My newborn sessions are very low-key, relaxed, and natural. I shoot primarily lifestyle images, which means that we will use your furniture, your belongings, and the natural light found in your home to capture adorable images of your new baby, in addition to some of the whole family if you’d like.
Not sure where to even begin with scheduling your newborn photography session? Below I outline some tips n’ tricks you’ll need to pull off a successful & adorable newborn session.
Pregnant?! Congratulations! Be sure to schedule your newborn session in well in advance. Let me know your due date, and I’ll pencil that in. When the baby arrives, we can then schedule a date and time for your photos. Also, be sure not to schedule anything such as a doctor’s visit or a long visit with family & friends on the same day prior to your session. We want your babe to be as well rested and happy as possible!
It is best to photograph your baby between 4 -12 days old. During this time babies sleep up to 18 hours a day and tend to remain in an adorable curled position from the womb. After around the two week mark, babies tend to wake up a bit more, and baby acne can rear its head.
My newborn sessions typically last around 1 hour, but can be a bit longer depending on baby’s mood, feedings, and accessory changes we do.
Morning time is usually the perfect amount of light for indoor sessions. I’ve also found that babies tend to be happy and the right amount of sleepy in the mornings as well. If you’re also wanting to get some shots outside, we’ll want to schedule for just after sunrise or just before sunset. Some babies get cranky around that dreaded ‘witching hour’, so keep that in mind if your baby doesn’t do well in the evenings.
In home session: We’ll want to shoot your newborn photos near a nice, big window. That will give us some beautiful, natural light to play with for our session. This can be on a kitchen table, the floor, but also your bed can work perfectly for a newborn session! Soft, neutral comforters are perfect backdrops, too, if you don’t mind washing it after a possible baby accident. :)
You’ll want to crank up the heat for your newborn session to ensure that babe is cozy and warm. Around 80 degrees works well for newborns to be comfortable. Also, for a babe that doesn’t want to sleep or settle down, throwing a blanket or towel in the dryer and wrapping them up just before our photos works wonders! I’ll also have a heating pad on hand that we can hide underneath blankets for extra warmth, if we need it, as well.
Be sure to feed baby right before the session to ensure their belly is full and they are happy. You might also want to have a bottle or boob on hand as well, in case they get cranky and hungry in the middle of our session.
Props & Accessories
Be selective with props and costumes, as you want the focus to be on your baby and all the tiny details of their perfect little body.
Feel free to leave some background noise on if that’s what your baby is used to. The radio or tv on at a low volume is very comforting to some babies. If you use a noise machine or fan to help your baby fall asleep, definitely have it handy for your session! I’m also always prepared with an app on my phone to try to calm a fussy baby as well.
I love capturing some photos of the new baby with their new siblings! If you’d like siblings to be a part of your shoot, plan on them being involved at the very beginning so we can quickly get photos of everyone together before outfits get stained or kiddos get cranky.
Definitely include any special blankets, hats, stuffed animals, or handmade gifts that are special to you or you’d like your baby to get photographed with. I also love to use your own furniture and home accents in your session. It makes it much more personal and unique.
Newborn clothing rarely looks good in portraits. Baby’s tiny bodies tend to get swallowed up in it. Your baby’s naked body is really all they need for classic, stunning photographs, and we’ll add in different accessories and swaddle blankets for pops of color in the photos.
For parents being photographed with your baby, I recommend muted colors and no patterns or logos, as a busy pattern or color combo takes away from the actual photograph. Casual clothing is perfect and bare feet look most natural in a home setting. You’ll also want to be sure your nails are nicely trimmed and neat, so they look nice in any shots of you holding baby!
Just in Case Items
Some great items to have on hand are: a pacifier (if your little one takes one), wipes, extra burp cloths, and extra formula or breast milk.
Your baby feeds off of your emotions, so breathe, relax, and don’t worry about getting good photos- that’s my job! Take this time to take a breather, get some food, or even lie down for that much needed break you need when you have a newborn!
Literally. It is extremely normal for your little one to pee or poop during a session. I have two boys of my own so no amount of bodily excrement can phase me! Don’t worry, I wash all my blankets after each session, and have wipes on hand for just such an occasion. We’ve got this!
Mess = Yes
Please do not worry about the state of your house! You just had a baby- a major mess is to be expected! I can easily shoot around dishes piled up at the sink, or dirty clothes lying around.