Preparing for Your Newborn Photography Session
While preparing today for a Newborn Photography Session that will be held tomorrow, it occurred to me that I had never created a Journal Entry on what Mums and Dads should do to prepare. Duh! Here are some recommendations to help your Newborn Photography Session be as stress-free and successful as it can be. The best time to photograph baby is within the first 10 days of birth. During this time, baby will be sleeping most of the day and those adorable, sleepy baby photos can be achieved. Sessions can be done beyond 10 days of course, baby will likely just be more awake during the session and is less likely to be “posed.”
Newborn Photography Session Tips
Please, please, please relax. This session is not meant to be stressful in any way. It is meant to be fun! So take a deep breath and relax. 🙂
SAFETY FIRST! Of course we want baby to be comfortable, but first we want baby to be safe. I will not attempt any pose that can potentially injure your baby, and will communicate this to you if something we are trying to capture will risk safety.
To help smooth out any diaper or clothing lines, please loosen baby’s diaper and clothing about 30 minutes prior to your session start time.
We want baby as sleepy as possible, in a “milk-drunk” state. Please feed baby at the start time of your session. When I arrive I will be bringing in and setting up props, and by the time you finish feeding I will be ready to go too 🙂
Babies like a warm environment. I will bring a space heater if you do not have one to make sure baby is comfortable.
Beautiful, soft lighting is key to capturing lovely images. If you have a favorite window where the light is just gorgeous at the start of your session, let’s use it 🙂
There may be times where you will be asked to be very close to your baby to “spot” him or her, and make sure there is no possibility for slipping or sliding. Also, since babies can smell their mama, it may be necessary for you to step out of the room briefly. Once baby is settled you will be asked to step back in.
If you’d like snuggly photos with baby taken on your bed, please be sure to make your bed. Also, comforters and blankets that are solid in color make for the best backgrounds. Busy patterns will distract the eye away from the baby.
I look forward to seeing you and baby soon! If any questions or concerns come to mind, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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