that we take them between 5-14 days after they are born to help get the squishy poses, but we can accommodate older babies if needed with more wrapped poses. 

Mom and dad, you are a big part of the show!  Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my all time favorite things!

In regards to your newborn portraits attire, simplicity is key! You can never go wrong with neutrals. Also, please remove watches and hairbands from wrists and no nail polish looks best. 

Skin to skin creates the most beautiful images so if dads are comfortable going shirtless or wearing a shortsleeved t-shirt and moms if you choose a nice loose-fitting tank top or dress that always looks best.   If you have questions about what to wear feel free to ask. 

If there are any particular images you’ve seen in my portfolio that you want me to try and achieve please let me know beforehand. I will do my very best to achieve this for you, if your baby is agreeable to the idea of course!

For Siblings:

Including siblings in your newborn portraits is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives. 

Sister(s) - Please bring a neutral tank top or dress (we do have some options in our studio closet, just let us know what size and we can send you some photos ahead of time).  I ask that girls hair be natural (or in braids) and free of bows.  Just as mom, no nail polish please. 

Brothers: A snug pair of jeans and a white or neutral colored t-shirt, or shirtless are preferred.

If siblings are joining you for the session we have a seperate room with some books, toys, and snacks on hand.  But feel free to bring any of their favorite toys or devices to help pass the time.   If you bring any snacks, please make sure they are all nut free as we are a nut free studio!  Also, snacks that don't melt or stain are best so they don't get stains on their clothes before their photos. 

A Few Additional Thoughts:

It is my hope that you come to the studio feeling comfortable and at home, we have a residential studio and a no shoe policy in the studio to help keep it clean for little ones (we won't be photographing your feet anyhow).  I am truly honored to be able to document this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby! 

Any questions at all please feel free to send me a message or call or text me at 607-434-2814.

Studio address:

204 Hillside Drive

Oneonta, NY 


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