I decided to make my very first blog post about something useful to all you expecting moms, and mommies with newborns!
You may be pregnant counting down the days until your little one arrives or maybe your baby has already made his/her appearance and it is their time to shine! Either way, you have waited months to get your perfect baby's pictures professionally done! You've anticipated having those beautiful intricate details photographed so you can cherish them forever! Something about birthing a child really takes a toll on you. You are tired, worn out, and either getting a rhythm established for making bottles or creating patterns of when baby will be nursing. The last thing on your mind is how to prepare for your newborn's photo shoot. I have decided to compile a sort of a guide for mommies who are new at this. I often tell parents my job as a photographer partially depends on what you can do before your shoot to make sure your photos are all you dreamed them to be. Now, this is not what you must do in order to get awesome newborn pictures, but I can promise you one thing: your photoshoot will go smoother because baby will be happier. This will usually yield better results and create a better experience for your new tiny bundle of joy and for yourself. So let's do this together, shall we? I'm going to throw in quickly the first thing you should do is establish the outfits you want baby to wear (or decide not to wear as some parents prefer the simplicity of no clothes), along with any mementos such as special blankies that you may want in the photos, but this is a given. First of all, preparation is best started before your photographer ever arrives. You want to make sure your baby is fed. If you have a specific feeding schedule it would be best to schedule your photographer to come at a time when baby has just been fed, or may even be feeding at that time. A fed baby is not only a happy baby but a sleepy one which makes posing even easier :) Second, newborns are used to being snug inside your tummy. That place is much warmer than room temperature right? So my second suggestion is to keep it much warmer in your house or hospital room if you have access (only at the time of the photoshoot) and crank up that thermostat to about 80.. The reason for this is that we will more than likely be undressing baby for outfit changes or undressing them to be nakie (we all love the nakie baby pics). Now here is where I will differentiate between hospital newborn pictures and newborn pictures at home. I highly suggest because of the room I need to be moving around in and for the sake of lessening the commotion, that you clear out the hospital room just for one hour. All I usually need is an hour (most of the time less than that) to get beautiful shots of the baby. A room full of people may be disruptive to the baby's sleep and to the photographer's concentration. This allows more intimate photos of the parents and baby as well. Your reactions will be more genuine as I like to capture reality not so much "posing" and "say cheese", as these are not what those first moments of meeting your baby are about. My rule of thumb is if you cannot clear out the room for 1 hour, it may be best to wait until you are home to get your newborn's pictures made. My final suggestion is to be sure to schedule your session within the first two weeks of baby's arrival. This is because the newer the baby the easier it is to pose them. Those little feet and hands are more relaxed and bendable when they are fresh from the baby factory ;) They also enjoy being swaddled more which is a signature pose I like to do. So that's it! This is my guide if you want it because I believe in happy parents happy baby when it comes to pictures. This is just my tried and true recipe for success when it comes to newborn photography, but by no means a rule that you must follow.