Newborn Session Guide

Newborn Session Guide

Congratulations on your newest addition and thank you for considering me to take your newborn photos! Newborns have very special needs and taking their photos require a little more attention so hopefully this guide will be helpful with what to expect for your upcoming session.

  • Newborn sessions are done within the first 14 days of being born for several reasons: They are more likely to stay asleep and cooperate during their poses, they still like to be curled up and don’t mind being posed and their flaky skin or baby acne has not set in yet.
  • Scheduling your session should usually be done during the baby’s sleepiest time, typically that is somewhere around mid-morning.
  • How you  dress baby before the session is important. Try to avoid anything that will be difficult to change out of when you arrive. Zip up shirts or jackets are recommended.
  • Babies sleep best when they are nice and warm. I will have the heat turned up so it’ll be warm in my studio! I will also will have a small space heater to warm blankets and alleviate air drafts.
  • One of the most important things is to try to keep baby awake as much as possible before their session so that they are nice and sleepy when they arrive for their photoshoot.
  • Full babies make for happy sleepy babies! I will have you feed your baby right before we begin so that they are nice and full for their session.
  • I have props that will be used for your session, however there is anything special you would like photographed, please feel free to bring it!

A typical newborn session is anywhere between 2-3 hours. The studio will be very warm during this time. Dressing in layers is usually a good idea.

After 2 hours, we all may need to take a break and cool off. We can get a lot of poses in 2 hours so after that we can evaluate how many photos we have and you can decide if you are prepared to continue.

I look forward to meeting your newest addition!