Maternity Session Preparation


Thank you so much for your interest in a Maternity Session!

I look forward to working with you. It's so exciting to feel like a super model for a while! There are just a few things you should prepare in time for your session.

Please come with your hair and make-up ready for the camera. If you can curl your hair and make it a little better than your average day, that would be perfect! Bring your makeup to do touch-ups if needed. Also your fingernails should be manicured and either clear or nicely polished. Please bring with you a strapless bra and boy-shorts in white and black.

I will provide all the gowns, silks, bandeaus and skirts for your session. I will need to know approximate bust size to ensure what bandeau size you will need.

Capturing tasteful and timeless images of your beautiful pregnant body is a great honor for me! Thank you so much and please contact me if you have any questions!

Newborn Session Preparation


Thank you for considering (and hopefully booking!) a newborn session at Marci Worlton Photography!

Newborn sessions are one of my favorites. Newborns younger than 2 weeks old can be easily posed and dressed up to create some truly adorable images. That said, much like anything worth doing, newborn sessions take time! You can expect to spend two hours or more in a newborn session with me. My studio includes a comfortable couch for you to watch the session from and separate room with toys and movies for siblings (or others) that aren't in the shoot at the moment. There's even bottled water and snacks in case you get hungry.

FAMILY POSES

Be prepared to be in a couple pictures with your baby. Wear solid colors that coordinate with each other, no loud prints or stripes. Neutral colors work best: grey, white, ivory, browns, pale colors etc. Nothing that will distract from your beautiful baby!

SIBLINGS

Please inform me prior to your session if you will be bringing older siblings to your session. The best way to incorporate siblings is to shoot their poses and family poses first, then have dad or grandma take them out to the park or home. That way they don’t get bored and we can focus the rest of the session on individual pictures of the baby. If you want more than one sibling pose, there will be an extra fee of $25.00 added to your session. These poses are difficult and take time to pose safely and correctly. Safety is our top priority and sometimes the older sibling isn’t ready to be involved with the new baby. We always evaluate the situation and don’t take chances. If the older sibling is scared or really doesn’t want to be involved, I cannot guarantee a successful sibling pose.

BREAST-FEEDING FOOD GUIDE

This list is a helpful guide of common foods to avoid while nursing. These foods typically affect babies under 6 weeks. As they get older, introduce foods one at a time to see how they are affected. Every baby is different, be sure to consult with your pediatrician. Also, be sure to check with your pediatrician whether dairy is an issue. Please try to avoid any of these foods at least 12 hours before your session if you are breastfeeding:

Citrus/Acidic foods and drinks

  • Oranges
  • Lemons

Gassy Vegetables

Restricted foods

  • Soda
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Other

We highly suggest if your baby is gassy, to avoid the foods mentioned 48 hours before your session.

*Adapted from Guide by Dr. O’Connell, CA

JUST BEFORE THE SESSION

Try to keep your baby awake for at least an hour before the session, then feed your baby right before you leave. You might have to top your baby off here depending on how long the drive is. This helps ensure that I have a sleepy baby to pose in those cute poses that parents love!

DRESSING BABY

Either bring them with just a diaper or dress them in something loose and easy to take off (such as a zippered front sleeper) so I don't have to disturb them too much. Just so you're prepared, I keep the room quite warm, so you might want to dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Change of clothes for baby to go home in
  • Pacifier - I know it’s best not to use these when the baby is hungry because it can confuse/disrupt breastfeeding. However, when posing a sleeping baby, he/she can brush their cheek and trigger the rooting reflex. It’s great to just use the pacifier for a few moments to keep them in the pose!
  • Extra milk - if possible, don’t feel you have to bring formula or anything, but if you have some pumped milk, feel free to bring it with you!
  • Extra diapers & wipes
  • Any special blankets, hats, etc. that you might want included in the photos. Please note that I have a particular style that I try to achieve, so if I feel that a certain hat or outfit does not suit my style, I might not use it.
I look forward to seeing you and your little one!!

Cake Smash Session Preparation

Happy Birthday to your Little One!

It’s time for a cake smash and birthday pictures!
Best ways to prepare your child for a successful Cake Smash:
  • Well rested! Make sure your session falls during their happy play time!
  • Feed them 1-2 hours prior to session, don't want a full belly when they get here.
  • Bring a favorite toy or music to help them feel at home.
  • IMPORTANT: Have them taste and try icing before their session. This will familiarize them the texture and taste.
  • Let them play with pudding or yogurt on their highchair tray before their session. They will need to know it’s okay to play with their food!
  • Don’t use dark icing, it makes the cake taste like chemicals. Muted colors work best.
  • Parents!! Don’t stress, they can feel your anxiety! Just relax and let it all happen! They will have a great time, don’t worry!