Newborn Photo Sessions
So it's time for your newborn session! Yay! New baby, new pictures, so so exciting right?
Besides the exhaustion, the postpartum hormones, the swollen uterus, and the thought of getting everyone ready for that day.
I know how ya feel, girl. No, I really do.
So here are some tips from a mom and photographer on how to make your session as smooth as possible.
#1 First things first: W A R D R O B E
I know it's intimidating thinking of clothes right after having a baby, but you don't need to be fancy. Simple is better, something comfortable is necessary, as is easily accessible for nursing moms. Also, be warned that the studio is kept very warm for a newborn session to keep them comfortable while undressed. You can take a break at any time to cool down, but I do suggest dress in light layers for this reason.
Colors should be coordinating, but not matchy. I suggest taking a pastel color group and adding complimentary colors and patterns.
#2 D O N' T S T R E S S
Newborn photos take time and patience. Small babies don't like all the posing and rearranging, so they tend to get fussy. This makes for a lot of Stop-and-Go action. I always want to make sure my clients remember this is normal and to not stress. Come prepared to feed and cuddle baby back to sleep over and over.
If young siblings are attending, I know that adds another level of stress. Please feel free to bring a quiet activity, such as a tablet or coloring books. This is great to help them last through the boring session.
W H A T T O W E A R:
Simple is best for newborn photos. Special outfits are perfectly okay to bring for a few shots, but I suggest without clothing/in only a diaper for most, then you can really see how tiny their cute little bodies are.
If parents are included in these photos, light neutrals and pastels are best! Pattern is fine, as long as it's not bright and distracting.
#3 W H A T T O B R I N G:
Bring water for you, mama, and maybe a granola bar or another snack. Blankets and extra clothes for you and baby are a good idea, in case of breast milk leakage or diaper blow outs. Also, bring any special outfits or blankets that you may want included in the photos.
#4 F I N A L L Y
Keep in mind that your photographer has seen it all, knows what newborns are like, and knows the time and work it takes to wrangle newborns and kids. You don't need to stress about what we're thinking or seeing. Believe me!