What to bring, what to wear, etc.

How to prepare for a successful newborn session

You’re in a new and exciting time in your life. You’ve now got this adorable, precious little soul and you are ready to document his or her first memories in photographs. We at Tracy Lopes Photography want to make this a joyous experience for you and your family. We know how nerve-racking picture day is, especially when you’re running on little, to no, sleep. To help you out with this process, we’ve compiled a list of preparation tips to ease some of your stress. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact us at info@tracylopesphotography.co.za and we can get you the answers you’re looking for.

What to Bring

We try to keep our sessions pretty basic and focused in on your new little bundle of joy and therefore take a minimalistic approach to prop usage.  If there is something you’d like to include in your photos – a special outfit or blanket, a favorite stuffed animal or toy, heirlooms, etc., we will be more than happy to incorporate it in your session. The more personal items we use in your session, the more unique these photos will be to your child and your family’s personality.

To ensure that your baby is happy and calm during the session, we suggest bringing a blanket that we can swaddle him or her in, as well as a pacifier. Also be sure to have fresh bottle -- if your baby is currently using a bottle -- and diapers ready to go.

What to Wear

Newborns are not very patient when it comes to outfit changes. We suggest having your baby in an outfit that is easy to take off without waking them, so a button up grower is perfect.  Avoid over the head tops and vests.  After you arrive and settle in, I will wrap/swaddle your baby in our wraps, these are taken with their nappy still on.  Nude images are taken last but if you prefer not to have these then we can continue with the wraps.

If you are going to be in photos with your baby, we suggest bringing a backup shirt, just in case. We also suggest that you wear a white or black shirt in case we need to photograph parts of you with your child on the backdrop (for example, just your hands holding the baby) so you don’t stand out. For mommies, we suggest keeping jewellery to a minimum, as babies like to grab hold of these items.

If you have any wardrobe questions, please contact us. We’d be more than happy to help. Thanks for reading and we look forward to your session!

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