Congratulations! If you are currently pregnant or your new little bundle has arrived it is time to think about his or her very first portrait session! Hopefully these tips and tricks can answer all of your questions and get you ready for some fantastic memories!

 

1. When to schedule your shoot

The best time to photograph brand new babies is in the first two weeks of life. They are super smushy and sleepy and we can pretty much mush them up in a basket or box or swaddled tight. The cord falls off within that time and I don’t mind it at all. We can hide it by wrapping baby up or let it hang out so you can remember just how small they are. Either way no worries it isn’t an issue.

2. Get baby cozy and comfy

Babies like to be warm so crank up your heat. If we are sweating that’s good! A space heater if you have one will work just fine and we can plug it in from room to room as needed. A hairdryer is also a great tool. I use it all the time to warm baby piggies. White noise or music is also very helpful! You can download an app as well,  I love the Sound Sleeper: calming soothing by Michael Feigenson. You can check it out here

3. Grab some great props

Collect some blankets and swaddles that he or she uses. The familiar smells will be soothing plus its a personal touch.  I usually have some types of wraps and textures, but if you have a special handmade quilt grandma made that will make it even more special.  Plain white or solid swaddle clothes are great and I use those to create hammocks and padding if we place the munchkin in or on hard surfaces.  Baskets, bowls you name it. I will find some cool personal stuff to place baby in or on. My absolute favorite swaddles are the Aden and Anais classic muslin swaddles.

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4. Mom and Dad GET IN THE PHOTO!

Sorry to shout but I can’t stress enough how important it is to be a part of your baby’s first photos. Mom I know you feel tired and gross and really not ready for your closeup but I promise you will want to be in a few. Don’t worry about what you look like, I was a new mom once too and I know the feeling (and the body parts you want out of sight) I’ll help make you look your best. Venturing out in the first two weeks is tough but consider sneaking out for a manicure. Don’t forget to do your hair and makeup, you can do this when I arrive and have your little peanut in front of the camera!

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5. Naked Baby Tips

Here is a little secret, the baby isn’t always naked! Most of the time there is a diaper on and we wrap him up to appear naked. Sometimes however, I will remove the diaper for some naked baby shots. Don’t worry nothing scandalous is shown! In order to have her skin looking its best I suggest keeping the diaper on very loosely about an hour before I arrive. This will prevent diaper marks from forming on those little legs.

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6. Relax and Have Fun!

Your new little bundle is home, probably not sleeping much and you are feeding or changing a diaper what feels like every two minutes.  Newborns are unpredictable and sometimes they are fussy and sometimes not so try not to worry about it. I am sure there will be many diaper changes and a few feedings. I remember those days all too well so don’t worry if breaks are needed, we will have ample time for our session to capture all those sweet moments in between. That is the beauty of having a session in the comfort of your own home!

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