Need to Know

What to Expect + Wear


After you reserve your due date with the session fee, you are in my calendar. About a month before your due date, I will send you a client guide containing detailed information about your session. In the mean time, here are just a few basic tips...

It is best to book early to guarantee a spot for your newborn. Due dates are reserved months in advance with a limited number of reserved dates per month. To reserve your due date, payment of the session fee is required (dates will not be held without payment). I MUST be notified the DAY your baby arrives. Babies arrive at random and despite only prebooking a certain number per month, there are times when all those babies decide to arrive at once. When parents wait for days after baby’s birth to notify me of baby's arrival, it makes scheduling your session within the very narrow newborn window extremely difficult. If you wait until your baby is several days old to contact me, there is a chance I will be unable to fit you in within the baby's two week window, and you may have to forfeit your session (even if you have prebooked). I understand it is a very busy time. If you are unable to get to a phone or computer to contact me, please have a family member do so. I'm sure they will be thrilled to share the news. When you contact me to let me know the baby has arrived, I will give you a firm appointment date. It is BEST to have your baby's session on day four, five six or seven. (Please note: Babies that require a trip to the NICU may be an exception to the maximum age rule. Please contact me to discuss it.)

The studio is kept at a balmy 29-30 degrees Celsius to keep baby nice and warm while in their birthday suit. I recommend dressing in layers so you can peel away the layers if you get warm (trust me, you will...I usually wear shorts when working...even in winter!). Babies pee and poo on everything...including me. Lol. It is to be expected...and often makes for a good laugh. It does not bother me, everything gets washed after a session.

Newborn sessions typically last three-four hours, so please plan accordingly. You may want to pack yourself a lunch and snacks. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative, but it's okay to come alone too. Enjoy the 'free' time to rest...I will not be offended if you nap! Lol! Sometimes parents may be called upon to "work". Some poses require assistance from Mom or Dad as a spotter. Baby safety is ALWAYS number one in my studio. Newborns are delicate and require my full attention, please make other arrangements for siblings during your newborn's session.

I will provide hats, blankets and newborn props. But you are welcome to bring one or two fun hats or other special item that is important to you (ie infant hat worn by baby's parent, favorite sport team, etc) but PLEASE notify me in advance. Photos of props you are bringing would be very useful when styling your session (which happens before you arrive). Other things to bring include a pacifier (even if your baby doesn't use one yet ~ I recommend the "Soothie" brand), wipes and diapers, spare bottles and pumped breast milk or formula. (Babies eat MUCH more than they normally would at a session. It is completely normal.) 
While nude photos are adorable and capture the essence of your newborn, nudity is not mandatory.

A Little About Me...

Shannon has found her life's passion in newborn photography. With a unique and whimsical style, she loves to capture those precious early days of your sweet newborn. She loves babies, their sleepy squishy womb like poses, tiny toes, sweet smiles, button noses and that swish of hair upon their little head. Every detail is to be cherished.

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Newborn Sessions Only

Currently reserving due dates October through April 2015.

Milestone sessions for babies that have had newborn sessions at Shannon Bower Photography are scheduled year round.

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