Planning your local newborn baby portrait session
Firstly, congratulations if you’re about to give birth, and if you’ve just had your child, that’s wonderful! As well as being something the photographers have to prepare for, there’s alot of things that the parents need to do in order to be ready for a newborn baby portrait session. In order to help you prepare, we’ve written a short blog in which we answer 5 of the questions we get asked the most.
1. When’s the best time to have a newborn baby portrait session?
About half past ten in the morning… no, just kidding! For a local newborn baby portrait session – and we would recommend keeping it local – it is best if your child is a week up to 2 weeks old. Your baby will usually be nice and sleepy a lot of the time at that age, so you can move them around, with less chance of waking them up. But don’t fret if they’re older. It will mean the likelihood of getting some shots, for example those curled up shots, will be less, but on the other hand, the more expressive they’re likely to be. Time-wise, some people would say the morning is the time when your newborn is most likely to be sleepy, but you will have formed some idea by then of when’s best.
2. Are flashes ok for babies?
Your newborn baby is going to be photographed by smart phones, cameras and the like. They are more at risk from direct sunlight than they are from camera flashes, strobe lights and so on, which are relatively low powered. We have not seen or heard of anyone normally being affected. There is an interesting article about this, but please note, none of this constitutes a medical opinion.
3. How should I prepare my newborn baby for the photography session?
If possible, wait till just before the local newborn baby portrait session to feed your baby. They’ll be a lot happier if they’ve had a good feed. Also, try to keep them awake for a couple of hours before the photo session. If you’re able to, give them a bath during that time. That way, they’re far more likely to fall asleep when the photography starts, and will have fluffy hair. If you’re doing the session at your home, make sure it’s nice and comfy warm – though of course do keep them away from the radiators / heaters themselves.
4. How long will the session take?
That’s a tough question. Firstly, keep your day clear. Expect the photography session to take about 3 to 4 hours, which can include photographs with parents and other family members. Ultimately, it will take as long as it takes. Keep calm about the time. Ok, if the photographer moves in, that’s probably pushing it. But in all seriousness, this is something that take time.
5. What clothing should my newborn wear?
The general trend is for the newborn child to not wear any clothes for the photography itself, or for implied nakedness, as this will emphasise the tinyness of your baby. But that’s not what all parents want. And for those parents, please ensure that all clothing fits well.
Would you like to know more?
Have you got any questions you’d like to ask? Drop us a email, and let us know. And if you’re having a photo session, enjoy!
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