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So you just had your baby and  you are on cloud nine (and sleep deprived) and you can’t wait to take those adorable pictures of your little one asleep peacefully in some adorable position. But just how do you accomplish that? What should you expect, and where are these pictures going to be taken? What about being naked, are they going to pee or worse??? I have to admit that the whole scenario always left me a little intimidated. Lucky for all you I found a great person to answer all these questions and give you a few tips of what to expect from a newborn session. Heidi Helser is an amazing photographer based out of  Oregon and not only does she loves to take pictures she goes beyond in order to connect with everyone at the session to help them feel comfortable and ultimaltly looking their best. We like that!

Here are the top five things you should know before doing a newborn session

1.  Be prepared for your photographer to work with you for a while!  2 to 4 hours is very common.  I always give my clients a heads up that I will be at their homes for a while…  so order a pizza and be prepared to hang out .  I often have clients tell me, “Oh but my baby sleeps so good, it shouldn’t take more than an hour!”  Guess what?  Even the best sleepers take a few hours.  Why does it take so much time?  It takes time to redo each “set”…  if you are expecting/wanting more than one back drop and poses we want to give you lots of options to chose from.  It takes time to calm your teeny tiny.  Your new little one is a good sleeper, but is used to sleeping on your chest, in your arms, in a swing, or in a cocoon of blankets.  It’s a whole different story to get your newborn curled up in a basket, with a cute hat on their head, naked, looking peaceful.  But its so worth it!  They need some extra snuggles and love.  It takes some time and patience.

2.  Be prepared to comfort feed your baby.  It doesn’t matter if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding.  Your baby is going to want to comfort feed quite a bit during your session.  This also adds to the amount of time a session takes {see number 1!}.  The newborn photography session is probably the most stimulating activity your baby has done since birth.  Your tiny will want some extra snuggles and food.  We don’t mind waiting for a satisfied baby.

3.  Have your home photo ready.  I know how hard it is to have a newborn baby.  I know.  I have a four year old and I am well aware of how hard it is to adjust to being a parent and keeping up the house. Your home is the backdrop for your photos.  You want your home to be portrait worthy and ready.  Clean the clutter off the counters, run the vacuum, sweep and mop.  It doesn’t have to be perfect….  Just tidy.  Grandmas and friends  are really good for this task!

4.  There is probably going to be bodily fluids happening.  It’s okay.  We don’t mind.  It happens every time.  Everything is washable.  Really, it’s okay.  I Promise.

5.  Sometimes it’s easier to take a step back and let us snuggle your baby.  Your baby loves you so much.  You are their everything.  They want to be held by you, and smell you, and it’s wonderful.  And sometimes that makes our job a little challenging because they won’t calm down until you pick them up and love on them.  Sometimes it’s easier to take a step back and let the photographer snuggle your baby and calm them down.  They will eventually settle down and curl up in that sweet ball in a basket like we were hoping {we’ll call you in if we can’t handle it!}  And guess what?  We love it.  It’s the best part of our job.  We will secretly smell your baby and kiss their cheeks when you aren’t looking…  Well, I will anyway!

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Heidi Helser is a photographer in Oregon.  She specializes in portraits, lifestyle, and wedding photography.  She is also the featured photographer/President of The Breastfeeding Initiative.  Heidi Helser Photography is a well sought after photographer in the Willamette Valley.  She recently received a bronze medal in the “Best of the Mid Willamette Valley”.   Newborn portraits are a passion that she is always pursing.

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