We can’t deny the fact that newborns tend to change so much and so fast within the first few weeks of birth. As a loving parent, you will want to capture your little one’s delicate features as they unfold right in front of your eyes. This is the primary reason why newborn photo sessions are pretty common.
But, the truth is that these photography sessions can be quite challenging. There is a bit of preparation and planning that you need to do to ensure the photo session is successful. Here are essential tips for a successful newborn photo session.
Decide Who You Want to be in the Shoot
Although there will be several individual portraits of your little one, newborn photographs don’t just have to be of your baby. You should consider planning on photos of the whole newly expanded family to create beautiful memories and make it a special time in your life. And that includes you!
Your thinking may be to avoid appearing in the photos, but it is a good idea to take advantage of the opportunity to get photographed with your little one even though you may not be in great condition.
In years to come, your kid will be looking at the photos in your best photo books and he/she will be glad to see you holding him/her in your arms.
Choose a Perfect Location
The location will play a critical role in ensuring that everyone is happy and comfortable. You can choose to have the photo session in your home or nearest studio. If you still feel weak, we highly recommend that the photo shoot takes place in your home.
The baby is already familiar with your home, and you also have everything that you need right there. The only thing that your photographer will be looking for is a room with a lot of natural light.
The more natural light, the better the shots will be. If you feel like you are ready for an outdoor photo session, talk to your photographer, and make it happen. The most critical thing is to ensure that both you and your baby are comfortable.
Dress for Success
When planning for your newborn photo shoot, you’ll want nothing but the best. You want your little one’s photo book to be full of glittering photographs. Therefore, dress your baby for success.
Consider dressing your little one in simple button or zipper footie pajamas that are easier to take off. Avoid dressing him/her in clothes that go over the head since you don’t want to disturb your sleeping child. You should also dress comfortably.
If the photo shoot will take place in a studio, consider dressing in light clothes since the studio will be extra warm. Consider carrying extra clothes since there will be more than enough time to change outfits in between the family shots and baby shots.
Manage Your Expectations
You need to keep in mind that your newborn photo session isn’t all flowery. It can be a combination of feeding, calming, and even cleaning your baby in between the shots.
It is therefore critical to discuss your expectations and requirements with your photographer several days before the photo shoot. Make sure that you agree on the style and approach, session focus, quantity vs. quality, and your photographer’s expectations as well.