FAQ newborn photography


What is the best time for a Newborn session?
The best time for a Newborn session is within the first 14 days of the baby’s life.

Natural light or Studio light?
Natural light. For the Newborn photo session we need natural light and at least 5×5 feet of open floor space next to a glass door.

How long does a session take?
Up to 3 hours. When baby is sleeping well we can do a lots of images during 2 hours.

What happens if baby doesn’t  cooperate?
No worries! Please feed baby fully and change the diaper (I’ll be waiting up to 1 hour).
If baby is still cranky – we will reschedule the session (no extra fee).

Where does the Newborn Session take place?
Most moms want to stay at home, so the newborn session takes place on client’s location, in the comfort of your home.

Do I have necessary props for taking the pictures?
Yes! I’ll bring the newborn posing bag, baskets, baby wraps, blankets, hats, and headbands.
More details there: What I bring for the Newborn session – click here 

Some parents willing to buy their own props. Can we use it?
Yes, when you have something cute, adorable, or handmade for our session we can also use it, if it matches my style and your expectations.
Please don’t ask me to use oversized props, the primary focus of the picture has to be your baby!
I would be glad to use
– Teddy bear (or any toy about 20 inches long)
– baseball gloves and ball
– handmade blanket

How I clean my props?
The newborn posing bag is waterproof – so it’s easy to clean.
I wash used wraps and the blanket after each session.

How to prepare for the session?
– keep the baby awake 1-2 hours before the session
– feed the baby and keep its tummy full
– leave on the baby just a diaper, and swaddle the baby in a blanket
– if nursing, make sure you’re eating too
– if nursing, no caffeine
Please prepare wipes, a warm blanket, a hair brush, and a pacifier (if you use it)

Will it be warm?
It will be around 80 degrees around the baby during our session. It does get a bit warm for adults, but my main priority is the comfort of your little baby. Since he will be naked or just diapered for the entire session.
I notice Dads tend to be the ones who complain most about the heat. If you get warm at any time, feel free to take relax in the waiting room away from the heaters.

What if my baby poops?
If your baby poops or pees, IT IS OKAY! I have the waterfroob posing bag and wash all my props every time.
Please prepare the wipes to clean the baby.

Will I send you an email before our session?
Yes! One day before our session I’ll send you an email with instructions on how to prepare for the session.
If you didn’t get the email we most probably do not have the session. Please email or call me.


What we are going to do if the baby is not sleeping?
If the baby is not cranky I will swaddle him/her and keep working.
If the baby is cranky you will feed the baby, change the diaper, and wait for 30 min. Then, if the baby is still cranky, I’ll have to cancel the session (I will keep the travel fee).

What to wear (for parents and siblings)?
Solid color, mid-tone pastel colors work great on the picture.
Avoid logos, big prints, complex patterns.
Try to coordinate with each other. Similar colors or similar styles are the best for family picture.
We will use the similar color wrap for the newborn baby.

Can the parents be included in the picture?
Yes. Sure! Parents, siblings, and grandparents always welcome to be on the photo!

Can siblings be included in the picture?
Yes. Absolutely! 🙂

Can pets be included in the picture?
Yes. Friendly pets can be included in the picture.
The pets will be sitting next to the basket. Please prepare the treats for your dog.

Can parents take the video/photo during the session?
No. Please, no photo and video during the session. I’ll only one photographer there.

What do I shoot with?
I shoot with my two full frame cameras: Nikon D810, Nikon D700.
My favorite lenses: Nikkor 50mm f1.4, Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8.

How long I store your images?
I store your images on my hard drive about 3 months, I will delete them after that.
When you download your images from the gallery please store your images on the different laptops, USB/DVDs, and print them out!
Feel free to order the Package #3 and get the printing products, photo book, and DVD/USB drive with the images.

Where I do provide my services?
I provide my services in San Jose, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Mateo, Belmont, Fremont, Milpitas, and Monterey area, CA.


Do you have more questions? Please send me an email captured.by.olga@gmail.com

FAQ newborn photography. Captured by Olga.