I’ve always loved capturing motherhood and newborns, but I have such a new appreciation and heart for documenting this sweet season of life now that I’ve experienced it for myself. I’ve felt the exhaustion, I’ve experienced the “blackout” that comes with those first few weeks, but I’ve also done my best to will time into slowing down so I could savor those sweet, sleepy newborn snuggles one last time. Harsh reality check: time doesn’t stop and babies don’t keep. But if you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re considering hiring a professional to document this fleeting season, so good job mama. Keep reading for all the ways you can ensure a smooth newborn session!
1. Schedule your newborn session within the first 2 weeks of life
The best time to schedule newborn photos is anytime within the first 2 weeks of life. During this time, baby is still nice and sleepy throughout the day, so we can capture all the peaceful, sleepy snuggles. You can definitely schedule newborn photos outside of this timeframe, but keep in mind that baby will be more alert!
When you book a newborn session with me, I put a reminder in my calendar for your due date and then reach out around then to get something scheduled.
2. Choose a well-lit location in your home
Sometimes baby’s nursery wont always be the best option for newborn photos. Take a few days to pay attention to the lighting around your house at various times throughout the day and decide which space gets the best natural light. I know it’s tough in those first few weeks, but try to tidy up and declutter whichever space you decide. For example, if your primary bedroom gets the best light, temporarily relocate baby’s bassinet so that the backdrop of your photos is clean and simple!
3. Make sure baby is fed just before your photographer arrives
Once you have an idea for baby’s feeding schedule, try to time your session to start about 35-45 minutes after the start of their feeding. That way they have enough time to finish, burp, and change into their first outfit. A full baby is a happy baby!
4. Speaking of outfits, always have a few back-up options!
We all know babies can be messy, so having a few back-up outfits or swaddles on-hand will be helpful just in case spit-up strikes.
5. Set your thermostat for warmth
If you’re hoping to get a few shots of baby in his/her diaper (trust me, you’re going to want to capture those rolls!), make sure you turn the heat up to ensure baby doesn’t get too cold.
Keep scrolling to see more from Erin and Patrick’s cozy, in-home newborn session!
Are you an expectant mama interested in freezing this sweet season in your babe’s life? Let’s chat!