Newborn guide

Photographer behind Ella Bella Photography with infant son
Photo credit: Sandra Hill Photography

Congratulations on your new baby! Thank you so much for allowing the privilege of photographing your new bundle of joy in his or her first days of life. I am passionate about capturing that special moment, the tiny details, and preserving memories that last a lifetime. I started dabbling in photography in high school when I picked up my first camera. It wasn’t until after the birth of my daughter that I realized the importance of photography. In the days and weeks after her birth I realized just how much children change and I didn’t want to forget a minute. I threw myself back into photography taking every workshop, safety training, and online class I could get my hands on.  I look forward to meeting you and your family!

Sessions are scheduled between 10 or 11 in the morning.  It will be at least 80 degrees in the studio so dress in cool clothing. Petite newborn sessions last about a hour. Full newborn sessions last between 2 to 3 hours, sometimes longer if baby is a light sleeper, or cluster feeding.

There are snacks, coffee, tea, and water in the studio. There are also some toys and coloring books for siblings.

I typically like to have a few set ups ready to go for when you arrive at the studio. I love getting color input before the session so I can tailor these set ups to your unique tastes.

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Burp Cloths
Bottle and formula or nursing supplies
Pacifier (100% worth it just for one day)
Change of clothes for mom, dad and any sibling just in case.
Favorite snack, or toys for siblings.

Blankets in many colors,  hues, and textures
Flokati Rugs
Baskets, buckets, and bowls
Headbands and tie backs
Knit Layers
Wool Fluff layers

My studio contains a ridiculous amount of props for your session. It’s part of what you’re paying me for! So don’t stress about bringing or buying anything for your time here. Keeping in mind I don’t usually dress babies “up”. I tend to find that babies tend to wake up when dressed in mermaid tails, football knit outfits, etc. since they are not the easiest to get on and off.   We will talk about colors and preferences, I’ll do the styling you relax and enjoy!

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Photographing the connection between you and your baby is one of my all time favorite things. Just as they encourage in the hospital, skin to skin contact creates the most beautiful images. Dad if you prefer not to be shirtless, I ask that you bring a tight fitting t-shirt to wear.  A simple black or white t-shirt always looks great.


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A neutral colored tank top is best for mom. Black, ivory, beige are some great colors.  Neutral or no nail polish always looks timeless. Rest assured, I am using flattering angles when photographing you and your baby.

Sister holding little brother in Batavia NY photography studioFor sisters I have a few outfits, or wraps that act as perfect tops. If you prefer please bring along a simple neutral dress, tank top, or shirt. Snug fitting shirts and tank tops better than baggy ones.

Little boys are usually shirtless with a simple pair of jeans. Chat with your little guy about this so he feels prepared. If he prefers a well fitting plain neutral t-shirt looks just as good. 

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When it comes to clothing, the idea should be to wear items that will show well when the images are printed and placed on your walls. I suggest wearing solid colors, or soft simple patterns that aren’t distracting. I suggest brining an outfit change as accidents do happen when handling naked babies.

I do not want you to stress out trying to keep your baby awake before your session. I understand life can be chaotic, but if you do have time to give your newborn a bath about 2 hours prior to the session it does help. Take your time putting lotion on your baby, let your baby kick around, or tickle his or her toes. I find bath and lotion time really help if your newborn has flaky skin.  

Prior to leaving give your baby a really good feed. Be sure to dress your baby in button up or zip up pajamas. This way there is the least amount of disruption to his or her sleep when we get him or her undressed. Please skip the onesie under the pajamas as anything going over his or her head is sure to wake him or her up. If it’s cold out layer the blankets. 

The studio is at 80 degrees to keep baby nice and warm. Remember to dress for the temperature.

Try and bring the smoothie pacifier the hospitals give you out. It’s the bendable green/blue/pink one that doesn’t leave any marks. Even if you don’t use one at home, for the 2 hours I’m posing your baby it really helps. I’m moving him or her a lot and it usually helps to have something to soothe them and keep them in that deep sleep while I perfect the pose. 


My studio is located at 9 Clinton Street in Batavia. It is a home studio. Please pull in the side of the drive way closest to rite aid and the traffic light. The studio is right through the gate. There are 5 stairs leading up to the studio door.