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How to Prepare for a Newborn Session!

Getting prepared for a newborn shoot can be stressful when you have no idea where to begin. I have put together a list of top tips to help you prepare for your babies first photos!

1. Schedule your shoot ahead of time

I recommend booking a newborn session around the 20-week mark. Its good to book your newborn session in advance to make sure you don’t miss out on having those precious photos and tiny features captured.

I will schedule in your babies session around his/her due date (although this may need to change if the baby arrives a lot earlier/later than expected.

I try to make sure your baby is captured before 10 days old. At this stage they should still be sleepy allowing me to easily position them into those certain newborn poses you’ll have seen and love. During the first two weeks of a baby’s life they will generally be sleepy, after this stage they become more alert and will start going throw a growth spurt.

2. Keep baby warm

An important part of ensuring a smooth photo shoot is to keep your baby warm and snuggly throughout the session. No baby likes being naked and cold!!

Here at the studio I ensure the heat is the perfect temperature for your babies shoot, however it is also ideal that you bring a baby blanket with you so that we can wrap him/her up in-between the different set ups.

3. Feed and burp baby before the Shoot

If your baby has a full tummy they are far more likely to be agreeable throughout a photo shoot. This is because they are more likely to fall into a deep sleep on a full stomach. A full stomach = a content baby. If you are travelling further than 20 minutes it is probably best to try and keep your baby awake until you arrive at the studio and then feed him/her once you have arrived.

A newborn session will typically last 2-3 hours. So it’s also important that you bring formula with you (if you are not breastfeeding) to have at hand if the baby does get hungry throughout the session.

4. Loosen up baby clothing

It helps if you loosen up your baby’s clothing and diapers before the photo shoot.. This will give any little red marks printed from clothing time to disappear before picture time. It will also allow us to remove the clothing easier without waking baby up. Unless you are wanting them photographed in a particular outfit then I would recommend dressing them in a baby grow (that doesn’t need to go over their head) That way we don’t need to disturb them too much. We do not want to start the session by upsetting them.

5. Prep yourself too

If you have planned to have family images as part of your newborn session plan your outfit. It is best to avoid wearing a distracting pattern or a shirt with a large logo. These can distract focus away from the picture.

Think about the colour scheme you want as part of a set of images. Think about where you would like your prints to hang around your house.

Here is a list of things to pack ready for your newborn session:

  • Bring a couple of wrapping blankets for the baby, this is to keep them warm during feeds.

  • Bring everything for changing and feeding the baby

  • Bring any toys/teddies or props you would like to add into the photos.

  • Bring at least two changes of clothing for your family images, just in case any accidents happen.

  • If siblings are coming, please bring some entertainment for them and don’t forget some bribing material for sibling shots.

  • Bring some snacks for yourself and any siblings. The photoshoot will be long.

  • I always suggest bringing a dummy if you use one, it will help to comfort your baby and get us through the session if he/she does not want to cooperate.

I will provide all the wraps, props and accessories for your shoot.

I hope this has helped to prepare you, don't hesitate to contact me with any other questions. Always happy to help.

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