Last updated on October 9th, 2022 at 01:31 am
Ready for baby’s first photo shoot? Here’s what you need to know!
A newborn photo session is typically done within the first two weeks after a baby is born. If this is your first, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Since this will also most likely be the first time you leave the house with baby, it can seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’ll go over what you can expect at a typical newborn session.
If you’ve got a great photographer, they’ll likely send you an email with the details of how they conduct their sessions, as well as some instructions to let you know how to prepare. If not, here are some to-dos to make sure you have a stress-free experience.
What to Know & What to Bring to Your Newborn Photo Session
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A newborn photo session usually requires baby to be naked for some poses, so the last thing you want to see when you get your pictures back are elastic marks on your baby from tight mittens, tight bottoms, or tight socks.
Dress your baby with loose clothing on your way to your session to ensure that these marks don’t show up while shooting. Baby gowns are a great option, especially if they have the cuff at the end of the sleeve to protect baby’s hands. And, of course, they’re easy to slip on and off as needed.
Boys’ and girls’ boutique clothing websites are great places to look for gowns, or two-piece sets, if that’s your preference. Be sure to get a size up so that the outfit is loose, and your baby can grow into after wearing it this one time.
Be sure to bring plenty of diapers. Babies go through a lot of them. Newborn photographers usually keep the room or studio a little higher than normal to keep baby warm. However, if baby is under stress while shooting or if the photographer doesn’t have the room warm enough, your little one may have a few wet diapers when exposed to cold air. Be sure to have more than enough diapers and wipes to last you the entire session. And, as mentioned above, don’t put the diaper on too tight, since a tight diaper can leave an imprint on baby’s belly, back, and legs.
Sucking on a pacifier helps babies to relax and calm down, which is why pacifiers are so commonly used. Because these little lifesavers can also be easy to lose, be sure to bring a few in case you or the photographer misplaces one or two during the session. You can even bring a portable pacifier sanitizer to sanitize on-the-go.
Be sure to bring a few servings of formula, especially if your little one is still cluster-feeding. If you’re nursing, be sure to bring a top that you can easily fold up so that baby has easy access. You may need to feed your little one a few times while at the studio.
As a side note, you may also want to bring a swaddle for baby so that he can feed comfortably without going through the whole process of getting dressed just to get undressed again for the remainder of the session. These cute baby swaddles are soft and stretchy and perfect for wrapping your baby during breaks.
Props, accessories, attire
If you’re a parent of twins, you’ll most likely want a few matching outfits. These cute twin baby onesies aren’t only adorable, they can’t help but to make you smile. If you have a special accessory such as a family heirloom or memento, be sure to bring it with you, and let your photographer know ahead of time so they make time to include it in their shot list.
If your photographer specializes in newborn pictures, then don’t worry about having to provide props or accessories, because most likely they work with companies that provide them.
Newborn photos are a special way to remember your little one and how tiny they are before they grow up–and they grow up fast! Remember to take in and enjoy every moment.
If you’ve already taken your baby to their newborn photo session, maybe you have some more tips. Leave a comment below.