WHAT TO EXPECT
Welcome to Sweet Caroline Photographie. It is my sincere joy to celebrate with your family the precious gift of your new baby. My goal is to artistically document your little one’s uniqueness and your love for your sweet miracle. In creating timeless generational photographs, my greatest desire is to capture for your family authentic moments of connection and love.
Newborn sessions are usually held between 10-20 days old, and last 2-3 hours. My approach to photographing newborns can be described as simple and organic. I will photograph baby in mama’s and daddy’s arms so you will never forget these precious moments when this tiny person stole your heart, and even more importantly, so your child will have beautiful pictures to hold onto as he grows….tangible reminders of your love for him.
In addition, I will photograph baby alone on my newborn beanbag, using soft, organic blankets/wraps. Natural tones and pretty textures keeps your sweet baby the focal point. I believe newborns are perfect as they are. I don’t distract from their simple purity by trying to contort them into unnatural poses and positions, nor will we use bright colors or overpowering head pieces or hats on them. At the studio, there is a beautiful selection of blankets, delicate bonnets and tiebacks, and lovely wraps….everything needed for your baby. You simply need to show up and relax and love your baby….I’ll take care of the rest.
HOW TO PREPARE
On the morning of your session, it is very helpful to keep baby awake and stimulated so they are sleepy and cozy at session time. A gentle bath is a wonderful idea and will calm baby before the session. Please dress baby in something that can be removed without going over his/her head. Feed baby right before our scheduled appointment (before leaving to come to the studio if possible) and be prepared to feed as much as necessary during our time together. I have a super comfortable nursing chair in the dressing room at the studio especially for you.
Recommended clothing for mom is something feminine with light tones of cream, white, pale pinks, gray. Texture and layers photograph beautifully and add interest without distracting from baby. Mamas are welcome to my extensive studio wardrobe collection of pretty tops and dresses. A gray or white fitted t-shirt or casual henley or button-up works great for dads, with casual pants. Please avoid bright or dark colors, polo shirts and formal button-ups. See my Pinterest inspiration board for clothing that photographs well.
Mamas, give special attention to your hair and makeup, as these details will influence how you feel in your photos. Also you will want to manicure your nails, as they will often be prominent in photos of you holding your baby.
A note about siblings: If you would like siblings photographed with baby, it’s often best to do these at the beginning OR end of the session. In order to achieve a calm working environment, siblings should not be present for the entire session if possible. Surrounding the studio are little boutiques, a coffee shop and a casual restaurant, which dads often use to entertain older siblings after family photographs.
Sweet Caroline’s natural light studio is located in Cleveland in the Spring Creek Town Center in the strip plaza behind Jenkins Deli and Lasaters Coffee. Address is 2443 Spring Creek Blvd, Cleveland, TN 37312.