Newborn Photography Preparation Guide
We know that planning for a newborn session can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you prepare so that your session runs as smoothly as possible. This is such a special and important time to document. We don't want you, as parents, to have a single worry going into this. We are always happy to make suggestions and answer any additional questions you may have.
AVOID SPICY FOODS
Nursing moms, be sure to be cautious of what you eat 24 hours prior to your newborns session. Spicy foods can often make a nursing baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy. Avoid spicy foods and any food the baby may have allergies to at all cost.
KEEP BABY AWAKE AND ALERT
Please, do your best to keep your baby awake for a few hours before his or her photo shoot. Play with your baby, talk to him/her, maybe even plan for a bath during the awake time before the session. Whatever it takes to keep them alert for an hour or two before.
BOOK your shoot around your baby’s feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until you’re at the shoot. Baby photographers allot plenty of time for this sort of thing to set up the best situation for great photos.
If your baby takes a pacifier, bring it – if they’re bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.
COMFY IS BEST
Dress your little one in a button or zip up sleeper. Something loose fitting. This will make the transition of changing far easier for everyone and will reduce the lines left from other articles of clothing on your babies skin. (loosening up their diaper will be helpful also)
PARENT & SIBLING SHOTS ENCOURAGED
No, you are not required to be in any of the pictures during your newborn session. We do, however, encourage that you consider it. While documenting these moments are so important because your babies grow and change quickly, after becoming a parent each time, you change also! Take a little YOU time and get a shower and clean up and jump in a few of the pictures to have the memory of who you are at this point as well.
What do all parents cherish more than a beautiful squishy picture of their newborn baby? A picture of all of their babies together. Sibling shots can prove to be the most challenging based on the age of the other children, but they are SOOOOO worth it! Remember that these shots cannot be forced and sometimes older siblings want nothing to do with the baby yet at this point. It is ok! We can always try different things to try to get the best possible picture.
THE LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Use a wash cloth to clean away flaky skin and eye boogers.
Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with appropriate baby trimmers.
Babies pee and poop, its normal! Don't be worried if your little one soils our set up. Everything we use is washable and gets cleaned after each use.
DRESS UP OR DRESS DOWN?
Dress up disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are classy and stylish, but if you don’t use them, bring bloomers or decorative diaper covers, solids preferred.
Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn – no outfit fits a newborn well, and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good, though – little hats, dainty headbands, boys in crocheted hats, etc. Bring sentimental items like the quilt that Grandma made for the baby, a baby blanket from your own childhood – they’re great for them to lay on.
TURN UP THE HEAT
Plan to get warm, we keep our studio nice and toasty for the babies. Wear something light weight or layers you can take off if you tend to get to warm. Comfort and relaxation come much easier for a little one when the room is warmer than what we are comfortable in.
If the session will be taking place in your home, please be sure that the temperature is set between 75-80 degrees for the duration of the session to ensure you baby be the most comfortable. If you have a space heater handy, setting the temperature that high may not be necessary. Place the heater in the room in your home with the most natural light and space prior to the session to get it warmed up. When adults are sweating, babies are most comfortable.
Babies’ safety goes first, always! If you are not comfortable with a certain pose, let me know. You are always around to hold and support the baby and to calm him or her when needed. If the baby gets fussy, we take a break, no problem. You cannot expect a brand new baby to be a natural model.
Newborn sessions can seem long, plan for 2-3 hours. Please be patient with yourself, your baby and the photographer. Getting stressed or overwhelmed will radiate to your little one and could make the situation more difficult.
Most importantly, enjoy the sweet moments, your baby will grow up before you know it.