Tips for your Newborn's Photo Session:
- Shooting newborns in the first 10 days of life is ideal. Plan ahead - contact me before birth to set up an approximate date for newborn photos.
Photographing the babies as early as possible allows us to capture those brand new little features!
Also, newborns love to sleep so we can pose the baby and get some super fun posed shots!
- A well-fed baby with a full belly is essential! Moms - don't feel pressured to rush a feed.
If you breastfeed and can, have at least one bottle pumped for feeding.
It's important that a baby gets the hind milk and that can mean nursing quite a while on each side.
After the baby is full, make sure they are burped very well. Gas can take a sleepy, happy baby to an uncomfortable and irritable one in seconds.
- Loosen the baby's diaper 30 minutes prior to the session. This allows time for the diaper's imprint marks to disappear.
- Warm Baby! I use a safe space heater or crank up the heat in the studio area to make sure the baby is nice and warm and toasty!
We'll keep your sleeping baby warm and wrapped up until we're ready to begin shooting.
- Noise - I'll use a Noise Machine and/or heater for soothing sounds to relax the baby.
If the baby has older siblings along for the session, it's a good idea to remind the older children that the baby needs some special individual attention for a few moments. We'll try to keep older kids occupied, not to disturb the baby. Older kids are welcome to join in for group photos if you so desire!
- Bring a hat/beanie/props! I have lots of newborn props and accessories, but feel free to bring your own that might be special to you.
- Don't want to show everything? No problem! We can easily cover up privates with blankets and props.
- Accidents! No problem! Everything can wash!
- Be patient....If the baby gets fussy or alert, don't stress out... A baby can sense your anxiety. We'll try to get the baby comfortable again, and we'll take any necessary breaks!
- A majority of photos will work best if the baby is asleep, so anything you can in advance to encourage this is recommended.
- If there is a point during our session when you're uncomfortable with the poses, simply let me know. Safety first and I only want to do poses and shots you're comfortable with.