First off, I want to give you comfort in knowing that your baby's safety is our number one priority when capturing these images. I have received hands on training from advanced photographers to ensure proper safety methods are in place when posing your baby. I am also CPR certified for added comfort when handling your baby. If you are looking for a newborn photographer, please make sure they are trained and that safety is their concern too. No image is worth the life or safety of your precious child.
Secondly, there are a few things you as the parent will want to know when planning for your newborn shoot. I hope you find this information helpful. If you have any additional questions, please ask. We are always here to help.
- Babies are best photographed the first 14 days of life. This is because they are still very pliable and will conform to the poses easier.
- Newborn sessions are usually 2-3 hours. This is to account for the newborn to be fed during the session, diaper changes and prop changes.
- Sleeping babies are happy babies. Newborns eyes are not fully developed so when taking photos of a newborn with eyes wide open makes it hard to see where they are focusing. This is why newborn images are almost always of the newborn sleeping.
- About a 1/2 hour before your planned shoot, feed newborn to ensure they are full. Full baby= sleepy baby. Have baby feed wearing only their diaper and wrapped in a blanket. This will make taking clothes off easier.
- Newborns just spent 9 months in your womb which maintains a temp of 98 degrees. Keeping your home warm during the shoot will help the baby transition to poses without clothes. We will also provide a space heater to help.
- If you are breastfeeding, avoid foods that will cause gas in your baby.
- There will be feedings during the shoot, please have any bottles ready or be ready to nurse.
- If siblings are present, they will be shot at the end of the shoot.
- Parent shots will also take place. These are usually from the waist up.