For maternity shoots: I love the look of long flowy dresses on mom. If dad’s getting in the photos, have him wear a solid color shirt that matches one of the colors in moms dress. If dresses aren’t your thing, anything form-fitting that shows off the belly and has nice colors is a plus. Feel free to glam it up, adding necklaces, bracelets or a funky jacket. Also, you may want to bring small props such as baby booties, a pacifier, or letter blocks.
For newborns, to achieve those peaceful baby shots, it is important that I meet your baby no later than the first two weeks after their birth. This may seem very early but babies are more difficult to pose and wake more easily the older they get. The day of the session I suggest to have the house at a good warm temperature. The little ones don’t like to be too hot or too cold. Keep in mind that most of the poses will be of the baby in their diaper or naked. So the house has to be set at a comfortable temperature for them. Babies may require additional feedings during their session and it may take a considerable amount of time before baby is in a deep enough sleep to start the session. Their photos are usually taken without clothes or with just a diaper cover, but different crocheted hats or frilly headbands with flowers or bows make for great accessories. If you have a particular outfit in mind, feel free to have it ready!
As for feeding the baby, try to time it so that you are almost done with the feeding or completely done by the time I arrive. A happy belly equals a happy baby. Which equals a sleepy baby. Sleepy babies are awesome! If by chance the baby woke up on the wrong side of the crib, then I will try and capture what we can and possibly suggest another mini session (no charge) within the next few days. I want great pictures as much as you do, so I am more than happy to come back another day and try and capture your baby at it’s best.