A newborn session is an exciting opportunity to document your newborn. Create memories that will last a lifetime. These days are fleeting. Those early days are a fog, and over time you’ll forget how fuzzy their hair was and those sweet sleepy smiles. Capturing your newborn in this fresh stage is something that will be cherished! That means you want your session to go perfectly. I want to help you prepare so that you’ll have the best, most memorable session possible.
24 Hours Before Your Newborn Photography Session: Avoid Gassy Foods
Are you nursing your little one? If so, 24 hours before your session, avoid caffeine and foods that you know have the potential to cause gas in your little one, including beans and cauliflower. If you suspect that your newborn might have a dairy sensitivity, this is a good time to cut that out, too. Avoiding these foods will help keep newborn peaceful. Increasing the odds that you’ll both have a peaceful, enjoyable photo session.
The Day of Your Newborn Photography Session
It’s time for your newborn session! Make sure that on the day of your session, you’re ready to go by planning ahead and implementing these simple steps.
Keep newborn awake. Ideally, you want to keep your newborn awake for at least an hour or two prior to the session. This will ensure that they’re sleepy, cuddly, and ready for those adorable sleeping baby poses. If baby does want to stay awake through the session. however, don’t worry: there are plenty of great pictures that will capture them with their eyes wide open.
Dress newborn appropriately. Place newborn in easy-to-remove clothing that you can slip off for those cute naked photos. Put their diaper on loosely. This will help avoid lines and wrinkles on newborn’s skin from the diaper. You should also avoid putting on any tight bows or hats, which can also leave lines.
Time your feeding. When you arrive for your session, sit down and feed your newborn at the studio. Many newborns become sleepy after they eat. Which in turn means that they’ll be more likely to sleep peacefully through their session. If your newborn becomes fussy, we will take frequent breaks to make sure that newborn stays happy, comfortable and a full tummy.
Each newborn is unique and has individual needs when it comes to their session. Your time with me will be between two and three hours. Taking breaks and making sure baby is comfortable, safe and happy. Will ensure that we achieve everything you are wanting out of your session.
You want great newborn photos, but you also want to know that your little one will be safe and comfortable throughout the process. I am a safety certified in newborn photography, which means that whether we’re posing or wrapping your baby. they are completely safe while they’re in my care. When you choose a photographer to document your newborn’s earliest days. It’s critical to make sure that they’re properly trained in all the safety measures needed to make your session a success.
What to Bring for Your Newborn Photography Session
As you prepare for your newborn photography session, it’s also important to make sure that you pack appropriately. Make sure you bring the right items to your session to help make it a success.
A pacifier (or two). Soothies are the best brand: they’re proven to soothe. But they won’t leave any marks on your baby’s face in the pictures. Using a pacifier for your newborn session won’t cause nipple confusion! However, if you prefer not to use a pacifier for your baby. Make sure you notify your photographer in advance. Your session may take a little longer without a pacifier.
Extra supplies to feed the baby. Are you formula feeding? You may need extra bottles and formula. Breastfeeding? Bring along your pump just in case.
Extra diapers and wipes. Newborns inevitably goes through more diapers than you expect, when you least expect it. I do have a changing table in my studio and can supply diapers and wipes if needed; however, I recommend bringing along your preferred diaper and wipe brand, especially if your newborn has especially sensitive skin.
Heirlooms that you want to include in your session. Do you have a special item that you’d like to include in your session? This might include a special blanket, a crocheted or knitted hat, or a special toy that you want to be part of your newborn’s photos. Or it might be an item that has sentimental value to you and your family. Dad’s uniform, a baseball glove, or another item that matters to you. If you have an heirloom that you’d like to include in your newborn photo session, please let me know ahead of time! Not only does this make it easier to integrate your item creatively into your pictures. But it also makes it easier to plan for any potential safety concerns.
Snacks. I keep a small variety of light snacks on hand. You may, however, want to bring along a beverage and snack of your choice, especially if you’re breastfeeding. If your session is scheduled over lunchtime, you may want to plan to send someone out to pick up a meal and bring it back to you. You can also choose to bring in a packed lunch.
Clothing. Do you plan to be in photos with your newborn? If so, make sure you bring along an extra set of clothes for you—especially if you want to pose in pictures with your little one. Little accidents happen, and you want to be sure that you’re prepared! Plan to dress in layers if it’s cold outside, as the studio will be quite warm for your newborn’s comfort. Even if you’re not planning to be in pictures with your newborn, it can be helpful to have an extra change of clothes on hand just in case.
Does your new little one have siblings who will be included in the photos? I’d love to help document their joy at welcoming a new brother or sister into the family. However, if you’ll be bringing along siblings, please let me know ahead of time. We’ll put together a great plan for creative shots that will help display that special bond between siblings in these earliest days.
Ideally, I’d like to schedule a specific time for them to come in with a helper who can help keep them entertained, then take them out again after their pictures are done. Siblings can often cause distractions for both newborn and parents. By taking them out when we’re finished with their pictures, we can focus on getting the great pictures you want of your baby.
Relax and Enjoy
You’ve prepared for your newborn photography session. You’re ready to go. Now, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it! Your newborn session will capture an important time in your newborn’s life, but it can also be a lot of fun. Don’t worry about anything. From fussy babies to poop accidents in the middle of the session, I’ve seen it all, and I’m able to capture amazing pictures of your newborn anyway. Get ready to relax and enjoy an amazing experience.
Are you ready to schedule a stunning newborn photography experience that will allow you to capture images of your little one that you’ll be able to enjoy for a lifetime? If so, contact me today to schedule your session. Still pregnant? Your first trimester is the best time to set up your session! We’ll set an approximate time for your newborn session and make alterations based on when baby makes their appearance.