How to Prepare For A Newborn Portrait Session
So you’ve scheduled a newborn portrait session. Now what? Newborn shoots are completely different from any other portrait session. If you are planning for newborn photos of your little one, read about what a newborn shoot entails so you know what to expect when you go to your portrait session!
1. At AzmirKhalid Studio Portraits we schedule 1-2 hours or more for newborn portrait sessions. It is important to schedule more than enough time for the shoot to make sure the baby gets fed, relaxes for breaks, and of course so we as photographer can get the best photos, sleeping and awake. At AKStudio, we put aside 1-2 hours or more for these sessions which allows plenty of time to move through the shoot at a relaxing pace. Remember to think about this when scheduling your appointment!
2. Newborn portrait sessions are usually encouraged to be taken within the first 10 days of life. This is because they are at their tiniest and can easily fall asleep! Since we will be using props, sets and different textures, we want to be able to pose the baby easily. This is done simply while they are sleeping. So in preparation for your newborn portrait session, remember to feed them right before (we will let you feed them throughout the session as well, hence scheduling a few hours for the shoot) and if possible let them stay awake until the shoot so they are more eager to fall asleep. Advisable 1-2 hours before the session.
3. What should you bring? If you have an outfit in mind that you really want to have your new little one wear, have them wear it before the session so we can photograph them in it first. We provide a few precious accessories for those who love cocoon, hats, headband, etc. At AKStudio we think that the best photos of newborns are when they are not wearing anything at all! Newborns are always most precious in photos when you can see baby parts like toes, hands, tiny baby rolls and those little thick thighs! When the baby grows you will want to remember your little one from the first few days of life. Don’t hesitate to ask us what we have already, and collaborate thoughts and ideas to make sure you are as prepared as possible.
4. Don’t be afraid to take as many breaks as you need during your session. We have seen everything there is to see happen during newborn sessions. So don’t be afraid to breastfeed, change a diaper, take breaks as you need! We understand. It is our job to make sure we get adorable photos, but the trick to newborn sessions is to not push it.
What you can usually expect us to have:
-The studio to be a warm temperature for the baby
-Calm music playing to soothe and relax the room
-Accessories for the baby to wear in photos
-Various colors and textures of blankets and backgrounds
-Props for the baby to sit and lay on for photos (Those adorable baskets and beddings!)
-A sitting area for you and your baby to take breaks! (for studio session)
-An experienced newborn photographer!