Welcoming a newborn into the world is an incredibly special and joyous occasion. One way to preserve those fleeting moments of early infancy is through a newborn photoshoot. These professional sessions capture the innocence and beauty of your little one, creating timeless memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. However, to ensure a successful and stress-free photoshoot, adequate preparation is essential. In this blog post, I will guide you through the process of preparing for a newborn photoshoot, helping you create a memorable experience for you and a comfortable experience for your baby.
Selecting the right photographer is crucial for capturing the essence of your newborn. Look for professionals who specialize in newborn photography, as they possess the expertise and experience required to handle delicate subjects. Do your research, review portfolios, and read client testimonials to find a photographer whose style aligns with your vision.
Even more important than finding a photographer whose style you like is finding a photographer who puts baby’s needs first. I offer baby-led posing which mean that I never force baby into a pose they cannot do. Each baby is different and special and not all babies can do the “froggy” pose or other difficult positions. I watch baby’s cues carefully and adjust accordingly. I also set aside 4 hours for my newborn shoots just in case. Usually we can get it done in 1-2 hours, however.
Newborns are easiest to work with during their first two weeks of life. They tend to sleep deeply and curl up naturally, allowing for those adorable poses and squishy shots. Be sure to book your session well in advance, preferably during your pregnancy, to secure a spot within this optimal timeframe.
Prior to the photoshoot, have a detailed conversation with your photographer. Share your vision, desired themes, poses, and any props or personal items you wish to incorporate. Clear communication ensures that the photographer understands your expectations and can plan accordingly, resulting in a session that reflects your unique style and preferences.
I LOVE when my clients want to add in personal touches! I’m a sucker for good storytelling and what more important story is there than your precious new baby??
Maintaining a comfortable and soothing environment is crucial for your baby’s well-being during the photoshoot. I keep the room temperature warm, around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit, to mimic the cozy warmth of the womb. I also use white noise to help your little one relax and fall asleep.
To ensure a calm and content baby during the photoshoot, feed and burp your little one beforehand, most of my clients do this right when they get to the photoshoot. A full tummy promotes a sleepy and relaxed state, making it easier to capture those peaceful, dreamy shots. I plan my newborn shoots around baby’s morning nap time, and stay flexible for that day just in case! Alternatively, try to time the session after a nap, when your baby is well-rested and less likely to be fussy.
The most important thing is to relax and enjoy the photoshoot experience with your baby. Babies can be unpredictable, and it’s natural for them to cry or need breaks. A patient and calm environment is conducive to capturing beautiful moments. Trust in your photographer’s expertise and allow them to guide you through the process.
I have seen it all, and I know that a shoot can take a long time while we wait for baby to settle. I’m not stressed, so you shouldn’t be either.
Be mindful of who you choose to bring to the shoot with you and let them know it will be a lot of sitting around being very quiet. If we are incorporating siblings in the shoot, be sure to have another adult that can take them outside or entertain them if need be. There’s plenty of things to do around downtown Lampasas, where The Studio is located.
Preparing for a newborn photoshoot requires thoughtful planning and consideration, but the resulting images will be worth every effort. By selecting the right photographer, scheduling the session early, creating a comfortable environment, and communicating your expectations, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience.
To learn more about my process and other FAQs, please see my newborn client guide
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