For a 33 year-old that doesn’t have any children, I sure do know a whole lot about babies! How, you ask? Baby photography! I have been a baby photographer more than 13 years. These are my specialty, my joy, and my life.
Once I started newborn photography I needed to figure out how to hold a child, soothe an infant, stay calm, and familiarize myself with facial expressions. I would often take a look at them and think, “I wonder why they are smiling that way”. And you hear a solid… from your diaper… a wet sound. I imagine parents, other photographers, and everybody who works together with babies can relate to this.
After a few many years of newborn photography, I made the decision to make a self-help guide to help new parents and photographers alike to aid prepare for the photo shoot when the photo shoot occurs in the clients home. All of my newborn photo shoots are taken at my clients’ homes because it’s by far the most comfortable location for a growing family.
Without further ado, here is the guide born from my frequently asked questions about a newborn photography shoot…
1. When should we schedule the newborn photo shoot? Schedule your newborn photography shoot in the first couple of weeks of the due date. This is simply a tentative date and will likely change depending on the baby’s arrival. If you have a C-section then this date is pretty set unless the baby comes early.
It’s better to capture babies around 5-14 days whilst they sleep and possess the newborn look. With that said, you will find no guarantees with newborns. They are doing the things they please. I actually have done photo shoots at 6 days. Some cooperate and some don’t. We have done photo shoots at four weeks. Some cooperate and some don’t. In either case, they’re all wonderful!
2. What goes on if my baby is late? Contact newborn atlanta photos and play in the date by ear. If the baby is early, don’t concern yourself with contacting your photographer immediately. Enjoy the new member of your loved ones! Contact them within the next couple of days and tell them that your baby is here now.
3. What temperature if the house be? Your day from the photo shoot I would recommend to get the house in a good warm temperature. We are going to be sweating but the baby will likely be comfortable. You possibly will not need the heat on during summer though. The little ones don’t want to be too hot or too cold.
Take into account that a lot of the poses is going to be of the baby in their diaper, naked, or anything you discussed together with your photographer. Walk around your home and consider the settings/backdrops that may exercise best when it comes to lighting. Usually, photographers want to setup within the room with all the most sunlight. But also important rooms such as the nursery, your bedroom, the living room, as well as the yard if it’s a nice day.
4. When must i feed my baby? Attempt to time it so that you are almost completed with the feeding or completely done by the time the photographer arrives. A happy baby equals a sleepy baby. Sleepy babies xgdqyb awesome! Also, keep in mind we may feed the infant a bit outside their schedule to ensure they are calm.
If you wanted your infant in a wrap, diaper cover, or even naked i then suggest to take their clothes off (but keep them within their diaper!), wrap them up in a blanket, then commence to feed them. The less we move them around after there is a full belly, the higher.
5. What do I really do if my baby is sleepy just before the photo shoot? Sometimes your baby will likely be asleep before we arrive and before the feeding. Try to keep them up by changing them or perhaps nice bath. You want your baby to be tired throughout the photo shoot, not before
6. Just how long will the photo shoot last? How long would really depend on the photographer as well as the baby. I actually have completed newborn photo shoots within an hour and upwards of 4 hours. If the baby is awake during the photo shoot, it’s OK! Photos of your baby alert and awake are magical!
7. What props should I have ready and does the photographer bring any? Most of the props and hats i personally utilize within my photography shoots belong to the baby. The picture holds a different meaning in the event you utilize your personal hats, blankets, books, and other props. Also, don’t forget all of the gifts which you baby will get. Using gifts from friends and families makes these photos extra special.