So – the big day has finally arrived and you have a new member in your family. Congratulations! That means it's the perfect time to preserve some memories of your growing family.
First, let's quickly get your session on our calendar! If you prefer photos of the baby asleep, the session should be done early, within their first 14 days. Around 8 days old, babies start stretching out, so it's a little more difficult to get them into those cute, sleeping poses.
However, if you would prefer more playful and awake baby photos let's schedule your session for after the four-week mark.
Remember, every baby is unique and an early session could mean an awake baby and after 4 weeks we could find ourselves with a very sleepy baby but whatever happens we will get some beautiful images to relive these moments!
CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS: WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO A NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT?
Do your best to keep your baby awake for at least 2 hours before your session, this helps with a sleepier session.
Have a feeding session right before you leave your home to ensure they are full and content for the next few hours. If you have a long drive ahead, just let me know that you plan on arriving a little early to feed at the studio.
Bring a snack and water for yourself and and any siblings. The photoshoot can be long and tiring.
If siblings are coming, bring some entertainment for them.
Bring at least one change of clothing, just in case any accidents happen.
Bring everything for changing and feeding the baby, including any special creams and products you use.
If the newborn has hair, bring a brush.
Bring any toys or props you would like to add into the photos.
If the baby is using the pacifier, bring that as well. It often helps soothe babies into the poses and facilitates getting them to sleep. If your baby is not used to a pacifier or you do not feel comfortable offering one, do not worry, it is not a must.
WHAT SHOULD THE BABY WEAR?
In my opinion, the outfit part is surprisingly an easy piece. Most often the baby will be swaddled or "naked" but if you have a special outfit or accessories please bring these. (Examples include: bows, headbands, hats, knit sweaters or accessories, special blankets or swaddles, tutu, suspenders, etc)
WHAT SHOULD THE PARENTS AND/OR SIBLINGS WEAR?
Parents or siblings should wear solid colors and avoid patterns so they do not catch the attention from the main subject – the baby!
HOW CAN I PERSONALIZE THE SESSION?
Feel free to bring items that will make your session feel unique or personal. If Grandma made a blanket, you love a sports team, play sports yourself, have a special hobby, a gift from a loved one, antique jewelry, etc. please bring it and we can find a fun way to incorporate it into the session.
We have several options when it comes to backgrounds, swaddles, textures and baskets.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT PREPARING PARENTS FOR THE NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT
In the end – always remember that you know your newborn better than anybody, so never hesitate to bring up any concerns or suggestions.
However, do stay patient. Babies can sense when their parents are upset. Crying, inability to soundly sleep, bathroom breaks, and the need for more feeding are all normal things during a photo session. Prepare for accidents and pauses to clean up or calm down the baby.
The truth is – you can never know how a newborn photo session will go. Babies are pretty unpredictable models, but that is what makes them so adorable! Hopefully, these suggestions help you feel prepared and comfortable for your upcoming photo date. If you are still unsure about something, just let me know and for some inspiration, check out my newborn photo gallery.
We are looking forward to your session with us!