Newborn Baby Portraits & Everything You Need to Know About a Newborn Session
Baby portraits are a special event in a new parents life. Every parent knows that children grow up too fast. That’s why having photos of your children at every stage of their life is so important, especially when they’re brand new. These images can help you, and your family, to remember years later… just how small their tiny toes and sweet smiles really were.
As you’re getting ready to welcome your new addition to your family, take time to consider booking your newborn session early, to capture and adore this amazing moment in your life. What is a newborn photo shoot like? To help you plan, we have created this list of common questions that many first-time parents have.
How old should my newborn baby be for the photo session?
The best age for a newborn session is under two weeks. At this age, babies still spend a majority of their time sleeping, and are easier to pose in those curled up positions that everyone loves. When you’re scheduling your session, keep in mind that your newborn will grow quickly and will look completely different at one month than they did at birth. As they grow, they will begin moving around more and will be less likely to remain asleep during the newborn session.
When should I book my session?
The earlier you can book your newborn session, the better. Shannon books a minimum number or newborns per month, and since you only have a limited window of time in which to get the photos taken before baby gets too big, you want to be sure that your photographer is available.
What if my baby arrives earlier than expected?
Every newborn photographer knows that babies do come early. With that in mind, your photographer will hold time around your scheduled session to make sure you and your little one get in for your photos.
How long does a newborn session last?
Typically, a newborn photo shoot lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours. If that sounds long, don’t worry, you won’t be in front of the camera the whole time. A majority of that time will be spent feeding your newborn and keeping them calm for photos. For a better idea of how long your session will be, talk to your photographer, and she can give you an estimate of the amount of time you can expect to spend in the studio vs. an at home lifestyle session.
How should I dress my newborn for photos?
Most newborn photography involves neutral portraits of your baby…the better to capture those tiny fingers and toes and their precious soft skin. Dress your baby in clothes that are easy to take off and put back on and that are loose enough it won’t leave marks on their skin. Shannon provides everything needed for your newborn session.
What should I bring to my session?
This is one of the most common questions we hear, and that’s because it’s so important You’ll want to bring your whole diaper bag, of course. That means pacifiers, extra diapers and wipes, formula and bottles, if you formula-feed. You’ll also want to bring a change of clothes for yourself because posing in photos with a naked baby can sometimes lead to surprises. And be sure to bring along any family heirlooms, like toys or blankets, that you would like included in the photos. We will discuss all of this and the special details about your session during your pre-session consultation.
Most importantly, ask your photographer any questions you have about your session. And don’t be nervous! It’s our job to help you feel comfortable and get the images you want of this wonderful moment in the life of your family.
Baby Portraits | Shannon Reece Jones Photography