Getting prepared for the first baby’s arrival may be a long, very long process of nine months, because we all want our future parenting done right. Usually, ob-gyn visits and tests during pregnancy do not take much time in the first two semesters. You will spend more time on googling, bookmarking, creating baby shower lists, doing price and quality comparisons, reading hundreds of reviews, watching educational videos about giving birth, diapering, feeding, bathing, etc., and preparing to-do lists. Today, I want to save your time by sharing with you one of my best to-do lists- how to plan a newborn photography session:
How to plan a newborn photography session to have adorable photos of your baby in Anne Geddes style?
1. Plan and book a session well in advance: Babies grow up very fast, especially during the first month. By two-three weeks, they become active and stretch their legs and arms a lot, and many newborn photo poses, like the fetal position, are no longer available. The ideal age for newborn photography is 5-12 days old.
2. Talk to your photographer about flexibility of dates: We know that babies are rarely born on their due date, so booking early has its risks. Newborn photographers know this quite well, and asking for flexibility to change your session is normal.
3. Put your newborn photo ideas on paper: Go through portfolios of newborn photographers and choose your style. One option is to photograph your baby at home or in her nursery to add hominess and uniqueness to images. You can also choose posed (studio) style photographs where different props – baskets, wraps, bowls, chairs, etc., – are used for newborn posing. A good idea is to download some photos to discuss with photographer your favorite newborn photo poses.
4. Choose a photographer: Photographing a newborn requires knowledge of certain safety rules. If you are not choosing a newborn photographer, become sure that your photographer has enough experience with newborns. Book a photo session 3-4 months before the due date: good photographers are booked several months ahead.
5. Allocate about 3 hours for the photography session: Your baby is very small and needs to be fed, burped, changed, and all that takes almost half of the time. If you are going to have baby’s photos on her own and then with siblings, add an extra time. Sessions at photography studios typically last 2-4 hours.
6. What to wear: Most newborns are photographed naked to capture their tininess. If you prefer your baby clothed, become sure that cloths fit the baby very well. Take extra cloths for yourself, because babies may poop and pee without diapers.
7. What to take with you: Pacifiers, extra diapers and wipes, extra formula or bottles, if you are not breastfeeding, and any special cloths or accessories you want include in the photos.
8. Be aware of safety precautions:
- Newborns have delicate necks and require careful positioning.
- Photographers using buckets, props, beanbags designed specifically for newborn photography are preferable.
- Blankets, hair bows, tutu skirts etc., provided by the photographer must be clean and germ free.
- Newborns cannot regulate their own body temperature, so the studio should be very warm.
- The photographer should always keep a close eye on the baby and never leave unattended.
- Listen to your instincts. Tell the photographer immediately, if there is anything you are not comfortable with.
9. Newborns pee and poo: Newborns are often photographed without diapers, which means pees and poops are normal and are part of the job.
10. Take a deep breath and relax: A professional photographer knows how to work with newborns and follows their lead. Trust him/her.
Newborn photography is popular nowadays. Yes, it’s business; yes, it’s trending. But babies grow up fast, and those photographs help you as a mother and as a parent to feel again, with every cell in your body, the very moment when you held your baby for the first time.
Have you arranged a newborn photography session for your kids? Any tips for having good photos? Have you tried adding texts and stickers to those photos by using special apps like Baby Moments, and saving them in your electronic scrapbook or sending as family greeting cards? Share your ideas with us.