Tips to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of the newborn photography session:
Dress Simply: Dress your baby in loose-fitting clothing to avoid any marks or indentations on their skin. A simple onesie or diaper cover can work well.
Wardrobe for family: Please wear neutral color outfits for your family session. White always looks nice. There is clothing that looks cool in life, and it loses in the photo. For example, vibrant purple, vivid orange, or hot pink will not give a beautiful shade on the face of the one who wore such clothes, and, at the same time, on the face of others. Solid colors photograph well. Big logos, graphics, characters, or busy patterns can be distracting.
My favorite choice for moms is flattering flowy dresses that are framed under the bust with neutral tones. For dads, I love a classic solid button down shirt, polos or a henley.
Pack Essentials: In your diaper bag, bring along extra diapers, wipes, pacifier, and a change of clothes for your baby. Accidents can happen, and it's best to be prepared. Also, bring some water and snacks for yourself and your family members.
If the baby normally does not take a pacifier, please have it just in case. Newborn sessions are new to your baby and they often want to self-soothe by sucking more often than normal. I promise that using a pacifier during a session will not encourage bad habits!
Feeding Time: Usually a full baby is a happy baby! Try to feel the little one right before they arrive, but sometimes that is not always possible if a long drive is ahead of ypu. If it has been more than an hour and a half since baby has been fed, I typically recommend my clients go ahead and have a feeding before we get started with photos. If you prefer to bring along a bottle with breastmilk or formula, make sure you have that in your diaper bag. If you need anything specific for nursing (nipple shield, Boppy pillow, etc.) be sure to bring those along as you are packing for your session.
Stay Calm: Babies are sensitive to their parents' emotions, so try to stay relaxed and calm. If you're feeling stressed, it can affect your baby's mood.
Be Ready for Breaks: Newborns may need breaks for feeding, diaper changes, or just to comfort them. Be patient and understanding if the photographer suggests taking breaks during the session.
Keep Baby Calm: To help keep your baby calm during the session, consider using techniques such as swaddling, gentle rocking, or a pacifier if your baby uses one. These can help soothe your baby and make them more comfortable.
Be Patient: Newborn photography sessions can take time. Be prepared for breaks and moments when your baby needs attention or soothing. Patience is key to achieving great shots.
Never Force a Pose: If the baby is not comfortable in a certain pose, it's crucial not to force them into it. Always prioritize the baby's comfort and well-being over a specific shot.
Relax and Enjoy: Remember that the primary goal is to capture beautiful memories of your baby. Enjoy the process, and don't stress too much about achieving perfect shots. Sometimes the most natural and candid moments are the ones you'll treasure the most.
By following these tips and working closely with your photographer, you can have a successful and enjoyable newborn photography session that results in beautiful memories of your little one.