Newborn Session Information - Dawn Z. Photography

newborn session information (0-3 months)


The birth of a child will mark a defining moment in your life. You now have a new reason to love, a new reason to live. In just weeks your little one will no longer fit into your arms the way they first did… as they are only little once. A newborn portrait session ensures that your beginning is captured. Sessions take place in our beautiful home studio with a small parent lounge to rest and relax during the session.

Preparation Tips

* How to dress the baby. Nothing over the head; zip-up or snap-up onesie/sleeper
* Temperature of room. 80-85 degrees
* Boys and circumcision. Schedule at least five days after procedure
* How long the session will last. Approximately one to two hours depending on your package
* Bring a pacifier. ESSENTIAL! The “soothie” pacifiers are best for newborns
* Feeding ahead of time. Within a half hour of the session
* Sleepy Baby = Happy Baby 
* Clothing for parents and siblings. Simple, solid colors; avoid logos
* Be prepared for the baby to pee & poo while undressed...it's OK!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  When is the best time for a newborn session?
A:  Newborn sessions are ideal for newborns between 5 and 10 days old (give or take a few days).  If the baby is premature, it can vary.  Newborns are very sleepy at this time and still remember being curled up in the womb making posing very comfortable and easy. At about two weeks old, babies go through a growth spurt where they want to eat more often and they don’t fall back asleep as quickly and easily – and they don’t stay asleep while being posed but we can still get great shots.

Q:  My baby is older than 10 days, can I still schedule a newborn session?
A:  Absolutely, just remember the session style will be very different.

Q:  When should I schedule my newborn session?
A:   It is important to contact me during your pregnancy to discuss the details and so I can add your due date to my calendar. I will keep some dates open for you the week before and of your due date. It's important that I be notified the day you give birth so that I can get you on the calendar for the few days after you bring the baby home.

Q:  Is it okay to bring my own special outfit or family heirloom?
A:  Of  course! 

Q: Where are studio sessions held?
A:  All studio sessions take place at my home studio in the Glenn Estates development in Lanham, MD.

Q:  Do you have a baby plan?
A:  No, not at the moment.

Q:  How long does it take to edit and get the prints?
A:  10-15 days after your session, you will be emailed the online gallery for ordering.

Q: What detergent is used for cleaning items that are used by the newborns?
A:  For babies delicate skin, Dreft Newborn Stage 1 HypoAllergenic Detergent is used to clean all products that makes contact with the babies skin.

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