I recently took baby Annabelle to her very first shoot, a newborn photo session. Poor little girl has no idea how much she will be photographed during her life thanks to her photo obsessed mommy.
Honestly, I was really surprised by the skill that it takes to be a newborn photographer. I adoringly call mine the baby whisperer for this reason! I came prepared for our session by following the tips below but I can see how a session could easily be ruined if these rules aren’t followed. That’s why I am sharing them here. Cheers to a fun and successful newborn photo shoot! They are only this little once in a lifetime . . . might as well capture it on camera.
Newborn Photo Session Tips
1. Schedule your newborn photo session within the first 10 days of life. Babies are easier to work with within this timeframe.
2. Try to keep the baby awake and stimulated for an hour or two before the session.
3. Feed, burp and change your baby about 30 minutes before the session or before leaving home. Be sure to keep the diaper loose so there are no diaper lines come camera time.
4. Dress your newborn in something that does not have to be pulled over his or head. This way your baby can be undressed without waking.
5. Prepare for the newborn sessions to take a good 2 to 4 hours. Your photographer will allow time for several breaks.
6. Try to be patient with the photography process and don’t stress out. Babies can sense your anxiety.
7. Decide before hand if you’d like to be in any photos and let your photographer know. If you do, come prepared (with your hair and makeup done) to be photographed.
8. Afternoon sessions are best because newborns will typically sleep better during that time of day. Ask your photographer for their afternoon availability upon scheduling.
9. If you are having a lifestyle session in your home, be sure to open all blinds in the nursery and master bedroom so there is plenty of natural light.
10. Discuss props with your photographer ahead of time and bring along any that he or she is not providing for you (accessories, heirlooms, outfits, blankets).
Bonus: Dress lightly. Newborns sleep better at cozy temperatures so your photographer’s studio will most likely be pretty warm. If you are having an in-home session, set your nursery and master bedroom temperatures to 80-85 degrees.