I had the pleasure of capturing Chase and Patrice’s first child last week. The shoot went very well, and mostly because everyone was prepared. People ask us “What should we do before you come over?” Natalie put this list together which sums up what to prepare for a newborn session:
1. Baby’s first photo shoot should be done within the first 7 days of birth. In that time frame, baby is sleepy and it is easier to form them in those cute little poses. After 7 days, infants learn to stretch, and tend to not stay put as much. Also, most of the time 8-14 days is when baby acne can set in.
2. The time of day is best either late morning or mid afternoon. This is the best time of day for available light, which is what we prefer to shoot with. It gives that soft, bright, natural feeling light.
3. You should expect the shoot about 2 hours, give or take. This all depends on baby’s mood, and how often we may have to stop for feedings and changings, ect. Don’t worry if baby is acting up or won’t sleep- it’s not your fault, and we’re totally used to it!
4. Open all blinds and curtains in your home to let in as much available light as possible. This will help me locate the best spot in your home for baby’s photo shoot. Also, please have the rooms with the most light clear of any clutter and unwanted object that may be in the background.
5. Crank the heat, or turn down the AC. Infants love to be warm, and if it’s not warm in the room, they will not be happy once we start taking off their clothes. We may sweat, but the photos will be worth it! Aim for a temperature of at least 80 degrees. If you have a space heater, that will also help!
6. Try to make your baby as tired as possible before we arrive, this will help ensure that they stay asleep for our session. Also, right before we arrive, try to feed and burp baby. This will help them sleep better and be more satisfied during the shoot. We will take feeding and changing breaks as needed of course! But this will at least give us a good start.
7. Keep the house as quiet as possible. We can absolutely have other children in the shots with baby, but it’s best to do that towards the end of the shoot, and have them elsewhere during the session.
8. We will bring some soft wraps and blankets / rugs to use for the shoot. If you have hats or toys or headbands you would like to use, absolutely have them gathered.
9. There’s something so heart warming about having a new family all cozy on a bed together, so if possible, make the bed, ideally with a solid color bedspread, blanket, or comforter
10. It’s important to keep it simple. Avoid wearing any patterns or bright colors. Soft neutral colors are best. Something soft and clingy but not too tight is good. There is no need to be dressed up- be comfy!