Nothing is more attractive than a newborn baby. Their tiny little toes, and their beautiful grins, make us go awww. You want to remember this time and what better way to do it than by a photoshoot? A newborn photoshoot is something that helps you capture all of this and more.
Often our customers ask us this very question, what goes into newborn photography and we don’t know how to best explain them? In this post, I am going to help my clients understand all that goes into a newborn photoshoot so that they can be adequately prepared for the big day!
Schedule Your Photoshoot at Giggles Newborn Studio in Milton ON
The first thing you need to do when you’re planning for a newborn baby photoshoot is to book your photographer as soon as possible! I recommend my clients to book a session during the third trimester. Pick a date 7 days after your due date. I will reschedule your session if the baby arrives early or late. Once the booking session is complete, I block out the dates on my calendar so we don’t overbook our clients on the due date. I will then call you to discuss your session theme.
What makes me a successful photographer is the time, focus & energy that I put in before the actual day of the shoot. I always make sure that everything is perfect before our clients come in. And they can have my undivided attention, especially when it concerns newborn photography.
By the way, since I am keen on my work, I only take a limited number of newborn sessions. If you want to book yours, the sooner you reach out to me, the better.
Keep Baby Awake for 2-3 Hours Before Shoot
I strongly advise my clients to keep the baby awake for at least 2-3 hours, before the photography session begins. The reason behind this is simply because I want the baby to be a little bit tired during the time of photography. A calm baby is easier to work with, and we can get some great shots while the baby is sleeping.
A good way to keep the baby awake is by giving a warm bath, or by massaging the baby with some lotion. And of course, you can always feed the baby right before the photoshoot.
Dress Your Baby in Loose and Comfortable Clothing
Once you have prepared the baby, it is now time to get them dressed for the photo shoot. It is important to dress your baby in loose and comfortable clothing.
Your baby can feel more relaxed if he or she is wearing a onesie or a simple diaper cover. You can also put a headband on the baby, but make sure it is not too tight.
Often parents want to dress their babies in the cutest outfits, but it is important to remember that I will be taking pictures of them in different positions.
Some of my favorite positions are:
The womb pose
The womb pose is where the baby is curled up in a fetal position. This is one of the most popular poses because it resembles the position that they were in when they were in the mother’s womb. See how the legs are curled up to the stomach and the hands are by the face? This is one of my favorite poses because it is so peaceful and calming.
The tushy pose
The tushy pose is when the baby is lying on its stomach. This pose is great for babies who can hold their heads up with their baby feet crossed & hands behind the head. This is a very cute pose and I always get a lot of compliments on the photos that I take in this position.
The hands under the chin pose
Another great pose is the hand under the chin pose. This pose is one of the favorites for most parents because, in this pose, the baby’s hands are folded sweetly under the chin. This pose is perfect for those sleepy newborn shots.
The back laying pose
The last pose that I want to share with you is the back-laying pose. This pose is perfect for capturing the entire baby. In this pose, the baby is lying on his or her back with arms and legs spread out. This pose is perfect for those wide-angle shots.
In this pose newborns are sitting with their chin on their hands with their legs straddled. This pose is achieved by taking two photographs and merging them in photoshop. The entire time the newborn is held and supported by mum, dad or an assistant. Any supporting hands will disappear once the images are merged.
After these poses I start taking prop shots. Props are carefully selected according to baby’s age and weight. Here are some examples of prop setups.
In the End, Just Relax and Have Fun
Newborn photography can be a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun. I always try to make my clients comfortable before we start taking pictures. I want them to know that they can take a break anytime they need to. And I also want them to have fun during the shoot.
After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture those precious first moments of your baby’s newborn photography.
I hope that these newborn photography tips will help you in preparing for your photoshoot. Do you have any questions? You can always reach out to me at Giggles Newborn Studio to learn about the newborn baby photoshoot & how we make everything magical for you.