Newborn Sessions Frequently Asked Questions | Connecticut Newborn Photographer Kristin Wood Photography

Many of my clients have similar questions about their newborn session.  I thought it might be helpful to answer some of those commonly asked questions on the blog to help others who might have the same questions!

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When should I book my Newborn Session?  As soon as possible after you find out you are pregnant! I only take a handful of newborns a month (based on your due date), so to ensure I have room for your session, it is best to book in advance.

How old should baby be for the session?  The ideal time for a Newborn session is when baby is 5-10 days old.  They grow and change so much in the first few weeks so the sooner the better. However, I always want Mom and baby to be feeling well for the session, so if we need to wait a few extra days for Mom or baby, that is 100% ok!! I never turn babies away, no matter how old! When you decide to book your session, we will tentatively schedule for about 8-10 days after your due date and adjust after the baby is born if necessary!

What days do you shoot Newborn Sessions? I have Monday or Tuesday mornings available for Newborn sessions. 

Where should we do my Newborn Session?  I offer in studio sessions at my studio in Darien, Connecticut.  It is set up as a lifestyle studio with a bed and other furnishings to look like a home.  I also offer in home lifestyle Newborn sessions.  The in-home sessions are ideal for clients with beautifully decorated nurseries with homes that get a lot of light.  Photographs are usually taken in the master bedroom and nursery during in-home sessions.

Can the family be in the portraits?  Absolutely!!! I spend most of the session time photographing your new baby with Mom, Dad and siblings (if there are any).  I love documenting those emotions and connections at the most special time in your life. 

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What time do you start Newborn Sessions and how long do they last?  I start all sessions at 9:30 am.  They length of the session is really dependent on baby! I never rush through a session and leave plenty of time for feedings and tending to baby as much as necessary! Most sessions last 2-3 hours. 

Does baby have to be asleep during the session?  The short answer is no, they don't! I do a lot of cuddly family photos, photos with Mom, photos with Dad and photos with siblings.  Baby can be awake or asleep during this portion of the session.  I love when babies to sleep during their individual portion of the session so that they are still, calm and peaceful (and no worries of crazy hands and cross eyes you get with awake babies)!  Sessions move faster when babies are sleeping because we don't have to stop as often to feed and soothe.  I recommend that Mom and Dad keep the baby awake for an hour or two before the session so that baby will sleep right through the session!

Do you pose baby?  I have a natural, simple and organic style.  I do very minimal posing with baby and prefer to photograph baby in their natural, real positioning. 

What should baby wear during the session?  I have lots of wraps and a few little outfits that baby can wear during their session so their is no need to worry about clothing for your baby! If you have a special outfit or blanket, you are welcome to bring it!  For girls, I have headbands and bows as well!

What should Mom, Dad and Siblings wear?  No need to worry about this either! I have a client closet full of beautiful pieces for each member of your family.  If you want to bring your own clothing, bring light colors in white, gray, tan, cream, soft blue, soft pink, etc.

Do you offer hair and makeup?  Yes! I work with some wonderful artists who will come to the studio and get you ready while I photograph your baby alone! I recommend that if you have other children, Dad (or someone else) bring the children about an hour later to give you some time to relax and get pampered! The fee is $100 for makeup and $100 for hair styling.

What should I bring to the session?  Just yourselves, your baby, a paci if baby likes it, and formula/breast milk (you are welcome to nurse your baby at any time during the session so don't worry about pumping and bringing milk)! I have diapers and wipes on hand for your to use! I also have snacks and drinks at the studio for parents and siblings!

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Kristin Wood Photography specializes in natural light luxury newborn, maternity, child and family photography in Darien, CT and surrounding areas including Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan,  Ridgefield, Stamford, New Haven, Manhattan, and Westchester County.  

I would love to begin planning a portrait session for your baby & family.  Whether you want an outdoor beach or field setting or a cozy in studio or in home setting, we will design the perfect session to suit your family. Sessions are relaxed, cuddly, emotional and authentic while.   

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Fall Family Mini Sessions | Fairfield County Connecticut Family Photographer

I'm excited to announce that I'm going to offer Family mini sessions September 22 and 23!  These are limited edition in that this is the ONLY weekend for mini sessions (because I LOVE my full family sessions with wardrobe styling and I know you will too!).  These 20 minute mini sessions will be in my field location in New Canaan and include 10 edited digital images for download from your online gallery!  There will be 4 sessions each evening from 5-7 pm (so only EIGHT spots total!).  Contact me to book now before they are gone!!

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Fairfield University Senior Session | Fairfield County Senior Photographer

When I was contacted to do a Senior session for a group of roommates at Fairfield University I jumped at the chance.  I mean how fun is it to work with a group of gorgeous, smart, driven young women celebrating the end of an era?!  When I showed up and they were all in white dresses I wanted to squeal from excitement (you know I love a white dress! haha!).  We had so much living out Sex and the City walking in the city scenes, popping champagne, and climbing on the school mascot!  For a moment I forgot I was old and Mom! Ha!

This was my first time to visit the Fairfield University campus and I was so impressed.  It is really beautiful and the view of the sound from the mansion is stunning!  I wish I was closer and could take photos their all the time! 

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Kristin Wood Photography specializes in natural light luxury newborn, maternity, child and family photography in Darien, CT and surrounding areas including Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan,  Ridgefield, Stamford, New Haven, Manhattan, and Westchester County.  

I would love to begin planning a portrait session for your baby & family.  Whether you want an outdoor beach or field setting or a cozy in studio or in home setting, we will design the perfect session to suit your family. Sessions are relaxed, cuddly, emotional and authentic while.   

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Waveny Park in New Canaan Golden Hour Field Session

My favorite time of day to photograph clients is without a doubt is the last hour of light in the day.  The sun is golden, warm and magical.  The lighting changes from minute to minute so there is a lot of variety and natural progression of your family story as the sunsets.  Since it is FINALLY warming up, I can't wait to start photographing my families and maternity clients in this gorgeous sun-drenched field.

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The wardrobe in this session was borrowed from my client closet, which is available to all my clients.

Kristin Wood Photography specializes in natural light luxury newborn, maternity, child and family photography in Darien, CT and surrounding areas including Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan,  Ridgefield, Stamford, New Haven, Manhattan, and Westchester County.  

I would love to begin planning a portrait session for your baby & family.  Whether you want an outdoor beach or field setting or a cozy in studio or in home setting, we will design the perfect session to suit your family. Sessions are relaxed, cuddly, emotional and authentic while.   

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