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Prepare your baby for their Newborn Photography Session

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Most new parents won’t know what to expect during their newborn baby photography session so I’ve included some helpful information here to prepare and help ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. If I’ve left anything out feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

Stay awake!

I ask parents to try keeping baby awake for the hour before I am due to arrive. If all fails, I suggest a bath. The sleepier he is the smoother the session will be and the better the outcome. This really does make a difference to how your session will go and I want you to get the most from our time together.


Feeding time!

Feeding just before I am due to your home is advisable and I know babies have a mind and schedule of their own so if that doesn’t work out that’s fine. It’s just ideal for him to eat, relax and have a full tummy when we start.


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Time to strip!

After the last feed, baby can be undressed with a nappy or dressed in something that doesn’t need to go over the head. He can even be wrapped up in a blanket. For many newborns, clothes don’t always fit perfectly so most of the time I will keep them in a swaddle or just a simple babygro or vest. Outfits with logos or fussy outfits are very cute but don’t photograph well as they can bunch up and look uncomfortable, so simple is best.


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Warm up!

I usually use the master bedroom or living room for baby sessions as the area is big and they are usually the rooms with the best window light. Keeping this room warm will ensure that baby will be comfortable for longer. I will do my best to help keep baby settled and comfortable during the time that I’m photographing him. He will probably be asleep for some of the session but I cannot guarantee this. I love to photograph babies when they are awake as much as when they are asleep.

However, long before you do all of this . . .

Get in Touch!

To avoid missing out on your newborn session please get in touch with me now if you are expecting your baby in the next few months. – 085 7212320. I you would like to get to know me a little better before we meet then have a quick read of my story.

That’s it really, there isn’t much to it. What we want to achieve here is a content baby who is happy while I take some photos. I want to capture the essence of your baby and I want them to lead the way. 

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You might like to read “How I learned to Soothe a Newborn” during my experiences as a newborn photographer. You’ll find a lot of helpful information here that I wish I had known a decade ago when I had a very wakeful baby!

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