LIFESTYLE NEWBORN WELCOME GUIDE
Thank you so much for choosing Tomie Horton Photography! I'm thrilled at the opportunity to work with you. I just wanted to share some information to help you prepare for your experiences with me. I want to maximize every minute together and make sure that you both truly enjoy the experience (and the photos that will be captured!).
WHAT TO WEAR
What you wear is one of the keys for a successful session. Clothing complements who you are as a family, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your family, so I’ve put together some clothing advice for a creative, comfortable session.
For parents, I suggest colors that coordinate, but not match. With your sweet little baby being the focus of the session, neutral colors tend to work best, steering away from logo’d t-shirts or bold patterns. Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet look most natural in a home setting.
Mom’s, consider a beautiful maxi dress or a pretty cotton gown that will be both comfortable and oh-so-sweet while you are cuddling with your new baby. When we do some of the snuggling parent images, you may wish to have a tight fitting onesie or a cute diaper cover for baby.
Newborns are so small it is often very difficult to photograph them in cute outfits as they are usually swimming in them, and just tend to look silly. I will bring several neutral colored baby wraps that showcase just how tiny your little one is! If you also have a cute wraps, please get them ready. I want to incorporate your personal items as much as I can to add your personal touch into your photography.
I'll gladly retouch boo-boos, scars, and blemishes if required so no stress!
PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION
THE DAY BEFORE:
Do not schedule vaccinations the day before your session.
Shots make babies cranky and are stressful for parents too.
Lay out any outfits the night before so they are ready to go and wrinkle free. Try all garments on to ensure a proper and flattering fit.
Pack all the personal items that you want to incorporate into photography if any.
(For on-location sessions) Print out any directions or map it on your phone so that you can plan your commute accordingly. Plan to arrive to the location 5 minutes before your start time to allow for any last minute wardrobe, make up or hair fixed.
THE DAY OF:
Prior to our session, try and keep the baby awake and stimulated as much as possible. You can give baby a bath, play for awhile, and try to feed him/her about the time I am due to arrive. A full belly makes for a sleepy baby!
After the baby is full, make sure they are burped really well. Gas can take a sleepy, happy baby to an uncomfortable and irritable one in seconds.
(Hosting your session at home)Turn the heat up to around 26 -29 degrees about 30 minutes prior to your session. This will ensure a comfortable and sleepy baby!
(Hosting your session at home)
Tidy up any areas where you might want photographs. have dad or someone else take care of that!
I love to shoot in nursery, bedrooms and living room. Don’t worry about a spotless house, we just need a small area with beautiful light to work in.
Be patient. If the baby gets fussy or alert, don’t worry. A baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. I will try and get the baby comfortable again, but if that just doesn’t seem possible, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what they’re giving us. Sometimes the best pictures are ones when baby isn’t necessarily doing what we want.
And MOST importantly, the only job you have while we are together is to RELAX. I want this to be a time where you can soak in that new baby smell, cuddle with your loved ones, and be "in the moment."
Watch our Facebook page and Instagram for a sneak peek after your session!
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
(Outdoor On-location Session)
In case of the bad weather, I will contact you 24 to 28 hours prior to your session and re-locate or reschedule your session.
The View + Design Session
This is the most emotional part of your process. Your 'The View + Design Session' will be scheduled within 2 weeks from your session date. At this appointment, we will review the absolute best of the best beautiful images, our collections, products and samples to select the best art and options for your home and help you with your decisions. Print/Image selections are due upon this appointment. This session can be done in-person or online.
You’ll have a chance to order print products with a one day discount at that appointment. I can even upload other personal photos for you if you want to put together a wall gallery with a mix of photos and help you visualize exactly what your photos will look like on your wall through my online gallery wall designer.
Unordered images will be purged from our systems 30 days after your session. Ordered images will be archived for 3 years for holiday cards and reprints.
My typical client spends between $220 and $2000 on photography. Our custom wall art begins at $139 and digital file packages starts at $220. Please click HERE to check out our full product catalog / price list on my online shop. Also Click HERE to see some of my beautiful wall art products.
Delivery & Installation
About 2-6 weeks later, your art piece will be delivered to your door. And once those portraits are hanging, you can sit back and enjoy them EVERY DAY.
Reprints / Reorder
Reprints / Reorder can be made at any time within 3 years from your initial ordering session, please call or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. Your initial print or digital file order must be made before you can order additional prints.
If you have absolutely any questions, feel free to contact me any time. Looking forward to our session!