How to Prepare Your Baby for Newborn Photography Session

If you’re prepping your newly born infant for their photography session, you must have already booked ahead of time. Generally, “newborn” photography is for babies who are no more than 2 weeks old at the time of the photos. 

However, no one is going to tell you that you can’t do 1 month, 2 month, or whatever month photos of your child. They will surely be just as cute! Let’s go over some tricks of the trade for preparing your baby for their photoshoot.

Fed and Rested

Specifics may be given to you by your newborn photographer and you should absolutely follow those instructions. However, if you don’t receive much insight, it’s not too hard to figure out. First, you want to make sure that your baby is fed 20-30 minutes before the photo shoot.

A hungry baby is a crying baby and a crying baby in a photo is funny here or there, but not for every photo. The best way to make sure that this doesn’t happen is to make sure they don’t have anything to cry about. This will ensure that your baby is happy and going to be giving you all those beautiful poses that babies naturally show off so well.

You also would be wise to make sure that your new baby is rested enough that they aren’t sleepy and cranky during the shoot. It’s okay if they are slightly tired and end up taking a nap during the shoot. Sleeping baby photos are absolutely stunning but you may not want them sleeping in every photo.

If your baby is rested enough that they are not cranky and will be awake for maybe half of the shoot, then you have found the sweet spot. That way you can get some awake and some asleep.

Simple Outfits

Some parents really want to be specific in what their baby is wearing and that is understandable. From a photographer’s perspective, however, the best thing to do is keep it simple and clean. Actually, the best thing to dress your baby in is a solid-colored onesie. I know that seems basic but it will keep the focus of the photo on your little beauty rather than their outfit.

Babies also do well when they are swaddled and photographed. We all know that babies love being warm and wrapped up, this is because it reminds them of the womb and it is comforting. You can find gorgeous wraps and swaddles in many stores that are simple and provide your baby with the comfort they will be craving during this shoot. Many parents also enjoy incorporating headbands or other accessories. 

Additionally, a few diaper shots is a crowd-pleaser. Babes have such soft, new skin and features and that is what parents end up truly missing when they start to grow. You’ll sometimes hear how moms hate when their little ones lose their rolls. 

Don’t Hover

This is a tip for the parents to utilize to prep rather than a tip for your baby. Once you arrive at your appointment and things are grooving, you should really allow the photographer to do what they do best. 

It may be tempting for a new parent to interfere with the photoshoot, but this probably won’t be appreciated much by the photographer. They may ask for your help but wait until that happens. It’s okay to worry, and nothing is going to stop you completely, but trust that they know what they are doing.

Newborn photographers are trained to work with infants and small children. They know how to move your baby and pose them in ways that will be most appealing for the photo and safe for your little one. If you’re able to stick to most of these tips, then you can just sit back and enjoy the experience.


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