Tips for your Newborn Portrait Session

June 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Tips and Tricks for your Newborn Portrait Session

I always recommend that you chose your photographer for your newborn before your pregnancy reaches the eighth month.  That way your photographer can pencil in your baby’s due date and once your little one arrives you can will finalize the session date with your photographer.  Because labor isn’t known for being predictable, I always keep a few different times available for my newborns so we can get your little one in during the first 10 days.

The day of your session… if this is your first newborn, plan to leave plenty of time to get you and baby out of the house! Most new moms are surprised by how much preparation it can take to leave the house for that first outing– and usually the first outing is either the doctor’s office for a weight check or to the newborn photographer!

Once you arrive, I will help you bring in anything you need for your little one from the car. Once you are inside we will get you comfy and take the clothes off the baby and loosen the diaper and wrap your tiny miracle up so he/she is comfy too. Then you can feed the baby until they are asleep.

Depending on the baby and her tolerance level, I will use up to 3 different fabric backgrounds and a variety of headbands or hats. We may add on a prop at the end of the session (bucket, basket, etc), but that is only if your little one is still happy to be here. If you have a vision of your little one, please let me know prior to your session so I can get that set prepared to use first. I encourage you to bring special items with you as well to include in the portrait. I also may include the parents in the photos so please be prepared to be in the photographs. I suggest bringing a black or white shirt.

If your little one grows hungry during our session, I will happily take a feeding break! If your newborn has an “accident” on my fabrics, don’t worry! Everything is washable, and every item used is laundered after your session — I simply clean the mess up and move on!  


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