Continuing from my previous post - last three tips for ensuring a successful newborn session.
aka, milk drunk!
I can’t stress the importance of a sleeping baby. Another way to almost guarantee that they will be sleepy is to get them milk drunk. I always have my clients feed their baby right before we begin, and usually about halfway through the session, when baby starts to get fussy.
Ideal window = 6 - 14 days
Newborn photographs are best taken during the first 6 - 18 days of life. Once they pass this age, it becomes increasingly difficult to settle them back asleep, they often develop newborn acne, and aren’t as pliable, so the poses start to become more limited.
I block out four hours of time for a newborn session, in order to allow for multiple feedings, messes, and general baby fussiness. I generally don’t book other sessions on days with newborns, and because of this, the calendar books up quickly! Be sure to do your research ahead of time and contact your photographer as soon as you know you want to work with them. To ensure a session at the ideal age, it is best to book while you are still pregnant.
Of course, there are exceptions, such as preemie babies or if they have to be kept in the hospital longer. Or maybe you just didn’t get around to contacting a photographer and all of a sudden your baby is three weeks old! If this is the situation, don’t worry - we will still get beautiful newborn images regardless.
Trust your photographer
We know what we’re doing!
I have been capturing newborn portraiture for four years and have come across babies of all different temperaments. Before I was creating my own newborn images, I was mentoring under an award winning photographer, voted as Boston’s best for multiple years, Christina McPherson. While she did teach me all about posing and sets, the most important thing I learned all about was newborn safety. Whoever you do end up hiring, make sure this is a top priority for them! And don’t feel bad - poop happens! It is par for the course. We know exactly the risks we are taking when we remove your little ones diaper. Of course, if something is going on that makes you feel uncomfortable during the session, don’t hesitate to speak up.