Lifestyle Newborn 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. 

Things to keep in mind before your scheduled session

  • Before I arrive to your home, please be sure to crank up the heat to between 75 and 85 degrees.  Although I bring a limited number of props, there may be times I photograph your baby nude inbaskets or bowls.  Babies do not like being naked and cold and they have no trouble letting us know that. I want your baby to be as happy as possible.
  • I may be photographing in all areas of your home. Please make sure that your home is clutter free as anything left out may end up in your images. Removing items while I'm there cuts into the time I have to photograph and can sometimes hinder the flow of the session. Also, pricing does not reflect removal of items in images so you'll want to make sure that's taken care of beforehand to save you in cost later.
  • I love to use as much natural light as possible. Please open all blinds in your home. I will bring my camera flash and reflector with me but prefer to use those items in darker areas of your home.
  • Newborns sleep best with a full belly. If you are breastfeeding and would like for me to capture this moment, try to wait until I arrive to feed. If this is something you are uncomfortable with, please feed your baby before I arrive.
  • Since this session will be reflective of your life at home, I'm happy to photograph you giving your baby a bath, changing his/her diaper, clothes, etc. If you have a pet, I would love to capture the two of them together (as long as your pet likes strangers).


Oftentimes friends are eager to come by to see your baby. Please let everyone know the day and time of our session together. Grandparents are always welcome and even encouraged to be in the photographs. 

I do ask that everyone in your home refrain from grabbing their cameras and/or your cell phones to take photographs during our session together. Doing so is distracting and takes away from my hard work.

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