What to Expect at a Newborn Photography Shoot

There is no better way of welcoming your newborn angel into the world than scheduling an expert photo-shoot. This is simply because the images captured are memories you are going to treasure for the rest of your life. Experts say that it is best if you go in for a shoot when the baby is between 5-10 days old. Always work with a highly professional photographer who has specialized in newborn photography to get the best results. At the back of your mind, there should be a list of things of what to expect at a newborn photography shoot and some of these include:

What to expect at a newborn photography shootWe need an infant friendly environment

For obvious reasons, the environment where the newborn baby shoot takes place is normally different than the other types of photo-shoots. The child needs to be in a place where it will feel as comfortable as possible so that it can be happy during the shoot. Regardless of whether you are having the shoot done at home or at the studio, the room should have appropriate lighting and temperatures need to be about 80 degrees since most photos are taken in the child’s birthday suit (with/without a diaper) or putting on light clothing. There should also be a wide array of props that are baby friendly which can be used to produce amazing results.

It may take some time – please allow 2-3 hours

It takes about 2-3 hours or even more to complete a newborn shoot thus you should never be in a hurry to complete it. You may not really know what your child will be up to thus you need to set aside some time for feedings, changing, soothing and trying to keep the baby awake. One of the most important reasons why you need to work with an expert baby photographer is the fact that you may not be 100% well from hospital thus he or she needs to be able to handle your precious child with utmost care and love if you want everything to run smoothly.

We ask you to follow some simple rules

Depending on the photographer you are working with, most of them will advise on the type of clothing as well as color that the parents and siblings are supposed to adorn for the shoot for outstanding pictures. Horizontal lines, prints and branded items are normally frowned upon. It’s advisable to iron the clothes and use lint roller because lint and wrinkles have tendencies of staining pictures. Be sure to consult with the photographer on everything that needs to be done before and on the big day to enjoy the shoot with minimal frustrations.

Keep things as quiet as possible

This is another thing on the list of what to expect at a newborn photography shoot. It is especially important if the shoot is happening at home as you should try and keep noise levels to the minimum so as not to startle the baby. Most professionals will have a white machine to help maintain a calm environment for the shoot to go on without too many interruptions to ensure everything falls in place well.

So there you have it – what to expect at a newborn photography photoshoot.

Now here’s what you shouldn’t expect – a wonderful piece of satire centred around my favourite baby photographer Anne Geddes – enjoy!

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