You fell in love the minute you saw your baby and you want to remember every minute of these special days forever. Follow our five essential newborn photography tips to make sure you and your baby have a great session that documents this magical time in your lives.
1. PLAN YOUR SESSION AHEAD OF TIME
For a newborn photography session, I invite you to reserve your spot in my schedule as soon as possible, so I can secure a spot for you. Please make sure to book an appointment about a week after your due date. I ask my clients to call me after the baby is born to confirm or reschedule the appointment.
Most photographers will only do newborn sessions when infants are between 5 to 14 days old when the baby is sleepy, small and flexible for cute photos. Please try to book during that time to ensure the best results. However, even if you have passed that time, don’t worry, I will be able to deliver beautiful photos of your child regardless! Our newborn sessions are customized for babies up until eight months.
2. IMAGINE YOUR DREAM NEWBORN PHOTOSHOOT
For a stress-free experience, it is important for you to take the time before the session to choose the styling and type of photo you want. Please review my portfolio ahead of time, and select 3 contrasting color themes to ensure a variety of styles. Keeping in mind where the prints and enlargement will be displayed can help with the color selection.
Please go to my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/leacartierstudio/ to review the “Newborn” and “Newborn Background” Stories and send me all your favorites options as an Insta-message, so I can learn about your taste and family-style. I will use this thread as a mood board during the shoot. This also helps me lay out all the right props before you arrive. If you wish to integrate a specific prop or sentimental item, please bring it along.
3. KEEP YOUR BABY ENGAGED, BUT CALM BEFORE THE PHOTOSESSION SESSION
The goal is for the baby to be and stay asleep during the newborn photoshoot. In the few hours leading up to the shoot, please try to keep your newborn awake, engaged and tired. If possible, we ask that you please feed and change the baby right before your session to limit the amount of time spent feeding during the shoot.
Transportation tends to soothe the baby to sleep. We will try to keep the baby asleep by moving them very gently. Please dress them in large and easy-to-remove clothes so we don’t upset the baby while changing outfits.
It would be helpful for us if you avoid scheduling vaccinations and/or other potential causes of stress before coming to the shoot.
With 15 years of experience shooting newborns and babies, I have developed many techniques to soothe your little one to sleep and work with and around possible tears.
4. SKIN RELIEF
If a baby has dried lizard skin may be helpful to apply organic coconut oil several times the days leading to your photo session. Coconut oil will relieve the baby from any itchiness and discomfort; it will also improve greatly your final photos. In the case of a rash, or severe dryness it may be better to wait for the medicine to take effect and reschedule five days after the doctor visit. If you have doubts, please reach out and send me a photo of your baby to see if we should reschedule. Before the session, change your baby’s diaper into a loose and clean diaper and swaddle them. Dressing them in easy-to-remove clothing beforehand will save us time. A loose diaper is best because it will avoid creating red diaper marks on their tiny waist and delicate skin.
5. FEED YOUR BABY 20-30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SESSION
It is helpful if you feed your baby 30 minutes or so before your photo session so they will be ready to sleep. Warm milk equals a happy and model-ready baby!
We kindly ask that you bring your own feeding and changing kit. I do also strongly recommend bringing bottled milk and a pacifier to the photoshoot. If you are breastfeeding, it would be very helpful to have some pumped milk ready in a bottle to feed and soothe the baby onset without moving them. It is normal for a baby to get fussy at some point during the photoshoot. We will change, feed and cuddle the baby until they fall back asleep.
6. WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR FAMILY PHOTO
I often ask the parents to hold the baby’s hands and feet to capture some detail shots. Please come the your session with a manicure as you hands will show in the photo.
You do not need to bring any outfit for the baby, I have an extended selection of outfits and props to create the beautiful aesthetic that you see on my website. If you wish to integrate a specific prop or item please bring it along. For your family portrait, we ask that you bring a few matching or harmonizing tops. For example, you and your partner can wear cashmere sweaters, t-shirts or blouses in a similar tone. Off-white, grey, pastel colors, or a simple black generally works well. Please refer to the newborn portfolio at https://www.lestudionyc.com/newborn-photographer/ for inspiration!
7. HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY BABY!
We know that excursions with your new infant are stressful, but if you remain calm and assured, so will your little one!
We ask that you supervise the well-being of your child during the shoot. You may help hold a prop or offer a pacifier in between shots if the baby is fussy. The Studio is equipped with a changing station, white noise machine, electric blanket, and countless props and outfits to create a comforting experience and unique photos of your little one.
If you need anything at any point during the shoot, please let us know. We have coffee and tea, strong wifi access, comfortable seating, and a private room for calls.
Sometimes Dad and siblings go on a walk and join for the first 10 or last 10 minutes of the newborn session for the family photos.
Read more about your Newborn Experience online. I am looking forward to meeting your family, and sharing this sweet moment that you will remember for life with heirloom artwork!
8- It’s all in the details
Your hands and your partner’s hands may show up in close up during your session. Make sure to have a basic but clean manicure for your photo session.
I offer photo sessions at clients’ homes as well. I can bring all the necessary equipment for newborn and family sessions to you. You do not need to worry about lighting, as I will bring professional studio lighting equipment. The choice of props, scenic backgrounds, and styling is identical to studio photoshoots. You have the option to experience a high-end newborn or family session in the comfort of your own home with equal results.
I am very much looking forward to our photoshoot.