Preparing for a newborn photography session can be both exciting and overwhelming. As a new parent, you want to capture those precious moments of your little one's early days, but you may not know where to start. In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how to prepare for a successful newborn photography session.
Choose a photographer
The first step is to find a professional photographer who specializes in newborn photography. Look for someone with experience in handling newborns and who has a style that you like. Check their portfolio to see examples of their work and read reviews from previous clients.
Schedule your session
It's best to schedule your session during the first two weeks of your baby's life when they're still sleepy and easy to pose. Contact the photographer and book your session ahead of time to ensure you get a spot on their schedule. It's also a good idea to discuss the session length, location, and any specific requests you have. I schedule a limited amount of newborns per session so it is recommended to secure your spot about 4-6 months in advance.
Prepare your baby
Before the session, make sure your baby is well-fed and rested. A full tummy and a comfortable sleep will make your baby more cooperative during the shoot. Keep your baby awake for a little while before the session so they'll be more likely to sleep during the shoot.
Plan the session
Discuss the style of the shoot with the photographer beforehand. Some photographers specialize in posed newborn photography, while others prefer a more natural and candid approach. Think about the type of photos you want and discuss any props or outfits you want to use. When you secure your session I send out a questionnaire that discusses all of the details regarding the colors, props, etc that we would like to use for the session.
Pack a diaper bag
Bring a well-stocked diaper bag to the session with extra diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes for your baby. It's also a good idea to pack snacks, water, and any personal items you may need during the shoot. I do have provide lights snacks and waters.
Relax and enjoy the session
During the shoot, try to relax and enjoy the experience. Your baby can sense your stress or anxiety, so it's important to stay calm and patient. Let the photographer take the lead and follow their instructions. Don't worry if your baby isn't cooperating or if things don't go as planned. The photographer is used to working with newborns and will have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to get the perfect shot.
In conclusion, preparing for a newborn photography session requires some planning and preparation, but it's worth it to capture those precious moments of your baby's early days. By choosing a professional photographer, scheduling your session early, and following these tips, you'll be well on your way to a successful and memorable shoot.