There is truly nothing sweeter than fresh photos of a newborn baby. A baby’s soft skin, perfect nose, tiny toes, and precious snuggles with parents and siblings are all part of what makes capturing this time so special. This newborn stage is quick to fly by, so it’s important to think ahead when planning your newborn session, and I’m here to help!
It is best to photograph a newborn baby within the first 5 days after birth, but definitely within the first 10 days. I know, that can seem really quick when you think about spending 2-3 days in the hospital, allowing time to get settled in at home, trying to make sure the entire family is rested for photos, and more. Remember though, babies change fast! Those newborn baby features and the super settled baby demeanor only lasts a few days, and we want to capture all of the beautiful newness while we can! The sooner we can capture photos after birth, the more sleepy the baby will be for those precious squishy photos!
Talk to your spouse and kids about how long your photo session will be and what your expectations are for them. You can let them know that once I arrive and get set up in your home, I will start with photographing the baby for about 30 minutes, and then will move into photos with siblings and parents. For more specific tips, click over to How to Best Prepare Your Family for a Photo Shoot.
Newborn babies are most settled when they are in a warm, draft free area, and are in a simple swaddle. I recommend turning your heat up to 80 degrees about an hour before I arrive and keeping the windows closed. Tidy up the areas we may use for photos like spots with bright natural light in the main living space, the nursery, and the master bedroom. Put any pets away that will want to be the center of attention, and pull them back out when it’s their turn to be in photos.
I mentioned earlier that newborn babies love to be swaddled. Gathering one or two of your favorite swaddle blankets, a hat or headband, a lovey, and a special outfit are a great way to show off some important items in your photos.
The few minutes before a photographer arrives at your house may seem a bit hectic, but try to reserve this time to feed your new little one. It’s best to start our photography session together with a sleepy baby who has a full belly. This ensures we are setting ourselves up for success. Yes, the baby may need a quick feeding later during the photo session, and that’s perfectly okay.
While I make every effort to capture the most precious photos of a settled baby, and my tips and tricks almost always settle a fussy baby, some babies simply don’t cooperate for their photo shoot. It’s rare, but it can happen, and unfortunately it’s something that none of us can control. We can do our best, try all the tricks, and take extra lifestyle photos of every family member loving on the baby. Those snuggle photos always warm our hearts!
For more Asheville newborn photography, click over to Asheville Newborn Photography | Palmer Newborn Photos Preview and Newborn Portfolio.