4 BIG ways for new Dads to bond with baby | Photographers in Leland, Photographers in Raeford

The day you become a parent for the first time is usually also the day you feel completely unsure of everything. I distinctly remember the nurses at the hospital helping us load our first born child into the carseat and the car, giving us well wishes, and walking away. Then there was that moment in the car where my husband and I both looked at one another with excitement and panic and wondered what on earth we’d just gotten ourselves into. I had read several books while pregnant so I felt prepared for the basics, but real life seldom goes as planned. My body was gearing up to feed this new human and my husband, well, he was going to drive the car.

As a newborn photographer I’ve photographed hundreds of newborn babies and I’ve seen all kinds of dads. I’ve seen Dads that are super hands on and want to participate in every little thing, and those Dads who are afraid to touch the baby for fear they might make it cry. There were Dads who seemed to have already bonded with their baby and Dads that would have rather been anywhere on earth besides the same room with that baby. I get it. It’s new. It’s different. It’s not something every man is just born to do. Bonding is very important. The greater the bond, the greater the sense of responsibility and the desire to protect the baby and his/her mother. Bonding can last a lifetime. It’s ok if he’s not the perfect Dad on day one. It’s a skill that can be learned. While at first these suggestions may seem more like work, don’t under estimate the importance of valuable time spent together. They are wonderful opportunities for Dad and baby to get to know and value each other. “Play time” won’t come along for a few months. The beginning is crucial. Bonding is creating trust between the baby and the adult.

Here’s 4 BIG ways for new Dads to bond with their newborn baby:

1- Bed time routines

In the beginning, it may seem as if there is no routine at all. It’s still important to start establishing those bed time routines in the first week of life. Commonly, I’m told that baby has their days and nights mixed up. Yes, the is true for ALL babies and is not unique to you. It could take weeks or months before baby is sleeping their longest stretch at night instead of during the day, but the routines should still be practiced from the first week of life. Bath time, feeding time, snuggle time and rocking time are all part of that routine. Dads who jump in and participate in the cycle will reap the rewards of having bonded in the early days. While babies generally hate bath time in the first two weeks, they quickly adjust and it becomes some of the most fun moments of the day.

2- Take a night shift

If mom is pumping her milk, or if formula is on the menu, Dad can feed baby and take a night shift or two. Feeding time is bonding time. Newborn babies have poor vision at first and can only see short distances. Usually just far enough to focus on the face of the person holding them. Dads face needs to be one of the faces they stare at in their short awake time. If mom is breastfeeding exclusively, then she’s going to be the primary care giver by default. She’s going to be up every few hours around the clock. Dads presence can make a big difference during this transition time. Even if Dad can’t participate in the feeding, he can bring baby to mom, burp baby, and help sooth baby back to sleep afterwards. This is not only bonding with baby, it’s also bonding with Mom by letting her know that you are there in these tough first nights to experience the joys and frustrations that surely arise.

3- Diaper Duty

Changing diapers is a routine to be done a dozen times at day. While cleaning up the messes seems gross, it’s also excellent bonding time. It’s a way to get to know your baby’s temperament and how to sooth them afterwards. Diapering time puts the diaper changer firmly in baby’s view. The interactions get better and more fun as baby grows over the first few months. Before long you’ll think less about the gross and more about the smiles. Dads who change diapers regularly form a stronger bond with their baby.

4- Sooth the tears

The word ‘bonding’ often brings up the thought of ‘happy times spent together.’ This isn’t always the case. Newborns, just like older children, have their emotional highs and lows. Bonding isn’t just about laying a sleeping baby on your chest while watching the ball game on TV. Bonding happens in times of stress as well. Every baby is different. It takes some trial and error to learn how to sooth your baby when they are restless or upset. These are powerful bonding moments. Walking, rocking, patting, and snuggling are all good things to try. Learning which technique calms your baby will make you the MVP.

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Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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The Props | Baby Photographers in Raeford, Hope Mills, and Fayetteville, NC

Here at Vanessa G. Photography we have an enormous prop inventory. There’s so much stuff in the prop closet that we’re planning a purge sale soon. Having a wide variety of accessories is an advantage for the client because this stuff is expensive!! Below we’ve listed the cost of each prop set seen in these 4 images. Every newborn session uses MORE than what you see here. All of these were from the same session.

All of our outfits, hats, and headbands are hand made specifically to fit a newborn baby. This is smaller than what you’d find in a retail store. Take a look at Etsy.com to get an idea of what is available and what good quality items cost. We have to factor these costs in when calculating what our time, equipment, and props are worth for each session.

Dear photographers, VGP is on a strict prop budget. This is a necessity in order for you to remain profitable. Focus on pieces that have multiple use and are not too themed.

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White Floor – $50/ Bucket – $45/ Blue blanket – $25/ Stuffing below the blanket and weights – $20 = $140

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Basic black background – $20 / Bean bag beneath – $30 = $50

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Gray blanket backdrop – $45 / bonnet – $20 / Wrap – $10 (SALE!!) / Everything underneath for a soft surface and leak protection – $60 = $135

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Blue blanket – $35 / Mohair bonnet – $30 / Everything underneath – $60 = $125

MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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Birth Day | Fayetteville Baby Photographers, Raeford Baby Photographers NC

I think every mother would agree that the birth day of their first child was a pretty significant event in their life. Nothing really prepares you for that milestone. You think that you’re an adult, you’ve read the books, you’ve stalked the mommy forums online and you’re pretty prepared for how being a mom will feel. Then you’re staring at this angelic puffy faced baby assessing how much he does or doesn’t look like you’d expected and you realize you are completely unprepared for the importance of that moment. It’s true that sometimes babies are born in less than ideal circumstances, but in any case, it’s a big life changing day. A day you will never forget that will be etched into your memory for the rest of your life.

Newborn Portraits are one of the best ways to preserve the beginning. Here at Vanessa G. Photography we’ll capture all of those little things that you never want to forget about your new baby. Mostly because you will not forget the day they were born, but you will start to forget the little details. Things like the length of his lashes and wrinkles on his feet will fade away and become replaced by the boy he becomes with each passing day. The birth day is so precious and the beginning is so sweet.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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Little Things | Newborn Photographers in Fayetteville, NC and Lumberton, NC

Let’s take a moment to notice the little things.

Little Things

That tiny wave in his hair,

the crook in his ear,

the chunks in his cheeks,

and the sigh when he speaks.

That bend of his lashes,

the bow in his lips,

the wrinkles of his thigh,

and the dream in his eyes.

That plump in his feet,

the gums in his grin,

the round of his nose,

and the mommy he knows.

– Vanessa German, Newborn Photographer, CPP

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Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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What you need to know about Digital Files | Best Newborn Photographer in Fayetteville, Clinton, Wilmington

Digital Files are all the rage these days for families wanting professional photography. We live in a digital age. We are addicted to our cells phones and Facebook news feeds. When you plan to hire the best newborn photographer in Fayetteville, Clinton, or Wilmington, then you really need to know what you’re getting when you purchase digital files. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

After many, many years of fighting the digital file battle with prospective clients, Vanessa G. Photography did concede the fight and started to offer what the consumer wanted. BUT…only after we knew we could offer something better than average. For years moms have told me that they can print through Mpix.com and get great photographs. It’s possible that every disk-tog (photographers who only offer digital files and no actual printed product) have successfully convinced the public that this is true. While Mpix is a sibling company to an actually professional photography lab used exclusively by bonafide pros, it is still the step child and can not produce anywhere near the quality of the grand pro lab family member.

That being said, who cares?

In reality, it matters less what lab you use and matters MORE that your digital file contains the printing profile data for the printer used to convert it from pixels to ink and paper. If your digital file lacks this data, then the random printer you use will decide what color the skin, sky, and background of your images should be. Often it’s not the color it really was. This is where Vanessa G. Photography cringed the most. We took our digital files and printed pictures through our professional lab and through a consumer quick shop. GAG! AWEFUL! Orangy oompa-loompa skin tones and muddy gray black and whites and over exposed faces came back to us.

Did you get that part?

The SAME digital file printed at two different places produced two very different looking images.

Why?

Because one printer knew what to do with the digital data imbedded in the file and the other printer was just winging it. Should you care? I do! I do!!!! If I pay for something nice and professional quality, then I sure want the best result and not the knock off version. Some photographers have no idea that is an issue or that a print profile even exists.

Here’s what we did to fix the problem:

We kept our menu of professional, high quality options available for all of our clients because that’s why many choose us. They want a full custom experience and want the best for their baby and their family’s memories. Then we added the Digital File option with a twist. You could walk away with just files to print at any random place you’d like, OR you can choose to print your digital files through our very own professional lab to ensure they are color correct and will last a lifetime. We now offer access to OUR professional lab to every client who purchases digital files. This way we can sleep better at night. We know that we provided the best options to our client and it’s up to them to choose if they want to take advantage of them or not.

In review:

Digital Files need to include the print profile of the printer used to print them IF you want to make sure the image is color correct. When it matters, it matters.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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