Newborn Session Prep Guide

Whether this baby's Newborn Session is your first or tenth, here are a few reminders to help you prepare for our upcoming appointment.


My studio is located in my home in the SW part of Minot.

I am at 601 16th St SW, between Burdick and 2nd Ave SW, where the road is curvy and people drive too fast. Don't be afraid to drive slowly and get honked at. My house is a blue/gray color and sits on the East Side of 16th, directly behind the mailbox cluster. There are (now) two tree stumps in my yard. Please try not to arrive more than 5 minutes early, as families before you need time to leave and I need time to clean & prep between appointments.

What to bring

Pack a diaper bag well-stocked for normal day out of the house.

+Extra diapers and wipes.

+Extra formula/bottles or whatever you'll need to nurse comfortably. My home/studio is nursing/pumping friendly, so bring what you need!

Plan to possibly need to feed baby upon arrival. Sometimes, even if they just ate before you left the house, they'll wake up just enough to realize they want to eat again and the session hasn't even started. This is completely normal.

+Any props (heirloom items, blankets, outfits) we've discussed and are planning to use in the session.

+The Studio can get HOT. Warm babies are comfortable babies. Parents and siblings are welcome to bring comfortable clothing to change into after their part of the session.

+Drinks or snacks. The session can feel long and you may find yourself feeling fatigued. I highly recommend bringing water with you at the minimum.

+Siblings - If siblings are coming, you may consider making plans for them to leave with dad/mom, a friend or family member once their part of the session is done. You're welcome to bring electronics & hop on the wifi, little things they enjoy to entertain, but keep in mind, sometimes sessions are just too long for them and they become restless.

+Soothers/Pacifiers/Nook/Binkies - Even if baby is not taking one regularly or at all, sometimes they help calm & soothe for wrapping and almost always for posing, especially unwrapped. I do carry them sealed in studio, so if you forget it, we will have one to use just in case. If you are absolutely against using one, I completely respect that decision.

+Payment - I accept cash or checks. Keep in mind if you bring cash- I am not always able to make change.

PREPPING Family & siblings for photos

-none of this is intended for baby-

In the days before - use chapstick and lotion to remedy dry/chapped lips and skin.

Night before - Remove or apply nail polishes as desired.

Clean & clip nails - check toes on littles.

Do not drink any punches or juices that stain lips, teeth & mouth before the session.


If anyone in your party is ill with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, rash or are otherwise contagious, please reach out to reschedule.

Even if it happens to be the morning of the session. We will gladly reschedule rather than risk exposure. Not only is my studio in my home, but I serve Newborns, Elderly, cancer patients and otherwise immunocompromised people and will not risk exposing them to something they can not fight off.

If any client arrives to a session ill, I reserve the right to send them away without holding their session.

We are excited to see you!

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.