Newborn & Family Portrait Session Preparation Guide

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Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! Let’s prepare for their first-ever photoshoot. How exciting!

The first few days after the baby is born pass by quickly, so it is advisable to schedule a photography session as soon as you get home. It is best to have the session during the baby’s first two weeks, as they tend to be sleepier and easier to pose in cute sleeping poses. However, if you prefer to have the session when the baby is more alert, that is fine, too. Older babies have a lot of personality, and I enjoy photographing them just as much as newborns. Schedule a newborn.

Whether you are scheduling an in-home or a studio session, the prep will be identical, with the difference between you driving to me and me driving to you! I will make sure to add the in-home session steps below for you. Click here for IN-HOME NEWBORN INFORMATION -> 1 <-

Things to do to prepare for your newborn session:

For the baby, When packing for your baby, it’s important to make sure you have all of the necessary items. Start by bringing along a few pacifiers in case one gets lost or dirty. You’ll also need plenty of diapers and wipes, so be sure to pack more than you think you’ll need. Extra clothes are also a must-have, as babies tend to have accidents and spills. It’s a good idea to bring at least two extra outfits just in case. Don’t forget to pack receiving blankets as well, as these can be used to keep your little one warm and cozy during breaks in the session. When it comes to clothing, simple onesies are the best option since they are easy to remove and won’t distract from the photos. With these essential items in hand, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful and stress-free photo shoot with your baby.

For moms and families, it’s a great idea to bring comfortable clothes to change into after-family photos. And don’t forget to bring some water and snacks for yourself. If your little ones will be joining the photo session, bring some dry snacks, and please be mindful of the studio’s furniture and props. Also, moms, don’t forget to pack a strapless nude bra, nude undies, moisturizer, and lipstick to look your best.

For dads, we recommend wearing dark blue jeans, khaki, blue, or gray chino-style pants, and a plain shirt in a neutral color.

Choosing wardrobe:

When it comes to selecting your wardrobe for your photography session, you can do it right before your session. Once you arrive at our studio, you will have the chance to take a look at the options provided. You can even try them on before the session if you wish. It is recommended that you take a look at our website or Instagram to have an idea of the wardrobe that is offered. We will also discuss newborn props and set-ups. I will have these set-ups ready before the session so you can look at them once you arrive. I will coordinate the set-ups’ colors based on the colors you select when filling out your questionnaire.

Session flow for studio Sessions:

We will begin the newborn photo session with family photos. We prioritize family photos first so that the mother and everyone involved can relax later. Newborn photos can take up to 2-3 hours, so it’s best to complete the family photos first. We offer various options for your family photos. We can do a plain backdrop or a more lifestyle-homey look with our daybed.

Backdrop options:

Textured gray, textured cream, boho simple set, mud, Elephant, thunder gray, white, cream, Boho Daybed setup.

Newborn props and color options:

We simply offer everything you need for your newborn portraits, headbands, wraps, hats, rugs, props, everything. Here is some options below:

In-home Newborn prep guide

  1. I am excited about our upcoming newborn photo session, and I hope you are too. To help us capture the best images together, please follow these suggestions:
    I will be arriving at around 10:45 am.

    When I arrive, I will first take a look around and check the rooms that we will be using for the photo session. It would be great if you could open the blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.

    The room temperature should be set at 76-77 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for making the baby feel comfortable and sleepy, allowing us to take those cute, sleepy photos.

    We don’t need any props unless we have already discussed them. I specialize in creating timeless portraits that capture genuine moments, expressions, and interactions, so let’s keep things simple.
    During the session, please feel free to express your emotions and personality. The best photos are the ones where you are being yourself. Don’t feel like you have to pose for the camera either – some of the most meaningful images come from just being in the moment.

    Here are a few other tips to help you prepare for the session:
    Simplicity is key, so when in doubt, less is more.
    Avoid patterns, stripes, and logos as they can be distracting.
    Neutral colors such as beige, white, black, tan, and grey tend to photograph the best and complement your skin tones.
    Choose clothing that fits well and allows you to move comfortably.
    Make sure your clothing is appropriate for full-length portraits.
    No shoes are needed for an in-home session.
    Keep jewelry to a minimum and choose neutral, non-distracting pieces.
    Avoid getting a professional tan or tanning outdoors before the session as it may not look flattering in photos.
    Keep your hair and makeup natural and comfortable. You can choose to have it professionally done or do it yourself, as long as you feel beautiful and confident.
    Declutter as much as possible
    I can’t wait to work with you and capture some amazing memories!

If you have any questions,

Please reach out to me by email at / text/call (919) 648-3435

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