Those sleep deprived newborn days fly by, and it’s wonderful to have tender photos to remember them by. Check out these tips for a successful newborn photoshoot.Three brilliantly simple and helpful tips. Well worth making the time to read whether you book a professional photographer or take the photos yourself!
Tips for a Successful Newborn Baby Photoshoot
#1 Make Sure Your Baby is Comfortable
A happy baby makes for happy photos! Dress your infant in comfortable clothing, and make sure the room is a comfortable temperature (if you are having photos taken in your own home). Newborns will relax in a room that is much warmer than most adults like – 80-85 degrees if you are looking for nude or near-nude photos.
Ideally, feed the baby within 30 minutes of the photoshoot. If you are breastfeeding, avoid eating foods that might lead to an upset stomach within a day of the photoshoot.
Consider your baby’s comfort when selecting outfits and photography props. Avoid scratchy or otherwise irritating fabrics.
#2 Research Poses
Use Google image search and Pinterest to find poses you like. If you are hiring a photographer, I recommend picking out a few favorites to send over before the day. If you have your heart set on a particular pose, make sure the photographer you select can deliver that photo! Different photographers have different styles from posing to editing. Make sure you like the style of the photographer you choose!
Be as relaxed as possible on the day of the shoot! Newborns are very attuned to their parents’ emotions! If you are happy and relaxed, your baby is much more likely to be relaxed and happy as well. Focus on your love for your child, and the excitement of meeting this new tiny person.
Is your baby crying? Don’t worry – I promise that newborn photographers deal with this all the time! Take a moment to calm your child down and to help them feel safe and loved.
What are your top tips for a successful newborn photoshoot? I’d love to hear in the comments. Are you looking for a Silicon Valley based newborn photographer? Send me a note! I’d love to capture these early memories for your family.