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How to prepare for your newborn session

Updated: Dec 30, 2021

I remember the first few days home with my brand new baby. So much love, but also so much exhaustion. You have to adjust everything you do. You can't just hop in the car and run errands anymore. You have to plan every step of the day around your new baby. So here are a few tips to help you better prepare for your Newborn photo session.

  • I recommend that families come in for their newborn photos within the first 14 days.

  • If you can, feed and change the baby right before you leave the house. A dry and well-fed baby will likely fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio.

  • Don’t stress about finding the perfect outfit. I find that newborns are best photographed in a simple swaddle or in just their diaper. So, save yourself the trouble, and leave the outfits at home.

  • Yes, I know I just said that I prefer to photograph babies in just their diapers, but if you have the blanket you came home from the hospital in or if Grandma spent eight months hand making something special for the baby…. bring them! Those things are important and I will do my best to incorporate them into your photos.

  • I know you're tired and the last thing you want to do is get ready, but I highly recommend you jump in for a few photos. All too often Moms are behind the camera, and I promise you, one day you will be grateful you had professional photos WITH your newborn and not just of your newborn.

  • If everything falls apart last minute (as they usually do with babies) and you're running late, don't worry! Just give me a call or shoot me a text to let me know! I only book 1 or 2 session a day so we can run a little longer than planned if needed.

  • Baby acne? Put a little dab of mommy milk on the area and any redness will be reduced greatly. Liquid gold!

  • Sometimes new baby skin will flake. A tiny bit of baby lotion right before your session is recommended. I'll always have Aveeno Baby lotion at the studio in case you want to use some.

  • And of course, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me


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