I look forward to meeting you at our session! Here are some great preparation tips.
Please call us to schedule your newborn session within a few days of giving birth. We recommend you assign your partner to calling us when you leave the hospital as you will have a lot on your mind. Newborns are best photographed 5-10 days after delivery. We ask that you try to feed your baby just before we arrive or if needed feed him or her during your session. Dress baby in clothing that does not have to be pulled over the head to avoid waking him/her (aka pajamas are better than onesies).
Come to our studio or have us come to your home and photograph your nursery. If you would like us to come to your home, please prepare by opening curtains to allow the best light in and turning up the heat (keeps your little one comfortable). We may have to move some things that are distracting in photos or you can move these before we come. The less clutter the more focus on you and your little one!
Please bring along your baby's favorite toys and snacks to keep him or her happy during the session and also for commemorating your baby's favorite things in your photos. Please dress your baby or toddler in solid colors, avoid bold patterns or words on clothing please as these do not photograph well.
Please wear coordinating colors- 2-3 shades of the same color or different colors but all in the same tone (aka all jewel tones, all earth tones, all pastels, etc as you prefer). Pastels tend to photograph nicely as do all black or all white outfits if you do not have clothes in the same tones. Please do not wear sneakers. Feel free to bring sentimental items or toys to incorporate your personality into the shoot.
Bring a copy of your ultrasound and baby shoes or a baby accessory that is special to you.
Wear a nude strapless bra and panties. Hair and makeup are a must! Flowing curls look great we recommend Up and Out in Hoboken, they also travel on location. Blow Out Hair Bar is also excellent. We have an excellent makeup artist Donna Sorkin available for $75 who does makeup and touchups in studio. Don't forget to manicure your nails.
Feel free to bring/wear a casual outfit for you and your husband that expresses your personality and any toys/gifts you have from your childhood or for your baby that are meaningful or humorous.
Most of all be yourself, do what makes you happy and comfortable in your glowing pregnant skin!
Choosing a Location
Please ask for additional information about any of the locations where we shoot or if you have something specific in mind. Permits are a client's responsibility but not required in most locations we use unless specified.
We shoot at Pier A park (paths with parallel trees, benches, and views of the city), Pier C park (an island with NYC backdrop and sculptures to pose on as well as a hanging bridge), Newport beach, on the boardwalk from Hoboken to Exchange Place (gazebo, docks, NYC backdrops), Liberty State Park (an old train station, nature shots, war memorial with giant walls, Statue of Liberty views), Fort Lee Historic Park (ruins and GW bridge backdrop), Summit Arboretum, and in studio.
New York City and Upstate New York- additional travel fee may apply depending on date
Central Park-Bethesda Terrace- iconic fountain and Bow Bridge in NYC’s central park
Belvedere Castle- beautiful formal stone garden *currently closed
Brooklyn Bridge Park- carousel, lawn with bridge view, and incredible sunsets
Washington Street at Manhattan Bridge- iconic classic Brooklyn cobblestones with bridge and brownstones backdrop
The High Line at W 16th Street Sunset Park, Brooklyn- iconic NYC skyline views
Prospect Park, Brooklyn- shoot at the Boathouse
Westbury Gardens- Charles II mansion, boxwood gardens, walled garden, and a love temple.
South/Central New Jersey- no extra charge
Grounds for Sculpture- an extra permit fee is required
Orchard View Lavendar Farm
The Sunflower Maze
Holland Tulip farm
Sandy Hook Beach