If you aren’t a parent, newborn photography can be a bit of a surprise. I’ve compiled a list of photography tips that have been extremely beneficial to me and that I am confident will be beneficial to anyone interested in learning more about newborn photography. Of course, every newborn photographer will have their own way of doing things, but these are just a few of the most important things I’ve learned as a newborn photographer over the years.
When is the best time to take newborn photos?
It is critical to know the best time to take newborn photos in order to have a successful photoshoot. You don’t want it too soon after birth or too late when they aren’t as fresh. Ideally, newborn photos should be taken between 7 and 14 days after the baby is born. They are still sleepy at this point and enjoy snuggling up in those adorable poses that we all enjoy.
After the second week, you’ll still be able to get some great newborn shots. Having said that, keep in mind that they may be beginning to become aware of their surroundings.
BEFORE THE SESSION, KEEP YOUR BABY AWAKE.
It goes without saying that infants sleep a lot. However, their sleeping patterns do not always cooperate with our plans. Keep your little one up for a while before your photographer arrives if you want them to be sacked out during the photo session so you can get those adorable sleepy newborn poses.
Keeping your baby awake prior to a session is a great way to ensure they will sleep through the majority of it. This will result in more peaceful images, rather than ones in which they appear enraged or red-faced from crying.
Understand what you’ll need for a newborn photography session.
First and foremost, you’ll require a lovely newborn. Obviously. In reality, this is entirely up to you and your personal photography style. Some people prefer a more straightforward approach, while others prefer a lot of props. Blankets, wraps, heat, and sound are all options.
Most people will agree that you’ll need some simple wraps, soft neutral blankets, a warm space with additional heaters, and a sound machine. Warming the spot on the beanbag where they will be posed has also proven to be extremely beneficial, especially on the first blanket I’m working with. This is where a heating pad comes in handy!
Consider having a newborn photography session at your home.
This is due to the fact that babies are in a completely different world after birth. As a result, staying in the comfort of their own home may be beneficial in keeping the baby calm. A newborn session doesn’t require much equipment. As a result, as a photographer, you should pack your belongings and make your studio mobile for these newborn photography sessions.
SIT BACK AND CHECK IT OUT
Mama, this one’s for you.
Your photographer is an expert in their field. Allow them to run the show. As a mother, you may have an innate desire to pick up your child with every grunt they make, and it can be difficult to see them being handled by someone else. This is why it’s critical to find a professional newborn photographer with experience and a good reputation.
Photographers understand how much your child means to you and treat them accordingly. Any skilled newborn photographer will know exactly what positions will be most comfortable for your child and how to move them delicately so they do not wake up. Your photographer should be accustomed to working with anxious parents and will know how to put you at ease. However, if you begin to feel uneasy at any point during the session, make sure to notify your photographer. It’s just as important for you to be at ease as it is for your child.