What To Expect From Your Newborn Photography Session
My favorite time to photograph a newborn is within the first 6-10 days after birth. It is at this time that babies are still very sleepy, and still almost as pliable and “curly” as they were in the womb. They usually sleep very heavily, and it’s also before the onset of any possible baby acne or colic. All of these factors make for a more calming session, and it also makes the more difficult poses possible. Beyond about 2 weeks of age, any poses that require the baby to be in a deep sleep may become impossible.
Carefully Chosen Props Can Make Your Newborn Photos Special
This is a perfect time to capture their beautiful baby skin tone and their true smallness. This is why I prefer them to be photographed naked. I love to add a little detail and color by using a flower, head band, a tie, or even a handmade knit hat. There are so many great and simple accents that can really make the photograph fun and unique. I have tons of props that I can use, but if you would like something special to be uniquely yours, I suggest searching for special props on Etsy. I always welcome your personal touches and ideas!
Plan To Invest Two Hours For Newborn Photographs
I typically spend about at least 1-2 hours creating in your newborn session. I spend a great deal of time getting perfect hand/feet placement, facial expressions, waiting for smiles, etc. This time block also allows time for feeding/nursing, changing set-ups, and calming/nursing baby back to sleep in between set-ups changes.
Consider A Separate Sibling Photo Session
My goal is 3-5 setups per session with just baby, plus pictures with Mommy and Daddy. It is entirely up to you, but you may want to wait to do a sibling session after this initial newborn session. Because the newborn session can take as much as 2 hours, it might be hard for siblings to hang around that long.
If you can make it work, give your baby a feeding before you leave so if they sleep on the way here we can work on getting the first set up in right away…but please don’t stress over it! I’m in no rush so if you have to feed the baby here that is fine too! My studio is very private and I am on your babies time so just do what works best for you and your baby!
Babies generally do not like to be naked because they get cold so easily. I keep the studio at a toasty so that baby will feel comfortable and warm even with no clothes on.
I Will Create A Custom Newborn Photo Session Perfectly Suited To You
I will send out a newborn session questionnaire a few days before your shoot. I like to get to know you a little better, learn about your family, your style, etc so that I can customize your session 100% to you. But always feel free to contact me or run anything by me that you think is important to your session!