Newborn Tips for Parents...
Every new parent knows how difficult it is to do it themselves, because no matter how much photography experience they already might have, the fact is: babies are cute, but they are in no way easy models.
This is why you should leave that job to a professional: so you can just relax and enjoy your bundle of joy, while the photographer does all the work about preserving your most precious memories.
And this is where I come in!
The successful photo shoot requires some preparation, and although there is no definitive newborn photography prep guide for parents, there are some tips and tricks that I recommend.
THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
First, you should ask yourself whether you want the photos of the baby asleep, and, if that is the case, the session should be done early, within their first 4-12 days. Around 8 days old, babies start stretching out, so it is more difficult to get them into those cute, sleeping poses.
However, some parents do not really understand why you would even want to take baby photos when they are asleep, and they want playful and awake baby photos. That changes the timetable, and those photographs should usually be taken after the four-week mark.
CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS: WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO A NEWBORN PHOTO SHOOT?
Here is a checklist to help you prepare for your newborn session.
If siblings are coming, bring some entertainment for them. I also have some toys for them to play with. Please make sure small children are always supervised at all times while in the studio.
Bring at least one change of clothing for baby to go home in, just in case any accidents happen.
Bring everything for changing and feeding the baby, including any special creams and products you use.
Bring at least two full bottles. If you breast feed, it's ideal if you can pump some milk for bottles. This way I can feed baby while posing without disturbing them too much.
If you are unable to pump your milk, then that is fine too. I am happy to stop any time needed for baby to eat. It's just easier with a bottle.
If the newborn has hair, bring a brush.
Bring any toys or props you would like to add into the photos. This is where you can incorporate special gifts (like a beautiful hand knit blanket) or other sentimental items you have.
If the baby is using the pacifier, bring that as well. It often helps soothe babies into the poses and facilitates getting them to sleep. If your baby is not used to a pacifier or you do not feel comfortable offering one, do not worry, it is not a must.
I will be providing outfits and props for the photos. I have a beautiful variety of everything you need in many different colors to choose from.
WHAT SHOULD THE PARENTS AND/OR SIBLINGS WEAR?
The simplest and the best advice I can give is wear what makes you feel comfortable. There are couple of tips and tricks though.
Parents or siblings should wear solid colors and avoid patterns so they do not catch the attention from the main subject – the baby.
Those may be gray and cream clothes, but any other color that you prefer might work as well.
One of the most common suggestions is to pick one or two colors and then coordinate different tones of the colors together.
For example, you can mix light and dark gray or blue together.
SLEEP MANAGEMENT: KEEPING YOUR BABY AWAKE BEFORE THE SESSION
You can let me know whether you want those cute sleeping newborn photos, or you prefer the baby to be awake and playful.
In the first case, keep in mind that all of those classic newborn images with cute poses, curled up in baskets or blankets, that we all love, require your baby to be in his or her deepest sleep.
When babies are sound asleep, those poses are much easier because they are relaxed. In order to achieve this, try keeping your baby awake 30 minutes or maybe even full hour just before the session time.