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How to Prepare for your Newborn Portrait Session

Congratulations! The relationship between a parent and newborn baby is so incredible to witness. These sessions are so moving that our clients often shed tears of joy when they first see the images.

The best time to come for a newborn session is in the first 10 days of life and it’s not uncommon that my clients call me from the delivery room to get themselves into my schedule! The newborn session is a perfect opportunity to design a gorgeous birth announcement for you, too.

Your baby grows so quickly, that it’s important to capture their precious little size as early as possible. And with the desire to get in early, we highly suggest that you contact us before the baby is born to give me a heads up to make room in my busy calendar!

What to Expect from your Newborn Photographs: Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know when to schedule a newborn portrait session?

It is best to let us know your due date in advance. That way, I can anticipate the baby’s birth, be on the alert and be ready to fit you in to my schedule soon after the baby is delivered. We can usually accommodate you with only a week’s notice. Newborn are priority because you can not get back those first days.

When is the best age to photograph a newborn baby?

Newborn babies are best when photographed at fewer than 10 days old — the younger the better! In fact, most newborn sessions are held at four to ten days old. Your baby grows so quickly, that it’s important to capture their precious little size as early as possible.

What should we expect in a newborn session?

We’re looking to create a variety of photographs of your baby, capturing how special and tiny a newborn can be. We’ll do some images of the baby sleeping, the baby wrapped in soft wraps and the baby in your arms, plus we’ll capture those tiny newborn feet! I often keep the studio warmer than normal, so that the baby will be comfortable and will fall asleep for the most angelic portraits!

Where will my session take place?

Newborn sessions take place on weekdays or weekends during the day in my Rio Rancho studio, that is also my home. Here, we have all the props, lighting, supplies and resources necessary to capture amazing portraits for you. I set aside as many as two to four hours for your special session.

What will a session cost?

Your investment starts at $300 for a session at the studio. Included in your initial investment my time and talent during the session also I will personally take extra care in editing your session to ensure that your portraits are a perfect piece of art. You will also get the high resolution files in a gallery that you may share with family and friends. You will also be able to download your images directly from the gallery with full printing rights.

How long will you spend with us?

We set aside up to 3 hours for your newborn session, allowing for feedings or short breaks we may need in order to capture your baby sleeping and awake. We’ll do a mixture of color and black & white imagery, with some of the baby alone and some with you together. Ideally, we love to get some angelic sleeping baby images as well as ones with your baby awake and alert.

Typically, we begin the session with the portraits of the parents and the baby together, against the dark backdrop and the baby naked for a series of intimate relationship portraits. Next, we move towards portraits of the baby alone, both naked and using simple props, such as wraps, hats & baskets, coaxing the baby to fall asleep for the sweetest images.

Who can come?

I encourage both parents to be photographed with the baby and we do these portraits at the start of your session. If there is an older sibling, these are also completed early in the session. I like to photograph the family images first, then concentrate our attention for the remainder of the session on the baby alone, both awake and asleep. I set aside the time in order to allow the baby to become drowsy and fall asleep in the latter half of your session time.

How should we dress the baby?

It’s not necessary to bring any clothes for the baby. Newborn babies are best photographed naked, or adorned with simple props such as knit hats, wraps, bows or tiny tutus. I have a number of hats, wraps and blankets here to adorn your baby, so relax and let me do the styling! As a general rule, I believe the more skin showing the better. A naked newborn baby is so lovely and so perfect. Newborn clothing never fits properly and the baby gets lost in the fabric. Even if a parent is determined to dress the baby in an outfit that they have brought with them, 9 times out of 10, they see the results and agree that the unclothed portraits are the best!

Do you photograph me with the baby?

Yes, of course. I encourage it. I adore when the parents choose to be a photographed with their baby, as there is a lovely connection between a parent and a newborn infant. The relationship between you and your baby at this early stage is precious to behold. You’ll want to remember just how tiny your baby was at the time.

What should we wear?

 We suggest wearing a solid black or white for the more intimate shots. The dark top is both flattering to the mother who has just given birth as well as being a lovely contrast to the baby’s skin. 

 

Alternatively, for family images, especially if I photograph the family with an older sibling, we suggest that the parents wear white, black or light colored shirts, and any siblings may wear a solid color top.

 

It can also be lovely to photograph the mother wearing a wrap (which we have at the studio) around her torso and photograph the baby skin to skin next to the mother’s body.

What should we bring?

If you have a special hand knit receiving blanket, that would be great to bring with you to add to the portraits of your newborn baby. Or you may bring a special stuffed plush toy that you would like to incorporate into a portrait. Simple is best.

Additionally, if you plan to be photographed with your newborn, you may also want to bring a fresh shirt with you to change into after the session in the event of any small accidents while your baby is naked!