Natasha Lynn Photography LLC
specializing in maternity, newborn, milestones, 1st birthday, and family sessions
serving Tampa Bay and other surrounding areas
primarily Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties

"Capturing moments from today... creating memories for a lifetime!"

Phone: 716-471-8239
E-mail: natashalynnphotography@yahoo.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natashalynnphotography613/

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​​SCHEDULING YOUR SESSION

I recommend that you schedule your newborn session at least 1-2 months prior to baby’s birth (or earlier) to ensure a spot on my calendar. A $50 retainer and a session contract is required to secure your session. We will discuss session details and I will mark you on my calendar based on your due date and then I ask that you call, email, or Facebook me as soon as you deliver so we can arrange a specific date and time for the session. Newborns can take place at my in home studio or in the comfort of your home and are best if done before they turn 2 weeks old. In order to capture those sweet newborn poses, I need to make sure they will sleep well and allow me to handle them. After the first 2 weeks, it is nearly impossible to get them to sleep deep enough and therefore I may not be able to get the best poses for your session.

If you have any specific requests regarding colors, themes, or poses for the session, please let me know at least 2-3 weeks in advance so I can accommodate. If you have any family heirlooms or props that you would like me to use, please let me know so I can incorporate them into the session. I start planning sessions as soon as they are booked and some requests may require me to order additional backdrops or props. 


PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION

I can do newborn sessions at my studio in Hernando County Florida or I can also travel to your home. For in-home sessions I am limited to what I can bring but I will discuss any special requests you may have ahead of time and make sure I have what we need for your session.

For studio sessions, please bring extra diapers and other needed baby supplies such as bottles or a pacifier. Also, dress light as it will be warm. I will turn my AC down or off and run a space heater to keep baby comfortable and sleepy. 

Don’t fret over baby acne and dry skin as these minor flaws can be retouched during the editing process.

If you choose an in-home session, don’t stress over clutter and mess, I am a mom too, so I understand how chaotic things can get. I don’t need a lot of space but I do need a lot of natural light. Please open all blinds and curtains prior to the session. I prefer to set up wherever the best light is. Sometimes this ends up being near a large picture window or near a sliding glass door. To keep baby comfortable, we will need to keep them warm. I will bring a space heater but it helps a lot if you can turn the AC down about 20 minutes before I arrive.


THE DAY OF THE SESSION

Most of the poses work best if baby is in a deep sleep. I ask that you try to keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before the session to ensure they are nice and exhausted. I know how exhausting that can be for you but I promise it will be worth it when you see the photos from your session.
Babies sleep best if they are fed and burped right before the session. If you are coming to my studio, the first thing I typically do is have my clients strip baby down to the diaper and then feed them. If I am coming to your home, you can start feeding them about 15 minutes prior to my arrival. We will also take breaks throughout the session to sooth and feed as needed. 

It also helps if you loosen up their clothing and diaper an hour or so prior to the session to reduce any imprints on their skin.

For in-home sessions, if you spend your morning keeping baby awake and find that you don't have enough time to get yourself ready, please don't stress. I have found that 90% of my clients are not ready when I arrive but I can start with pictures of just baby while you get changed and do your hair.

Newborn sessions can last up to 2-3 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. While we cannot predict how the session will go, if they have full bellies and are exhausted, the session will go a lot smoother. Some moms tend to stress out especially if they haven’t experienced a newborn session. Please stay calm even if baby does not want to sleep right away. We don’t want baby to sense any anxiety or frustration. I am very comfortable holding, calming, and posing newborns and so I typically do all the feeding (unless you're breastfeeding) changing and soothing as needed throughout the session. I may ask for your assistance at some point throughout the session but for the most part I just let the parents relax. I have even had some clients cook, clean their house, or take a nap during their in-home session and I am completely ok with that.

I have a collection of bowls, baskets, buckets, blankets, outfits, hats, and headbands that I use for these sessions. We will discuss any specific colors or themes ahead of time to help me decide which items to pull out for your session. Your baby may spit up, pee, or poop on them or even myself. Please don’t panic or feel embarrassed. It happens at most sessions and I expect it. I wash the wraps, outfits, and cloth backdrops in between each session with baby laundry detergent.


FAMILY PHOTOS

A lot of new moms are hesitant to get in photos right way because they aren’t feeling their best right after having a baby. If you have enough time, I strongly encourage all moms to go get your hair done, your nails done, whatever makes you feel better. Your baby is only a newborn once so let’s capture this exciting time. For your outfits, keep it simple, solid colors or subtle patterns look best. I always suggest staying away from very busy patterns as they can be distracting. You don’t have to get super fancy, cotton tank tops or cotton tshirts tend to be most popular. Some of the photos may focus on mom and/or dads hands so you may want to make sure nails are groomed and hands are moisturized prior to the session.

For smaller siblings, you may want to talk to them in the days leading up to the session to help them prepare. Let them know that they are going to have their picture taken with the baby and discuss how to be gentle. Depending on their age, you can even practice having them hold the baby on their lap or just lying next to baby on the floor without bumping or rolling on baby.