NJ Baby Photographer, Tara McGlinchey Photography
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Thank you for visiting my blog. I specialize in custom portraiture, modern lifestyle photography of newborns, babies, children and families. It is my goal to capture the essence of who you are at this moment in time, a glimpse of your soul and spirit.

My style is taking a step back and observing natural interaction waiting for the right moment to click the shutter. I will often direct, but prefer to take a more candid approach to photography. I take great care in presenting you with beautiful images that you and your loved ones will treasure for a lifetime.

Make today's little moments a lifetime treasure with Tara McGlinchey Photography. Maternity, Newborn, Baby, Children & Family Photographer. Call Tara McGlinchey Photography at 201-654-1619 to book a portrait session today. Tara McGlinchey Photography works on-location for your convenience.

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The Blog Carousel – How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photography Session

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The Blog Carousel – How to Prepare for Your Newborn Photography Session

I am very honored to be part of a project taken on by some of the finest children’s photographers in the world called The Blog Carousel. Once a month a theme is chosen and each participating photographer creates a blog post based on her interpretation of the theme. This month’s theme is Informational/Tutorial. I decided to focus on how to prepare for your newborn photography session. Much of this information applies for preparation for a newborn shoot with most professional newborn photographers.

As a professional newborn photographer, I am often asked how to prepare for your newborn photography session. It is always an honor and a privilege to be the newborn photographer chosen to photograph your newborn baby. I would like this experience to be as stress free and calm as possible. Here are some tips to help you be as prepared as possible.

1. When should I schedule my newborn photography session?

It is always best to have your newborn photo session scheduled during the last trimester of your pregnancy. Having advanced, approximate notice is important so that I can keep my workload manageable around your due date. I will be able to “pencil” you in on my calendar according to your due date and then ask that you contact me as soon as possible after baby’s arrival to firm up the date and time. Sometimes clients do not think of doing a newborn session until after baby arrives. There is just so much to think about during pregnancy! This is fine too and I will make every effort to accommodate you in my schedule.

2. How old should baby be?

Newborn sessions are best during the first two weeks of life, preferably days 5-10. Newborn sessions can be done later, but sometimes they can be trickier. During the first 10 days, baby is the smallest she will ever be and also very sleepy. Baby will still have that newborn curl that helps make for some very cute poses! I will attempt newborn style sessions for babies up to six weeks old, though the sessions will be a little different and will require additional time and patience.

Six day old newborn baby girl curled up nicely for NJ Newborn Photographer Tara McGlinchey. Six Day Old Newborn Baby sleeping.

3. How long will the newborn photo session last?

This varies greatly. Every baby is unique and the baby is in charge. A newborn session cannot be rushed. For the best results, baby should be relaxed and content which can often take time. Baby may need to feed or may need a diaper change or perhaps a snuggle. Some babies sleep through the entire session. A session can take two hours or up to four hours. It is important to schedule accordingly.

4. What should we wear?

Most of my newborn images are done with baby in a diaper cover, a swaddle or naked. If you have an heirloom piece, some cute hats and/or blankets we can try to work those into the photos as well. I have a collection of blankets with different textures as well as hats that I will bring with me. Mom, dad and sibling(s) look best in neutral toned clothing. We don’t want the clothing to distract from the baby.

5. Where do the newborn sessions take place?

Newborn sessions take place in your home. You and baby will feel most comfortable in your own surroundings with all your needs close by.

6. How can I prepare my home for the newborn session?

Although newborns generally aren’t on schedules yet, please try to feed baby right before my arrival. A full tummy makes for a sleepy and content baby. We can give baby some time to get into a deep slumber as I set up. If baby wakes up that is okay too. I have experience working with a lot of newborns and tend to just go with the flow.

If baby takes a bottle and/or pacifier please have those ready. A pacifier can be a tremendous help in the newborn session.

Please have all the blinds open if possible. Sometimes the best light is in the most unlikely places.

Baby is used to being in a 98 degree womb and not used to be naked or near naked. It is important to turn up the heat so baby is comfortable and happy. I will bring a space heater to help, but please turn up the heat 30-45 minutes before my arrival. If we are very, very warm then baby is comfortable. :)

If you have a white noise machine and/or the sleep sheep I see at so many sessions, have it on hand. If not, I have one myself.

Wipes and towels are helpful for whatever messes we might encounter.

If there is a sibling(s), having some help keeping him/her entertained during the session is a big stress reliever.

Please do not fuss if the house is untidy. I am a mom myself and I know how tough it is to even take a shower in the early days. We may need to move some things around to utilize to the best light. I have made plenty of beds in my years as a photographer. :)

7. How can I prepare myself for the newborn session?

Try to have your nails neat because I often take photos with hands.

I will help soothe your baby as necessary. If Dad or a baby nurse is there, we can have one of them help out too. Babies are very sensitive to the scent of mom which can often make them less relaxed and more anxious to feed again. Because of this it may be necessary to ask mom to step away from the immediate shooting area when individual photos are done.

It is not unusual for baby to feed at some point during the session so please do not feel that it is an inconvenience. We want to keep baby happy and calm. Being patient and flexible are key.

This is such a precious and fleeting time in life. It is my goal to create beautiful newborn portraits that you will cherish forever.

A precious newborn smile.

Newborn Baby Girl poses with parents for new jersey  newborn photographer tara mcglinchey.

Next stop on the blog carousel is the very talented Dena Robles Grand Rapids baby and Child Photographer Please stop by to see her interpretation of the theme, you are going to love it!

Newborn Photographer, NJ Baby Photography

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely family to be their newborn photographer for their beautiful baby girl. What a gorgeous baby and such smitten parents. Oh how I love photographing newborn babies and this precious girl was no exception. I love the pink tutu and headband, so girly and cute!

Mom is the photographer in this family so I was asked to get some photos of mom with baby. I absolutely love capturing the bond between mom and her newborn baby (dad too!) so this was a welcome request. As a mom of bigger kids, I can say that my very favorite photos of my own children are those that show us cuddling when they were babies. Such joy in those moments and something to hold on to forever. Enjoy the photos of this beautiful newborn baby girl and her parents. :)

View more newborn photos and baby photography on my website NJ Newborn Photographer.

If possible, please contact Tara McGlinchey Photography during your pregnancy to book your newborn photography session. You may also be interested in pregnancy photos. Ask Tara McGlinchey about adding a maternity photo session on to you newborn photography session and/or to see her private maternity photo gallery. Tara McGlinchey works on location in NJ and NYC for your convenience.

Six Week Old Baby, NJ Baby Photographer

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I was so excited to meet this beautiful six week old baby boy for his newborn baby photography session.  I had met his lovely parents a few months ago for mom’s maternity photos.  This baby was born at 10 pounds 2 ounces so at six weeks old he was a big boy and oh so cute!  Doing typical newborn photos can be challenging with a six week old baby.  Baby always runs the show so we went with what he gave us and luckily he gave us some lovely expressions and smiles. We got some adorable baby photos and beautiful photos with his parents.  I love how alert he was.  Enjoy the photos!


For more baby photos, please visit the baby photo gallery of NJ Baby Photographer Tara McGlinchey.

Newborn Baby Girl, Newborn Photographer New Jersey

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I had such a nice time meeting this beautiful family and capturing the newness and perfection of their little baby girl. They are so in love with baby. I love capturing that special bond and joy between a newborn baby and her adoring parents. Dad painted the gorgeous mural in her bedroom. I have to point out too that their dog is just the sweetest. I love that dad included him in the mural. Enjoy the images. :)

For more information and to view my full portfolio, please visit my website www.taramcglinchey.com.

Newborn Baby Girl, New Jersey Newborn Photographer

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

There is a new baby girl in this family. She is so beautiful. We had a lovely time capturing her and the love that her parents have for her. Enjoy the images. :)

For more information and to view my full portfolio, please visit my website www.taramcglinchey.com.