What to Expect at a Newborn Session

 Article By Megan Blusys, Photo by Joe Blusys

I love doing newborn sessions … it’s my chance to get some “baby time” while the parents get some much-needed relaxation. And, since we’ve been doing a lot of newborn shoots lately, I thought it might be good to do a quick little post about our newborn sessions.

Before the Baby Arrives …

Contact us well before your due date so we can get you in our calendar; the best time is during your second trimester.

Then, let us know soon before or after you deliver so we can arrange a time for the session. Remember, the ideal time for adorable, sleepy newborn shots is 4-10 days after the little one is born. Babies older than 2 weeks are more alert and more likely to be disturbed when sleeping, and they don’t like to curl up as much.

The Day of the Session …

Dress the baby in an outfit that can easily be taken off without disturbing him or her too much. Also, loosely fasten the diaper; having it on too tight will create wrinkle lines on the baby’s skin.

Feed the baby right before you drive to the studio. That way he or she has a full tummy and will easily be lulled to sleep in the car.

Parents should wear lightweight clothing since it will be warm in the studio (it needs to be warm since the baby will be in his or her birthday suit most of the time). In fact, if the adults aren’t hot, then the room isn’t warm enough for the baby.

During the Session …

Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours. It all depends on the baby’s mood and willingness to be calm. Getting him or her calm and to sleep in the right pose takes time, and he or she may need to be fed or rocked a few times first. In fact, probably 50% of your session will involve feeding, diaper changes, and cuddling to get the baby comfortable.

TIP: It’s important that Mom and Dad don’t stress out if Baby doesn’t cooperate right away, since the newborn will pick up on any frustration in the room. And if the baby won’t fall asleep, it’s okay. Wide-awake newborn photos are just as cute.

We’ll do a variety of poses, some with and without props, so you have a wide range of pictures to choose from. We’ll also be sure to get plenty of shots of the baby’s tiny toes and fingers.

Naked babies are adorable … and messy. Don’t worry. We expect there to be accidents and will have plenty of wipes on hand.

Since most of the shots will be of the baby nude or swaddled, you don’t need to bring any outfits. However, if there is something special you want in the pictures (like a hat, blanket, stuffed animal or family heirloom), feel free to bring it along.

Stay tuned for more session tips – including senior session dos and don’ts.


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