So you’ve booked your newborn photography session, and are eagerly waiting for baby to arrive. But have you thought about what you need to do to prepare for the photo shoot so you can get the most from it?
Once your baby arrives, chances are you won’t have a lot of time to think about and prepare for the shoot (after all, you’ll want to spend every minute that you can getting to know your new addition.) So it can be helpful to give some thought to the shoot before your baby is born. Here are the things I recommend thinking through.
Who will be included in the photo shoot?
During a newborn session the majority of the time is dedicated to capturing photographs of your new baby, but I’ll always allow time for photographs of each parent and older sibling with the new baby too. Sometimes my clients like to bring grandparents too, and you are very welcome to do this – after all, welcoming a new baby into the family is a very special time for the extended family too and it can be wonderful to document this new relationship.
What are you planning to do with the photographs?
The second thing that I recommend thinking about before your session is what you are hoping to do with the photographs. Do you dream of having portraits of your baby hanging on the wall – part of a family gallery perhaps? Or does the thought of a handmade, fine art album that documents your baby’s first days and that you can pass down through generations sound perfect for you? Many families also choose to give albums or gift portfolios to grandparents, and some like to create birth announcement cards using the photographs.
If you’re unsure what to do with your photographs afterwards, don’t panic! There’s no need to make any firm decisions until you see your photographs afterwards. During the session you can see examples of the products, and once you view your photographs I can show you how different combinations of photographs would look on your wall, in an album or portfolio. You can get in touch to request my full product guide here.
What will you wear?
Luckily there’s not too much to dressing for a newborn photo shoot – I recommend keeping it cool and simple, as you can read about in this ‘what to wear for your newborn photography session’ guide here. But it can be helpful to plan this before your baby arrives, as it’s one less thing to think about after their birth.
If you have older children, then I do recommend some gentle colour coordination of the family’s outfits so that your family photographs have a cohesive feel. I recommend keeping the colour palette neutral – using colours such as black, white, cream, or grey and choosing 2-3 colours to base everyone’s outfits on.
Are There Any Special Items You Would Like To Include?
Some families like to bring special items to their session to include in the photographs. For example, one family recently brought a blanket that had been knitted by their baby’s great grandmother and I used this in some of the photographs. Another family included some special gifts that they had made to give to visitors who came to see their new baby.
There’s no need to bring anything extra-special for your baby – just the things you would take anywhere if you were going out for a few hours. Bring along some extra nappies and an extra change of clothes. If you are bottle feeding it’s also a good idea to bring along a couple of extra feeds.
Newborn sessions usually last around 3-4 hours, so it’s helpful to bring lots of things to keep your other children entertained. Perhaps some toys, books or a tablet with some favourite apps on it.
Often, families will choose to bring older siblings right at the end of the session rather than make them wait – for example they’ll drop mum and baby off for the session, and then dad and the older child(ren) will come back a couple of hours later. This can be a great option as it means that older children are in good spirits and ready to be photographed when they arrive.
I hope this guide helps to answer your questions about preparing for a newborn photography session. If you have any other questions, or are ready to book your shoot get in touch with me here. I’d love to hear from you.