If you have seen those gorgeous newborn shots of babies sleeping contently and you’re wondering just how it’s done, Newborn Photographer, Elle Goss from Always Belle Photography shares her top tips for preparing for your session.
As a parent celebrating the arrival of their new little one, it is completely understandable that the process of a newborn photography shoot can seem a little daunting and confusing for those who have never done something similar before.
To make things easier for you, here is a brief overview of what to expect on the day of your photoshoot and how to best prepare for your session to ensure the most beautiful photos for your family to have for generations to come.
Typically, newborn photography sessions will last for approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. This may take a little longer if baby is unsettled, though there are a few tricks that may help your baby feel sleepy, settled and content. In order to achieve a smoother, quicker and generally more successful session (which means more beautiful photographs for you to enjoy!), try the following tips:
1. When dressing your baby for the day, consider something that is easy to remove and does not require movement over the head. This will make it easier to undress your baby for their photoshoot if they are already sleeping when you first arrive and keep them asleep!
2. If you have a baby seat that is removable and able to be detached from the car, feel free to bring your baby in while they are still secured to minimise any disturbance.
3. It is recommended to feed your baby prior to your session. To help you get those perfect photographs, it’s important for your baby to feel as content and comfortable as possible. Your baby may also need extra feeds and top ups while you are in the studio due to the extra stimulation of the posing. All newborn sessions should be ‘baby-led’ so if your baby becomes unsettled at any stage a feed and cuddle usually helps.
4. If you have a dummy, definitely bring it along – even if your baby doesn’t take one just yet! Sometimes babies can become a little more restless in particular poses, and often a dummy will help them to settle and soothe in just a few short minutes.
5. Finally, if your baby is awake or alert before you leave for your session, try to encourage as much stimulation as possible. If it’s possible to keep your baby awake for an hour or two prior to your newborn session, it’s likely that they will be ready for a long sleep once. Bathing your baby beforehand and dressing them in just a nappy to allow stimulation for a period of time should help them stay awake and then be ready for a big sleep.
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