Newborn Photography – FAQ

When planning your newborn session, there are a few things to consider.

  • WHEN TO SCHEDULE A NEWBORN SESSION.  I’ve learned that photographing newborns when they are BETWEEN 5 AND 10 DAYS has worked out best (the earlier, the better).
  • Babies change so quickly so if you want the sleepy newborn look, don’t wait until they are 4 weeks old to do photos.
  • BE PATIENT and be prepared to set aside a lot of time for the session.  Newborns are only newborns once so don’t rush the session.  Go in to the session planning on spending around four hours shooting (a lot of time is spent feeding, changing and soothing the newborn back to sleep).
  • Every newborn is different, some sleep nearly the entire time and make the session fly by, others are a little more needy causing the session to last longer than expected.
  • PLAN AHEAD.  If you have any props you would like to incorporate into the session or a particular background/pose make sure you let me know.  Communication is very important to make sure you get exactly what you want.  If you don’t like the hats and headbands with flowers or a particular pose, be honest!
  • WHERE TO HAVE THE SESSION.  Newborn sessions can either be done in the studio or at your home.  Most of the time it is more convenient for the new parents to have the session at their house.
  • Figure out what type of pictures you are looking for.  Do you want the more traditional look with a black backdrop and mom/dad holding the newborn (typically in black and white)?  Do you want the more creative pictures using props, different backdrops and more advance posing?  Or are you looking for the more journalistic approach, involving using your home as the background creating more intimate, personal photos?
  • Do you want your newborn fully clothed, nude or some of both?  I personally like the nude ones so that the clothes don’t take away from your tiny newborn.
  • Of course the most important thing is to contact me in case you have any questions or if you just want to go over the details.