Newborn-FAQ


Raleigh Newborn Photographer Michelle Gunton Photo

When should I do my newborn session?

It is ideal to photograph newborns between 4-10 days old. During this time the baby sleeps up to 18 hours a day and remains in a wonderful ‘curl’ from the womb. If your baby is older than 10 days don’t get discouraged! Give me a call! The session will likely take a little bit longer but I still get amazing photos.

How long does the session last?

My goal is to create 3 different setups with your baby as well as a few parent shots. This takes anywhere from 1.5 – 3 hours. It is important for you to arrive on time or early to the session. 

What if my newborn cries the whole time?

No worries. It’s completely normal for a newborn to cry during their session. I continue to work through their fussiness with special soothing techniques and a lot of patience.

How do I prepare for my newborn session?

Try to keep mittens on his/her hands 2 days prior to the session so they don’t scratch their face(newborn socks might stay on the hands better, haha.) 

Try not to let them sleep all morning. We want a sleepy baby for the session.If you are able to pump a bottle or bring formula for the session please do so.Here is the biggie.

Please bring a pacifier. I realize some doctors say don’t give the baby a pacifier for a while but it really can save a session. If we need to use a pacifier it really is only for very short periods of time and it’s a last resort.

Feel free to bring yourself a snack/drink as this will take at least 2hrs maybe longer. If you are breast feeding and drink caffeine try not to for 36-48 hrs leading up to the session as this could affect the babies sleeping habits. 

The studio will be very very warm please dress accordingly. Neutral colors are best for family portraits (ex: white, or cream shirts). Make sure you do your hair and makeup at your house or the ride over in the car.

Raleigh newborn photos