What Can I Expect During a Newborn Photo Session?
Hi there! My name is Nicole Griswold and I am a guest writer on this blog. I am a full-time newborn, child, and family photographer located here in the Seattle area. I commute to locations all over Western Washington capturing birth moments, new life, and family memories.
Before I started my business five years ago, I was a nanny for over a decade through Annie’s Nannies. It was through ANI that I was introduced to Newborn Care Specialist training and jobs, and my deep love for newborns only grew stronger.
While I may not have the power to stop time completely, my job as a boutique Seattle-area newborn photographer is to create art featuring your most precious memories. Please join me as I answer a few common client questions about the newborn sessions I offer.
My house is a wreck, where do we create photos?
I promise I won’t tell anyone about your laundry pile if you don’t tell them about mine. I understand the new tiny bundle in your arms has uprooted your typical lifestyle, and you may not have everything done on your chores list when I arrive.
My job is to work around your chaos to create timeless memories so you remember things like how baby felt in your arms, the tiny little squeaks she made when you brushed her cheek, and the smell of the soft baby fuzz on top of her head. I’m not worried about trends or how your house is decorated, but rather capturing lifelong memories.
I have a quick-moving stealth ninja toddler too. How fast is your camera shutter?
Your goal as a family during our time together is to relax, interact, and allow me to practice my years of experience as a childcare provider on any squirrely toddler or older sibling that may not be having it! I understand this is a shock to their universe, and I look forward to turning our time into a fun experience for all.
My biggest goal in a newborn session is safe posing and comfortable babies and families. My training and experience have shaped a strong desire to always follow baby’s cues and strictly adhere to safe posing standards. I am a firm believer in creating a safe space for all to heal during the fourth trimester.
Many of my newborn photos are centered around family snuggling baby, naturally posed and capturing those new, raw emotions. There is also plenty of time for siblings to get their sillies out in the comfort of their own home.
How soon can you get here?
If you still aren’t convinced that your home is where you want to capture your new little one, I also offer sessions in your birth space within the first 48-hours of life. For in-home sessions, I typically try to schedule them between four and fourteen days to allow for milk to come in if you’re breastfeeding, and for you to get a bit more comfortable at home.
There’s no need to be concerned about if baby is fussy or awake; my training as a Newborn Care Specialist and ANI Nanny of over 15 years gives me the confidence and patience needed to capture baby just as they are without any additional fret.
It is a privilege and honor to be one of the first people invited into your home after baby is born. I look forward to capturing this sacred space with you and I’m always open to chat about additional questions you may have!