Newborn Photography FAQs
When should we take newborn photos?
We recommend that you take your newborn photos between 5-10 days. There are a couple reasons behind scheduling your photo session at this time with the first being that babies are easiest to work with within the first 2 weeks of being born. It is during this period, babies are sleeping the majority of the day which makes it very easy to get them into poses. In addition, because the baby hasn’t been out of the womb for a long period of time, they are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses, stay asleep longer, and don’t mind being unclothed.
What if my baby is older than 10 days?
We can still schedule a session, however, your baby may be more alert and less likely to get into the curled up positions. We will still be able to get really cute shots of the baby wrapped and posed including all of the little details – fingers, toes, lips, and lashes.
What time of day is best?
Babies are usually the sleepiest in the morning so we aim to start the session between 9-12.
How long are newborn photography sessions?
Baby photography sessions are typically scheduled with me for 1 hour. A newborn session progresses as the baby’s temperament, health, and mood allows. We follow their cues, so they remain as comfortable as possible. If baby needs to be comforted, fed, or changed we will stop for as long as necessary. Therefore, the session may take a little longer.
Are props included? If so, what kind of props are there?
We do not provide props. Parents are welcome to bring in their own props as to help create more personalized photos for the baby. Here is a list of some of the props parents have used for their baby’s photography session:
Knit hats, pants & wraps in various colors
Headbands for girls in various colors
Nests, baskets, & buckets
What do I do to help prepare my baby for the Newborn Photography Session?
There are a few things that parents should do before the start of a baby photography session. First, have the newborn cleaned with a sponge bath prior to the shoot. This helps in removing any dry and loose skin the baby may have. Secondly, try to keep the baby awake and unfed 1-2 hours prior to the shoot. We will ask you to feed and change baby once you arrive. If the parents or siblings would like to be in the photos please come ready or have outfits available to change into. If the baby is nursing you may want to eat a bland diet 1-2 days prior to the shoot as certain foods the mother eats can cause the baby to become gassy and fussy. Please check with your doctor first. If the baby is formula fed you may want to bring extra bottles as baby may become hungry and need to be fed during the session.
Additional list of things to prepare:
Baby – Extra diapers, wipes, a pacifier, and extra formula or bottled breast milk.
Mom – Supplies to touch up your makeup and hair if desired, a couple of outfit changes.
Dad – A couple of outfit changes.
Kids – A couple of outfit changes, snacks, and something to keep them occupied (eg. books, toys, iPad).
Will we need to help during the photography session?
It’s helpful to have a family or close friend to be around to help with the baby, entertain the sibling, keep a second eye on details that may be missed. I would only ask that they do not take any photos or videos while the photoshoot is in session.
Will we be able to do all of the poses that I see on Pinterest?
Not every baby will do every pose. It depends on their age, mood, health, etc.
How long will it take to get the images?
Proof photos are sent to you within 48 hours. These are all the photos from the shoot with no editing. You will need to pick the photos you’d like edited> the number of photos will depend on the package you choose. I try to get the photos ready to go within a 1-2 weeks with the goal of SOONER so you can share it with your family and friends. I do as minimal edits as possible because I like to keep the integrity of the shot.
Will the photographers come to my house or will I need to come to the studio?
We do not have a studio at this time. Therefore, sessions will be done at the client’s home.
How do I book?
Book your session today by submitting your request via our contact form.