Those adorable photos of infants posed in baskets, buckets, wrapped and smiling — is not on your radar when you are pregnant with first child. And, you later find out, if you don’t book while you are pregnant, you are out of luck because the poses you see in those pictures can only happen within the first couple of weeks. This time I like to answer to often ask questions to make it easier for you to understand how newborn session goes.
What’s The Ideal Age For A Newborn Studio Session?
For in home photography the ideal age is between 5-14 days. When babies are that tiny they spend a lot of time sleeping and still curl up into very sweet poses similar to the positions they were in when they were in the womb. After two weeks babies go through a growth spurt and will start stretching their arms and legs and will not be as amenable to curling up for a picture or sleeping as soundly, which is needed for some of the poses and photographs in props like the buckets, wraps.
How Far In Advance Should You Book Your Session?
You should book your session as far out as possible, as early as your second trimester. I usually book sessions 3-4 months in advance and for busy photography seasons, it can even be 5-6 months out. Its such a short window of time to take those special portraits and you don’t want to miss it.
How Long Does A Session Take?
Session typically last 2-4 hours which includes portraits of the baby on his or her own and then with each parent and then the whole family together. That may seem like a long time, but usually about half of that time is spent feeding and comforting the baby to get him or her as sleepy and happy as possible for the portraits.
What Should Your Baby Wear To A Newborn Session?
Most newborn photography is done naked or with props to capture the tininess of being a newborn.
What Do I Do To Make Sure The Baby Is Comfortable?
One of the most important things is to make sure the room is very warm. I keep the heat turned way up and have a space heater next to the baby. I also will play white sounds. This keeps babies calm and asleep. I also never force a baby into a pose he or she is uncomfortable in and let the baby indicate to me which poses he or she is most happy curled up in.
How Should You Choose A Photographer?
There are a lot of photographers out there with different levels of experience and different styles so first I would see if you like the photographers style- their props, poses, lighting, positions, etc. Then I would make sure they have done a good number of newborn sessions.
How Do I Handle Pee And Poop When You Take Off That Diaper?
There’s no way to sugar coat this one- newborn photographers get peed and pooped on a lot. Blankets and props get peed on frequently. That’s why everything is 100% washable and it’s no big deal. You just keep going and throw it in the wash after the session is over. Parents need to be prepared as well. Its a good idea having more just one outfit ready just in case.