Checklist – Preparing for your Newborn Session

Newborn Checklist
Here are a few tips I’ve discovered over the years that will help your newborn photo session go smoothly. While not all are necessary and some of these may not always work, it will greatly help to maximize the time for your shoot and therefore result in better images.

  • Mothers who are nursing should try to avoid eating anything spicy (i.e., pizza, hot sauce, etc.) that might upset the baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding the scheduled session.
  • Parents should keep their baby awake for 1 to 2 hours before the session to ensure he or she is sleepy for the session. This is very important: without this, too much time will be spent getting them to sleep and there won’t be as much time for photographing them.
  • Parents should feed their baby 30 mins before their photo-shoot time.
  • Dress the baby in loose clothes to avoid any lines on their skin – a simple sleeper is best. Avoid “onesies” or anything else that must be pulled off over the baby’s head.
  • Have a pacifier – they can be very helpful during the session.
  • The studio location should be kept at 85 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the baby warm while in their birthday suit.
  • Parents should let you know ahead of time if they would like family or sibling portraits taken during the newborn session.
  • Parents also should dress in layers that can be removed easily if it’s too warm.
  • Have soothing music playing at a low volume at studio location.
  • After sibling portraits are finished, I ask the spouse to take the older sibling out of the studio for the remainder of the session. Having antsy toddlers in the room can make it difficult to finish up the individual newborn portraits.

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