5 Tips for a Relaxing Newborn Portrait Session

Having a baby can be overwhelming. Documenting this momentous occasion shouldn't be. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for your newborn's portrait session.

1. Find a photographer early on. Having this lined up before your third trimester will reduce stress as your due date nears and your 'to-do' list piles up. Since you never know when baby will arrive, it's best to have your due date on the photographer's calendar to ensure they save room for you. Most only take a certain number per month (we only take 2-3) and book months in advance. We pencil in your due date and when you have your bundle of joy we'll schedule the session. Newborns typically photograph best within 15 days of birth. We can photograph babies as old as 6-8 weeks, but know that these images may look much different than the curled up sleeping images of the younger newborns you see in my portfolio. If you've never booked a newborn photographer before, see this list of the 'Most Important Questions to Ask Potential Newborn Photographers'.

2. Have the session in your home. It's hard getting out the door with a newborn... particularly if you have a toddler (or two) in tow too. Having your newborn session in your home can reduce SO. MUCH. STRESS. about getting ready and getting baby out, especially during the winter or if you're a first time mom. Not only do you get to relax on your couch, everyone else can be doing their own thing when their turn is over.

(Here's a snapshot a mom took from her couch-me shooting while my assistant keeps her eye on baby #safetyfirst)

3. Attend a consultation at the studio. Even if you know you're going to have an in home session, it's still a good idea to go to the studio so you can see ALL the fabrics, headbands, bonnets, wraps and props in their collection. I'm a big fan of timeless, classic images that keep all the focus on baby. Everything in my prop collection has been carefully curated to include only high-end, organic products that are safe for baby and won't distract the eye. I have you select a few favorite colors and props from our collection then, based on your preferences, I'll design custom setups to have everything ready the day of your session.

(I only had to wrap baby up once she arrived)

4. Follow your normal routine (as much as possible) the day of your session. Let your baby eat and sleep when they need to. Sleep begets sleep; an overly tired or hungry baby will not settle and sleep as well. Dress your baby in a loose diaper and easy to remove clothing. Avoid snaps and Velcro if possible. If baby needs to eat during our session I always love to document that. That is real life, those first few weeks it seems like all they do is eat!

5. Know what to expect. Every baby is different and every session is different. Not all babies will go into every pose and not all babies will stay asleep. The full session may take 2-4 hours which can become quite dull for those not involved. It takes a great deal of time to feed and soothe baby, transition between poses and setups as well as clean up any messes that occur along the way. The studio or area of your home will become very warm, for baby's comfort, but can become uncomfortable for others.

The most important thing to remember to do before your session- relax!

Not sure what everyone should wear for your newborn session? Check out this blog post *insert link*

Start thinking about what you'll do with the images we create, check out our blog on How to decorate your home without it looking like a shrine. *insert link*

Ready to get your due date on my calendar? Contact me now!

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