Newborn babies change and grow so fast during the first few weeks! Most parents (and grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings, friends, the list goes on!) cannot take enough pictures of their little ones.
In addition to the treasured newborn pictures taken on an iphone or personal camera, many new parents also get professional pictures taken. Even with a professional photographer, there’s a bit of prep and planning that needs to go into these sessions to create a beautiful photo.
So, for all of you new moms and moms-to-be, we’ve compiled a few tips below to help you get the very best out of your newborn photo session.
- Book the Session Early: Most newborn photography is taken within 2 weeks after the baby is born; the babies tend to be more “mold-able” during this period. Be sure to research a variety of photographers’ work with newborns early in your pregnancy. Book your session during the second trimester to ensure a spot around your due date with a photographer you like. Contact the photographer once you deliver (or are about to!) to confirm a time for the session.
- Make Sure the Baby is Sleepy: Most newborns are easier to photograph if they are in deep sleep. If possible, try to schedule your newborn photography session when you know the baby will be sleeping – and that tends to be very often during those first few days!
- Make sure the Baby is Fed: A well-fed baby is a happy baby! Try to feed and burp your baby right before the session to ensure a happy, sleepy (“milk drunk”) baby.
- Keep the Baby Warm: Newborns have a difficult time regulating their own body temperature and spend most of the first few weeks swaddled in blankets. Make sure the photography space, whether a photographer’s studio or your own home, is nice and toasty at 85F to make the baby more comfortable. If necessary, use space heather to warm up the area. You may get sweaty, but it will help keep your baby warm and sleepy!
- Be Prepared: Prepare everything you need before the session. Collect various props you want used, such as blankets for background and warmth, clothing and accessories for the baby, a meaningful family trinket and extra diapers. Aim to bring back-ups of as many items as possible; after all, you might change your mind about, say, a blanket once you see it under the photographer’s lights. If the parents or older siblings will be in a few of the pictures, make sure their outfits are also ready!
And lastly, don’t forget to enjoy! You are creating memories and pictures that will truly last a lifetime.