What Do I Need To Bring To A Newborn Photo Shoot?

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As the date of your newborn session starts to approach, you may start to wonder what do you need to bring with you. In this video, I’m going to explain what you do need to bring and what you don’t need to bring, so you can feel really prepared for a great newborn shoot.

What you don’t need to bring to a newborn photo shoot

It might be helpful to start with what don’t you need to bring, and there are a few things we have here at the studio that you don’t need to bring, and it might save you carrying around too heavy of a bag. ​

You don’t need to bring a changing mat, because we have a nice soft comfortable one here. You don’t need to bring wipes or nappy bags, we have those here too. And you also don’t need to bring your feeding pillow, unless you particularly want to use your own one, because we have a feeding pillow here that you can use.

The other question that’s sometimes asked is what should we bring for our baby to wear? You don’t need to bring anything special for you baby to wear. As you’ve probably seen from my portfolio, and my other posts on my website, I use lots of blankets and wraps to photograph your baby in, and I provide all of these, so you don’t need to bring anything special with you.

What Should You Bring To A Newborn Photo Shoot?

So what do I recommend that you bring? Obviously you’ll need to bring clothes for you and your partner to wear in the family photographs. You might want to bring some makeup so that you can touch it up or put it on just before I take those photographs.

For you baby, please bring a few extra nappies; more than you would normally use in a morning, just in case they’re having a day where they go through lots of nappies, or we have a few accidents.

If you’re bottle feeding, please bring a few extra feeds; again, more than you would normally use in a morning, just in case we need them.

If you’re using a dummy, please bring that along, because it can be useful to settle you baby between shots. I don’t use a dummy very often but sometimes it can really help, particularly if it’s something your baby’s used to.

Finally, if there is something of sentimental value that you’d like me to include in one or two photographs, then please do bring that along. Perhaps grandma has knitted or crocheted a special blanket for your baby, and I’ll use that in one or two of the shots. Or you may have a special teddy bear or cuddly toy that you want to include.

I hope this short video has helped explain what you do need to bring to you shoot and what you don’t need to worry about bringing, so you’re not bringing too many things and having too many bags to carry.

If you’ve got any more questions about preparing for your shoot, please do get in touch. You can email me, give me a call, or send me a message via my website.

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Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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