Studio Newborn Photography – What to expect

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I love natural light and minimal styling when it comes to newborn photography, but that is not to say that I do not do styled, studio work.  In fact, I would not be true to my own ‘inner princess’ if I didn’t admit that doing a styled, studio shoot like this one every so often is LOADS of fun! Playing ‘dress-up’ is however hard work – so here’s some pointers as to what to expect at and prepare for your newborn session (whether on location or in studio):

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How do I prepare my baby for the newborn shoot?
Newborn photography is not an exact science.  It’s not unusual for it to be a combination of feeding, calming, cleaning (yes naked babies poop!) and photographing in between.  That being said, it is a good idea to try and arrange the session so that it falls on baby’s nap time and to feed your little one when you arrive at the studio or when I arrive.

Keeping the room where the shoot will be taking place nice and toasty is also important as babies get cold quickly – especially when we photograph them in their birthday suits.

Dressing and undressing babies just upset them so a good idea is to put a white, (unbranded if possible) nappy on and wrap your baby in a soft, warm blanket before feeding him and letting him fall asleep.  From there it’s easier to position him and gently remove items or add items as needed.

White noise in the background is not a must but always helpful.  If your baby uses a pacifier, please remember to bring it with. Pacifiers are priceless when you do styled shoots where baby is not in mom’s arms and he needs something extra to sooth him.

How many pictures can I expect?
As mentioned earlier, newborn photography is not an exact science – especially when you’re doing styled photography in an environment that is new to the newborn.  Although there is a minimum amount of agreed pictures (see contract) I focus on and do everything in my power to capture beautiful images within the two hour frame available to us.  If your little one is particularly unsettled on the day, I sometimes push the session to 2.5 hours at now extra cost to make sure you walk away with at least the agreed minimum  and that those images are beautiful. But it is important to understand that quality and not quantity should be the focus and objective.

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Can I bring friends and family with?
Yes. They are welcome.  They should just be briefed on what to expect beforehand and try not to interfere too much as ‘too many cooks can spoil the broth’. It’s a good idea to bring one more adult along if you’re going to bring small children to the studio.

Anything else?
If you’ve decided on a studio shoot it is advisable to bring something to drink and eat – 2 hours can be a long time without food or something to drink (especially if you’re breastfeeding in-between).