portrait options, investment, helpful tips to prepare for baby

Newborn Guide

Cayton Heath Photography

Love,  Cayton

I'm so honored that you are considering trusting me with capturing portraits of your amazing family!!

With over 12 years of experience in the wedding and portrait photography industries I have the expertise you desire and the calm understanding you didn't realized you needed. Hand the reigns to me and I will capture this beautiful special season in your life and you will be able to get rid of some mom guilt because you got it done!

Feel free to reach out at any point during the process!

A NOTE ABOUT THIS GUIDE

WELCOME

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Below you'll find some handy tips for nailing down the perfect style.

Client wardrobe is such a helpful service and one I am so proud to offer you! I have a huge range of sizes and something for every member of the family. Let me know you are interested in this complimentary service when we have our consultation.

Size Range:
Women's XS to 4X
Men's Large to X-Large Shirts/sweaters
Children's Newborn to Size 12

& why we love it!

Client Wardrobe

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no way, jose

  • Being "matchy-matchy"
  • White Socks That Stick Out
  • Big Logos and Writing on Shirts
  • Red, Bright Pink, or Orange (competes with skintone)
  • Something that just isn't YOU
  • Something uncomfortable that needs constantly adjusted

  • Professional Hair and Makeup (a plus but not mandatory)
  • Complementary color schemes
  • Comfortable + easy to move in
  • Flowly skirts or tops that show movement
  • Something you feel AMAZING wearing - we want you to feel confident and look your best!

yes! yes! yes!

Newborn photo styling tips

It can be so hard finding something to wear after having a baby! To make things as stress free as possible I offer client wardrobe in size XS-4X. I would love it if you came by and checked it out just to see if it would be a good option for you and your family. 
If you are a do-it-yourselfer I put together some dos and don'ts to make what you wear an easy check off on your list.

what to wear

BE PREPARED

baby essentials:

Not only do I want you to be prepared for when baby arrives but I want you to feel like you know exactly what to bring to your newborn session.

I highly recommend feeding and burping baby right before you get in the car to come to me or right before I am set to arrive in your home.

It also helps to have baby dressed only in a white onesie so they can easily be swaddled.

The hospital does have these items but they are less then awesome most of the time. however if you don't want to do laundry when you get home just skip these and use the hospitals.

newborn session check list

pillow & bath towel

The hospital will hook you up with mesh undies and pads but "Depends" can be more reliable

SHOES to shower in
extra long cell cord
re-fillable water
sweet & salty snacks
your birth plan
nipple cream

diapers
wipes
white onesies
nursing cover or
formula
pacifier
burp cloths
snacks & drinks for you

ANYTHING ELSE SPECIAL OR SENTIMENTAL if you want it photographed

  • going home outfit, mittens, hat, blanket
  • pediatrician's contact information
  • bottles or nipple shields/cream
  • car seat.

hospital bag checklist

comfy clothing
nursing bra

 A robe

(if you use one)

Let's check something off your list!

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adult diaper / postpartum care

PRINT THIS CHECKLIST!

DADS

  • snacks (sweet & salty options)
  • extra long phone charge cord
  • change of clothing (be comfy)
  • his own refillable water bottle
  • toiletries 
  • pillow & sleeping bag

Don't forget this guy! He will need some things too and will be able to be the best support possible with just a few essentials.

Dad Essentials:

01. Maternity Session

Normally, the first session of your Belly to Baby Membership would be a Maternity session. This is a great way to start this precious little one's story and showcase your beautiful belly. I have client wardrobe to help make this as easy as possible.

02. Newborn Session

Memberrship Value:





Membership Price:

The next session in the membership is a Newborn Session. You can choose to have your newborn session in the studio, in your home, or outdoors. This is the longest session in the membership and normally lasts 2.5 hours.

03. Two Milestone sessions

Within the membership you will receive 2 milestone sessions. These sessions capture your baby at 2 key month milestones. Tipically we would do this at the 6 month mark and the 12 month birthday mark.

Belly to Baby 

A wonderful savings through membership

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04. What else is included in the membership?

Besides 4 specially priced sessions you will also receive:
- a private ordering appointment after each session
- 15 digital files from each session
- exclusive end of year membership gift of your choice

Can you just imagine how wonderful it would be to have a full year of images of your baby! 
The Belly to Baby membership is a fantastic way to capture your baby as they grow throughout a full year. Below is great information about what the membership entails.

$2,500+

$1495

First came love
and then came you.

Location Location
location

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pros & cons

pros & cons

Studio or In-home

backyard or select location

Where should we have your newborn session

inside

outside

The location you choose is such a huge factor in your newborn season's story. If you had a baby in Spring going outdoors would display that with beautiful colors. If you would like more formal shots of your new baby going into the studio would really capture that! 
Below I lay out pros and cons to my top 3 newborn session location options.

pro

Unlike anyone else's newborn portraits

pro

Easy to take the session outdoors

pro

perfect for more natural; relaxed portraits

Pro

commemerates the season of your baby's birth

pro

Lots of variety in posing and movement

con

The weather is unpredictable

con

sometimes there are bugs

con

if baby has a need we may be far from your diaper bag

con

not the best choice if you are recovering from a C-section

Things to think about

going outdoors is unique

CLOSE Tab

outside

con

timing for good light might not be when baby is happy

pro

Reliable lighting because I use artificial light

pro

Our session doesn't rely on good weather

pro

easy access to client wardrobe, snacks, AC/Heater and potty

Pro

personal touch if we use your home

pro

timeless if we shoot in the studio space

con

studio lacks the variation in background unlike outdoors

con

Studio doesn't have as much room for children to run around

in-home newborn session

studio newborn session

Things to think about

Go Deeper

indoors is reliable

blog posts about it:

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inside

con

in-home may make you feel like you need to clean (but you don't)

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Of all the things my hands have held;
 the best by far is you!

Posing & session flow

Who can be in your newborn portraits?

Siblings

It's great if you can assign a friend or family member to help make sure we have everyone we need for family photos. This person should know who everyone on the photo list is but not be in too many photos themselves.

mommy & Daddy

It makes the whole process of family photos faster when everyone in them knows what to expect. Let your family members (or anyone else who will be in a photo) to stick around as soon as the ceremony ends so that we don't have to take extra time finding everyone who's walked away.

Grandparents/ extended family

Family photos aren't anyone's favorite part of a wedding day and we try to take them as efficiently as possible. With that said, keep in mind that every grouping typically takes 2-3 minutes to pose. We want to make sure we get all the family photos that need to be taken without cutting into your cocktail hour or reception too much!

Baby

We'll ask you for a list of family picture groupings a few weeks before the day of your wedding. Please make sure you list everyone's first name so that we know who to call for when we're grouping people together for a photo.
(There's a template below that's super easy to customize!)

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newborn session shot list

Baby alone swaddled

Baby alone with toes & hands showing

Baby detail closeups (lips, eyelashes, etc.)

Baby with mommy 

Baby with Daddy 

baby with mommy & Daddy

Baby with siblings

Baby with entire family

Baby with anyone else who came to session

baby with any sentimental props (optional)

If baby is cooperating & doing well these shots are the goal

START THINKING ABOUT

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How you want to display your portraits

With almost a decade of experience in heirloom product design I know that this can be quite the daunting process to walk through alone. That is why I love coming along side my clients and helping them create the photographic heirloom treasures that will be in their family for generations.

The first thing I recommend is for you to start thinking about where in your home you would love to either hang wall art or display a beautiful album. Once you start dreaming the process becomes fun and encouraging.

Every session includes a design and ordering appointment which happens when I hand deliver your images to you! You can utilize this service how you want to and additional purchases are optional. 

talk about whats important to you

If you are going to be purchasing heirlooms I encourage you -together with your spouse and family start the conversation about wall art and albums. Heirlooms are a quality product and a worth while investment that is never regretted.

Making sure you are on the same page with which items are wanted and how you would like to pay for them helps your ordering appointments run like a dream.

If payment break downs along with spreading it all out over time helps you out I am glad to create a payment plan that works for you. Just let me know during your consultation or ordering appointment and I'll be glad to help.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

- Dr. suess

IMAGE DELIVERY

Why we use Proof images

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get ready for any optional ordering

View the Frame Catalog

View the Album Guide

HOW IT WORKS

I love taking customer service to the "extra" level. Proof images are one way that makes the whole process feel magical and special for your family. 

For your portrait session I will print out a set of 4x6 proof/ordering prints and personally deliver them to your door. They make it so easy to select your digitals and any custom heirlooms. 

Imagine gorgeous images laid out across your table! its so much for fun to design and order that way!

THE HIGHEST QUALITY heirlooms FOR YOUR MOST TREASURED MOMENTS. THESE QUALITY pieces WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS.

Albums & frames

Heirlooms

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Note about ALBUM DESIGN

A few weeks after your session we can start designing your heirloom album. Normally the start of your design happens at your design & ordering appointment. The process is super easy and you'll get to pick exactly how you want it.

Link to album guide

PICK YOUR OPTIONS

You'll have the chance to pick out your album size, material and color. I have a page outlining all of the choices!
Or for frames the catalog above.

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Heirloom Layout

Once your options are selected, I'll create the album page layouts using the best of your photos. Or I'll finalize your wall art gallery preferences. When I'm done I'll send a proof your way and we can make any changes you want.

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Enjoy your heirloom

Once everything looks good to go and you like your layout, I will order your album or wall art and upon its arrival personally deliver it to you.

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heirloom design process

Feel free to shoot me an email with any questions!

SITE DESIGN BY RACHEL KICK & BT Creative

Thank you for considering trusting me to capture your special season! If you need to contact me at any point during the process, feel free to shoot me an email!

THANK YOU

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