I believe there is not a moment more magical than when a baby is born. It is an honor to be a part of capturing this amazing process and documenting one of the most incredibly special times in your life! My job in photographing your newborn goes far beyond just snapping a few shots with a camera; I strive to capture a unique moment in time and all the amazing emotions along with it. It’s my greatest hope that the photos from your session will become a family treasure.
I’ve put together this guide based on my many years of experience photographing newborns. Here I share some of my “tricks of the trade” to increase the chances of getting those beautiful, doll-like images everyone goes absolutely crazy for. I’ve included information on booking and timing, what to wear, how to prepare a room, how to get your baby ready, and more! Of course, as we get closer to your due date and session I will reach out with more reminders and tips. You are always welcome to contact me with questions!
Book session 2-4 months before your due date
As soon as your baby comes, it’s going to be non-stop late nights and hard work (seriously, I’ve been there)! Coordinating a photo session might seem like the last thing on your list of priorities. This is why I recommend booking your session at least 2-4 months in advance of your due date to make sure everything is lined up ahead of time and you don't have to worry or scramble for last-minute plans!
Best before 9 days old
Once your baby is home safe and sound, please contact me immediately to let me know the wonderful news (it’s totally fine to have a helping friend / family member set things up too)! I will work closely with you to find a day and time that works for everyone. It’s very important to remember and plan for the fact that newborns are best photographed under 2 weeks of age; the ideal timing before 9 days.
Prepare the day before
The day before your shoot, please do not schedule any vaccinations for your baby. I want that beautiful baby skin to be smooth and creamy, and sometimes shots can cause a minor skin reaction or leave a mark. Additionally, I recommend playing with your baby as much as
possible and keeping them awake more than usual so they’ll be tired out for photo day - which is what we need to get the best photos!
Getting that creamy, perfect skin
I can’t stress enough how it important it is not to use tight-fitting diapers, straps or elastic on your baby the day of the shoot! I’ve seen so many tight-fitting diapers and elastic outfits cause marks on baby’s skin, and it allllll shows up right there on camera! Yikes! So the day of the shoot, avoid anything tight-fitting to make sure your baby’s skin looks natural and beautiful for the photos.
Keep baby awake before session
I highly recommend keeping your baby awake at least 90 minutes before our photo session! This helps baby stay sleepy and calm during the shoot, and increases the probability of getting those adorable, sleeping doll-like images everyone goes crazy for. The longer baby can stay awake before photos, the better!
Fed & changed beforehand
Have your baby fully fed and changed before the session. This increases chances of sleep and greatly decreases chances of fussiness! Everyone wins.
Parents should wear layers
We’ve turned up the heat for baby, but mom should be comfortable too! I always tell my clients to dress in layers during the shoot in case things get a little too warm. Being comfortable is key to beautiful, natural images!
Checklist of what to bring
Setting out things ahead of time helps things go more smoothly during the shoot. These are my top items to have handy during a shoot:
Extra milk or formula
Any special blankets, outfits, hats or props or keepsake items you want to include in the session