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How to prepare for your newborn photography session

by Laura posted in Newborn Photography, Newborn • Dec 22, 2013 8:05:00 AM

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A newborn photography session can seem overwhelming in the midst of adjusting to your new routine. But trust us when we say that you will be so happy you scheduled your newborn for a photography session! When planning a classic newborn session, which will take place within the first two weeks of birth, there are some steps you can take to make sure you have a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

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2-3 weeks before newborn session: set up a phone call or in-person meeting with your photographer to touch base about your goals and hopes for the session. Be sure to mention if you will be bringing siblings so that she can give you tips for helping them prepare for the photo session as well.

You may also want to begin thinking about newborn photography props such as little hats, family heirlooms, or items that are meaningful to your family.  This will give you plenty of time to pick out items that you will enjoy having as part of your newborn session.

2 days before the newborn session: if you are nursing, avoid acidic foods (lemons, oranges, tomato products) or gassy foods (broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower)  A gassy baby is a fussy baby.

Session day:

Clothing for babies should be kept simple – we prefer portraits naked or swaddled. 

We have hats, blankets, etc. at the studio … so if you forgot to purchase items or you ran out of time it's not a problem.

When traveling to the photography studio, keep baby's clothing very loose so texture marks don’t mar your beautiful baby’s perfect skin

Bring a change of clothing for everyone and plenty of diapers and wipes

For your own clothing, neutral shirts with minimal designs are best.  Wear layers.

We recommend arriving to our photography studios, which are located in the Philadelphia areas, 20 minutes early and feed your baby before the session begins.  We get the best results with a full belly!

Please don’t feel stressed if we need to stop to allow your baby time for a feed, change or just a cuddle from mom or dad,  We understand that little ones work on their own schedule, not ours.

Bringing siblings for a newborn photography session:

It is difficult for a toddler to be patient for two hours… bring an extra person to keep them company! (grandma, relative, babysitter)

Consider bringing the sibling for just the beginning or the very end of the session … perhaps for the last hour or 45 minutes.  Your photographer is trained and very comfortable with handling your newborn.

Please put your feet up, relax, and enjoy your session!  And if you live in the Philadelphia, main line or chester county areas we'd love to meet your precious little newborn!

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