Newborn Photography Session Tips

IMG_3670Here are a few tips that will help your newborn photography session go well:
  • I need to arrive at their sleepiest time – so keep an eye on their “new” schedule and we will figure out the best time to come (must be within great lighting times too)
  • We will be shooting in the room with the most available natural light so make sure the room is clear and clean
  • Have that room warmed up with a space heater and/or turn your air up so that the room temperature is nice and warm
  • Please have some music picked out and turned on in the room (I like music for as much ambient noise as possible so that nothing disturbs baby)
  • Try to feed baby (if schedule allows) 30 minutes or so prior to my arrival
  • Baby should be only in a diaper when I arrive, that way we do not have to disrupt him/her by undressing them
  • Have all items that you are interested in using in the shoot out and ready for me to sort through:  baskets, blankets, hats, headbands, etc.
  • Make sure nursery is nice and tidy, should we do photos of baby in there
  • If you would like to be in images with your baby, make sure to look nice and wear colors that compliment your setting.  I suggest either very bright colors with a lot of saturation for a pop of color or beautiful light colors for a soft and gentle look. Clothing that is without lettering and/or characters will photograph the best and be the most timeless.
  • I don’t always have an assistant available so I may need help. It would be great if Dad is around – I don’t want Mom to be working too hard.
  • Be prepared for explosions of all kinds.  Poop, pee and spit up may go flying or spraying on anything around. (I get peed on a lot! ) Let’s have burp cloths, wipes and clean up stuff out and ready!
  • Get ready to LOVE your baby even more, watching them sleep is such a beautiful thing. However, don’t be surprised if it takes them a good while to get into “baby model mode.”  They aren’t used to being handled this much! (I hear a lot of, “They aren’t usually like this.”  Well, they aren’t usually picked up every few minutes and posed on props.  Eventually they get so tuckered out, they don’t notice.
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