Melissa Helman Photography | FAQ Newborn

When is the right time to book my newborn session?

It’s never too early to get on Melissa’s calendar for your Newborn session.  She books only 2 newborns per week as to allow flexibility in terms of due dates versus actual birth dates.   You will receive a tentative date for your session based on your due date, however, these dates can and often do change once baby arrives.  For this reason, it is important to get on her calendar sooner than later.

How soon do I come in for my session once Baby arrives?

Since this is a Newborn session, it’s important that Melissa captures your baby in their newest form.   Ideally, newborn sessions occur within the first 2 weeks of your baby’s life.  They are still very sleepy and Melissa is more able to pose them in those curly, snuggled up poses that everyone loves so much.   You will receive a Prep Guide a few days before your session that lists some things to help you prepare yourself and your new baby for the session.  Melissa knows that this time can be a bit overwhelming for new parents and that’s why she takes all the guess work out.  You really just need to show up with your baby and their food (breast or bottle) and Melissa will take care of the rest!

How long will a session last?

A full newborn session lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the baby.  Melissa allows plenty of time for feeding and soothing during these sessions.  All babies are different and all sessions are different so this is a rough estimate of how long you can expect to be at the studio.

How many outfits should I bring for the baby to wear for his/her photos?

None!  Melissa's studio is full of wraps, outfits and headpieces designed for her studio. Once you fill out your Styling Questionnaire, Melissa will select outfits, headbands, hats, and props to suit your color preferences.  You are more than welcome to bring one or two outfits of your own to the session and Melissa will do her best to incorporate them.

What should parents/siblings wear? 

Keeping it simple is usually best in these situations.  Parents posing with their new baby should wear things neutral or muted in color with minimal designs and brand logos, if possible.    Moms can wear anything from a simple camisole to a long sleeved top to a maxi dress.  Something lacey, if that’s your style, is also beautiful!   Dads can go with a basic t-shirt in white, tan, gray, black, soft blue, etc.  As long as all the colors flow, it will be fabulous.  Also, a very important thing to be mindful of is bra straps and fingernails/hands.  Be sure your nails are neat since your hands will definitely be shown in the photos.  Siblings should also have neat hands/fingernails (no chipped nail polish please) and clothes should fit well.  If shirts or pants are too big, it tends to look sloppy.  Melissa is always available to help coordinate these outfits.