Knowing how to prepare for your newborn photo shoot can make the day go smoothly. This is why I created a quick and simple outline for my readers. I also put together some maternity shoot tips, you can check them out at, How To Prepare For Your Maternity Photo Shoot!
Newborns are used to being in the womb where it is nice and warm, so now that they entered the world they get cold very easily. That’s why it’s important to keep the room at 80 degrees (make sure the room isn’t any warmer than 80 degrees). It will be hot for most of us, but it’ll be perfect for the baby, which will make the shoot go more smoothly.
Keep Baby Awake Prior To Your Shoot
You want the baby to be asleep, so it’s important to keep them awake 2 hours before the shoot. We want them to sleep soundly through their photo shoot. If you need to tire them out, you can always give them a bath, this is exercise for them.
Dress The Baby In Loose Clothing
It’s helpful to loosen the little ones diaper and dress them in loose clothing, before their shoot. This keeps them from getting lines and creases on their skin.
What To Wear
If you and/or partner and/or children will be getting photos with your new little one, it’s best to wear solid colors rather than patterns, patterns and logos can turn the focus away from the baby. Try to keep your clothing simple, with neutral and soft colors. It’s also important to keep everyone from wearing the same color. This causes too much blending.
Since I travel to my client’s homes, sometimes I will photograph in the bedroom and/or nursery, so it is important to declutter. For example,
1. Foods not to eat
If nursing, avoid spicy foods or drinking/eating acid citrus juices and fruits, it can upset the baby’s tummy and will feel uncomfortable and not sleep.
I highly recommend if you’re solely breastfeeding, to pump and bottle feed your milk for your baby’s session. Some moms have breastfed for up to an hour, which delays the session.
3. Feeding time
Since I travel to my client’s home, it’s best to feed about an hour before I arrive. Once you are done feeding, you will hold the baby in a vertical position (for about 30 minutes) while I setup. Setting up the gear and props takes 45 minutes to an hour.
It’s very important to place your baby in a vertical position, against your body, during the first 30 minutes after feeding, to prevent reflux.
Since it’s an exciting time, I know you’ll want to have family members over. But when it comes to your newborn shoot, you’ll want it to be you, your partner and just your children. We want it to be a calm environment, which is key to a successful shoot.
Email, Text Or Call Photographer
Since babies are photographed between birth to 10 days old, it is important to notify me when your little one has arrived. Every photographer knows and understand it’s a crazy time, so a quick text or email always works for me.
How Long Are Newborn Photo Shoots?
Make sure the day of your shoot is completely open. Newborn shoots can last between 3-4 hours, so we don’t want anyone feeling stressed or rushed.