Newborn photography is a popular trend, as many parents want to remember their baby’s earliest days. But how do you know whether newborn photography is for you? What should your budget be? Where should you go for your session? In this blog post, we answer these questions and more!
One of the most exciting times in life is when your family grows with the addition of a new baby. With that comes the requirement to document every moment. Many parents want to remember their baby’s earliest days. But how do you know whether newborn photography is for you? What should your budget be? Where should you go for your session?
I am Bia, an expert newborn photographer based in Milton, Ontario. I have a portfolio of newborn baby photo shoots, and I absolutely love my work. My creativity and artistic nature reflect in the work I deliver.
In this blog post, I’ll answer all your questions about your newborn’s photo shoot so you can feel comfortable booking your baby’s photo shoot with us.
What Is A Newborn Photo Session?
A newborn photo session is done shortly after the baby is born. It captures the newborn in all its tiny glory, and preserving these fragile moments is important. I highly recommend scheduling your newborn session within the first two weeks of the baby’s life.
During a typical newborn session, I will swaddle, pose, and photograph your baby while they sleep soundly. Newborn sessions usually take place in my home studio located in Milton. I have a comfortable lounge area for you and your family to relax while I take photos of the baby!
If you’d like to capture family photos of the baby with parents and older siblings, please discuss your shoot with me. I love to involve the entire family in the shoot!
How Do You Do Newborn Photography?
When you choose to do newborn photography, there are some expectations. For example, I will take basic posed shots of your baby, like them sleeping on their stomach or back, being held by you, or being nestled in a basket or prop.
I usually start my photo shoot with the newborn, followed by their siblings and parents. Every family is different. Some have older siblings; other families don’t. I plan the shoot accordingly and visualize how the story should be told. I visualize what will make them look cute and candid and then recommend poses.
When I photograph newborns, I always take into account their mood on the day of the shoot. For instance, if they like to be wrapped in a blanket, I will use that prop. On the other hand, if they are more comfortable being naked, then I’ll take photos or change their clothes accordingly. After all, it’s up to them.
In order to make the photographs come alive, I use a wide variety of props from my studio. I discuss the baby’s weight, age, and colour theme with the parents before the shoot. This helps me select props that will work well and look best on the day.
Once I am done with the newborn photoshoot, I move towards covering the family.
From there, I will capture candid shots of you and your family interacting with your new addition. These may include shots of you snuggling with the baby, feeding them, or gazing at them lovingly. These images focus on capturing the emotions and bond between you and your new baby.
I will also capture lifestyle shots of your family in my studio. These can be beautiful and natural images that show off your everyday life with a new baby. These shots are especially meaningful for parents who want to remember this special time.
I try to get individual shots of the baby, all throughout this process I will guide you through posing and direct you where to stand or sit so we can capture.
When Should You Take Newborn Photos?
When it comes to newborn photography, timing is everything. The best time to take newborn photos is within the first two weeks after your baby is born. This is when they are still very sleepy and can be easily posed. After two weeks, babies become more awake and alert, making it harder to get those precious sleepy shots.
Here are some tips on when to book your newborn session:
- Book your session during the second or third trimester.
- At around day 7 or 8 weeks postpartum, the baby will have their “newborn glow.” This is when they have a peak of sleepiness and curliness.
- By day 14, babies tend to be more alert and less curly. While they are still beautiful at this age, many parents prefer the sleepy images that can only be achieved in those early days.
What Should You Expect During A Newborn Session?
A newborn session should last anywhere from 1-3 hours. I like to give my clients a little wiggle room in case the baby needs to be fed or needs a diaper change.
Newborns’ best photographs are taken within the first two weeks of life while still nice and sleepy. I will be doing a lot of posed images as well as some lounging and candid family shots with siblings and parents.
I recommend making the baby wear comfortable clothing and avoid using strong perfumes. I will provide all wraps, props, headbands, etc., for your session unless you have something specific you would like to use.
I understand new babies don’t always cooperate, so it’s important to be patient and take breaks as needed. The safety and comfort of your baby are always my top priority.
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Where To Get Prints For My Newborn Photos?
From my studio.
If you are looking for the best studio to get prints of your newborn photos, I recommend you get them from the same studio you chose for the photo shoot.
If you order them through me, you will get the highest quality photos on the finest paper with high-resolution results.
But if you choose any other printer, the result might be different from your expectations. These printers will most likely offer you a variety of different printing options. But your photo prints will be compromised since you don’t know how the outcome will appear on the type of paper and finish you choose.
Preparing for Your Newborn Photography Session
When booking a newborn photography session, it’s important to research and find a photographer you feel comfortable with. Once you’ve found the right photographer, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Next, take some time to think about what kind of poses you want to capture. Do you want traditional shots of your baby lying down or being held? Or something more creative, like them being propped up in a basket or wearing a cute outfit. Whatever poses you choose, make sure you communicate them to your photographer ahead of time so they can be prepared.
And finally, relax and enjoy the experience! Newborn photography sessions can be chaotic, but they’re also a lot of fun. Trust that I know what I am doing, and allow me to guide you through the process.
Newborn photography is a beautiful way to capture the precious early days of your child’s life. I hope this guide has given you the information you need to know to book your newborn family shoot. If you have any questions, please don’t think. Pick up your phone and get in touch. I’ll be happy to help.