Everything you need to know before a newborn photo session:
I will bring my own props to your shoot… bowls, baskets, blankets, hats and headbands. Just let me know if you have your own props that you would like to be included in your newborn session too. It can make for some really special and memorable images if you include some objects that are special to your family. Please let me know of your ideas, props or poses that you have in mind before the day of your session. That way I can make sure I have everything we need to make your ideas happen!
Be Patient! Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-2 hours. Every baby is different, every day is different, and every session is different. I never rush a newborn session. There is no rush. During your session, I may have stop a couple times for you to feed the baby, soothe them, change them, or just take a break to breathe. Don’t get frustrated if baby doesn’t cooperate like you hoped and isn’t sleeping very well…we’ll get some beautiful shots with eyes wide open. Newborn sessions are a waiting game. I will get the shots we need, so don’t stress.
How to prepare for newborn photosession:
Lets put that baby in a milk coma! If you can feed baby while I set up all of our equipment, baby will be nice and passed out when I am ready to start working with them. Throughout your session, I will probably have to stop at least once to feed baby again. We are in no hurry, a happy baby makes happy parents and a happy photographer!
Newborns are used to being bundled up in blankets and cuddled so when we take off their clothes for their photos they aren’t very happy! So go ahead and turn up the thermostat to approximately 77 degrees. The heat will help them sleep better and to stay calm longer ,even though us adults may be sweating a bit.
Worried because your house is a mess? Don’t worry about that for even a second! Nearly every home I go into for a newborn session there are dishes piled in the sink, dirty baby clothes everywhere, and clutter all over. You just had a baby! It’s normal and expected!
Okay, we have the time and date for your session scheduled and that day is here! Now what?
Before I arrive, please go ahead and open up all of the curtains and blinds around your home. This helps me find the best source of natural light in your home. The area with the best natural light is where I will set up our mini studio. Natural light is the most beautiful and flattering , so I try to use it whenever possible. Sessions are preferably done mid-morning to late-afternoon because that is when the best natural day light is coming through your windows. The best area in your home can be anywhere…a foyer, nursery, dining room, or kitchen…usually wherever there is a large window. I’ll also most likely need to move some furniture around a bit, but I will always put it all right back where it belongs when I am done.
Where Will I Do Your Newborn Session
The majority of my newborn sessions take place in your home. If the weather is warm enough and you’re comfortable with the idea, we can take the session outdoors. I choose to bring my “studio” to you for a newborn session because new parents and new babies are always more comfortable in a familiar space. Many new parents don’t want to take their 3 day old baby out in public and they absolutely don’t have to, I totally get that! And when I was a brand new mom, a couple days postpartum, there was no way I was getting dressed up and going out to a photography studio for photos. No thank you! Also, it is SO much easier to soothe and care for the baby’s needs in the family’s own home. I also like to get photos of the baby in different areas of the family’s home; crib, parents bed, etc. Lifestyle photography is very popular among our clients right now so doing newborn sessions in family’s homes allows us to get two types of sessions done at one time!
When is the best time to schedule a newborn photosession?
There are so many factors that have to come together for the session to go smoothly. There’s a bit of prep and planning that needs to go into these sessions to make them more successful though. I’ve compiled a few tips below to help us get the very best out of your upcoming newborn session. It’s best if you get scheduled prior to your baby’s birth to make sure I have availability. Just give me a call or email me in your second trimester (if possible) and I will put you on the calendar. Then, just shoot me an email after you deliver, as soon as you can, so we can arrange a date and time for your newborn session. Newborn sessions need to be scheduled within the first 14 days of the baby’s life. I really suggest trying to get the session scheduled between 3-7 days after their arrival of the baby. These are the days that your sweet little baby will be it’s sleepiest, so we can move them into those sweet sleepy newborn poses. .