Family in a studio for a newborn session

Welcoming a newborn baby is a special time that you likely want documented. The best way to do that is with a newborn photoshoot! Capturing those adorable little features and sweet expressions creates timeless memories that you can always look back on and pass down for generations. The thought of having your newborn photographed may sound stressful, but in this blog, we’ll walk you through the process. That way, you’ll be prepared and stress-free when the time comes for your session!

Schedule your newborn photoshoot early

Newborn photos generally happen within the first 2 weeks of life. Scheduling within that window allows the photographer to capture their tiny size and delicate features. It’s also much easier because they tend to sleep deeply, making it easier to pose them.  As soon as you know your approximate due date, you can begin the scheduling process. While your due date may vary slightly, we suggest trying to get a tentative date on your favorite photographer’s calendar. Not all photographers allow this, but it never hurts to ask.

At Three Twenty Studio, we do allow you to schedule a tentative date and as that date approaches our team reaches out to you to see if we can keep that date or if we need to change it 😀

Choose your type of newborn session: lifestyle or studio 

At Three Twenty Studio, we offer lifestyle and studio newborn sessions. Many parents prefer having the photoshoot at home since it’s familiar and calming. Alternatively, you can opt for a studio session with all the necessary props. Depending on which session you choose, we will have more tips sent to you that are tailored specifically to lifestyle or studio sessions. 

Make sure your baby is well-rested and fed

A well-rested and fed baby is more likely to be calm, cooperative, and sleepy during the photoshoot. Like we said earlier, a sleepy baby will be easier to pose and will be less fussy, making the entire process smoother for everyone involved. 

And pro tip: If you’re breastfeeding maybe skip the morning coffee or any other caffeinated beverage ☕

Dress your newborn in simple and comfy outfits

When it comes to newborn photography, less is often more. Keep the outfits simple and comfortable. Opt for soft, stretchy fabrics that won’t irritate your baby’s skin. Neutral colors and pastel tones work best because they allow the photos to focus more on that sweet baby of yours. 

Be patient and flexible

We know we’re preaching to the choir when we say this, but newborns are unpredictable. Which means they might not always cooperate during the session. It might take a little longer, or we may not be able to get every single shot you were wanting. It’s important to remember to stay patient and positive. A successful photoshoot requires understanding and working around your baby’s needs and moods. 

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Newborn Photoshoot: 5 tips for preparing yourself and your baby