Sarah Dempsey-bauer   |   Calgary, AB   |   403. 700. 7040  |

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Session TIPS

Maternity & Newborn 


Newborn sessions are recommended to be done between 4-10 days old, but can be done up until the baby is 6 weeks old. The reasoning behind this time frame is that your new little one is still in that sleepy, easy to pose stage. Ezer Photography strongly recommends that families come first and photos come second. This means your priority should be becoming as settled as possible in your new routine at home, resting as much as possible and allowing mom's milk to fully come in. Fully fed babies are more content, relaxed and sleep more! This equals a smooth blissful photo session. I can get a great session with your baby at anytime during that timeframe, so do not feel rushed or stressed about getting them done as soon as your baby is born. 


Giving your baby a nice long feed just before you leave for the studio is a great idea, as this ensures they have a nice full belly. Also, baby should be fed as much as possible in the 12 hours prior to our session together. This will allow for baby to sleep as deeply and as long as possible.


If nursing, try to avoid eating anything spicy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. This helps prevent your newborn from experiencing an upset tummy. If baby happens to be gassy the day of your session, Oval or Gripe Water can be used to help ease baby’s discomfort.

Try to interact with and keep your newborn awake for 1-2 hours (if possible) before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for our time together. 



The studio will be kept at a warm temperature as to mimic the temperature of the womb for your newborn. For moms and dads who will be inside the studio, I recommend dressing in layers. If you will be getting some parent shots done you may even want to bring a change of comfy clothes for yourself for afterwards. This will allow you to be as comfortable as possible throughout the shoot. For parent or sibling shots please wear clothing with no logos, sayings or obvious characters on them and no hats. 

Dress baby in loose fitting clothes to avoid any lines on baby’s skin and to also avoid disturbing baby when getting undressed. A simple sleeper is best. Please avoid onesies or anything that has to be pulled off over baby’s head.


*Your newborn will be photographed in wraps and outfits we provide and his/her birthday suit for the majority of the session



If your baby is a sucker and you allow them to have a pacifier bring it! they can be very helpful during the session. As well feel free to bring snacks, water or drinks to make your session more comfortable. When packing your diaper bag make sure to have lots of wet wipes, diapers, lotion (for dry skin) and Oval or Gripe Water (if your newborn is gassy). 


Sit back and relax :) I won’t need much assistance, but when I do I will ask. Please take advantage of this time to rest in my studio (I’m sure you need it!). Parents will often watch the shoot, shut their eyes, answer emails or read while I work my magic.  

My motto is always safety first and will only do poses that the baby is comfortable doing. I am open to requests for certain poses but no pose is guaranteed in every session. Every shoot is different because every baby is different.



It helps to have your clothing chosen in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable, attractive and fit the style of photos you are wanting.  For example if you want more of an organic dreamy look chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. If you want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family?  Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents.



Your clothing have no obvious logos, sayings or character on them as they can drastically change the look of your photos.



Feel free to bring accessories like scarves, headbands, hats (no ball caps), etc. as it can add more variation to your images from our session together. Come well fed, rested and please feel free to bring water and snacks as you or your little ones may need a recharge. 



For Cakesmashes I provide the banners and backdrops, various cake toppers, cake stand and if baking isn't your thing I can direct you to our partnering professional baker where you can get a killer discount on a smash cake. 

*Feel free to provide your own banner, stand and topper if you have something in mind that Ezer Photography doesn't have



The cake... that's it!


I recommend bringing an outfit for the sit-up part part of the cakesmash to get some great portrait shots and solo shots without the cake. Once the cake smashing beginsI will provide various options such as diaper covers, tutus and lace rompers for you to choose from. Accessories such as bows and bow ties are also provided. If you prefer to provide your own outfit, no problem!


Please remember the cake, a topper or candle (if you have a specific one you would like to use), An extra set of clothes for baby and you (you would be surprised how messy you can get), snacks, a drink, a bag to put your dirty clothes in and lots of wet wipes to help with the mess.