December 30, 2020
One of my favorite sessions to capture are newborns! I want to start out by saying that these tips will help anyone who is getting a newborn session done. Not just with me but any photographer.
If you have someone booked please reach out ask what tips may help them give you the best possible experience . This will help the both of you so much!
Days leading up make sure to gather props, blankets, and outfits you want in the session. I will do my absolute best to capture as many as possible but we want to keep it as simple and stress-free as possible!
The morning of the shoot you want to keep the baby up 30-45 minutes before the session. Some babies can stay awake longer but newborn wake windows are very small. You can feed the baby and give the baby a bath and then top them off right as I arrive you will want to get them as snuggly and sleepy as possible.
Have baby down to a diaper and snuggled in some blankets. You’ll also want to have the house up to 72-74 degrees to keep the baby cozy as we change outfits. Or a heater in a bedroom to have it warmed up.
Use a sound machine that soothes baby keep that close by as well. I have one that I bring along with my shoots as well as a heating pad.
My lifestyle newborn sessions are up to 3 hours! 3 hours is a longtime but this is a max amount of time. I have this bigger window because babies are unpredictable. We could be done in 45 minutes or we could use all 3 hours. This gives you time to feed, rock, change and change baby again if needed.
I want the session to be as relaxed and calm as possible. I don’t want us to have to rush. Between baby and mama being freshly postpartum we don’t need to rush.
The best time to do these sessions are the first 12 days. They start being a lot more alert after this and makes it much harder to get those sleepy calm photos!
I usually find it best to do the session in the morning after some rest ( hopefully a lot)
Most of all I want this to be a time to remember. I want to capture this sweet time in your family because I have learned very very quickly that this flies by. I remember both of my kiddo’s newborn sessions so well and I am so thankful to have them captured.
Please let me know if you have any other questions I might have missed!
Here is a gallery of one of my 2020 sessions!