1. Location To make sure everyone is comfortable, I typically photograph newborns in your home. Your baby already knows the location, plus you have everything you need there. I will work with you when I arrive to help pick out the best spots in your home. The main thing that I will be looking for, is a room with a lot of natural light from big windows. The more natural light, the better! I will bring a newborn photography bean bag with some fuzzy blankets and a few baskets. Also, I can use the nursery, master bed and neutral couches or chairs for the parents (siblings) photos.
2. Feeding & Breaks Your newborn might need feeding breaks throughout the photo session, especially if they are a little fussy and upset. It is helpful if you feed your baby before your photo session so they will be ready to sleep. Warm milk equals a happy, model-ready baby!
3. Props & Wardrobe Props are always welcome! Here are some common ones parents like to include: wedding rings, blankets, knitted hats and matching socks, special outfits and sentimental items. I suggest starting with a swaddled baby along with about two to three wardrobe changes for a standard hour-long newborn photo session. Remember to have them readily available by laying them out nearby. It is a good idea to include bloomers or some sort of diaper cover if you want a diaper photo.
4. Family Photos & Pet Appearances Your new baby is the star of the photo session, but I like to include mom, dad and siblings (if there are any) in some photos, too. Don’t forget about the furry family members! If you have other children, remind them to try to stay calm and quiet when they are not in the photos to keep the newborn happy. Explain to the siblings ahead of time what is expected of them during the photo session. Make sure someone always has a hold on the pets during the photo session. Animals can change emotion quickly and we want everyone to stay safe and happy.
5. What to Wear Try to keep your clothing simple, without busy patterns and logos. Soft, neutral fabrics are flattering and don’t distract from what the baby is or isn’t wearing.
I hope these suggestions help you feel prepared and comfortable for your upcoming photo date. If you are still unsure about something, feel free to ask. Also, I am always open to any ideas you have. For some more inspiration, check out Pinterest.
Always remember that you know your newborn better than I do so please don’t hesitate to bring up any concerns or suggestions. Please stay patient and calm. Babies can sense when their parents are becoming upset or frustrated. Crying, inability to soundly sleep, bathroom breaks, and the need for more feeding are all normal things during a photo session.