Peaceful, sleepy grins. Gently closed hands. Pale, pinky feet. Who doesn’t love a good newborn pic…or two, or three… As new parents, you may be interested in documenting this precious and fleeting moment professionally. Whether they’re for new-grandparents, posting on social media, or your new phone background, follow these top tips from Photofaire on how to get the most out of your newborn photoshoot:
Timing is everything. The ideal time to photograph a newborn is within the first two weeks of birth. At this stage, babies are sleeping most of the time, making their sweet moments easier to capture. These serene moments won’t last forever so make sure you have some photos to help cherish it forever!
Don’t procrastinate. It’s safe to assume you (and your family) will be pretty overwhelmed once the baby arrives. For help on finding a photographer, refer to Photofaire, which connects anyone with a story to share to a trusted professional near them. Spend adequate time finding the right photographer beforehand, making sure his/her style and personality match with what you’re looking for in the photos and in the experience. Be sure to understand how much the total investment will be, what you will need to bring to the shoot, and what you will be walking away with, to ensure the smoothest shoot possible.
Home is Where the Heart Is. Even if your photographer has a studio, consider having the session done in your home. Being in a familiar surrounding will put both you and baby at ease and ensure that whatever you need to feed, change and calm your baby is within an arm’s reach. Taking the photos in your cozy abode can also give the photos a more intimate look and feel. Depending on what you’re going for this may be a good style choice.
You Can Never Go Wrong With Neutrals. To keep the focus on the baby. Dressing him/her in solid or simple patterned apparel–classic and timeless. There’s a reason why the majority of newborn photo shoots show baby in light, simple clothes, but if you really want to reenact Star Wars or capture the final battle in Harry Potter, don’t forget it is your shoot! That said, never worry about running out of opportunities to have fun with family photos–Halloween comes every year!
Just like any photoshoot, the experience should be something both to look forward to and fondly look back on. Who doesn’t love a good newborn pic? Be sure to share yours with us using #NineNaturals and keep ‘em coming.
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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.