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Sit Still: Newborn Photography Tips

During the first six months of life, average newborns grow at a rate of about a half to one full inch per month. Almost every day they appear different as they put on weight and outgrow each little stage of being.

When to Schedule Your Newborn Photos

For this reason, you should get in your newborn photos as soon as possible to capture them in all their newness. Photo sessions with little ones pose obvious challenges as they do not always cooperate the way we want them to.

This absolutely does not mean that you should forgo the photo op. Follow these seven newborn photography tips that will help you get the perfect picture.

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newborn photography tips
newborn photography tips

1. Book Early On

Schedule your newborn photoshoot prior to giving birth. This will ensure that your photographer is available when you need them.

Try to make your session right before or at the baby’s two-week mark. This allows you time to adjust to bringing your new family member home.

Not only will you make sure to get them tiny and new at this point, but they will most likely make the photo session easy. At this age, newborns mostly sleep.

A sleeping baby makes for a precious photograph. It also allows you to indulge in capturing just about any adorable pose you can think of.

newborn photography tips

2. Schedule Around Naptime

While you need to book your appointment early on, see if your photographer can wait until your little one comes into the world to solidify the time. After the first few days, you should get a feel of when your baby sleeps.

Adjusting to their schedule will work much better than making them adhere to yours. This is one of the best tips for newborn photography.

newborn photography tips

3. Diaper Them Prior

Nobody feels comfy with a wet bottom. Make sure your baby has a fresh diaper for the photoshoot. Also make sure you leave it very loose this will keep the marks and red lines from the diaper appearing in the photos. 

Change them about a half-hour prior to the session. If they dirty the diaper again, then simply clean them up. If you try to save time by keeping them in a dirty diaper, you may not get the results you want.

newborn photography tips

4. Have a Backup Plan

Many parents go into a photoshoot with a very specific plan. Pencil those plans in and leave room for adaptations.

Prepare for anything that can go wrong to happen. Bring extra diapers and outfits in case of a blowout or spit-up situation. This will keep them comfortable and cute for the pictures.

Also, know that they may not cooperate for the exact picture you wanted. Stay open for alternative pictures.

newborn photography tips
newborn photography tips
newborn photography tips
newborn photography tips

5. Practice Poses Ahead of Time

If you think of a picture-perfect position for your little one, test it out ahead of time. See whether or not they find comfort in the pose before you get disappointed on set.

If you absolutely want something specific, try putting them in that position often during the days leading up to your session. This will get them used to it’s it feels comforting to them.

6. Use Practical Props Creatively

When choosing props, think in terms of practicality. What will make your baby most comfortable so they enjoy the session or sleep through it?

Swaddle them up in a blanket so they feel secure. Place fluffy blankets inside of a basket to lay them on. Keep a teddy close by for comfort. 

newborn photography tips

7. Feed Your Baby

Try to feed your baby on-site, right before your session begins. This will make it less likely that they will get hungry and cranky while your newborn photographer works their magic. 

Feeding infants milk releases a hormone called cholecystokinin. This causes drowsiness, making them much more likely to sleep through getting photographed.

What if they still get hungry again? Simply feed them. Come completely prepared with anything you may need, like an extra bottle or a nursing cover.

8. Bring Their Binky

Whether or not you want your beautiful little baby photographed with a binky in their mouth, you might find it your only option. Sometimes little ones will fuss even after you diaper and feed them.

They may simply need comfort from sucking. Just think of it as a memory all on its own.

newborn photography tips

9. Pose With Your Little One

When your baby cries, naturally you hold them. Feeling you close brings them comfort and ease, and will generally keep them from crying.

Plan to capture poses with the baby in your arms or on your chest. This will make it easier to keep them happy. Plus, catching that bond creates a beautiful image you will cherish for a lifetime.

10. Think Outside the Box

You might find it difficult to calm your baby or keep them still. Do not get frustrated and give up.

Instead, think creatively about the poses. Hold them in your arms and capture their little cry.

Let your photographer find the beauty in their wiggles if they simply will not sit still. You can also zoom in on the details, like little hands and feet if their little faces cannot quit crying at that moment.

newborn photography tips

11. Put Safety First

Sometimes people come up with ideas that seem awesome in theory for baby pictures but do not quite work out in reality. Think the thought through before you ask your photographer to reconstruct it.

While you may want something super different and creative, you want to keep your baby safe. Infants may move unexpectedly and unsecured props may fall.

Animals add an adorable element. But, they can also scratch or bite out of the blue. Make sure you only use a trusted pet if you must get them in the family photo.

newborn photography tips
newborn photography tips
newborn photography tips

Remember Your Newborn Photography Tips

Bringing a new baby home can create a little bit of chaos at first. Make sure you review your newborn photography tips ahead of time so that you properly plan and prepare for your session. As long as you prepare, let baby lead, and remain flexible, you will leave with unforgettable keepsakes.

We want to capture these perfect little memories for your growing family! Look through our photo galleries for amazing photograph ideas.


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Begin Planning Your Photo Shoot

Scheduling newborn photos can be tricky because none of us really knows when the little one will arrive. But you can book a session up to 2 weeks after your due date and rest assured it’s going to be perfect. We can’t wait to meet your little bundle of joy! Let’s capture those tiny fingers, toes, and noses.

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Plan Your Newborn Photography

Now that you understand how to have the most amazing newborn session let’s talk. We’re available to come right to you and take photos in your little ones nursery so everyone is comfy cozy and feels…well….at home.