Hello Mums & Dads!
First off, thank you for choosing me to take your newborn photos! Newbie baby shoots are my absolute favourite photo sessions. I’ve always had a passion for little ones, and I treasured having the opportunity to photograph all my friend’s babies when they were born. I have several years of experience in child care which I feel is definitely very important when it come to photographing newborns, as this is rather a specialised job. Just because someone is a great photographer, does not mean that they are qualified to do your newborn session. Infant care experience is an absolute must for anyone who’s going to be handling your delicate newborn.
That having been said, what happens at a newborn photo session? What should you wear? Where should you have it? Everything you need to know, you will find below:
What types of newborn shoots do you offer?
Lifestyle / Documentary Style
My newborn shoots are very relaxed & natural. The idea is to capture unposed moments & interactions between family members. Little details, cuddles, feedings, and the essence of your family. Throughout the session, I will however guide you, making suggestions on how to sit, stand, hold baby, etc.
These sessions are all about capturing the first special moments between you & your littlest love – grandparents first sight, sibling’s first reactions, and all those amazing moments that pass in an instant. Generally, these photos are taken in-hospital, during the first 48 hours after baby is born. If you are interested in a fresh 48 session, we’ll start by contacting the hospital where you are scheduled to deliver, and make sure that they are accommodating.
Where should I have my shoot?
Unless you’re doing a fresh 48, I would definately recommend having your baby’s first photos done in your own home. It is both convenient & comfortable. Your bedroom can be a great place to do the photos, provided that it is well-lit with natural light from windows. If it is not a very light space, another room may be best. Having plain, neutral coloured bedding is best, although not a must. Another good room in the house is the baby’s nursery.
You may feel dubious about having a shoot in your home, especially after you have just had a baby, life is upside down, and the house is a mess. Don’t worry! I understand! This is perfectly normal. All I need is one clutter-free area, the room where the shoot will be done. If I move anything, I’ll put it back in place. Your only job is to relax & enjoy yourself.
When Should I do My Newborn Session?
The earlier the better. It is best done during the first five – seven days of your baby’s life. Why is this so?
First, and most important, your baby sleeps more of the time & more deeply during their first week. Being able to move your baby around while he remains soundly asleep is vital to the success of the photo session. If he is awake & wriggling through most of the session, it will be difficult to capture beautiful, peaceful shots of baby, and he will quickly become niggly after being repeatedly moved around. During his first week however, he’ll sleep through just about anything, which will mean smooth sailing for your photo session!
For the first few days, baby is still very flexible, and can be easily & safely molded into cute positions without any discomfort. After his first week, it becomes increasingly difficult to get him to stay put in a pose without him squirming about & waking himself up.
Your baby will be changing so fast during his first two weeks that he will so quickly lose that ‘newborn’ look. Capture it while it lasts! In addition, the earlier your infant photos are done, the less likely he is to have developed baby acne or flaky skin, which is rather a challenge to smooth out during editing.
It is important to book your newborn shoot well in advance to make sure that you will get a spot during your baby’s first few days. If for some reason you are unable to do your baby’s newbie session during his first week, don’t stress, we can still have a beautiful session!
What Should My Baby & I Wear?
Outfit choice can have quite an impact on your photos, so plan your outfits before baby is born. Trust me, the last thing you’ll have energy for with a new baby in the house is outfit planning! For some great ideas & inspiration, check out my Newborn Photography Pinterest Board.
Mummy & Daddy
Mum, wear something that makes you feel comfortable & beautiful. Neutral colours are always a good bet. Give yourself enough time before your shoot to do your makeup & pamper yourself. As for hubby, once mum has chosen her outfit, coordinate what you will wear with her, so as to have outfits that go well together.
Your newborn’s first photo session is a time to focus on him, not his outfit. So colourful, fancy outfits should be avoided, as these will detract from your perfect little newborn himself. Some great choices are a white or solid neutral coloured vest / onesie, just a nappy, or baby’s birthday suit. If you go for a onesie, be sure to leave baby’s feet, hands, and head uncovered, so that we can document those special little details.
How do I prepare for my newborn shoot?
There’s quite a bit you can do beforehand to make sure the session goes smoothly and that you & baby are comfortable.
The night before your baby’s photo session, make sure to give him an extra good feed. On the morning of the session, try to keep him awake as much as possible, so that when it comes time for the shoot he will sleep soundly. Give him a nice bath to relax him, and a good feed about half an hour before the session. And don’t stress, newborn sessions allow plenty of time for niggles, feedings, and changings. If you are going to have baby undressed for photos, remove his clothes & undo his nappy half an hour beforehand, so that he won’t have unsightly creases on his skin. You can keep his nappy on loosely with him wrapped in a blanket until his session.
Preparing the environment
Having the room warm for your baby is important. How warm? If he will be undressed, then warm enough to make you begin to perspire. Particularly in winter, a heater will be needed. If you don’t have one, let me know beforehand so that I can make suitable arrangements. The space where we do photos also needs to be clear of clutter.
And there you have it! You are now 100% ready for your newbie baby shoot. I can’t wait to meet your adorable tot & capture all your beautiful earliest memories with him!