To all new moms: you are doing the greatest job!

I am a new mom to a very happy and handsome little guy (proud mama here!). As a new mom I see my time being consumed in a way that I cannot quite understand or explain. My routine is not having a routine; is seeing my daily plans being put aside without me realizing it, and just accomplishing what is possible. I came to accept that accomplishments (in the way I used to define them), don’t quite mean the same thing. Nowadays, I accomplish getting showered, dressed, and very rarely getting my make up done. My house does not look the same. The time I get to work is fragmented in order to fulfill the needs of my baby (which always comes first). Way too many times I was unsure on how to answer the question: what did you do today? Felt like nothing and a lot at the same time.
That is when I came across this blog post from Motherly. I then realized that I am accomplishing something invaluable. I am raising my baby to be healthy and happy. The work I am doing, might not be as obvious as the other work I’ve done in my life, but it’s for sure the best and most important one I have ever done!
I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did!

Newborn Sessions – What to expect?

A lot of people get confused on how a newborn photo session goes.  So, as a first post, I want to take the time to explain it step by step. I shoot my newborn sessions at my home studio in University City, San Diego. My space is cozy (not to say tiny), but I have everything I need to document this very special moment. I love when mom and dad contact me during the second trimester, so I can make sure I will have a spot on my calendar. Although this is the most ideal situation, I sure know you have a million things going on in preparation for the little one’s arrival.  So, don’t be discouraged to contact me even if baby is already here!

When you first contact me, we will schedule a tentative date based on the due date. More often than not, this will not be the actual session date as the baby arrival date may differ from the tentative due date. Because of this I keep my calendar very flexible. I really like to photograph babies between 5-14 days new. During this period, baby is mostly asleep and makes posing easy and safe. Prior to the session date, you will receive a questionnaire from me. The purpose of the questionnaire is help me to style your session to meet your vision. You will tell me your preferred colors or any outfit or prop that caught your attention from other photos within my portfolio.  Be aware that I am constantly adding new items to my prop/outfit closet! Also, before the session you will receive an email outlining tips on how to prepare for the sessions, including items such as what to wear.

Once you arrive, the session will start with siblings and family pictures. I always get the older brothers and/or sisters pictures first, so they can go home when done because it is no fun for a toddler to hang out in a hot, small room for 3 hours! At this point, we will start baby’s pictures. I have a process that I like to follow that begins with props, such as baskets, followed by beanbag poses. Baby will  run the show.  We will do what he/she allows us.  Since this is a long session, we will have plenty of feeding breaks.  And, don’t worry, I will have a lot of snacks for mom and dad too.

I hope this paints a clearer picture of what to expect!

Can’t wait to meet your little one!

Renata