Little miss thing, Olyvia, just wanted to see what all the action was about, as she arrived and I was still setting up for her shoot. Mom fed her, and expected her to lull into a deep, posable sleep, as mom had kept her up for the past few hours so she could be nice and dreamy. Well, Olyvia said, "Wrong! I am ready for my close-up!"
All she wanted to do was check me out, and be in mom's arms...close to the milk-givers.
And go potty...you know...the usual baby thing.
My solution to a very-awake baby? I will tell you my secrets:
1. Crank that heat up! The room should be over 90 degrees, so that when the baby is naked, they won't startle.
2. Have mom step out of the room, so that the baby was not smelling her, or hearing her talk.
3. I swaddled her up nice & tight, but not too tight, so that her legs could move a bit.
4. I grab my heartbeat machine & tuck it next to her in my arms, and we rocked back and forth, for a good 10-15 minutes. Next thing I know, she is out, like a little rag doll in my arms.
Oh, and did I mention that she looks like an adorable little doll?! She absolutely does.
Now that she was good & asleep, we could have our session...and what an awesome session with Olyvia, it was!
I even got a couple of daddy/daughter pictures before she woke up again and needed to feed...
All-in-all, baby O was the perfect newborn session! She was awake for parts, asleep for most, and only fed once. True, I did get #2'ed on once & #1'd on twice...but it's all worth it! The shots I got were priceless and the client went home happy with the images she now has. That, right there, is all I ask for. Happy clients = happy photographer.
Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.