Once the baby is born, one of the parents’ goals is to document everything. Today, it’s easy to achieve because of newborn photography.
Newborn photography is a creative way to document your child’s early days. It’s not too different from other genres of photography, skill-wise. But since this style involves infant, photographers are 3X more careful during every shoot.
It has two types: posed which is the standard newborn picture that you’re seeing on social media sleeping on a cup or basket; while lifestyle is more of capturing candid moments.
Most parents prefer lifestyle type because they want to capture the natural reaction of their baby whenever being surrounded by his/her family. But other than that, both types are good option to document your newborn’s early journey.
After deciding which type you prefer, the next step is the preparation for the photo shoot.
10 Tips for Preparing for Your Newborn Photo Shoot
Stay Calm and Relaxed
Everyone tends to be a perfectionist – you’ve to ensure the baby is in a good mood, and ensure that your well-thought plan is being followed. There’s nothing wrong about that because everyone just wants to get the best.
The only downside of this attitude, it makes you feel stress whenever things are getting out of hand. To avoid that, calm yourself and relax. Enjoy the experience and embrace a little imperfection because that’s what makes the photos more genuine and adorable.
Trust Your Photographer
Parents always want to give their children the best of everything. And hiring a newborn photographer is no exception. So, to ensure you are choosing the best photographer with the perfect camera, you need to do a lot of research.
Once you found one and hired them, it’s best to trust them fully. Every photographer has a unique vision for every photo shoot, so you need to let them do their job and work their magic.
Stick to 2-3 Outfits
Babies are calm. But once their sleep is disturbed, they can give the biggest fit; and that’s one thing every photographer avoid in a photo shoot. So, concerning outfits, minimize it between 2 or 3. The fewer outfits they have, the less you need to change them.
Don’t Stress About the Mess
When you choose lifestyle newborn photography, you have the option to do it in your home. It’s convenient since you don’t need to travel the baby. The only problem is you’ve to make the whole house spotless.
This isn’t necessary because most photographers often choose three specific rooms to do the photo shoot: the nursery, living room and parent’s bedroom. Make those areas clean, and you can leave the rest as it is.
Newborn + Mom and Dad
Even this photo shoot focused on newborn; it still wouldn’t be complete without capturing a photo with the parents. For all the parents, make sure that you’re camera-ready during the entire photo shoot. So, when the photographer called you in, you’re ready to give your sweetest smile and warmest hug for your baby.
Including a sibling in the shoot is an excellent opportunity for them to bond. Also, for the baby to see in the future what his/her older sibling looked like when he/she was born.
But unlike to infant, kids are much harder to control which can cause delays. To avoid that, ensure that you condition your children to be on their best behavior for the entire photo shoot.
Capture All the Baby Details
Newborn photography is all about capturing every single movement and expression of the baby. Photographers have their way to get the emotions they want to the baby.
But some babies only respond to their parents’ voice. So, ensure to have few tricks on hand to make your baby smile, laugh and stay to look charming.
Keep Clicking, Even During Breaks
The cutest moments of your baby always happen unexpectedly. If you decide to do the photographing yourself, make sure that even during breaks your camera is still on and snapping. This is to ensure that you’ll never miss anything precious.
Be Sure to Take a Family Photo
A new addition to the family is always a cause for celebration. One good way to immortalize that precious moment is snapping a beautiful family picture.
Some photographers include a family picture on their package. But if there’s none, request one from your photographer.
Enjoy the Photo Shoot
A newborn photo shoot is undeniably exhausting at times. But don’t let the exhaustion overwhelmed you and stopped you from enjoying the photo shoot.
Your child is only going to be a baby once, so, make sure you enjoy every single minute you’re with him/her.
George Minton has been a camera enthusiast since 2008. He shares many of his interests and experiences from using cameras on his site at Cameraseals.