Thank you for booking a newborn photography session with me! I am so excited to capture those special moments of the first few days of life with your precious little bundle! This articles is about what to expect and what you can do to help the session run as smoothly as possible.
I typically take newborn photos in your home. This way you don’t have to go anywhere (which is nice when you are recovering from having a baby!) and we can highlight the home that the new little one has become a part of. Don’t feel like you have to get your house perfectly clean before the session. I can work with clutter! Just be ready for me to move stuff around.
When to Schedule
The best age for newborn photos is under 2 weeks old, because the baby is still sleepy and we can get those precious poses! When your baby arrives, let me know and we can plan a date to take photos. I have taken photos of older babies, closer to 3 weeks and they still turned out great, so don’t stress too much if we can’t schedule before 2 weeks!
I usually take the photos in the late morning or early afternoon, since we are inside and want good window light. This is also usually a sleepy time of day for little ones.
Tips for Helping the Session Run Smoothly
This session is all about the baby, and newborns can be unpredictable! Newborns will often need a few feeding breaks, and that’s okay! It helps the baby feel comfortable if it is nice and warm in your house. This is especially true if you want photos of the baby naked or with only a diaper cover. If the baby is uncomfortable or hungry, he or she is not going to cooperate for photos, so it’s better to relax and take our time with the session. Sessions can be anywhere from one to three hours long.
What Kind of Photos are You Looking For
I do two styles of newborn photography – posed and lifestyle. Before the session, I will ask you to let me know if you would like one or the other, or a mix of both. I will also like to know who will be included in the photos- mom, dad, and any siblings.
Posed photos newborn photos are photos of the newborn alone, usually against a blanket backdrop. These are taken when the baby is sleeping. It is important that the baby is deep asleep and comfortable to get these precious poses. I setup the backdrop in your home usually using a window for lighting. I will bring along hats, bows, blankets and other props, and I encourage you to bring out any items that you would like to include, especially any of sentimental value. These photos generally take longer than a lifestyle session because of setup time and time it takes to get the baby into position. Safety is of the utmost importance to me and I have a parent standing by outside of the frame.
Lifestyle photos are meant to capture the baby and his or her new family as they would naturally be. In these photos, mom or dad will usually be holding the baby, or the baby might be pictured on a bed, or in his or her crib. Lifestyle photos include your home as a backdrop and often focus on the relationships between the baby and other members or the family.
I am so excited to capture your newborn photos! Please let me know if you have any questions about your upcoming newborn session!