FAQs Newborn Pictures | Arizona Photographer
I always get so excited when I get to take pictures of newborns! There’s something about their freshness to this world, the wonder of new parents, and those precious first moments as a family. To help you prepare for your session here are some frequently asked questions about newborn pictures.
When should I schedule newborn pictures?
Before you give birth you should choose your photographer, sign a contract, and settle on some possible dates. After baby comes you will be too busy to give newborn pictures much thought and will likely miss the fleeting newborn stage if its not already planned. I usually try to finalize the booking 3-4 days after baby is born for sometime in the next 2 weeks. It’s too hard to pick a date beforehand because baby will come when baby comes and according to no one’s schedule but his own.
Those first 15 days or so comprise the newborn stage, baby will be nice and sleepy and fairly cooperative so schedule within the first two weeks for sleepy newborn pictures. If you prefer newborn pictures where baby is more awak you can schedule anytime between 15 days and 1 month old.
And even if you miss the “newborn” stage you can still document this precious new chapter in your life! Don’t let labels define you or whether or not you get pictures of your baby’s debut into this world.
How long do you recommend for newborn pictures?
I usually spend between 1 and 2 hours with my newborn clients but have had sessions last as long as 3. Talk with your photographer about your specific situation, your photo goals, and the setting for your pictures for their best recommendation. Personally I prefer 2 hours because it give us enough time to go at baby’s pace. It means we have time to stop for feedings, diaper changes, or cuddles to keep baby happy and mom doesn’t have to stress about running out of time.
What should we wear?
The same principles apply to newborn sessions as other family sessions. Stick to neutral color pallets and coordinate your outfits (don’t match!). Instead of going over the top fancy, keep the setting in mind and think about what you normally wear around your home, then take it up a notch or two. You will most likely be sitting on a bed at some point so make sure it’s something you can move in comfortably. For mom’s especially make sure you feel beautiful and comfortable in whatever you’re wearing. If that means yoga pants that’s okay! Pair them with a tunic top and chunky cardigan.
I always recommend dressing baby in simple outfits that don’t drown them. Personally I’m a sucker for a simple white onesie on a newborn but I’ve also seen success with simple, comfy, solid bodysuits. If you lay baby down and their shirt rides up to their chin… that outfit is wearing them! Dial it down.
Where should we have our session?
If it at all possible, AT HOME! It will be absolutely the most convenient and comfortable place for you. I wrote a whole blog post about determining if your home can handle an in-home newborn session so head on over to see if yours can hack it. If you live in a basement with limited natural light (like I do right now) work with your photographer to find a natural light studio space that can give you that in-home look.
I hope you’ve found answers to your questions and feel confident moving forward with a newborn session. If you have a question you don’t see an answer to here feel free to contact me.