How do I plan and Prepare?
Having a newborn is special. Your days are filled with sweet yawns, happy smiles and moments of awe. But, the time you have with your newborn is short. Before you know it, you will be wiping peanut butter from your curtains and chasing monsters out from under your toddler’s bed. So, how do you capture that special couple of weeks when life is just beginning? With a NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION, of course.
Baby needs to be between 6-14 days old during session. Otherwise it's considered "Infant Photography" which is different.
I used to wonder how photographers got babies to sleep for newborn sessions. It all felt like a big mystery to me. The more I do it, the more I get that it’s actually kind of simple. It’s not always easy, but preparation is key. Every baby is different, but in general, I find that these are the most helpful tips that will make your newborn session a success.
How to Plan and What to Expect:
Plan for 6-10 days after baby arrives. I know, it feels fast, but here’s the thing: Your little one becomes more and more alert as days go by, so you really have a tiny window of time to get those dreamy posed newborn shots before they become too alert.
Select the time of day by seeing when the light is best. Usually this will be mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Remember that the session should be conducted on your newborn’s timetable, so try to keep their routines as much as possible. Avoid scheduling a photo session during the time your baby is usually alert. Instead, choose a time when your baby will likely be well-fed and sleepy.
The studio will be really warm. Your baby is used to being in the womb… 98.6 degrees. Little one is already adjusting to new norms, so I’ll make it as comfy as possible for those sweet posed pictures. If its summer time and we can do them outside under even lighting, we definitely will. Otherwise… 80-85 degrees is ideal.
How to prepare:
Prior to the session, be sure your baby is dressed in clothing that is easy to remove and will not wake them upon removal. Better yet, have only a loose fitting diaper on and wrap them in a blanket. This way, the baby can be minimally disturbed when preparing them for the camera.
You will need to have handy any necessities to care for your baby during the session. This could be bottles and formula, soft blankets and pacifiers. Diapers and warm wipes are good to have too. Cold wipes can startle babies. Please make sure to bring a pacifier if your baby will take one. This helps immensely.
Along with all the things you need for your baby, make sure you remember to relax at the same time. Babies can pick up on tension so being calm is a great way to keep your baby relaxed too!
Wait to feed baby. You will do a full feeding before you get there, and be finishing up as I’m ready to get started (I’ll usually take about 15 minutes to set up). We have a 2 hour window before they usually want to eat again, so being efficient in managing that time is key! Although we can always stop to feed if necessary, many babies won’t need to if they’re nice and full when we start.
Above all else, I want you to go into the session knowing that I am flexible. Those first couple of weeks with a baby is a very tender time, emotionally and physically. I’ll be as efficient as possible to respect your timeframe, but know that we’ll go at your pace to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.