Having a newborn baby is one of the most exciting and memorable moments in your life. I can vouch for that because I have three little ones of my own that are my entire world! There is so much that needs to be done in those ten months that things start to become overwhelming. Especially when preparing to get photographs taken of the baby, there becomes an unnecessary stress on top of everything else! Getting these shots is supposed to be exciting, and (definitely) not stressful. In order to make the process as smooth as can be, here are a few tips and tricks that may (hopefully) make your life a little bit easier!
Mark Your Calendar
In order to ensure that you get the session booked when you are hoping for, give me a call or reach out sometime during your second trimester and together we can pick a day that works best! (Assuming your baby arrives when he/she is supposed to)
A baby’s photo session must be done before they are 10-14 days old. Because they are going to be wrapped, snuggled, posed, and moved around, it is important to make sure the baby is still able to enter the deep sleep that they only have the first few days of being born. When it comes to all of the adorable baby poses and props used in the shoot, it becomes harder to achieve the results once your baby has discovered stretching and all there is too see around them!
Why So Early?
Lighting is an important factor in any photo. By scheduling the session mid-morning to early afternoon, there is a much greater chance in achieving the perfect amount of natural lighting needed to give your baby the delicate, untouchable, and pure look we hope to achieve in each session.
Babies love to be warm and toasty! The studio is kept relatively warm so that the baby is as comfortable as possible. The warmth also allows the baby to feel a tad bit safer, since heat is what they are used to at such a young age. Due to this (even in the winter) do not be afraid to wear layers! Even though we may be sweating, the baby is warm. And ultimately, that is all that really matters!
This one applies to both you as parents, and your new baby! Relax. Take a deep breath and know that everything will work out! New moms sometimes tend to become stressed in these situations if their baby isn’t asleep, content, or cooperating. But trust me, we are still getting amazing pictures. This is because 1) Newborns are simply just adorable no matter what and 2) Not every shot has to come out the way we were expecting in order for it to come out good. Just be patient and focus on keeping your energy calm, because your baby can sense it!
When it comes to loosening up for the baby, just make sure diapers and clothing are extra loose about an hour or so before the shoot. This way we help diminish any red lines or creases from tight diapers, etc.
The more tired your baby, the better! Even though it may be difficult, try to keep your newborn awake as can be for about an hour or so before the shoot. Babies this young tend to sleep a lot. However, if they are well rested before a shoot, it is going to be more difficult to get them into those adorable poses (and capture their precious faces) if they are wide awake and want to move around! Yes, we can always take time to allow the baby to fall asleep during the shoot, but of course it would be better to just keep taking pictures (the more the better)!
A well fed baby is a happy baby! And feeding your newborn right before the shoot itself will definitely help him/her fall asleep and stay full during the shoot. If a baby does happen to get hungry during the middle of the shoot and begin to fuss, do not panic, stress, or be embarrassed! A fussy baby is nothing out of the ordinary. Why you feed them, a change of props backdrops, and outfits can be done while waiting!
At the end of your shoot, there is nothing left for you to do except take your new little light home and enjoy the time you have with them! They are only this young once and that will go fast! All cleanup will be handled and any accidents (again, normal, so do not worry!) will be washed and prepared for the next shoot! It takes roughly three weeks to have your pictures ready to go, so be patient; I promise it is worth it!
*Don’t forget to book your session well in advance to secure your shoot!*