Newborn Guide

[bgsection pex_attr_title=”Welcome!” pex_attr_subtitle=”How to prepare for your newborn session” pex_attr_undefined=”undefined” pex_attr_style=”section-light2″ pex_attr_bgcolor=”ffffff” pex_attr_image=”” pex_attr_imageopacity=”0.1″ pex_attr_bgimagestyle=”static” pex_attr_titlecolor=”252525″ pex_attr_textcolor=”777777″ pex_attr_height=””]Thank you for choosing MyStoryisArt Photography! This guide gives some answers to general newborn session information and typical questions people have before their session. There are a couple things you can do to prepare for a smooth newborn session and this goes over those!

I’m a natural light and studio photographer located in Spanish Fork Utah. I love photographing babies, children, and their families. There’s something just so rewarding about capturing precious moments that are too easily forgotten. I’m a wife to a wonderful husband and mommy to two beautiful girls. I am blessed to have their support in doing something I love. I look forward to meeting your sweet new addition!


What is included in my session


The price listed for each session includes a custom session, custom editing of your images, a private online gallery of images to share and where you can purchase prints, digital delivery of your high resolution images (also included is a print release, and 10% off future sessions with MyStoryisArt Photography. Prints and products are additional. Sessions take place either on location or in my studio. Sessions last anywhere from 60 minutes up to 2 hours depending on which type of session you choose and how baby does. I like to leave some time to allow for feeding or rocking baby if needed. All prices are subject to Utah County sales tax.

Important tips for sessions in your home


Preparing your home

Upon arriving at your home I will walk around to find the room with the best light. Make sure to declutter where needed. We usually shoot in the parents room as well as the baby’s nursery but obviously it can vary depending on your home. Temperature around the house should be about 80 degree so please make sure to crank up the heat at least an hour before the session.



Preparing your baby

Try to feed the baby about 30 minutes prior to my arrival. Babies with full tummies are always happier and usually sleepy by the time we are getting ready tot shoot. This will make the session a little easier on everyone. Don’t stress if the baby is fussy! They can read that from you and it can make them more upset. Try to stay calm, we will take time for he/she to settle and feed if needed.


Preparing yourself

During the lifestyle session we also can take photos of the baby with the family members, so please make sure you weat solid, more neutral clothing. Just relax and leave it to me. We will go with the flow to make the experience as nice and relaxed as possible for everyone.



Important tips when coming to the studio


1. Before Arriving at the studio

Please make sure to feed baby as full as you can and give them a good burping. Dress them in a clean diaper and something that either zips or snaps down the front. Please do not put them in anything that we have to pull over their head in case they fall asleep on the drive to my home.


2. Session Time

It is not uncommon for studio sessions to take up to 2 hours. We will take breaks as needed to nurse/feed or change and soothe your baby as needed. The baby will sleep best if he/she is fed right before the session and if the room is pretty warm (80 degrees or more) so be aware of this and dress accordingly. I like to photograph babies wearing little or nothing at all to show off all the tiny details. If you would like your baby to be dressed in something during the session please make sure you keep it as simple as possible. I do have some little pants and diaper covers available.



3. Things to bring

– Extra diapers and wipes, pacifier, extra milk and a bottle if feeding formula.

– Change of clothes for mom and dad

-Props of keepsakes you want incorporated in the session.



What does my session include?

All sessions include variety of poses, digital delivery of your edited images, an online password protected ordering gallery, and 10% off future sessions. Prints, canvases, and flash drives are additional and may be purchased a la carte.


What about props for the session?

For studio sessions I have a variety of blankets, baskets, bowls, headbands, wraps, and chairs. I really value simple, timeless photography and therefore I do not do a ton with lots of props. I love the interest to be on my subject. I love when my clients bring their own things to incorporate in their sessions. It really adds extra personalization to the pictures.


Print your Pictures!

Get those prints off your hard drive and onto your walls! I like being able to provide digital images to my clients because you have access to your images long after the session is over. However I see far too many people get their pictures done and then they never do anything with the images. There are so many fun ways to display your pictures in your home. Do a search on Pinterest, you will find more ideas then you have wall space for.


How long will my images be online?

Galleries will be available for 30 days. Please make sure family member who would like to order prints know that they will be taken down after 30 days. Also make sure you have downloaded your session to your computer in this time.


Backing up Digital Files

You gallery will be online for 30 days, please make sure once you have downloaded your session to your computer to back them up to another source. External hard drives are a great option, however I also recommend backing them up to an online cloud server in the event your hard dive or computer crashed at come point. Have them in a couple places. Amazon and dropbox both give free online photo storage up to 5 gb. If your an Amazon Prime member you get free photo storage. Zenfolio and crash plan are both great options if you’re wanting something for all of your photo backup. Please contact me for a coupon if interested in Zenfolio!

Printing your Images

Now all printers are created equal. Many store chains use lower quality printers and inks which can result in images looking dark or having strange color casts on your photographs. I strongly recommend printing your images through MyStoryisArt. We only use high quality professional printers, paper is archival for up to 125 years, and colors and skin tones will be accurate to what you see on the computer. Your gallery will come with a print release if you choose to print elsewhere. Please not I am not responsible for issues you have with color or printing errors done through outside vendors.