Updated: May 3
Documenting your newborn is such a special event. There's a relatively small window of time in which to capture those true, newborn features. Let me help you prep for your shoot with a few tips!
Book your newborn shoot BEFORE your baby is here
It may seem strange to start contacting photographers before your baby has even arrived; but most newborn photographers will tell you to contact them during your pregnancy. Why? They'll probably already be booked if you wait until your little one arrives. Start contacting photographers during your second trimester to ensure that you get on their calendar and have plenty of time to plan out your session. Interested in booking? Contact me here!
Let your photographer know if there are any special heirloom pieces or "must-have" shots before your session
I provide all the props/wraps/tiebacks etc. needed for our session; but I love when families have a special heirloom blanket, outfit, or piece that they want to include in their shoot. Let your photographer know ahead of time and they can build a set around your special item!
Bring extras of the necessities
Newborn sessions can be a few hours long. Sometimes babies don't want to sleep right away. I keep a supply of extra newborn diapers, wipes, and new pacifiers; but you'll want to make sure that your diaper bag is well stocked with the necessities. If you're nursing, plan to potentially feed your baby during the shoot; and if you're bottle feeding, make sure you bring extra formula, just in case!
If siblings are participating, plan for them to leave after being photographed
If you have multiple kiddos, odds are that you'll want to include them in your baby's photo shoot. That's great! Sibling photos are absolutely precious! As previously stated, though, newborn sessions can run long; so have a plan in place for your older kiddos. Maybe grandma or grandpa could pick them up? Maybe they could go get muffins with a parent? Or if it's not possible for them to leave, make sure that you bring something fun for them to do. Maybe a movie on a tablet or a special coloring book. Make sure that you've put a plan in place for your older children so that they're not bored or disruptive during your baby's session.
Feed that baby!!
A fed baby is a happy baby! It's best to feed your baby right before the session in order to get those sweet, sleepy newborn images. A nice, full belly will help your little one drift off to sleep so we can make the most of those sweet, sleepy moments!
I hope this post helps you prepare for your newborn session! Share this with expecting parents so that they're prepared for their newborn shoots!
Are you expecting? Get in touch with me and we'll start planning your session!
Until next time, take care, and smile pretty!