Adorn the walls of your home with your newborn’s beautiful little features, tiny smirks, and sleepy faces. Capture those precious first few moments and create cherished keepsakes and beloved gifts for family and friends alike.
The newborn stage is filled with sleepless nights, big transitions, and even more love. As time passes, it can be hard to remember those little details that made those first few weeks so precious. Engrave those tiny features into your heart by investing in timeless newborn photos to fondly look back on.
Reach out to your photographer while you are pregnant, give the photographer an idea of when you expect the delivery, and then firm up the date once the baby arrives.
It is best to schedule a newborn session in the morning, babies tend to sleep better in the morning than in the afternoon. You will need to budget at least 3-4 hours for the shoot.
I strongly suggest trying to shoot within the first two weeks, after that they are more difficult to get settled in those cute newborn poses. If you don't get to it before then don't worry, it will still be possible to get cute photos.
It is possible to create beautiful photos with a baby of any age. You may not be able to do all of the newborn poses at 1 month, most likely the baby will need to be wrapped in order to feel settled and sleep for the shoot.
Your photographer should be able to get the baby into a few different poses during the shoot, you won't need to learn anything beforehand, but the photographer will need you to stand close by at all times.
There will be long periods of waiting for the baby to settle, short bursts of photos during sleeping periods, and outfit or set changes.
Newborn sessions typically take around 2-4 hours, depending on what types of photos you have agreed upon in your contract.
If you're unsure, white looks great for boys or girls. I prefer pastel or earthy tones. I don't use too many props so that the baby is really featured.
Pacifier, blankets, diapers, wipes, changing pad, poo bags–anything you need for feeding baby including bottles, formula, water, breastmilk, and snacks for yourself. You may also bring outfits for family portraits if you have them in your contract. White or pastel colors always photograph well and are suitable for this occasion. You can't go wrong with a blue-and-white color scheme for any member of the family.
Your photographer may have special newborn photoshoot props and clothing but you can also bring some pieces and discuss with your photographer.
Emma Cleary founded Emma Cleary Photo and Video after graduating from Parsons and discovering her love for photography working as a photo retoucher at Milk Studios in New York City. A skilled artist with an extensive background in illustration and painting, Emma Cleary began setting up bridal shoots with close friends prior to booking weddings. As her business developed, Emma built a talented and collaborative team of photographers and videographers, ensuring consistent delivery of high-quality work and a seamless experience for clients.