Thank you for considering Irish Eyes to be your newborn photographer! I’m Felecia, the newborn photographer and my passion for newborn photography began in 2012, when my friend asked me to try to get some posed photos of her newest daughter. After the session, I was instantly hooked. I instantly began taking every newborn workshop available, and collecting any props I could. I would hit the local antique mall, constantly trying to find something I could use for my next session. Within 2 years, I had helped Erin over fill our studio with a variety of unique, and different props! We like to shop, what can I say?
I continue to sharpen my skills yearly, by keeping up to date on newborn workshops and safety classes. By making newborn photography my passion, it has allowed me to stay up to date on the latest trends, and more importantly, safety training. I can not stress enough, that newborn safety is the number one priority. I will never risk your precious child in order to get a photograph. I make sure to always have an extra set of hands available to help with any posing that needs spotting.
Lastly, our studio is jam packed with a large variety of newborn backdrops (125 and counting!) and props to make sure each and every newborn session is custom and original.
By choosing a custom newborn photographer, I can help make sure your session meets your creative needs and personal style.
So, now that you know a little bit about me, time to prepare for your session!!
First things first
It is best to book with me, while you are still pregnant. This will give us time to get to know each other, and allow you to pick your color scheme for your session. Also, it is best to take these photographs in the first two weeks after the baby is born, in order to get those soft and squishy poses. Once you deliver, let me know as soon as you can, that way I can work with you on a date that best suits your needs. I usually tell parents to place me on your group text, but a personal text is great too!
Where We Headed?
Like I said, we have an AMAZING studio located in Gahanna, Ohio. We do, occasionally go to your house, however, it does limit us to what we can bring. Our setup is pretty large, so hauling it out to setup elsewhere does require a small travel fee. Although, I do think you will love our studio as much we we do!
We are located at:
750 Cross Pointe Rd Suite H
Day of The Session
On the day of the session, it is best to dress your baby in a sleeper, to make it easier to remove for pictures. I follow the baby's lead, and cues for feeding, and soothing. Don't be surprised if your little one eats a tad more than usual, it's normal! Just like us, babies can stress eat. They aren’t used to being touched, and posed and in general messed with, so they can sometimes want a few more snacks than usual. It’s not unusual for a baby to work up an appetite while modeling for the camera. Also, POOP HAPPENS! Don't be shocked, or sorry. It happens! I simply laugh it off and move on, it's an occupational hazard. But make sure to bring a couple extra diapers and extra wipes JUST in case they hit you….or maybe a change of clothes;-)
Obviously, sleepy babies are the easiest to work with. There are a few steps to help with this.
I like if you keep baby on his/her routine as much as possible. I will already be messing with her a bit more than she is used to, so try to keep what little routine you’ve likely established in place.
Nursing moms, you probably won’t have your milk in for pumping. However, if you do, try to have a little bottle expressed for us. If not, no worries! We will just have you nurse when needed! If you’re formula feeding, bring plenty, please! Please try to avoid eating any acidic or gassy foods within 48 hours before the session….if it will make you gassy, it will most likely make baby gassy. We wouldn’t want upset tummies.
Also, while pacifiers are not a must, they certainly help! You wouldn’t believe the amount of babies that come to our studio that don’t normally take a pacifier, but will for the session. It’s a great, quick way to soothe a restless baby. I personally recommend MAM or Nuk. A pacifier is a great help, and would be appreciated if you bring one. You can toss if after the session is over!
Also, don’t be shocked, or offended if we ask you to sit in the lobby. It’s nothing personal, we swear! Babies can smell mom, and the closer you are to me and baby, the more he will want to snuggle and nurse. So take a seat in our comfy lobby, have a snack (I have plenty!) and binge watch your favorite shows! We’ll call you in when we need you, or are ready to family pictures!
Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed
Sometimes, babies wake up during their session, or in rare cases, never sleep! If baby is content, we will keep going with the session. We will swaddle, do parent or sibling photos while the baby is awake. Also, we CAN do some poses and setups with an awake baby. Sometimes, they are the best ones! So don’t fret if she isn’t immediately asleep!
Oh, What to Wear…
I typically do parent/family photos on our wood, cream or gray background. They keep it simple, and clean for your session. I recommend you and your family wear solid colors, avoiding loud prints (plaid is ok!). I recommend Grays, blacks, blues and creams. Baby should come in a loose sleeper, that is easy to remove. He will be swaddled for family pictures, in a coordinating wrap. Also, for sibling girls, we have an amazing variety of little dresses to choose from. Mom is also welcome to check out our closet of dresses if she wishes!
After All Is Said and Done..
Well, we did it! After your newborn session is complete, we will choose a date within 2 weeks to go over your images and select what products, both digital and print, you would like. This is called a proofing session and will take place in the studio where the session was held. Your images will be uploaded to an online gallery so you can share with family and friends as well!
Thank you for considering allowing me to capture your babies first session and I hope this helps you have a better idea of what to expect for the session! I can’t wait to meet your new little one!