I asked Baby Kathryn’s Mama a few questions about her first days with Kathryn and she was nice enough to even offer some words of encouragement for those of you who are soon to follow in her footsteps. Check out what she has to say below!

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Q: What has been the most challenging part of becoming a new mom?
A: Breastfeeding and pumping. I had no idea of the learning curve for mom and baby when it comes to breastfeeding or the frequency. It seems like your whole day revolves around feeding. It’s a lot of work but worth it!

Q: What advice would you give to other new moms in the future?
A: Those first few weeks can be tiring and I would recommend taking all the help you can get from close family and friends. When I say help I mean someone who can do the dishes, do laundry, fill your water, etc… Trust me, you will want those moments in the first few weeks to be more intimate and shared with those you love and trust the most!

Q: What is your favorite product you’ve discovered for pregnancy, new baby, nursing, etc.?
A: I love the boppy lounger! You can prop baby in it and move her around the house with you. I’ve used it when we are sitting on the couch so I can have a free hand while feeding and in the bathroom while I get ready for the day.

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Q: Are there any funny or otherwise memorable moments from your first days as parents that you’d like to share?
A: I have to say we had no idea how much babies poop! We had a few blowouts in those first few weeks. One was right in our bed! We just had to laugh and accept this as our new normal. I’ve never done this much laundry in my life!

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What about you? Are there any moments from those first few days after you brought baby home, that still stand out in your memory?

Newborn Session FAQs

I just wanted to take a few moments to make this list of questions I’m frequently answered about Newborn and Maternity sessions, and the answers to them.

1. When should I book my session, and how do I schedule it if I don’t know exactly when my baby will be born?

This is probably one of the most common questions I’m asked. Newborns should be photographed within the first 2 weeks of life. I book newborn clients based on their due dates, and I only take a certain number of due dates per month, so as to not overbook myself. When you pay your retainer, your due date goes on my calendar, and when baby comes, we schedule the session. I reserve availability for each client, before and after your due date, since babies sometimes decide to come early, or show up late. It is best to take care of booking your session as soon as possible. Many moms like to have this taken care of before they begin their 3rd trimester. However, if your baby has already been born, if I have availability, I’m happy to fit you in!

2. Do we have to bring our own props?

You are welcome to bring any personal items that you wish to have incorporated into the session, if you have a family heirloom or have purchased props, already. However, you’re not required to bring any  props, at all. I have been collecting things for years, and have a large collection of headbands, hats, buckets, blankets, wraps, backdrops, etc.

3. Are the digital files included?

Yes, I provide digital files with all of my packages.

4. Will you come to my home for my newborn session?

Absolutely. However, in home sessions are unposed, candid, and documentary style. My posed newborn sessions with props and backdrops, etc., are photographed exclusively in my home studio.

5. Can we take photos during the session?

Yes! I love when parents snap Behind the Scenes shots. If you get any, I’d love to have them!

6. How long will the session last?

I tell my clients they should be prepared to spend up to 4 hours with me. However, I’m usually finished in around 2 hours. If baby needs more time for eating, soothing, etc., I never rush through a session.

7. What happens if the baby pees or poops?

They likely will. And it’s ok! I just clean it up, and keep going! Then we’ll laugh about it later!

8. Can we be in the room for the session?

You bet. In fact, I want you in there. It does get warm, so you’re welcome to step out of the room if you need to. But I want at least one adult in the room with me, at all times. This way, I always have a spotter if I need it. I also want you to not only enjoy the experience, but also see everything I’m doing, so that you have no doubt in your mind that I cared for your baby like my own.

9. How do you decide what props to use during our newborn session?

When you book your session with me, you will fill out a questionnaire about the colors you’re drawn to, your home decor, etc. The information you give me is what I use to style your session. When you arrive for your session, I’ll show you what I have prepared, for your approval, before we begin.

10. When should we take Maternity photos?

I suggest having your maternity photos taken when you’re between 30-34 weeks pregnant.

If you have more questions about booking a newborn session, let’s connect!
brittany@babyminephotos.com

 

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Elise

One of my favorite things about my job is being able to witness couples becoming new parents.

Before she was born, Baby Elise’s parents and I went out to one of my favorite fields at Lake Louisa for some maternity photos. Then, just hours after she was born, I went up to the hospital to document some of their first moments with her. And a few days later, I visited them for some lifestyle photos in their beautiful home. Just wait til you see her adorable nursery!

Getting to interact with this sweet couple and watch they way they love each other and their baby girl was such a blessing to me. Your heart may melt into a puddle on the floor when you see the way they look at each other, so be warned as you enjoy some of my favorites from my time with them.

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