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What to expect when you're expecting a newborn session...

COVID-19 edition

CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your baby!  A new baby brings so much joy, and I'm honored to photograph this time in your life.  My goal is to turn the tender moments families share into beautiful art. 

My PHOTOGRAPHY is lifestyle based.  I approach sessions in a laid-back manner so as to minimize stress and make this experience one you'll remember for the better.  My newborn work uses baby-led posing.  This means that the baby is the boss.  Your baby won't be put into any uncomfortable/unnatural poses.  This style works to our advantage during COVID since I don't rely on placing the baby into any unnatural poses, and therefore don't have to touch your baby or even get within 6".  Your baby is perfect the way he/she is, and the entire session can be done with the little one in your arms and on a soft blanket.

 

I do sessions with the baby either AWAKE or ASLEEP.  Whatever baby is up to at the time of the shoot is how he/she will be photographed.  I do recommend that you try to feed the baby about 15-30 minutes before my planned arrival time.  With that being said, this is to be a go-with-the-flow experience, so baby may need to eat during/throughout the session too, with is totally fine.  

WARDROBE should be something that you and your family feel comfortable in.  A neutral fitted onesie is a great option for baby.  A pattern is ok, but try to avoid decals/lettering on the clothing/onesie. If you need any wardrobe ideas, you can check out my PINTEREST PAGE.  If there are any particular swaddle blankets you love, or an outfit change you want for baby, set those out for easy access during the session.

Pre-COVID, my newborn sessions always took place in the home, however, like most industries, us photographers have had to adjust.  While in-home shoots are still an option depending on your comfort level, I'm now offering OUTDOOR newborn sessions.  This is a great way to maximize safety and still capture those beautiful moments with your baby in the early weeks of his/her life.  I recently had the opportunity to partner with DC Area Moms Collective on the topic of newborn photo session safety.  You can read that post HERE. 

Whether you choose an OUTDOOR or INDOOR location for your newborn session, SAFETY is my number one goal.  Here are some key points for each option to help you decide/know how to prepare:

OUTDOOR: 

  • Know that safety is key.  I will wear a mask during the entire session and will keep a 6" distance from you and your baby.  

  • Think about location.  The session can easily be done in your yard or near your home. If you prefer a garden of sorts or a different option such as a landmark or more urban vibe, I have plenty of ideas you can choose from.

  • Bring a blanket.  During non-COVID times, when doing an outdoor photo shoot of any kind, I was the blanket-bringer.  The pandemic has changed things, and since I am doing everything to make safety a priority, I am having families use their own blanket.  A nice neutral soft throw blanket is all you need.

  • Pick a time.  When doing an outdoor session, it's important to consider the sun/light.  To reduce the amount of harsh sun/light, it's best to do the session during or near the "golden hour", which means the hour after the sun goes up or the hour before it goes down.  With the DC heat and humidity, this is a win, because morning and evening is when it's less hot.  As the weather cools down for the fall, there's nothing wrong with cozy sweaters and a beautifully bundled baby.

  • Travel light.  While I will ask you to have a throw blanket handy, and any other receiving blanket you want the baby wrapped in or covered with, consider not packing much more other than anything you may need if baby needs a feeding or a diaper change.  I used to call myself a "sherpa" as I was always happy to help families carry purses/diaper bags, etc. during photo sessions, however since I am not touching families or their belongings because of COVID, I unfortunately cannot be your sherpa for the time being.

INDOOR: 

  • Know that safety is key.  If your prefer an indoor session due to weather/season or preference, it can be done safely!  I will wear a mask during the entire session, and will keep a 6" distance from you and your baby.  I will not touch anything in your home...except the floor :).

  • Expect a close-to-typical gallery.  During non-COVID times, I could usually be found (with the family's permission of course!) getting on furniture to get certain vantage points for photos.  Since sessions of today are being done without me touching anything in your home, I will not be doing this, and am only doing photos that can be taken with me standing/sitting on the floor.  Because of this, I may bring a small step latter in your home.  While things are a bit different, fear not!  I will still be capturing some great shots.

  • Don't stress. Having a newborn is work enough.  Please don't feel the need to have a perfectly clean home before the session.  When I arrive, I will walk through to assess which room has the best natural light.  Usually I use the master bedroom and/or nursery.  Pre-COVID, I was happy to tidy areas of the room used to photograph, however in keeping with not touching anything in your home, I can help direct you as to what to move where if needed.

  • Think 10am.  While outdoor sessions are best done when light is at it's least harsh, indoor sessions need to be done during the brighter hours.  Since I rely on natural light during indoor shoots, the best time is around 10am when the light is bright, but the sun is still not up in the middle of the sky.  

PAYMENT is due at the time of the photo shoot.  The cost for the session is $400.  I accept cash, check or VENMO (@Libby-Bianchi).  The cost covers the session as well as an online gallery delivered within 14 days.  The gallery will have a minimum of 40 high quality edited digital images with the rights to download and/or print as you please.

SPREAD THE LOVE -  If you refer someone who books a session, tell them to mention your name and you'll receive 10% off your next session with me.

If you have any QUESTIONS, don't hesitate to reach out to me at 301-775-7952 or libby@libbybianchi.com

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