When you’re looking for a photographer to document your newborn, I know how questions can be swirling through your head. You’re welcoming this person into your home just a few weeks after giving birth, you want to make sure she’s the right fit for you. Beyond just the easy, do I like this photographer’s work, it’s the more personal questions about the photographer herself and then how will this go.
To help save you time and make you feel at ease, I’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions by moms looking to book a newborn photo session with me.
When does my newborn photo session take place?
Babies change so rapidly that first month, so to capture those tiny details before they start filling out, I suggest scheduling within the first two weeks after birth.
However, as long as the session takes place within the first two months, I would still consider the session a newborn session. I get it, recovery can be difficult or just getting into the swing of things with a newborn (and maybe a toddler too) and the thought of getting ready for photos seems overwhelming. Don’t fret, you will cherish the photos of your sweet baby whether they were taken 3 days or 30 days after he was born.
I do not pose your baby unnaturally or require that baby sleep during your session, so a little bit older baby is just as beautifully photographed.
Bonus Tip: Families who book a Fresh 48 session with me often feel a little more relaxed to push out that newborn session to 2-3 weeks allowing them more time to recover and settle in. With those fresh after birth photos already taken, you can rest a little easier. Plus, moms who do a fresh 48 and a newborn session are always surprised by how much their baby has already grown and changed in just a few short weeks.
What happens if I need to change my newborn photo session date?
The most important thing is you and your baby’s health. Should you be scheduled for a newborn session and find someone in your family sick or yourself needing more recovery time, let me know asap. If you’re a day or two away from your session we can always reschedule for a time when everyone is healthy again.
Are you vaccinated? What if you get sick on my session date?
I am fully vaccinated. In fact, I’ve had my TDap with each of my last 3 children (and will have another with my baby due in December closer to my due date).
I also ensure that I am healthy before coming to your home. I do not want to put anyone at risk, so I will always reschedule if I’m sick. I also always wash/sanitize my hands when I first arrive in your home.
What kinds of photos will I get in my newborn session?
This is my favorite question because it gets into the nitty gritty of my work! I take a variety of photos of your family. While I have a basic workflow, your children help dictate the direction of a session. I mean, if your toddler is excited and ready to snuggle with his baby brother right away, we start there. If big sister needs time to warm up, I can focus on mom or dad with baby.
Your newborn gallery will full of images of your family all together, just mom and baby, mom and the kids (if there are older children), dad and baby (and other kids), just baby, siblings. All of your images will be provided in both color and black and white so that you can decide which version is perfect to be displaying in your home.
What if I’m not ready when you arrive?
I honestly do not expect everyone to be ready when I arrive. Of course, I don’t mean, don’t try to be ready. However, I know how long a newborn can take to nurse and that you may have a toddler you prefer to dress at the last possible minute.
When I arrive in your home, I spend the first few minutes saying hello to everyone and getting a feel for the space or spaces I will be photographing your family. I will be looking for the best natural light in your home as well as seeing a nursery (if there is one). I will also wash my hands, get my gear out, and be ready to start when you are. Often just baby or baby and dad are ready first and I can begin with them while mom touches up her makeup or tosses on a spit-up free shirt.
What should I wear for newborn photos?
I have an entire post dedicated to this topic, so make sure you check out What to Wear for a Newborn Photo Session. There are two most important tips I want you to remember. First, keep baby in a well fitting onesie or sleeper. You may need a newborn or premie sized outfit to fit snugly. However, we don’t want baby drowning in clothing so we cannot see all of those tiny details. Second, be kind to yourself and remember you just had a baby. Keep your outfit comfortable and neutral. I typically suggest mom wear a dark tank with a loose/flowy sweater for overtop.
Each family who has booked a session with me narrow down what to wear. Moms often send me photos of things laid out so that I can give tips and advice. Plus, a bonus of me coming to your home, it’s easy to change right then should your top not feel comfortable that morning.
Hopefully you found the answers to all of your questions here. Of course, please leave a comment or contact me if you have any other questions. You want to be comfortable with whoever you invite into your home to document this special, fleeting time. I want to help you feel comfortable before I even step foot in the door.
Peek below for a “few” more favorites from this sweet baby boy’s newborn photo session.