FAQs

Hi again everyone!

Since trying to lean my specialty toward maternity and newborn photography, the things I get asked the most are: What do I need to bring to the session?

So I figured what better way to address this than to write a blog to all my lovely clients, past and future!

My sessions usually start off with a quick introduction. My place is usually quite warm for newborn shoots because it helps the baby sleep. I know I get a lot of moms who say "oue place is usually cold"... But they forget that their 3 day old just came out of a place that was a constant steamy temperature! It really, really helps. Trust me. I didn't earn the nickname "baby whisper" for not trusting my gut and thinking about things from the newborn's perspective! Because of this, I always try to remind parents to bring light clothes that won't make them overly uncomfortable. I know those post partum hormones will make your body temperature go out of whack as well, so please don't be afraid to ask for a cup of water if you need one. I generally ask before the session starts, but I do know how easy it is to change your mind after sitting in a hot room for more than an hour.

Speaking of clothes, don't forget to bring extras. I have more than half of my clients think they know their baby but being in a new environment and being posed a lot makes the baby tired, and very hungry even if you have just fed them. And of course, once babies eat, you know what comes next!

Since I lose them naked a lot, it is not uncommon to get pooped or peed on. I do not mind at all if it gets on my props or blankets, but I would feel awful if you had to walk around with poop covered clothes all day!

If there are props that you would like to use, please tell me in advance. Sometimes the poses I usually do will work with your props, but sometimes they won't and I would rather be prepared for this. It helps me and you If you let me know what you would like to use in advance.

There are so many things that I could write about, but I am going to end this piece here. In a nutshell, pack light clothes, extra clothes, lots of wiped, and be comfortable! I will do the work when you come. And so hope we get lots of beautiful pictures for you to cherish for the rest of your lives!


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Hi there! I am Erika of Erika Michelle Photography. Welcome to my site! I am an Ottawa based photographer specializing in newborns, maternity, cake smashes, family and much more! I hope that you enjoy looking at my work and if you decide to book your child's cake smash, newborn shoot, your maternity shoot, or your family shoot, please click on book now ! I would love to photograph your special day and create beautiful memories for you in my fully equipped home studio.  I take pride in making my packages affordable and reachable for all of my clients and also am open to doing other packages to match your budget. Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries regarding newborn photography, maternity photography, family photography or any other shoots you are interested in!