Expecting? Here are some tips to get prepared for your newborn session.
I know that once your baby is born, you’ll have a lot on your mind, and selecting a photographer might not be first on your list. That’s why it’s best to book your baby’s photo session between one and two months before your due date. Once your little one makes his big entrance, let me know the news, and I will coordinate with you to choose a day for the photo session. Newborn photographs should be taken before the baby is two weeks old, and ideally within the first nine days. Babies younger than 10 days old are less fussy, sleep deeply, and are not yet affected by infant acne – making it more likely that you’ll get the results you want.
Before The Shoot
I know that it might be difficult to predict when your baby will want to eat and sleep during those first few days, but ideally, your baby should be fed, changed and sleepy before the photo session begins. Sleeping newborns produce the best photographs, so try to time your baby’s naps accordingly. If you want to include any special props, be sure to lay those out in a place where you can access them easily. And don’t forget to turn up the heat – a warm baby is a comfortable, sleepy baby!
During Your Session
We understand that your baby’s first photo shoot can be a stressful time for you. Baby may not be cooperating, and you’ll worry that the session will be a bust. Also, watching someone else handle and pose your baby could bring out your mommy instincts. The first rule of newborn photography is to relax, and the second rule is to have patience. If you are tense, your baby will sense that, and your little one might have trouble going into the deep sleep we’d like. So take a deep breath, think calming thoughts, and take your baby’s lead. We are happy to take the time we need for baby to be fed, changed, comforted, and lulled to sleep so the artistic magic can begin. Because of this, we require that you allow two hours for posed photographs.
Give the studio a call when you are ready and we will get on to the calendar for an expected due date. See you soon and congratulations!!!