Philadelphia Newborn Photographer Tori Stauffer discusses types of things to bring to sessions.
I used to have a love-hate relationship with clients bringing personal items to newborn portraits. The knits would be too bulky, the props wouldn't work with a baby, it was just awkward. But then I discovered that talking through it with my client helped tremendously.
First of all, I have been able to better explain how the rompers and outfits for newborn photography are very different since they don't have extra space for diapers or a growing baby. The knits are much thinner and finer, like mohair, whereas a lot of the ones clients were buying were chunky knits that don't look as cute in pictures. Once I started showing them the difference between the two, they usually now let me take care of the outfits for them.
Sometimes though, items have special meaning to a family. Sometimes a grandmother has knit an outfit, or in the case above, a family member bought a personalized block for Baby Hadley. In these cases, I always want to pull it in so you can treasure it forever. And the difference is now, we talk about ALL OF IT during the Styling Session. I will often take the items with me after the styling session so that I have everything together when I pull everything together. This way, your personal items look perfect with my styled set!
Location: Philadelphia, PA.