How to get ready for your newborn photoshoot
Whether you’ve just brought new life into the world and are reading this through the bleary eyes of sleep-deprivation, or you’re excitedly anticipating the arrival of a new tiny family member, I just wanted to say congratulations!
I am beyond honored to be able to capture this incredible time in your lives.
Carving out the time to document and recognize this transition is one of the best things you can do. And, as your photographer, I am here to support you in any way I can. This guide is my way of saying, “I’ve got you.” I’ve crafted it to answer your questions, calm your fears, and address your uncertainty.
I can’t wait to meet your little one.
Week one and two of your baby’s life is magic. Of course all of the weeks are magic, but during these first two weeks, newborns are squishy, flexible, sleep more, and are still adjusting to the world outside of the womb. Often, their skin is still clear, and their bodies are shaped as if they’re still in utero – making it easier to get them into position. In order for us to get organised for a shoot this soon after their birthday, I’ll need your due date. In a lot of cases, babies will arrive whenever they want to and I couldn’t possibly expect them to abide by our schedule. But, once your baby is born, give me a call as soon as you can and we can lock in a time and date.
If you, understandably, have been spinning too many plates on the roller coaster ride of pre- and post- birth to lock in a date before the second week of your baby’s life, don’t worry. We can still make it work. Older babies might be a little more resistant to the swaddle, or naps, or being held by someone they don’t know, but the success of older newborn shoots are completely dependent on the personality of your little individual. However, If your baby is ten weeks or older, I might tell you to come back to me at four months. Ten weeks - four months is a pretty complicated time for a baby's development, as they’re still not able to hold their head or sit up by themself, making it hard to get professional photographs of them in that time frame.
Expect to snuggle! And, be prepared to be in some of the shots. Now, I know that in your postpartum haze you’re probably not feeling like a supermodel, but sometimes I’ll ask you to pick your baby up to soothe them, and this is the perfect opportunity to get one or two shots of you together.
I understand that your newborn is not potty trained. If we’re shooting in the nude, and your baby poops themselves, please don’t stress. Here’s the protocol: we’ll get them quickly cleaned up, throw them in a new wrap, and just continue on capturing beautiful moments.
Your baby is still trying to figure out where they are and what they’re doing in this big bright world. Sometimes, they’ll get a little upset and need a bit of extra loving. We may have to stop for a little feed, to change a diaper, or to give them a little pep talk before continuing on. But this is all a part of it.
I recommend dressing your baby in a front-fastening, cosy sleep-suit just before the shoot so that when we’re ready to start, it’ll be easy to get them out of it without waking them up.
If you, like me, are a sucker for those little belly rolls, chipmunk cheeks, and tiny toes, it might be fun to get a few shots of baby in the nude. Be mindful of bundling your little one up too tightly before the shoot as tight clothes can leave Photoshop-resistant marks on the skin.
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