Preparing for your session
How long does the session take? Maternity sessions last about an hour. Maternity sessions can take place indoors, outdoors or we can do a combination of both. We will confirm which you would like prior to your session. Sessions are schedule either morning, evening (outdoor and/or indoor) and anytime for indoor only.
What to wear // - ( Indoor ) Stacy typically uses sheer material to wrap expectant mothers in. She also has beautiful gowns that can be worn indoors. Indoor sessions are typically for more intimate images but gowns can also be worn indoors for silhouettes. For intimate indoor images Stacy recommends bringing two sets of bra/panties one white and one black and also a nude set to wear under the gowns. (Outdoor) Nude undergarments are suggested to wear under dresses so that they don’t show through the gowns. One or two weeks before your maternity session we can schedule a time for you to come in and try on the gowns.
When should we do the session? The best time to photograph expectant Mothers is right around 32-34 weeks.
What time? Stacy likes to photograph maternity sessions in the evening when the light is soft and pretty. Morning sessions can also be scheduled. If we are doing indoor and outdoor both we will do the indoor portion either before or after the outdoor portion depending on the lighting that day. In the winter months outdoor sessions usually start around 4:30pm and in the summer time sessions can typically begin from 6pm - 7pm.
What to expect // Full Newborn sessions typically last 3-4 hours allowing for plenty of time for feeding and comforting. Since the baby is naked for the majority of the session, the studio is kept very warm. In the winter months it is suggested that you dress in layers so that you don't get too hot. Mini newborn sessions last around an hour to an hour and a half. Each mini session allows for two different set-ups. Due to time constraints, sibling pictures are not included.
The morning the session //
Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior or plan on feeding him/her as soon as you get here or depending on where you live you can feed baby just before leaving the house. Please try and not let baby sleep beforehand, instead try giving baby a bath, let them kick with only a diaper, tickle their toes, and even let baby fuss a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures.
I can’t stress that it’s so important to do your best to keep baby awake. Most parents come in saying “baby has been sleeping all morning, but trust me, he sleeps SO good this time of day!” only to have baby wake up, since they will be unclothes and unsaddled! It will be at least 80 degrees in the studio. Due to this, I come dressed for a warm are hours and suggest you do too!
Sessions last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottlefeed off and on. If you can, bring a smoothie pacifier the hospital sent you hoe with. It’s the bendable, green/blue/orangish one, and won’t leave marks. Even if you haven’t used one, just for the 2 hours that I’m posing him/her usually really helps. If you don’t happen to have one, I keep unopened soothes here in the studio (as well as plenty of newborn diapers). However if you really prefer the we don’t use one, that’s fine as well. If nursing, avoid caffeine or switch to decaf the day before arriving. Bringing baby in a zip or snap up sleeper is perfect if you have one so that I can undress baby without waking them.” Important I use a very high end professional camera that picks up everything. Before the session starts I will check babies face for dead skin, flakes, etc. It’s best not to put lotion on babies face because this can make their skin shiny and oily looking, instead it’s better to make sure babies face gets washed prior to the session at least, if not bathed. Baby won’t like this :) so it’s better to do it at home vs. me checking and doing it at the beginning of the session.
What time do newborn sessions usually take place? Newborn sessions are usually booked in the morning around 9-11 AM or in the afternoon no later than 12:00 noon.
What to bring // While Stacy has a studio full of blankets, hats, wraps, headbands and props, some clients have certain items like a handmade blanket that they might like to have the new baby photographed with. If you have a special item please mention it in the new client questionnaire! Certain things to avoid would be items that are bright white or made with shiny materials as they tend to not photograph as well. Also avoid headbands with large flowers and bows as they take the focus away from the baby's face.
Tips & Siblings // Dress the baby in something that is easy to take off. If the baby takes a pacifier make sure to bring it. Please keep in mind that the studio is a quiet environment during your new baby's session. It's best if you can bring along someone to assist with any young siblings that will be present for the shoot.
How old should the baby be? Stacy likes to photograph her newborn subjects right around one to two weeks of age. As the baby grows older he will become more aware of his surroundings and less likely to sleep soundly in the signature poses that Stacy is so known well for.
What age? Stacy's favorite age to photography babies at is right around when the baby is steadily sitting, but not yet crawling. This stage usually lasts anywhere from 6-8 months of age. At this age their personalities are really starting to blossom! They also have a longer attention span than a 4 month old and are generally very "smiley".
How long does the session last? Full baby/family sessions usually last around 1-2 hours long. Mini Baby only milestone sessions usually last 1 hour.
What time do baby sessions typically take place? Stacy has found that babies typically to be happier and less tired in the morning hours. Baby sessions can be scheduled around 10-12pm however when shooting outdoors we would have the session early in the morning or at sunset.
What to bring // Bring any of the baby's favorite toys. These can be used to get baby's attention and smiles going during the session. Also bring any favorite snacks. Sometimes the baby will just need a break and have a little snack during the session to recharge!
What to wear for baby // Stacy has a full boutique wardrobe for boys and girls available for use. Most all clients use the wardrobe, but feel free to bring along a few favorite outfits. Avoid any large or heavy patterns. Neutral colors photograph beautifully with baby skin! If you would like to be included in the pictures as well make sure to bring several outfit options for Stacy to pick from. Again, neutral colors such as cream, grey and brown always work really well.
DURING THE SESSION //
YOUR COMFORT AND HAPPINESS ARE MY TOP PRIORITY. SNACKS, REFRESHMENTS, COFFEE AND WATER ARE PROVIDED. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO SIT BACK AND RELAX AS I CAPTURE EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR NEW PRECIOUS LITTLE ONE. WIFI IS AVAILABLE AS WELL AS PLENTY OF COMFY SEATING.
THE STUDIO // The Bare Baby Studio is located at 113 Boulder Ct, Granville, Oh about 15 minutes east of New Albany
ON LOCATION // Stacy will travel to all over the Columbus area including New Albany, Westerville, Gahanna, Bexley, Dublin, and all other surrounding areas.