YOUR NEWBORN SESSION WITH
tracy disbrow photography
Congratulations on your new baby! Thank you so much for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new little mini in his/her first few days of life. Newborns are my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles so much.
I am so excited to welcome you into my studio! On this page you will find quick tips on how to find me!
My address is:
8115 Monclova Road
Monclova, Ohio 43542
The closest intersection is at Albon Road, and the Monclova Community Center is just east of it.
Come in the door at the half circle with the island in the middle, (it looks like an old student drop off location) and my studio is on the first floor and the first door on the right. If you are outside the building, it is the east wing door where you'll see a wooden sign with my name on it.
If you plan to have siblings photographed, I only ask that when they are not a part of the session, to have them out of the studio. We want to ensure a calm and peaceful environment for the star of the show! There is also an ice cream shop and playground across the street for your little ones to burn off energy.
what to expect for baby...
Before the shoot, please feed baby 2-3 hours prior, and plan on feeding him/her as soon as you get here to set up, no sooner. Also, please do not let your baby sleep beforehand, instead try giving him a bath, let him kick with only a diaper, tickle his toes, and even let him fuss for a little bit (no pacifiers) for the few hours beforehand. This will ensure those squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!
I can't stress that it's so important to do your best to keep your baby awake.
Many parents come in saying "Baby has been sleeping all morning, but trust me, he sleeps SO good this time of day!" only to have baby wake up, since they will be unclothed and unswaddled and put in different poses that they’ve not been in before.
Sessions last between 2-3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or is hungry! The easiest way to ensure a sleepy baby is the willingness to nurse/bottlefeed off and on throughout the session.
If you can, bring the soothie pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It's the bendable, green/blue/orangish one, and won't leave marks. Even if you haven't used one, just for the 2-3 hours that I'm posing him/her usually really helps. However if you really prefer that we don’t use one, that’s fine as well!
When you arrive, you will notice that the studio will be very hot. It is because we are trying to mimic the environment in utero. Temps will vary between 78-85 degrees. Please feel free to dress for the temperature.
what to expect for mom and dad...
Mom and Dad, you are a big part of the show. Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my all time favorite things.
Dads: I suggest a blank t-shirt to wear or shirtless with a good pair of jeans. Please avoid sweaters, button ups, or Henley shirts. Also, bring a back up shirt if you plan to be photographed with baby without a diaper. Things WILL happen, and it's great to be prepared for that.
Moms: Keep the color neutral and design simple. A simple white, black or beige tank top will be best. Be sure that you have either no chipped nail polish, or a nude tone, or none at all, as your hands will make their way into the images. Also, rest assured, I aim to photograph using flattering angles and light to bring out the natural beauty in your family. And same for you, bring a back up shirt, just in case. ;)
what to expect for siblings...
Including older brother/sister(s) in your newborn’s potraits is the perfect way to document this fleeting time in your lives.
Sister(s): Please have a snug fitting tank in a neutral color, or a dress with no busy patterns. I ask that girls hair be natural (or in braids) and free of huge bows, large headbands, etc. Just as with mom, no chipped nail polish and nude tones or none at all.
Brother(s): A snug pair of jeans and shirtless or plain tight-fitting white t-shirt. Please take a few moments to chat with your guy about this so he feels prepared for the session if you choose to go shirtless.
a few additional thoughts...
It is my hope that you come to the studio feeling comfortable and at home. I am truly honored to be able to document this incredible time in your lives and look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby!
Any questions at all please feel free to call or text me at 419-377-3586.
If siblings will be joining you for the session, I ask that they are brought to the studio at the beginning of the session, and will need to be picked up or dad takes them home until the session is over. I understand it is a bit of an inconvenience, but children tend to be a little loud even unintentionally, and any noise could startle and awaken your baby and cause the session to go less smoothly.
Here’s a list of a few things to remember for your session:
-Bottles and formula, or your nursing supplies, such as nursing pads, shields, shells or creams you may need.
-Baby wipes . (I have some in the studio, but if you have a preferred brand, please bring it.)
-A pacifier, if you would like to use one.
-Any memorabilia you’d like to use, but please limit to one or two set ups only. Ask me about details if this is something you’d like.
I will provide all the headbands, hats, wraps, and all other accessories. If you would like to bring your own, please remember that a knit hat photographs better than crochet, and dainty headbands are always better than big flowers and bows.