Preparation Guide

I am so happy to be photographing your new bundle of joy!  As a mom of two children, I understand how overwhelming those first few days can be with a new baby so I created this informational guide to help you prepare for our session together.


I may spend up to 2 hours photographing your baby.  I allow enough time for your baby to eat, for me to clean up messes and settle your baby if needed.  It also accounts for changing setups for different poses.

I do keep my home nice and toasty. The temperature can range from 72 to 75 degrees so you will want to dress appropriately.  I will photograph your baby in the buff so please do not bring outfits for the baby.  Most clothing items will swallow your baby.  I believe it is by capturing the innocence of a nude baby that makes my images art. However, if you have knitted items that you would like to bring, please feel free to do so. I ask that you send a photograph (email or text) to me so that I may coordinate backdrops to your items.


  • Give your baby a sponge bath and don’t forget the lotion
  • Put clothing and diaper on loosely to avoid red marks. A onesie that zips in the front is easiest to take off and less disturbing to your baby
  • Grab a pacifier even if you do not plan on letting your baby use one.  Pacifiers help soothe babies and will make the session go much smoother.
  • Let me know ahead of time if you (or siblings) plan on being photographed with your newborn so that I can plan your session accordingly

Please feed your baby before you leave home. Most babies will fall asleep in the car. When you arrive, I will take your baby from the car seat and undress him/her. If your little one wakes up hungry, I will allow you to feed to get a nice full belly. With the poses I do, a sleeping baby is required. I will never place your baby in an unsafe position just to get a pose. Your baby’s safety is the MOST important thing to me.

Please do not bring your digital camera or use your cell phone to take photographs during this session. You may feel the need to comfort your baby when he/she seems unsettled or starts crying but please refrain from reacting.  I have been photographing newborns for a while now and have techniques to settle your baby back to sleep. 

I want you to come away from this session with images you will cherish forever.  Thank you for trusting me to capture one of the most wonderful moments in your life.

Should you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number listed below.


Stephanie Stephen

Bright Eye Photography