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n e wb o r ns e s s i o nG u i d e by Ni kiJ onesPhot ogr aphy


we l c o m e Hi , t he r e ! Thankyous omuc hf orc hoos i ngmet ot e l l yours t or y . Youar e a boutt oe mbar konwhatI ’ ms ur ewi l l bet hemos te xc i t i ng, mos t c hal l e ngi ng, mos tr e war di ngj our ne yofyourl i f e . I ’ m honor edt o havet hepr i vi l eg eofdoc ume nt i ngt hebegi nni ngoft hi sadve nt ur e , i nal l i t ss wee tne wnes s . vehadot he rpr of es s i onal phot ogr aphye xpe r i e nc es Maybeyou’ be f or e , ormaybet hi si syour r s t ! What e ve rt hec as emaybe , t hi s g ui dei sdes i gnedt oans we rques t i onsyoumi ghthavel eadi ngupt o yours es s i on. I ’ ms ur el i f ei sabi tofawhi r l wi ndr i ghtnow, andyour ne wbor nphot ogr aphys es s i ons houl dbes ome t hi nge xc i t i ngt ol ook f or war dt o, notas our c eofunc e r t ai nt yands t r es s . I nt hi sg ui de , you’ l l ndt i pst ohe l puspr e par ef oras uc c es s f ul s es s i on, e ve r yt hi ngf r om whatt oe xpec tt owhatt odot hedayof yours es s i on, ande ve r yt hi ngi nbe t wee n. I fyous t i l l haveques t i onsaf t e rr eadi ngt hi sg ui de , pl eas ef ee l f r eet o e mai l meathe l l o@ni ki j ones phot o. c om. Havi ngc l eare xpec t at i ons i sk e yt oagr eats es s i on! ’ ml ooki ngf or war dt omee t i ngyours wee tba byandwor ki ngwi t h I yourf ami l y .


S c h e d u l i n g Y o u r S e s s i o n

Ti mei soft hee s s e nc ewhe ni t c ome st one wbor nphot ogr aphy . Thought het e r m“ ne wbor n� i sus edt ode s c r i bet het i meofpe r i od f r om bi r t ht of ourwe e k sol d, ne wbor nphot ogr aphyi smos t s uc c e s s f ul whe ns c hedul edwi t hi nt he r s t t e nda ysofl i f e . Sc hedul i ngyours e s s i onbe t we e nda yst hr e eands e ve ni si dea l -t hi s i swhe nyourne wba bywi l l bes l e e pi e s t andmos t t ol e r ant ofbe i ng pos ed. Af t e rda ye i ght , ne wbor nsdi s c ove rt hej oyt hat i ss t r e t c hi ng! The ya l s obec omemor ea l e r t andl e s sl i k e l yt of a l l i nt hes we e t , de e p s l e e pt hat i ss ohe l pf ul dur i ngas e s s i on.


Af t erday1 4, ot heri s s uesl i kebabyac neandc ol i cmi ghtdevel op. As es s i onaf t erday1 0i spos s i bl e, butourbes tc hanc ef ora s uc c es s f uls es s i oni sbet weenday3andday7. I fi t ’ satal lpos s i bl e, s hootmeat extwhi l eyou’ r es t i l li nt he hos pi t al . Thi swi l lhel pmepi npoi ntpos s i bl es es s i ont i mes . I f t hi si s n’ tpos s i bl ewhi l ei nt hehos pi t al , don’ twor r yatal l ! Wewi l l s t i l l ndas es s i ont i met hatwor ksf oryourf ami l y.


S t y l i n g a n d p r o p s

Ther ear et wos t yl esofnewbor nphot ogr aphy: l i f es t yl eand pos ed. Il ovebot hf ordi er entr eas ons . Li f es t yl ephot ogr aphy hasamor ecas ualappr oac h, andai mst ocapt ur enat ur ali mages ofbabyandf ami l y. I nt hi ss t yl e, we’ r eabl et ocapt ur et hel ove andamazementamongaf ami l ydur i ngt hi ss weett i me. Pos ed newbor nphot ogr aphyi nvol vest hef unwr aps , bl anket s , and pr ops .


Ival uebot hoft hes ess t yl es , s oIgener al l yappr oac hanewbor n s es s i onasapos eds es s i on, butus et he“ br eaks �asanoppor t uni t y t ogr abs omel i f es t yl es hot s . Iwi l lbr i ngavar i et yofpr opswi t hme. Il ovewhenf ami l i es i nc or por at euni quei t emsori deasi nt ot hei rs es s i ons . I fyouhave ani deaorani t em youwoul dl i ket oi nc l ude, pl eas el etmeknow pr i ort oyours es s i on, asIt ypi cal l ybegi npl anni ngf ort hes e s es s i onsweeksi nadvanc e. Icannotguar ant eet hatever yi dea wi l lbes uc c es s f ul , butIwi l lt r ymybes tt obr i ngyouri deat ol i f e.


WH A TT O E X P E C T D U R I N G Y O U R S E S S I O N Ne wbor nphot ogr aphyi sunl i k eanyot he rt ypeofphot ogr aphy . Thi sne xts ec t i onwi l l out l i newhatyouc ane xpec tf r om your s es s i on. Onc eyourbabyar r i ves , l etme knowass oonaspos s i bl es o t hatwecanpi c kade ni t e s es s i ondat eandt i me.

Whe nIg e tt oyourhome , I ’ l l do aqui c kt ouroft her oom( s )you havei nmi ndj us tt os c opeout t hel i ght i ng. I ft her oom wor ks , Ima yt ak eaf e wmi nut e st o adj us tf ur ni t ur eormoves ome t hi ngsoutoft hewa y . I ft he r oom doe s n’ twor k, Ima yas kt o c hec koutanot he rr oom j us tt o c ompar et hel i ght i ngands e ei f t hatwor ksbe t t e r .

Pl eas eDONOTputpr es s ur e onyour s e l ft oc l eanor “ pr e par e ”yourhomef orme . Yourf oc uss houl dbes oaki ng upal l t hes wee tne wnes sof yourba by , notwor r yi nga bout havi ngyourhomei nt i pt op s hape . Ipr omi s eIwi l l not j udg ef oryouhowc l eanyour hous ei sori s n’ t ! Donots t r es s !


Onc ewe’ vedeci dedont he r oom( s ) , I ’ l lbr i ngi nmy equi pment . Thi smi ght r equi r emor et hanonet r i p outt ot hecar-t hat ’ snor malandi tmi ghts eem l i keal otof “ s t u, ”butI ’ m es s ent i al l y br i ngi ngami ni s t udi owi t h me!

Newbor ns es s i onsar el ong! A t ypi cal s es s i oni sanywher e f r om 23hour s . Thi sal l owsf or br eaksf orf eedi ng, c hangi ng di aper s , s oot hi ngands et t i ng up/ s et t l i ngi nt opos es .

I nt hi ski ndofphot ogr aphy, poophappens . Andi t ’ st ot al l y nor mal . Yourbabywi l ll i kel y benakedf oragoodpor t i onof ours es s i on, s opl eas edon’ t pani corbeembar r as s edi f yourbabydeci dest ous ea pr op( orme! )asapot t y. I t ’ s happenedbef or e, andi t ’ l l happenagai n. Iwas hal l pr opsaf t eras es s i on, s oi t ’ sal l good!


T I P S F O R S U C C E S S Feedba by30mi nut esors o be f or emyar r i val

Tur nupt heheat !

Loos e nba by’ sdi ape r .

Kee pba byawak ebe f or eI ar r i ve .

Re l ax!

Re l ax, agai n.

Ens ur i ngba byhasaf ul l t ummywi l l i nc r eas et hec hanc esofal ong s l ee p. Thi nk“ mi l kdr unk, ”whe nt he i rt ummi esar ef ul l andhappy .

Ba bi esl i k ebe i ngwar m! Ai mf or7580degr ees . We ’ l l bee xt r a t oas t y( andwemi ghtbr eakas weat )butba by’ sc omf or twi l l be wor t hi t . Thi swi l l al l owanymar ksf r om t hedi ape rt odi s appearf r om t he s ki ni nt i mef orours es s i on.

Iknowt hi smi ghts oundl i k et or t ur e-k ee pi ngat i r edba byawak e whe nyou’ r eal s ot i r ed-buti ft hi si spos s i bl e , i twi l l he l pusg e tba by i nt oani c e , dee ps l ee pf orours es s i on. I ft al ki ngandpl ayi ngwi t h yourba bydoes n’ tdot het r i c k, abat hmi ght ! Ba bi esc ans e ns eanxi e t y , s oi t ’ si mpor t antf oryout ober e l axed. Yourba byi si ng oodhands , Ipr omi s e ! Tak et hi st i met or e l axabi t ; f ee l f r eet ol eavet her oom. Somepar e nt sus et hi st i met ot ak ea powe rnaporgr a bas howe r , andI ’ mt ot al l y newi t ht hat ! I fyourba byi sawak eorf us s y , youmi ghts t ar tt opani c . Don’ t ! I ti s n’ t adi s as t e randwewi l l g e ts omegr eatphot os . Wewi l l f ol l owba by’ s l ead, mak es ur es hei sc omf or t a bl e , andpr oc eedf r om t he r e . I t ’ s i mpor t antt hate ve r yonei nvol veds t ayasme l l owaspos s i bl e .


o t h e r h e l p f u l t i p s

I fyou’ r ebr eas t f eedi ng, avoi ds pi c yf oodst hedaypr i ort oyour s es s i on. Thi sc oul dcaus es t omac hpr obl emsanddi s c omf or tf or yourbaby. eas et r yt okeepnoi s esanddi s t r ac t i onst oami ni mum. I fyou Pl haveot herc hi l dr enorapetyou’ dl i ket oi nc l udef orpar tofour s es s i on, wecandos oatt hever ybegi nni ngort heend. When t heyar enotbei ngphot ogr aphed, pl eas et r yt ohaveanot her f ami l ymemberavai l abl et okeept hem oc c upi ed. Thi swi l lhel p mai nt ai nacal m envi r onment . si nc r edi bl ys ens i t i vet ohi smama’ ss c ent . Yours c ent Yourbabyi canmakeyourbabywantyouand/ orwantt onur s e, eveni fhe i s n’ thungr y. Fort hi sr eas on, i t ’ sal waysgr eatt ohavedadon hand, t oo, t ohel pgetcal m babyandgethi mt hi nki ngs weet , s l eepyt hought s , i ns t eadof“ wher e’ smymi l k? ! ”


Whe npi c ki ngoutt sf orot he rf ami l yme mbe r s , Ial ways r ec omme nds i mpl eandt i me l es sc l ot hi ng. Ac l as s i ckni ts hor tor l ongs l ee ves hi r twi l l wor kgr eatf ormamaandpapa. Fors i bl i ngs , youc oul dc hoos eas i mi l ar l yc l as s i coutt , ors ome t hi ngal i t t l e mor ef unwi t has mal l ands i mpl epat t e r n. Somef ami l i esal s oopt f ots hi r t l es ss i bl i ngs hot s . Avoi dt hi ngst hateas i l ywr i nk l eandl oud, c r azypat t e r ns . Kee pi nmi ndyourhandsmaybeve r yvi s i bl ei ns omephot os . For t hi sr eas on, t r i m nai l sar ehi ghl ye nc our ag ed. Thi sdoes n’ tmean e ve r yoneneedsamani c ur e( t houghi fyouwantone , g of ori t ! ) , but pl eas emak es ur enai l sar ec l eanandhandsar emoi s t ur i zed.

Newborn Session Guide by Niki Jones Photography  

A guide that outlines the session process and includes tips for a successful session.

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