There are so many tips and tricks to having a successful newborn session, below are just a few I have found that help.
1. What rooms will you be in for your portraits?
Prior to delivering baby, think of the areas you want to have the portraits taken and try to declutter. This is a tip to just help you prepare, most photographers will help move anything necessary and help you choose the rooms upon arrival. A few things photographers will look for when choosing rooms in your home:
- Is there lots of natural light
- Is this room important to you, like the nursery? Capturing portraits in a room that you have poured your heart and soul into makes a perfect location to capture some family portraits. Personally, I love doing sessions in the parents room.
- Is there room for everyone to sit together?
2. Keep Baby Awake for 1 hour prior to the session. I realize this will be a little bit of a challenge especially if you are also trying to get ready for the session but it really helps prepare the baby to be nice a sleepy during the session. A bath can help keep them awake, this would be great to do about 30 min before the photographer arrives and then you can move into tip #3 easily.
3. Undress Baby and loosen the diaper 30 minutes before the photographer arrives. I would suggest wrapping the baby in a blanket to keep them warm. We suggest this step so that we are not fussing with baby after the feeding, we can move right into the session once they have eaten. Depending on the style of portraits you are having done a white onesie might be provided for baby to wear upon the photographer arriving, or if you are having posed portraits done babies are often naked with no diaper so the loosened diaper makes it easier to remove and pose.
4. Warm-up your home to about 80 degrees. I realize this is warm, we advise having a warm home to help baby sleep soundly. This also helps keep them warm and prevents their blood from coming to the surface and creating blotchy skin. When they are warm they have that beautiful creamy skin.
5. Try to schedule a full feeding to occur once the photographer arrives. This can also be a challenge and we completely understand if babe gets hungry before we arrive. In that case, we will just have you top off the baby once we are set up. As I stated above this is another way to help baby stay nice and sleepy.
I try to keep my sessions to 1.5 - 2 hours. This is not always the case depending on the baby. diaper changes, feedings, and siblings... but these suggestions help to prepare the baby and allow you to have a nice relaxing experience!
If you are interested in booking an in-home newborn session, I would love to speak with you, you can contact me here.