Newborn Session Guide

Congratulations to you! Thank you for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new baby in his/her first few days of life. I am truly honored to be able to capture this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby!

This newborn session guide will help you prepare for your newborn session.

When Do I Schedule?

Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 10 days. However, the best time is between 5-10 days after their arrival

We’ll be moving them around and wrapping and unwrapping them for their sleepy newborn images, so we want to make sure they’re sleepy enough to allow us to handle them.

Plus, babies just tend to do a lot better with the session within their first 5 -10 days.

Somewhere after the 10th day they discover the joy of  stretching! Once that happens…they’re not about to let us get them into those sweet poses or wraps without a fight. It can be done, just takes a little more time.  

 Please contact me when you know your due date and we will set your session date ‘in pencil’. This date is not set in stone as babies come when they want. Call, text or email me when your baby is born so we can adjust your session date if needed.

Why is it so important to schedule in the first two weeks? 

After the first two weeks, it’s almost impossible to get baby into that deep sleep that came so easily in their first few days. So it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to get them into any of the more sleepy newborn poses. After that two week window, baby is more alert, and tends to stay awake longer.

Sleepy baby is our goal for your session. 

Most of the images that I will be trying to capture work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, we recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and exhausted. Interact with and keep baby awake 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. This is VERY important. Without this, we spend too much time trying to get them back to sleep , which means less photographing. 


What Can You Do To Help?

 Please arrive at your session with baby in a button/zipper-down sleeper and loose diaper to avoid any lines on baby skin . Try to avoid the sleepers you have to pull over their heads. As this allows for a smoother transition. 

Please make sure your little one has a full belly for the session. Please feed baby just before you leave for the studio. Full baby means sleepy baby. Once they wake up they usually have a hard time falling back asleep, especially being in a new place with new smells. Please bring extra bottles, bring more than you think you may need. Babies tend to work up work up an appetite during their session. 

 We’ll also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model!


 If you have children and would like them to be included in some photos, we recommend bringing them in at the beginning or end of a session and then having someone take them. Young children do not have long attention spans (3-4 hours are way too long for them). Only those being photographed should be present to help maintain noise control. We recommend bringing no more than yourself, your spouse/partner and children. Lots of people in the studio make for somewhat challenging creative conditions and it’s tight in our cozy LITTLE space!


Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately…this isn’t something we can predict! We ask that everyone remain calm, should he/she not want to sleep, since your baby will pick up on any frustration in the room. TRUST me when I tell you that if the baby gets fussy it does NOT upset me, so don't let it upset you. These are one of those things we can't foresee.  And if sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too. 

What Do I Need To Wear?

Be prepared for messes of all kinds. Babies do not care where, when and who they pee, poo, spit up or vomit on. That is why I will be dressed in comfy sweats as I work and why you (if you want to be in the photos with your newborn) would want to bring an extra set of clothing. I suggest black T-shirt shirt for dad. Mom can wear black shirt or something neutral. But black is very flattering. PLEASE make sure parents nails are clean and trimmed because we will be getting close up images of your hands. 

Also if you have any special request of colors of wraps or hats etc.... needs to be known prior to your session. 

Safety is the most IMPORTANT factor at your session. 

Because I do not work with an assistant, mommy or daddy may need to help me for some poses. I know you may have seen some adorable images that I have posted or on Pinterest. But some of those poses require your baby to be very sleepy to get them in those poses. I will not risk your baby safety over a pose. Thank you again for choosing Mercer Media Photography!