Lets start this by just admitting, NEWBORN SESSIONS ARE HARD. Even with the easiest of babies, newborn photography session are very challenging, but they are my absolute favorite sessions to do. There are so many factors that have to come together for the session to go smoothly. There’s a bit of prep and planning that needs to go into these sessions to make them more successful though. We’ve compiled a few tips below to help us get the very best out of your upcoming newborn session. FIRST, WE HAVE TO GET YOU ON THE SCHEDULE! It’s best if you get scheduled prior to your baby’s birth to make sure we have availability. Just give us a call or email us in your second trimester (if possible) and we will put you on the calendar. Then, just shoot us an email after you deliver, as soon as you can, so we can arrange a date and time for your newborn session. Newborn sessions need to be scheduled within the first 14 days of the baby’s life. We really suggest trying to get the session scheduled between 3-7 days after their arrival of the baby. These are the days that your sweet little baby will be it’s sleepiest, so we can move them into those sweet sleepy newborn poses. Also at the start of week 2, newborns start learning how to stretch and that makes it just a bit harder to get the shots we want. WHERE WILL WE DO YOUR NEWBORN SESSION? The majority of our newborn sessions take place in your home. If the weather is warm enough and you’re comfortable with the idea, we can take the session outdoors. We choose to bring our “studio” to you for a newborn session because new parents and new babies are always more comfortable in a familiar space. Many new parents don’t want to take their 3 day old baby out in public if they absolutely don’t have to, and we totally get that! And when I was a brand new mom, a couple days postpartum, there was no way I was getting dressed up and going out to a photography studio for photos. No thank you! Also, it is SO much easier to soothe and care for the baby’s needs in the family’s own home. We also like to get photos of the baby in different areas of the family’s home; crib, parents bed, etc. Lifestyle photography is very popular among our clients right now so doing newborn sessions in family’s homes allows us to get two types of sessions done at one time! Worried because your house is a mess? Don’t worry about that for even a second! Nearly every home we go into for a newborn session there are dishes piled in the sink, dirty baby clothes everywhere, and clutter all over. You just had a baby! It’s normal and expected! Okay,we have the time and date for your session scheduled and that day is here! Now what? LETS FIND THE LIGHT! Before we arrive, please go ahead and open up all of the curtains and blinds around your home. This helps us find the best source of natural light in your home. The area with the best natural light is where we will set up our mini studio. We bring some additional light sources with is, but natural light is the most beautiful and flattering , so we try to use it whenever possible. Sessions are preferably done mid-morning to late-afternoon because that is when the best natural day light is coming through your windows. The best area in your home can be anywhere…a foyer, nursery, dining room, or kitchen…usually wherever there is a large window. We’ll also most likely need to move some furniture around a bit, but we will always put it all right back where it belongs when we are done. BABY’S LIKE IT HOT HOT HOT! Newborns are used to being bundled up in blankets and cuddled so when we take off their clothes for their photos they aren’t very happy! SO go ahead and turn up the thermostat to approximately 80 degrees. The heat will help them sleep better and to stay calm longer ,even though us adults may be sweating a bit. We also bring a heating pad put under the baby’s blankets if needed. Babies love that, and heck, I would love that too! GOT MILK? Lets put that baby in a milk coma! It is really important to try to time a feeding to be right when we arrive for your session. If you can feed baby while we set up all of our equipment, baby will be nice and passed out when we are ready to start working with them. Throughout your session, we will probably have to stop at least once to feed baby again. We are in no hurry, a happy baby makes for happy parents and a happy photographer! NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY. Well, except for on the day of your newborn session. A lot of the photos we’ll be shooting work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. Try to keep your baby awake for a little bit before their session starts. Even an hour of awake time before you feed them when we arrive will help them sleep sounder and longer during their session. ALL YOU NEED IS A LITTLE, OKAY A LOT, OF PATIENCE! Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-3 hours. Every baby is different, every day is different, and every session is different. We never rush a newborn session. There is no rush. During your session, we will have stop a couple times to feed the baby, soothe them, change them, or just take a break to breathe. Don’t get frustrated if baby doesn’t cooperate like you hoped and isn’t sleeping very well…we’ll get some beautiful shots with eyes wide open. Newborn sessions are a waiting game. We WILL get the shots we need, so don’t stress. RELAX! Your photographer has years of experience posing and working with newborns. Your baby is in safe hands. Every session has it’s challenges, nothing we haven’t seen before. Baby will pee on our blankets. And on us too probably! Baby will poop on our props. IT’S OKAY! SPEAKING OF PROPS… We will bring our own props to your shoot… bowls, baskets, blankets, hats and headbands. Just let us know if you have your own props that you would like to be included in your newborn session too. It can make for some really special and memorable images if you include some objects that are special your family. Please let us know of your ideas, props or poses that you have in mind before the day of your session. That way we can make sure we have everything we need to make your ideas happen! In the images below, this family had a little wooden chair made by the baby’s Uncle for the nursery. WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET IN SOME OF THE PHOTOS TOO? If mom and dad would like to get in some photos with baby too, that’s great! Just let us know in advance so we can prepare and discuss with you your ideas.
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