Newborn FAQ's

Newborn sessions are unlike any other session. They can be unpredictable, messy and sweet all at the same time. Like a lot of photographers, my passion for newborns grew when my boys were born, especially my little one.

Here are the top questions I {and I'm sure other photographers} get asked about newborn photography...

1. What age do you photograph newborns?

My personal answer to this is between 5-10 days after birth. I've gone over that {up to two weeks} but never younger. The first couple days babies are just learning to breastfeed and sometimes the mother's milk hasn't come in yet, which can make the babies cluster feed and just not sooth as well. Newborns in the 5-10 day old age range are still sleepy and easy to squish into those super sweet poses.

2. When should I book my newborn session?

Book as early as you can. Your photographer will pencil your date in their calendar and then you know you have a spot around that date. I sometimes have due dates on my calendar months in advance.

3. How long will the session take?

That depends on your baby! Typically sessions take 2-4 hours. I've had babies who don't make a peep the whole time and we get the session in 2 hours. I've had babies who fight the sleep and or just don't want to be posed and take a little extra time. I tell every mom that I always get all the shots I need, sometimes it just takes longer. Most of my moms tell me how patient I am, but that comes with the job! If baby isn't having it, the photographer may suggest to reschedule a couple days later and try again!

4. Where does the session take place?

My newborn sessions take place in my in-home studio, but many photographers will travel to your home. I used to travel and it always felt like I was moving in, so now that I have a studio, I do all my shooting here. I don't have to worry about messing up mom and dad's house.

I also offer outdoor sessions in the warmer weather months. My best babies have been outside babies because the temperature make them sleepy and you can just pick them up and move them from place to place.

This little guy (below) took no time because he was so sweet and snuggly. He was outdoors in August...very nice and humid!

5. What should we wear or bring?

Nothing! Your photographer typically will have all the props, blankets, etc. that they need. If parents have something really important to include than I have them send me a photograph of it ahead of time, so I can plan my "set", but we spend a lot of time picking out outfits, setting up props and making sure everything is perfect. Every photographers style is different so this is a good one to ask!

Newborn portraits should be classical and timeless.

6. What safety precautions do you use and how do you keep our newborn comfortable?

Babies like heat, noise and like to be swaddled. {That's how they were in your belly}. The studio will be set to about 80 degrees and I use a heater to directly warm up the space I will be shooting in. A white noise machine or iphone white noise app will usually be playing.

Newborn safety is huge. Hands should always be supporting babies neck. Your photographer will always keep hands on baby while posing. Some photographers have an assistant for baby safety. I always ask mom or dad to sit near to baby in case they would startle or move.

Everything is sanitized before baby's session. Everything should be wiped down, all the clothing and props should be clean and hands freshly washed!

Additonal Safety Tip!

****Some of those sweet poses you see are composites. Meaning that they are two images together in Photoshop. Your photographer may not be able to recreate every Pinterest photo you see!****

7. Naked baby...yes or no?