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Getting Ready for Your Newborn Photography Session: A Guide for Parents

Newborn photography

Welcoming a newborn into the family is a momentous occasion, filled with love, joy, and countless precious moments. As parents, you want to preserve these fleeting moments forever, and what better way to do so than with a newborn photography session?

Getting Ready for Your Newborn Photography Session: A Guide for Parents.

To help you prepare for this special experience and ensure beautiful and memorable photos, here is a comprehensive guide for parents:

Schedule the Session Early: It's best to schedule your newborn photography session within the first two weeks of your baby's life when they are sleepiest. Contact your photographer well in advance, usually after your 20 week scan to secure a booking and discuss potential dates.

Choose the Right Photographer: Take the time to research and choose a photographer whose style resonates with you and who has experience working with newborns. Look for reviews, browse their portfolio, and ask for recommendations from friends or family members.

Newborn Photography | Mikaela Jade Photography

Communicate Your Vision: Before the session, communicate your vision, preferences, and any specific ideas you have. Whether you prefer posed shots, lifestyle photography, or a combination of both, sharing your vision will help ensure that your photographer captures the images you envision.

Prepare the Nursery: If you're having the session at home consider using your baby's nursery or another cozy corner of your home as the backdrop for the photoshoot. Declutter the space and add personal touches such as blankets, pillows, and nursery decor to create a warm and inviting setting.

Gather Props and Outfits: While your photographer will likely provide some props and accessories, feel free to bring along any special items you'd like to incorporate into the photoshoot, such as heirloom blankets, stuffed animals, or hats. Additionally, choose a few adorable outfits for your baby to wear during the session.

Feed and Comfort Your Baby: On the day of the session, make sure your baby is well-fed as much as you're able too, to ensure they are calm and content throughout the photoshoot. Consider feeding your baby right before the session begins to help keep them sleepy and relaxed. I like to call it Milk drunk!

Dress Comfortably: As parents, you'll be involved in the photoshoot, so dress comfortably in neutral, coordinating outfits that won't distract from your baby. Avoid busy patterns or logos and opt for soft, solid colors that complement your baby's skin tone.

Relax and Enjoy the Experience: Above all else, relax and enjoy the experience! Trust in your photographer's expertise and allow them to guide you through the session. Embrace the precious moments with your newborn and cherish the memories you're creating together.

Newborn Family Photography | Mikaela Jade Photography

Be Flexible: Keep in mind that newborns can be unpredictable, and not everything will go according to plan. Be flexible and go with the flow, allowing plenty of time for feeding, nappy changes, and soothing as needed.

Have Fun: Most importantly, have fun and enjoy this special time with your baby! Your photographer will capture beautiful, authentic moments that you'll cherish for a lifetime, so relax, smile, and soak in the magic of parenthood.

With these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared for your newborn photography session and ready to create timeless memories that you'll treasure for years to come!

Ready to book your newborn session?

The photographs featured in this blog were from little Isla's session in my studio based at Brightwell Barns, just outside Ipswich in the Suffolk countryside.

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