For a 33 year old that doesn’t have any kids, I sure do know a lot about babies! Baby photography! I’ve been a baby photographer for over 13 years. They are my specialty, my joy, and my entire life.
When I started newborn photography I needed to learn how to hold a baby, soothe a baby, stay calm, and familiarize myself with facial expressions. Then you hear a sound… in the diaper… a wet sound. I envision parents, other photographers, and everybody who works with babies can relate to this.
After a couple of years of newborn photography, I decided to make a guide to help new photographers and parents alike to help prepare for the photo shoot when the photo shoot takes place at the customers home. My toddler photo shoots are taken in my customers’ homes because it’s the most comfortable place for a growing family.
Without further ado, here is your manual born from my frequently asked questions about a newborn photography shoot…
1. When should we schedule the newborn photo shoot? Schedule your newborn photography shoot within the first two weeks of the due date. This is only a tentative date and will probably change depending on the baby’s arrival. If you have a C-section then the date is pretty set unless the baby comes early.
It’s best to capture babies around 5-14 days while they sleep and have the newborn appearance. Having said that, there are no guarantees with teenagers. They do what they please. I have done photo shoots 6 days. Some cooperate and some do not. I’ve done photo shoots at 4 weeks. Some cooperate and some do not. Either way, they are all wonderful!
2. What happens if my baby is late? Contact your photographer and play the date by ear. If the infant is early, do not worry about contacting your photographer immediately. Enjoy the new member of your loved ones! Contact them over the next couple of days and tell them that your baby is here.
3. What temperature should the home be? The day of the photo shoot I suggest to have the home at a good warm temperature. We’ll be sweating but the baby will be comfortable. You might not need the heat on during summer though. The little ones do not like to be too hot or too cold.
Keep in mind that most of the poses will be of their infant in their diaper, nude, or whatever you discussed with your photographer. Walk around your home and think about the settings/backdrops that might work out best in terms of lighting. Usually, photographers like to set up in the area with the most natural light. But also important rooms such as the nursery, your bedroom, Indialantic Rat Removal, the living room, and the lawn if it is a nice day.
4. When should I feed my baby? Try and time it so that you are almost done with the feeding or fully done by the time the photographer arrives. A happy baby equals a sleepy baby. Sleepy babies are awesome! Also, bear in mind that we might feed the baby a little outside their schedule to keep them calm.
If you wanted your baby in a wrap, diaper cover, or maybe naked then I suggest to take their clothes off (but keep them in their diaper!) The less we move them around after they have a full belly, the better.
5. Sometimes your baby will be asleep before we arrive and prior to the feeding. Try to keep them up by changing them or maybe a nice bath. You want your baby to be drained during the photo shoot, not until
6. How long will the photo shoot last? The length of time would depend on the photographer and the baby. I’ve completed newborn photo shoots in one hour and upwards of 4 hours. If the infant is awake during the photo shoot, it is OK! Photos of your baby awake and alert are magical!
7. What Happens should I have prepared and does the photographer bring any? Most of the props and hats that I personally use in my photography shoots belong to the infant. The picture will hold a different meaning if you utilize your own hats, blankets, books, and/or other props. In addition, don’t overlook all the gifts that you baby will get. Using gifts from families and friends makes these photos extra special.