Tips for a Successful Newborn Photography Session
Newborn photography is incredibly rewarding. A new baby is a life-changing experience and your newborn photo session will capture the innocence and treasured moments of this special time. However, compared to other professional photo shoots, there’s a bit more planning and preparation required to make newborn sessions more successful. We’ve compiled a few tips below … Continue reading Tips for a Successful Newborn Photography Session
August 7, 2017 | 6:54 pm
Newborn photography is incredibly rewarding. A new baby is a life-changing experience and your newborn photo session will capture the innocence and treasured moments of this special time. However, compared to other professional photo shoots, there’s a bit more planning and preparation required to make newborn sessions more successful. We’ve compiled a few tips below to help you get the most out of your upcoming newborn photo session.
Age does matter.
When it comes to a newborn photo session, time is of the essence. The best time for your newborn session is during the first two weeks after your child’s birthday – preferably within the first 3-7 days after their arrival. Little ones discover the joys of stretching right around the eight-day mark and tend to not want to be worked into the cute newborn poses from around this age. So they are more likely to cooperate before their eighth day. Infants younger than two weeks tend to sleep more soundly, which allows the photographer to position the baby in ways to create the best images.
We recommend scheduling your session 6-8 weeks before your due date to ensure you hit this window. However, we know your baby runs the show! In the event your little bundle of joy decides to come earlier or later, most professional photographers will work to squeeze you in. The key is to reserve your slot as soon as possible.
A well-fed baby is a happy (sleepy) baby.
Starting 48 hours before your scheduled newborn session, feed your baby as frequently as possible to ensure his or her little tummy is full. If possible, feed your little one 30 minutes before their session. When they have a full belly, they are more likely to fall asleep.
Ideally, you want your baby to be sleeping during their photo session. A sleeping baby allows your photographer to get them into those adorable newborn poses we all love and cherish. Whenever possible, schedule your newborn photo session between 8:00 -10:00 am. Typically, newborns are the sleepiest in the morning.
When it comes to babies clothing, keep it loose or ditch the clothes!
Your baby should arrive in loose clothing that is easy to remove, such as an item that zips all the way down. Onesies are not recommended, as they take the time to remove and undressing your baby can wake him or her up (which loses valuable time). Your infant will be photographed completely undressed so you can even bring your baby in nothing more than their diaper! Keep in mind, the photo studio will be very warm, which may be too warm for you. So dress appropriately, as you may be in the studio for two – four hours.
What should mommy and daddy wear?
Keep it simple. Portraits of a baby with mommy and daddy with skin to skin contact are beautiful. If you want to have pictures like this, we recommend wearing a tan or black tank top. This not only allows for skin to skin contact but also provides the perfect amount of contrast for the picture. For hand, only shots, be sure to wear black, long fitted sleeves and this works best for this particular image.
Keepsakes and props.
Feel free to bring your favorite props and keepsakes from homes, such as a new baby blanket or a favorite stuffed animal. Just keep in mind your newborn photographer will have plenty of props in their studio with the sole purpose of creating the best newborn images and poses. You actually don’t have to bring anything at all. The choice is entirely up to you.
What about siblings?
There are few things in life as special as the moment a child becomes a big brother or sister and siblings shots are incredibly momentous. If you are bringing your other children along to the newborn photo session, consider asking a friend or relative to join you in a separate vehicle to take your older child/children home once their photos have been captured. Newborn photo sessions can last between 2 – 4 hours, and this can prove troublesome for siblings who become bored. If it’s not possible to bring a friend or relative along, we recommend bringing items to keep your older children occupied, such as books or small quiet toys.
Your baby runs the show.
Keep in mind that your baby will ultimately decide how their newborn session will unfold. If your baby becomes fussy, there is no need to become stressed out. Sit back and relax, as your photographer will know how to work with your little one to capture the best images.
Above all else, remember to relax and embrace every moment of your newborn photography session. You will treasure these images for a lifetime to come, so enjoy this special time with your child as you celebrate the beginning of their amazing life. Need a little more information, have a question or want to schedule your newborn photo shoot? Drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!