Capturing the first few weeks of a baby’s life is a cherished tradition for many families. If you’re planning on photographing your newborn, there are a few things you need to know in order to make sure the shoot goes smoothly. In this blog post, I will discuss how to plan and execute a successful newborn photo shoot. I’ll cover everything from choosing the right location and props to dealing with unexpected situations. By following these tips, you can create beautiful photos that will be cherished for years to come!
What is a Newborn Photoshoot?
Newborn photography is a special type of portrait photography that focuses on capturing the first few weeks of a baby’s life. These shoots are typically done when the baby is between two and four weeks old, and they often take place in the comfort of the family’s home. Newborn shoots often involve posed shots of the baby with various props, as well as candid shots of the family interacting with the baby.
Why Choose a Newborn Photoshoot?
There are many reasons why families choose to capture this special time with a professional photographer. For some, it’s a way to document the amazing changes that occur during those first few weeks. For others, it’s a way to capture the baby’s personality before they change too much. And for many families, it’s simply a way to create beautiful art that they can treasure for years to come.
Do I have to Get a Professional Photographer?
No, you don’t have to get a professional photographer to take newborn photos. However, there are some advantages to working with someone who is experienced in this type of photography. They will know how to pose the baby and use props in a way that looks natural and flattering. They will also be able to troubleshoot any problems that may arise, such as a fussy baby or uncooperative family members. If you decide to go with a professional photographer, be sure to ask about their experience with newborn photography and look at samples of their work to make sure you’re comfortable with their style.
I’m On a Low Budget. Can I Take the Pictures By Myself?
If you’re on a tight budget, you may be tempted to take the newborn photos yourself. While it’s possible to get good results this way, it’s important to understand that newborn photography is a bit different from other types of photography. Newborns are often fussy and unpredictable, so it takes a lot of patience and experience to get good results. But I’m sure that everyone can DIY this kind of photoshoot! You can read all about DIY your session right here.
So now that you’ve figured out whether or not to hire a professional photographer, it’s time to start planning your shoot!
How do Newborn Photography sessions go?
I’m glad you asked! a normal Newborn photography session typically lasts two to three hours. This may seem like a long time, but it’s important to remember that newborns can be fussy and need plenty of breaks. I like to start the shoot by getting some posed shots of the baby with various props. I’ll also take some candid shots of the family interacting with the baby. Once the baby gets fussy, we’ll take a break so they can feed or be changed. We’ll then move on to some more posed shots before wrapping up the session.
On the other hand, I’m sure that if you don’t go with a professional newborn photographer, and do it yourself or with the help of a friend, The session will probably be shorter than 2 hours. Especially if you don’t do it at a studio!
When Should I Schedule the Shoot?
The best time to schedule a newborn shoot is when the baby is between two and four weeks old. This is because they tend to sleep a lot and be relatively calm during this time. Newborns also tend to have their days and nights mixed up, so it’s often easier to get them to cooperate for a shoot if it’s scheduled during the day.
Where Should the Shoot Take Place?
If you’re working with a professional photographer, they will likely have a studio where they can do the shoot. However, if you’re taking the pictures yourself or working with a less experienced photographer, you may want to consider doing the shoot at home. This can be a great way to make the baby (and yourself!) more comfortable.
If you do decide to shoot at home, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll want to make sure the room is well-lit. Natural light is best, so try to shoot near a window. You’ll also want to make sure the room is fairly clean and clutter-free. And finally, you’ll want to choose a spot that has a neutral background. This could be a blank wall, a fireplace, or even a bedsheet hung up on a clothesline.
Another option is to shoot outdoors. This can be a great way to get some fresh air and take advantage of the beautiful weather. Just keep in mind that newborns are sensitive to temperature changes, so you’ll want to make sure it’s not too hot or cold outside. My top 5 outdoor locations for a newborn photoshoot:
- A nearby park – This is a great option if you want to incorporate some nature into the shoot. Just be sure to bring a blanket for the baby to lie on.
- A local botanical garden – This is a beautiful option if you’re looking for a more formal setting. Just be sure to check their policies before you go.
- The beach – This can be a great option if you live near the water. Just be sure to keep an eye on the baby, as they can get cold quickly.
- A field of wildflowers – This is a beautiful, natural option for a summer shoot. Just be sure to check for bees and other insects before you go.
- Your own backyard – This is a great option if you’re looking for a low-key shoot. Just be sure to tidy up before you start taking pictures!
Having a Newborn Photoshoot at Home? You should Take Care of Some Important Problems
The main advantage of taking photos outside is that you have that beautiful natural-looking background that improves basically every photo taken. Moreover, the lighting usually creates those soft shadows that create a more natural look.
So when you try to capture those special moments at your own house, you should consider using a backdrop, and of course, take care of the lighting.
As for the backdrop, You can use different sizes and colors of blankets, or even buy a background made of fabric. The important thing is that you have to create a space big enough for the photographer and the baby, where there are no objects in the background that can take away the attention.
The next step would be to take care about lighting, as we mentioned before. The best way to do it is by using natural light, so you should place the baby near a window. If that’s not possible or the lighting is not good enough, you can use a reflector to brighten up the space.
What about Taking Newborn Photos at the hospital?
If you want to take some newborn photos as soon as your baby is born (or even during the birth!), the hospital can be a great place to do it. Many hospitals have photographers on staff who can do a photo shoot for you right after the baby is born. And even if your hospital doesn’t have a photographer, they may still allow you to bring in your own photographer to do the shoot. Just be sure to check with the hospital first to see what their policies are.
Anyway, I’m sure that every hospital will at least allow the mom’s partner to take some photos right after the baby is born. Just be careful with the new born baby and make sure you follow all of the staff’s instructions.
How Should I Dress the Newborn Baby?
For posed shots, you’ll want to dress the baby in something that is comfortable and easy to move in. A simple onesie or sleeper is usually a good choice. For more creative shots, you may want to consider dressing the baby in a costume or using props. But be sure not to go overboard – you don’t want the outfit or props to take away from the baby’s natural cuteness!
Preparing The Newborn Baby for The Photoshoot
Before the photoshoot itself, is the most important part because if the baby is not comfortable, nothing else will go as planned.
First of all, you should feed the baby and then change his diaper. A full stomach and a clean diaper will help the baby to feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Then, you can start swaddling the baby. Swaddling is a technique that involves wrapping the baby tightly in a blanket. This makes the baby feel safe and snug, just like being in the womb.
If you’re not sure how to swaddle a baby, there are plenty of tutorials online that can help you out.
What Should I Bring to the Shoot?
In addition to clothes for the baby, you’ll also want to bring a few other items to the shoot. A blanket is always a good idea, as it can be used for both posing and as a prop. You may also want to bring a few toys or stuffed animals, as these can help to get the baby’s attention (and provide a distraction if they start to get fussy). And finally, don’t forget to bring snacks and drinks for yourself! Shooting a newborn can be tiring, so it’s important to keep your energy up.
Well, the next thing might be obvious, but if you do the session outdoors, you’ll want to have with you some diapers and wipes, a change of clothes for the baby in case of accidents, and some sunscreen or insect repellent if needed. And last but not least, don’t forget your camera!
Important Things to Know about Newborn Photos
Now that you know how to plan and execute a successful newborn photoshoot, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to remember that every baby is different. Some babies will be great sleepers and will be easy to pose, while others may be fussy and hard to settle down. Be patient and flexible, and try not to get too frustrated if things aren’t going as planned.
It’s also important to remember that newborns grow quickly! So if you’re planning on doing a series of shoots, be sure to space them out accordingly. I typically recommend doing a shoot at around two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and nine months. This will give you a nice variety of images as the baby grows.
Some families choose to do a 1-month milestone photoshoot, which can be awesome as well.
Finally, don’t forget to enjoy the process! Newborn photoshoots can be a lot of work, but they’re also a lot of fun. Take the time to savor this special time in your life, and you’ll be sure to treasure the resulting images for years to come.
Newborn Photography Can Include Many Different Types of Shots
Some common newborn photography shots are:
– close up of baby’s face, focusing on eyes and lips
– photos of baby yawning or sticking out tongue
-photos of baby sleeping peacefully
– black and white photos of baby
– candid shots of parents holding or cuddling baby
– photos of parents with baby
– older sibling with the newborn baby
– family photos with newborn
– close up shots of baby’s hands and feet
– detail shots of things like hair, eyelashes, toes, etc.
Are There any Differences Between Photo Shooting a Baby Girl and a Baby Boy?
Newborn photography is very similar whether you’re shooting a baby girl or a baby boy. The main difference will be in the outfits and props that you use. For example, if you’re shooting a baby girl, you may want to use pink flowers or other feminine accessories. If you’re shooting a baby boy, you may want to use blue balloons or other masculine accessories. Other than that, the process is pretty much the same.
What about Videos?
As for videos, I don’t believe you have to have them on the same day as the photo shoots.
I typically recommend shooting a short video each month, starting at around one month old. This can be a fun way to document how your baby grows and changes over time.
You don’t need to get your baby in cute poses or using fancy props and backgrounds to get good videos. You can get some adorable videos of your baby sleeping, eating, and basically just doing everyday staff. I believe the best videos are the ones showing the real life. You know, the life where the parents are sleep deprived for ages, and the baby just can’t stay sleeping for more than 3 hours. You just can’t picture this…
whether you are an experinced mom or a first time mom, here are some frequently asked questions about newborn photo shoots!
Q: how to get baby to sleep during the photoshoot?
A: It is actually best if baby is awake for the majority of the shoot. This way we can get a variety of shots and expressions. However, I understand that sometimes babies just won’t cooperate. In this case, I recommend using white noise or a pacifier to help soothe the baby and get them to sleep.
Q: what is the best time of day to do a newborn photo shoot?
A: The best time of day for a newborn photo shoot is in the morning, around sunrise. This is because the light is softer and more flattering at this time of day.
Q: how many outfit changes should I expect?
A: I typically recommend three outfit changes. This gives us a nice variety of images, without over-taxing baby or making them too fussy.
And Now It’s Time to do Your Own Newborn Photoshoot!
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to get out there and start shooting!
There’s no doubt that newborn photoshoots can be a lot of work. But the end result is always worth it! These precious images will be cherished for years to come, and they’ll provide you with beautiful memories of this special time in your life. Thanks for reading, and I hope this post has been helpful.