Newborn Photography - Runyon Studio

Newborn Photography

I am so glad that you are here! Newborn photography is growing in popularity, so much so that it has become part of every new moms journey. It's so common place now that  when a mom become pregnant, it's not odd for friends to ask, "who is going to be your newborn photographer?" Sort of like when you decide to get married! There are many different types of us out there. Some are in-studio photographers, some only photograph babies in their homes, or there are photographers that have studio in their OWN home. 

When looking for a newborn photographer, make sure to look early-I tend to book months in advance, there are a few things to think about. What style of photography do you like? Are you more into natural skin tones, trendy editing styles, lifestyle shots, posed shots or all of the above! Each photographer is different.  As for me, well, I am a little bit of everything. I love the sweetness of just mom, siblings and dad in aw with baby. I love the posed shots, and love the details of little fingers and toes. Newborns are only so cuddly for a few days, and to be able to capture that, to be able to capture new life is so special. 

If you are interested in booking a newborn session with me I would love to chat! Click Here to view my Portfolio, and you can view more on Facebook. Just visit the Contact page to send a message, or call me for details! 636-265-1350.


All about your newborn session

Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your new little baby! I have a passion for newborn photography and also lots of tips to make your day go much easier. 

Here are a few FAQ that will help your day go amazing.

{Q} What days will you photograph my baby?

{A} Newborns are best photographed on days 6-14 after birth, when they have been out long enough to loose a bit of their startle reflex, but young enough that they are still super sleepy and bendy.

{Q} Where do you photograph newborns?

{A} I have two types of newborn sessions. We can either do a posed session, which is held in my studio or in your home. Lifestyle sessions are held in your home. 

{Q} What do my baby and I  wear?

{A} Clothing for parents and siblings is best when it is nice and simple, and free of patterns or stripes. It is best to wear colors that will look great when the artwork is displayed in the home. Light or dark colors, work equally well. Little ones are best kept bare feet. Dresses and tutus work great for little girls and for little boys, simple jeans and solid t-shirts  are recommended. 

{Q} What days do you photograph newborns?

{A} I photograph all newborn sessions on Saturdays & Sundays and we start at 10 or 10:30 am.  This is the time where you can keep your baby awake long enough before you come to ensure they are sleepy for the session. I do not shoot newborns on weekdays at this time, and only do one session a day because we will loose the light in the afternoon. Thanks for understanding and your cooperation.

{Q} How do we pick my session day?

{A} I ask that you call or email me in the first 2 days of life so we can pick the best day for your session. There are certain times of the year that I have an influx of newborns and I want to make sure I book them on the best day possible for when they are born. 

{Q} What can I expect at my session?

{A} When you arrive at your session, I will have the studio set up to start with the posed shots. It's VERY important to read the below info before you come. We will do all of the posed shots of your baby then move onto family and sibling shots at the end. My studio is tight and we like it to be super quiet and calm in there during the posing session. Sessions typically take 2.5-3 hours. I always say quality over quantity with newborns sessions. Some babies like to sleep, some do not! We just go with the flow. The sibling portion lasts about 15 minutes. I like to get one great sibling shot, one great family shot, one or two mom and dad shots and the rest we focus on the baby. 

{Q} Are those poses safe?

{A} We take baby safety and care very seriously. We always want babies to be safe - as everyone should - and with the many cute baby poses you see, please know that there is retouching involved on our end, and the babies are never put in harmful positions. We love babies as natural as they can be, and we also adore many cute modern poses. We will only provide these poses upon request and cannot guarantee any of them. 

on the day of your session and a few days before

If at all possible, try to keep baby stimulated and awake an hour or so before the session (CRITICAL); a bath usually helps in keeping them awake. It's very important baby is sleepy so the session goes smoothly and I'm able to capture lots of adorable images. It's best to start on a full belly so feeding baby right before you put him/her in the car or I arrive is best and please make sure baby has a good burp so it doesn't settle in the belly. Please dress baby in a button down outfit (PJ's are preferred, no oneness, please) so I'm not having to pull anything over babies head while undressing him/her. We will do parent/sibling shoots at the end of the session.

Please file the baby's nails to ensure that they don't scratch their little faces. The best files are the cheap emery boards you can get at Target, Walmart or Walgreen's. 

The room will be set between 80-85 degrees for baby so please dress accordingly. I will also play a white noise machine to mimic the sound of the womb. 

Sessions typically take 3 hours even with a very sleepy baby. I work VERY slowly with your baby to ensure he/she is always cozy and comfortable . Once you get there, I will totally take over, and only need you for skin to skin during the times your baby may not want to sleep or for nursing and the occasional posed shots. 

Jaundice: If your baby has jaundice or is still yellow from jaundice it is best we wait until it is out of his/her system. Jaundice is very hard to edit out of skin due to the yellow/red blotchiness it causes as it is leaving their system. Jaundice is typically gone by week 2. 

Gas: If you are breastfeeding and your baby has gas issues (most do), please abstain from eating the following 72 hour prior to your session: dairy products-milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein in it. Other foods that may cause gas and fussiness include anything with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, citrus and prenatal vitamins containing iron. 

Caffeine: Please DO NOT drink caffeine 72 hours prior to your session if you are breastfeeding. Babies who are affected by caffeine tend to be very jumpy, tense and alert. 

What to bring:

Pacifier: Please bring a Soothing brand pacifier (no animal pacifiers, please). We recommend a Soothie pacifier as it does not leave red rings around baby's mouth. Even if your baby does not take one from you (specifically if you are nursing, then can smell you and will want to nurse over soothing with a pacifier), then will  usually take one from me. A baby's natural born instinct is to pacify and typically not have a pacifier to help your baby sooth off the breast, will make a break  a session. Don't worry, they won't get nipple confusion as it's not a food source. 



Gas drops: To ensure your baby remains comfortable through out their session, please pack a bottle of gas drops just in case, safe for the newest of babies. I will only ask for gas drops if baby is very uncomfortable and cannot release gas thru self-release or burping

Bottle Milk (not required): if you have introduced a bottle to your baby, this is the preferred method of feeding during the session so we are certain how much baby is receiving (babies tend to wake a lot and root, and they really wan to be pacified, not fed, so this way we know we are not over feeding which cases extreme gas and discomfort.) If you are pumping, feel free to bring your pump to the session. We have outlets located near the sofa for your comfort and convenience. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, that's perfectly fine. We will take breaks aw we need to. 

 ***My studio is under construction at this time, so I am exclusively shooting in home.*** 

Studio address: 7 Provence Drive, Lake Saint Louis, MO . It's a home studio, located in lower level and accessible from the side entrance by the stairs on the right side of the driveway. Or you can always just come in through my front door :)

My cell  phone is 314-276-7340 if you have any problems the day of your shoot!

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