3 Tips for Preparing for Your Newborn Session

May 25


My heart just skips a beat just thinking about newborn sessions! As an Aunt to 11, and a Mom to 2 myself, I can tell you that newborn sessions are one of my favorites! Those first few weeks with your newborn are a blur, let’s document them! I love these sessions where I get to sneak into your little corner of the world and capture you exploring this new life with baby. The sweet snuggles, new unknowns, and everything in between.

I’ve been there. You’re on 2 hours of sleep, are covered in spit up, and have a new squishy belly. I know the idea of having a camera now pointed at you for a newborn session can be a tad overwhelming! So, I’m sharing some of my best advice to keep you calm, comfortable, and fully prepared for your newborn session, whether it’s with me or another photographer. I want your newborn session to be carefree and enjoyable for everyone – including that brand new little joy!

1. How to Prepare Your Home

Think about the spots in your home that get the best light – that’s where we will want to set up shop. Do your best to tidy up these areas and try keep them as clutter free as possible. Extra items in the shot take away from the best part of the photos – you and baby! Think about the cozy areas in your home and where you’re with baby most – rocking in the nursery, swaying in the living room, catching eyes with your loved one in the kitchen – you know, those eyes that say “how darn cute is this thing – that’s now ours!”. These will be the activities that we want to capture – you being you in your element and loving on your newborn.

2. How to Prepare Your Baby

Get that baby nice and full! A full baby is a happy, sleepy, cozy baby, and that’s what we’re looking for. I recommend beginning the feeding process 30-45 minutes prior to the start time of your newborn session. If it takes your baby longer than that to feed, start a bit earlier. Every baby is a tad different, and this is just a general guide. If we need to stop to feed during the shoot, don’t stress, it’s no problem at all!

3. What if Baby Isn’t Cooperating?

Well, they are a baby, so it’s a bit to be expected – and that is totally ok! This is a brand spanking new experience for you, and for baby, and we roll with the punches. Plan on breaks for feeding, and changing, rocking, and snuggling. The most important advice I can give – don’t stress! Most newborn sessions take between 30-75 minutes, but I always plan on them taking up to 2 hours. This allows us plenty of time to capture your newborn and your new life together. If you are on a tight schedule, please just let me know ahead of time, otherwise, we will go with the flow!

What Should I Wear?

The short answer, something neutral and comfortable. The long answer, coming soon in my next blog post!

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