Capturing the beauty and innocence of your newborn is a special moment that you will cherish forever. With the right preparation, your newborn photoshoot can be a memorable and enjoyable experience. In this guide, I'll provide you with helpful tips and advice to ensure we will create stunning memories that will last a lifetime.
What to do:
Give baby a bath. If baby still has not lost their umbilical cord and you must sponge bathe, do take care to wash his/her hair as clean newborn hair photographs best.
Dress baby in a zip/button up sleeper. Something loose fitting is best so as not to leave lines on their skin and nothing that will need to be pulled over their head.
Normal Sleepy Times
Do not keep baby awake before session - follow their natural sleep cycle.
Give baby an extra feeding before buckling him/her into the car seat. Allow baby to fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio.
What to bring:
Extra formula/milk for baby. If baby is strictly breastfed, please be prepared to feed baby during session. If baby takes a bottle, bottle would be best for session so we can soothe as we go.
If baby takes pacifier, please bring to session. If you have a lovey attached to it please remove or bring a pacifier without. The lovey tends to be too heavy and causes pacifier to fall out of baby's mouth.
Please bring baby's hairbrush. Baby's hair will be fluffy and soft after bath so smoothing hair down is helpful.
Bring any props you'd like to include in the photos, such as a special blanket, stuffed animal, or hat.
Keep in Mind:
Please note that the studio will be kept warm to keep your little one warm while in their birthday suit. Therefore, I recommend dressing in layers so that you may remove as needed to remain comfortable. Do bring an extra outfit for yourself in case baby soils your clothing. This happens often.
Be prepared for some crying and fussiness during the photoshoot. This is normal and I am trained to help soothe baby. I am a baby-led photographer and will never do anything to make your sweet little one uncomfortable.
These sessions can last up to 3 hours depending on the amount of sets and how easily baby settles. Be prepared for a longer session and if older siblings are attending prepare them and have some entertainment for them as well. For you, try to sit back and relax while I take care of your baby during the session.
Have fun and enjoy the process. Capturing these special moments will be worth it in the end.