Top 7 Tips for a Successful Newborn Portrait Session
Being a new mom can feel overwhelming. Being sleep deprived, in pain, sore, raw and recovering from c-sections is a lot to deal with. At CLJ Photography, I want to take as much stress off you as possible and so I am offering my top 7 tips for a successful newborn session.
1. No naps before the session.
I know this is one of the hardest tip to follow, therefore I put it first. If your baby gets a long nap before the session, they will think it is time to be awake during the session. I suggest to all my mommies to try to keep baby awake for about two hours before the session. If an someone needs to ride in the back of the car on the way to the studio, it helps. Tickle cheeks and chins or a nice bath just before you leave your home.
2. Wait to Nurse or Feed your Baby.
Most clients will arrive with a hungry baby. And we make sure each baby gets a nice fully feeding before we begin. Think of it like Thanksgiving, we all wait for the big meal, eat a lot of food and drift off to sleep. If you are bottle feeding, make sure to bring a couple extra bottles just in case.
3. The Pacifier does help.
A lot of clients choose not to use a pacifier at home or in your baby’s regular day. That’s ok! However, it is a really helpful distraction to most babies while we are posing them. Sometimes, babies just want to suck on something too. And those babies who don’t seem interested in a pacifier, I still suggest to bring one – just in case.
4. Bring Snacks and Toys.
Many clients have older children. It’s ok to bring snacks and quiet toys for them to play with. I do maintain a certain studio environment for your baby, but I realize wiggly children are a part of life! I have three crazies of my own! If you feel like your child won’t last the whole 2-3 hours, bringing two cars so dad or grandma can take them home after works great too!
Additionally, your body needs water, energy and rest. Bring water, crackers and whatever else you need to help your body to heal.
5. Plan with your Photographer.
Make a plan. Your photographer should have a plan for your baby, but make sure your photographer understands what your goals are for the session. Do you want family pictures most? Are you more concerned with pictures of just baby and are ok going fast through family poses? What are you wearing? Most photographers will help you plan your wardrobe for the session. CLJ Photography has many gowns perfect for new mommies to wear and picking out a dress before your session makes things go smoothly.
6. Dress for the studio.
This is different that outfits for pictures. The studio will be warm for your baby. Working with naked infants requires a warm studio and so make sure you can dress comfortably for the 2-3 hours you will be watching the magic!
7. Bring the Necessities.
You just had a baby and your body has been through a lot. We keep some items on hand for mommy care, but just in case, make sure you plan for yourself.