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How to prepare for your newborn photoshoot.

It's no secret that newborns are incredibly photogenic. From their chubby cheeks to their tiny fingers and toes, they're irresistible, a true “cuteness masterpiece” one would say. So, it's only natural that you want to capture these precious moments in a photoshoot. It’s usually one of their first, big outings, too! What a milestone!

But, how do you prepare for a newborn session? What should you bring? What is there to consider? Don't worry, we've got you covered. In this post, we'll go over everything you need to know to get the perfect pictures of your little one. Preparing for a newborn photoshoot can help ensure that both you and your baby have a comfortable and enjoyable experience and the results are way above your expectations.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

1. Schedule the shoot: Contact the photographer in advance to schedule the photoshoot. Newborn photoshoots are typically done within the first two weeks of the baby's birth when they are still very sleepy and can be easily posed. It's best to book the session during this time frame.

2. Choose the right location: Decide whether you want the photoshoot to take place in a studio, at your home, or in an outdoor setting. Consider the lighting, ambiance, and overall aesthetic that you prefer.

3. Consultation: Before your photoshoot, you'll want to have a consultation with your photographer. During this meeting, you'll discuss your expectations for the photoshoot. This is also an opportunity to get to know your photographer and make sure you feel comfortable working with them. You may want to ask them about their experience shooting newborns, how long it usually takes, and if they have any props or outfits you can use.

Discuss ideas and preferences: Communicate with the photographer about your ideas and preferences for the photoshoot. Share any specific poses, props, or themes you have in mind. The photographer may also provide suggestions based on their expertise.

4. Keep your baby comfortable: Ensure that your baby is well-fed and has a clean diaper before the photoshoot. Dress them in comfortable and adorable outfits that you want them to be photographed in and make sure nothing is too tight, especially the socks, as those will leave marks on their chubby legs.

A happy baby makes for great photos. So, it's crucial to keep your little one comfortable throughout the photoshoot. You may also want to bring a pacifier, a blanket, and some snacks for yourself. The photoshoot room should be warm and cosy to keep the baby comfortable as well. Remember, your newborn photoshoot may take a while, so be patient and keep your baby's needs in mind.

It is completely natural to feed your baby more often during the shoot than you would in the same amount of time, being at home. Photography studios specialising in newborn images tend to be well heated and our dinky models get dehydrated faster, so it’s not always the hunger as such but the need for liquid.

5. Create a soothing environment: Newborns are most cooperative when they are calm and relaxed. Your photographer may also use white noise or gentle music to help soothe them.

6. Be patient and flexible: Newborns can be unpredictable, so it's important to be patient during the photoshoot. Allow for breaks if your baby needs to be fed, changed, or comforted. The photographer should understand and accommodate the needs of your baby.

7. Safety first: Ensure that the photographer prioritises the safety of your baby throughout the session. They should have experience working with newborns and know how to handle them safely during posing and prop setups.

8. Getting inspiration and ideas

Don't be afraid to get creative with your newborn photoshoot. Look up inspiration online and on social media, or browse through your photographer's portfolio. Maybe you want to incorporate a particular theme or colour scheme. Alternatively, perhaps you want to capture the pure and simple moments of your baby's natural beauty. Whatever your vision is, take time to plan and communicate it with your photographer.

9. Choosing the right poses

During your consultation, you should discuss different posing options with your photographer. Your newborn's safety and comfort should always be the top priority, so be sure to work with a trusted professional.

Some popular poses include the "froggy pose," where the baby is positioned on their tummy with their legs tucked up, or the "potato sack pose," where the baby is wrapped tightly in a swaddle. However, don't be afraid to think outside the box and try something unique.

10. Relax and enjoy the experience: Remember that the photoshoot is also an opportunity for you to capture beautiful memories with your newborn. Relax, enjoy the process, and let the photographer capture those precious moments.

Preparing for a newborn photoshoot can seem intimidating, but with these tips, you'll be able to capture the perfect memories of your little one. Remember to have a consultation with your photographer, keep the baby comfortable, get inspiration, and discuss posing options. Above all, enjoy the experience and cherish these precious moments! They are truly this tiny only once!

Home Studio just a few short minutes away from Worthing nestled into the South Downs of Sompting, West Sussex BN15 0JP. United Kingdom. Worthing Newborn & Baby Specialist Photographer.


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