Newborn Sessions {Session tips, what to bring, when to schedule, what to ask}

February 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Newborn Session

{Tips and Advice straight from the Photographer}


We recommend that you schedule your newborn session PRIOR to your baby’s birth to ensure a spot on our books. Contact us during your second trimester and we’ll get you set.
Then, after booking, shoot us an email soon after you deliver so we can arrange a time for the session. Do not fret if you are asked to stay at the hospital longer then normal, or something comes up. We will work with you to make things as easy as we can.

Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. However, the BEST time is between 3-7 days after their arrival. Little ones have a tendency to do a lot better with posing withing the first 7 days. Shortly after this mark, they discover they have the room to stretch, once this happens they don't care for going back to those cute curly poses without a fight. After the 14 day mark you can wave goodbye to those sleepy poses, as the little ones will want to be awake most of the shoot, which means stretching and not as much luck with capturing the cute cuddly shots.

We’ll be moving them around and scrunching them into those sweet sleepy newborn images, so we want to make sure they’re sleepy enough to allow us to handle them.



The majority of our newborn sessions take place in Studio. If the weather is warm enough and you’re comfortable with the idea, we can take the session outdoors. We do offer to do Newborn Portraits in Home, however this limits us on the props and may or may not be prime for lighting like the studio is.

If we shoot in Home we ask that you open all of the blinds and curtains in your home prior to our arrival. This enables us to find the best source of natural light in your home, so that we can set up our “mini studio” in the best possible location. Nothing flatters like natural light, so we prefer to use it whenever possible.
For this reason, sessions are normally done mid-morning to late-afternoon when window lighting is as its best.
When we arrive, we’ll walk through your home looking for the best light and that is where we’ll do a majority of the shoot. Sometimes the best location ends up being a foyer, by the backdoor or kitchen…usually wherever there is a large window.
We’ll also bring additional lighting equipment to help out when needed.


Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 1-3 hours. It all depends on baby’s mood and willingness to sleep. Unfortunately…this isn’t something we can predict! If sleep doesn’t happen, that’s okay! Wide-eyed newborn photos are beautiful too.



Please loosen your baby’s diaper and clothing at least 30 minutes before the session. This gives those little imprint marks time to disappear. (This way those little naked curled up shots don't show diaper marks around the thighs and waist)

Most of the images we’ll be shooting work best if the baby is in a deep sleep. To encourage this, we recommend that you do whatever it takes to make sure baby is nice and exhausted. Keeping your little one awake on top of your own sleep deprivation might feel like torture, but we think it will be worth it in the end!

A well fed baby is a happy baby! Please feed and burp baby right before our session to ensure a happy, sleepy (“milk drunk”) baby. We’ll also be more than happy to take as many breaks as needed to help him/her re-fuel. It’s tough work being a model!












If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a sitter or family member to take them.
* If you have children and would like them to be included in some photos, we recommend bringing them in at the beginning or end of a session and then having someone take them. Only those being photographed should be present to help maintain a calm environment.


Your baby is going to be in the buff for some of this shoot. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to use our blankets (or us) as his/her own personal potty.
This is natural and we expect it! Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it.
We wash all of our baby props and blankets between each session with non-scented baby detergent.
*If you would like shots in a diaper, it’s a good idea to have a cloth diaper, diaper cover in a solid color, bloomers, or something to put over the diaper. Diapers on their own tend to look a little messy and distracting in photos, but throwing a cover over it cleans things up.


We have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands for your session. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Looks for items with texture and color to help make your images unique.
If you have any family heirlooms, toys, hats, props, etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please bring them with you. We may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but we’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best.
This is why we recommend our client's making a Pinterest board of images and styles they like. This gives us a better idea of the props you would be interested in using. Or may show us props we don't have and either our clients need to bring or we need to expand our props ;)

Looking for Newborn/1st year package pricing? Check our Newborn Pricing page here.

Did we miss anything? Have a more specific question?
We’re more than happy to help in any way we can
so just shoot us an email: [email protected]
or give us a call: 717.515.3410



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