Boise Newborn Photography Session Information
Why choose Stokes Photography as your newborn photographer?
I. Love. Babies. Seriously, I adore the little miraculous bundles of joy (but who doesn't?). They are so precious and beautiful and perfect no matter how they look or come into this world. Finding the perfect newborn photographer for you is so important. Babies are fragile little humans that require the utmost attention to care and safety. I am fully trained and experienced in handling your sweet newborn with care and safety.
A newborn portrait session is so special. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Your beautiful baby is only this little once. This is a great time to get those sleepy, posed, adorable portraits that you will cherish forever. Check out my portfolio of my favorite newborn portraits!
My home-based photo studio is in Boise. It is a comfortable setting with amazing seating. There will be yummy snacks and water available. We have wi-fi and a seriously comfy couch that you can nap in (several parents have snoozed during the session, we know those first few days can be tiring). We also have a changing station with a soft pad and warm wipes from the wipes warmer.
Props! So many props! We have a variety of backdrops available and wraps in many different colors and textures. We also have a large selection of gorgeous little headbands, little stuffed animals with matching hats, bonnets, newsboys outfits, and much, much more. As a newborn photographer, I adore shopping for cute little props to add to portraits sessions. Additionally, we carefully wash and sanitize every prop that is used. We use a gentle, baby-skin friendly detergent, like Dreft to wash blankets, wraps, outfits, etc.
The studio will be WARM! The heater will be cranked up and I will also use a space heater if needed. Please dress in layers so you won't get too uncomfortable. The warm environment helps to keep baby warm and sleepy.
The ideal time for a newborn portrait session is 4-11 days after birth. The reason is because baby girl or baby boy can usually fall into a deep sleep that allows us to pose baby in those adorable sleepy poses. If mama had a C-section, it's totally fine to wait closer to the 10 day mark. The sleepy poses are not always guaranteed, of course, but we have many tricks to get baby snoozing.
It's best to contact us in your second or third trimester so we can pencil in your due date. Due dates are just a best guess of when baby arrives, so we want to make sure that we are available in that general time frame. Once you go to the hospital and have baby and have a minute to breathe, it's ideal if you can text or call me to let me know baby has arrived so we can schedule your session in the upcoming days.
The Session - What to Expect
3 Must-Haves to bring to your session:
- pacifier (if you use one)
- any outfits you wish to incorporate (this is not necessary, we have tons of wraps, hats, etc., but if you have a cute outfit you want to include, please bring it along!)
- family memorabilia you want to use in the portraits (this is also not necessary, but maybe you have a stuffed teddy bear that was handed down, or a quilt that was lovingly stitched by a family member that you want to include)
Sessions typically last 1-2 hours. We are more than happy to do sibling and family portraits as well. If it is easier for you, we can do them at the beginning or at the end so they can leave if needed. For example, we could do the entire family and sibling shots, then dad and the kiddos can take off or take a walk if they want.
Most of the session will be me posing the baby. Parents can read, browse the internet, take a nap, and just relax. Occasionally, I will need the assistance of a parent in some of the poses.
I can't wait to photograph your beautiful bundle of joy!! Contact me today with any questions or to book your session! I would be so honored to be your newborn photographer!