Timing is Key
Newborn photo shoots are typically done within the first two weeks after birth when babies are sleepier and easier to pose. Schedule the session accordingly.
Discuss the Vision
Have a conversation with your photographer about the style and mood you’re looking for in the photos. Share any specific ideas or poses you’d like to include.
Prepare the Baby
Keep your baby awake and active for a couple of hours before the session to ensure they’re sleepy during the shoot. Feed them just before the session to help keep them content.
Keep the Baby Comfortable
Ensure the room where the photo shoot will take place is warm enough for the baby. A comfortable baby is more likely to remain calm and sleepy during the shoot.
Set Up the Space
Prepare a quiet and clutter-free space for the shoot. Your photographer might bring props and backgrounds, but you can also set up your baby’s nursery or a cozy corner for photos.
Outfits and Accessories
Gather a few outfit changes and accessories for the baby. Soft, neutral-colored clothes often work best for newborns. You can also use cute hats, headbands, wraps, and blankets for variety.
Personalize with Props
Consider including a few special props or items that have personal meaning, like a stuffed animal or a family heirloom.
Stay Calm and Patient
Newborns can be unpredictable, so it’s important to stay patient throughout the session. If the baby needs feeding, changing, or comforting, take the time to do so.
Plan for Breaks
Newborns might need breaks for feeding or changing during the session. Plan for these pauses, and don’t rush the process.
Involve Family Members
If you’d like, include family members (parents, siblings, grandparents) in some of the photos. Coordinate their outfits and make sure they’re aware of the timing and expectations.
Background Music or White Noise
Soft music or white noise machines can help keep the baby calm and asleep during the session.
Capture Natural Moments
In addition to posed shots, ask the photographer to capture natural moments of you interacting with your baby. These candid shots can be incredibly precious.
While you might have specific ideas in mind, be open to the photographer’s suggestions and creativity. They often have a keen eye for capturing beautiful moments.
Relax and Enjoy
Remember that the session is a time to celebrate your new family member. Relax, enjoy the process, and let the photographer capture the love and joy you feel for your baby.
By following these steps and working closely with your chosen photographer, you’ll be well-prepared to create beautiful and cherished newborn photos that capture the early moments of your baby’s life.