Newborn Prep Guide

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Hooray you've booked your newborn session!   I am so honoured to be able to capture these first precious moments with your growing family.  My goal is to help you create some beautiful memories  and my hope is that you will want to display these treasures in your home for all to see! 

My sessions are super simple and laid back. I will guide you every step of the way.  All of my sessions are baby led.  Once I arrive at your home, I will take a quick peek around the rooms to check out the light and then we will begin.  If siblings are involved, I may get them to help me in the house tour so they have a chance to warm up to the idea of me being in their home.  

Snuggles, cuddles, and admiring your new baby is all you have to worry about.  I promise we will have an amazing time! 

I'm so excited to work with you!

Congrats on booking your session!

Tips to ensure a successful newborn session

1. Feed the baby and siblings!

Before I arrive, make sure baby is fed. A fed baby is a content baby. It doesn't matter to me if baby is asleep or awake.  We will go with the flow. If your little ones needs a top up while we are taking our images, we will pause and let baby eat.  These can also make for some special photo opportunities.  If siblings are taking part, make sure they've had a snack before the session.  Hangry kids and photography can be a bit tricky!

2. Warm your house!

If you'd like images of baby in just a diaper or diaper shirt then please crank your heat or turn down your ac.  A warm baby is a happy baby! We may feel hot but baby will be nice and toasty.  

3. Choose simple, timeless clothes for the baby

If you have an outfit you'd like baby to wear, please make sure it fits them!  When clothes are too big, the photos look awkward and baby looks like they are being swallowed up.  Try to have a plain diaper shirt on hand without logos.  White tends to be more timeless but if you have a colour scheme in mind then go with that! My advice is keep it simple.  We want to focus on your newborn and not their outfit. 

4. Choose simple clothing for yourselves

Parents dress so you feel comfortable and relaxed.  You don't need to be matching but try to stay in the same tonal family.  Here is a link to some outfit ideas. I'm also happy to help you choose your outfits before the session.  Just send me some snaps and I'll give you my feedback!

5. Keep the swaddles simple!

Have some neutral swaddle blankets on hand too.  If baby is fussy, I like to swaddle them so they feel secure and warm!  I also have a small selection of wraps, I am happy to bring with me to our session. We can discuss these details when you book your session.

6. Declutter areas near your big light sources

I generally shoot in the main bedroom, nursery and living room.  This all depends on the lighting situation.  Please try and remove any clutter, you would not like photographed. For example, take all the items off your night stands like phone chargers, glasses of water, books etc.   You don't need a spotless house, just a few tidy areas where we can work. I will help you move small items when I am there. 

7. Relax and be in the moment!

I know if can feel a bit awkward to have someone with a camera all up in your face but I promise you I will guide you every step of the way during your session.  The more relaxed your are, the more natural looking your photos will be.  If you have young siblings joining, don't worry about them acting like perfect angels.  I have 2 small children....I understand chaos. Sometimes it's fun to pick out a story to read as a family  so that the siblings can get a chance to calm down and get used to the idea of a stranger in their home. 

Our most precious photos of our little one were taken by Claire. What makes her a special photographer in my mind is her patient and calm approach, the connection she is able to make with kids (they love her!) and her knack for capturing those perfect moments or expressions (the photos of our baby's sleep smile or him sticking his tongue out at us immediately come to mind). Thanks again Claire!

The Beaches, Toronto

Sumbul & Sanjay

Claire took some absolutely beautiful photos of our new family. She has such a lovely way with little ones and is so patient, relaxed, gentle and she really took her time with us to take some beautiful pictures. She also has an amazing eye, she really is very creative and can work with whatever space you have available to create intimate, natural photos (we have a tiny 2 bedroom in the city, so I was initially a little worried that we didn’t have the “right” setting for beautiful photos, but she took absolutely gorgeous photos, both inside and outside of our home).
She is extremely service-oriented as it was clear that main goal was to make sure we were comfortable and really happy with the photos she took, which we were. Also, her packages are well priced and are flexible, so that we were able to get exactly what we wanted. We had a lovely experience with Claire and we absolutely can’t wait to do another photo shoot with Claire as our family grows!!

Queen West, Toronto

Maria & Ahmed

Claire captured some really special moments for our family during a maternity family session in a beautiful park as well as a newborn session at our home. She is incredible to work with, really bringing out the personalities in our children. Plus, she has a great personality which made our photo sessions really fun! For all these reasons I highly recommend Claire!

Queen West, Toronto

Sarah & Phil

Claire is the best! We love the photos of our daughter! I was a bit apprehensive about a newborn session since it's such a stressful time, but she made everything relaxed and easy. Highly recommended!

Queen West, Toronto

Sundhya & Phil


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the best time to book a newborn session?

A. Given the lifestyle nature of my sessions, your baby can be up to one month old.  Usually the babies I photography are under 2 weeks old.  I recommend booking your session date once you have entered the second trimester to ensure I have space on my calendar to accommodate your due date.  


Q: Where will our session take place? 

A. In the comfort of your own home! I come to you.  Easy peasy!  You don't need a giant home or a pinterest worthy home.  I have worked in all kinds of homes and I can assure you all the photos are equally beautiful.  All we need is one good window and we are gold!  Sessions start at 10 am on weekdays.  

Q: How does the complimentary artwork credit work? 

A. It's easy peasy!  once you have selected your image collection, I will send you a code to use in your cart at checkout.  The credit will be applied to the total amount in your cart.  So for example, if you receive the $400 artwork credit and order $600 worth of products, your total will be $200.  

Q: What are your Covid-19 protocols

A.  Prior to your session, I will send a Covid-19 screen questionnaire that you will have to fill out within 24 hours of our session. I will be wearing a mask during the session.  You may also choose to wear a mask when you are not being photographed.  Like my sessions pre-covid, I always wash my hands when I arrive and I do my best to touch the baby as little as possible.  I will help swaddle the baby and positions them when I need to but will mostly be guiding you as the parent on what to do. 

Q: I feel super awkward in photos, help! 

A. Me too!  But here is the thing, I won't leave you hanging.  Even though my sessions capture natural interactions, they are totally curated and I help guide you every step of the way.  I help to pose you naturally and then offer prompts to get those authentic images.  

A Typical Session

Your newborn session will take place on a weekday morning starting at 10am in your home.  I typically shoot in the nursery, main bedroom and living room.  All I need is one window with good light and we are golden! 

After our session, you will receive a private gallery with proofs of the best images from our time together.  From there you will pick your collection.  When you final images are delivered to you, you will have access to an online shop where you can purchase prints and custom artwork and heirloom albums. 

How it works

Have more questions? 

Send me an email and ask away! I'm here to help.

If there is anything else you'd to know or need help understanding, please get in touch. No question is too silly.