For a 33 year old that does not have any kids, I sure do know a lot about babies! How, you ask? Baby photography! They’re my specialty, my joy, and my entire life.
When I started toddler photography I needed to learn how to hold a baby, soothe a baby, remain calm, and familiarize myself with facial expressions. I would often look at them and think, “I wonder why they are grinning like that”. Then you hear a sound… in the diaper… a wet sound. I envision parents, other photographers, and everybody who works with babies can relate to this.
After a few years of newborn photography, I decided to create a guide to help Cape Canaveral Rat Removal new photographers and parents alike to help prepare for the photo shoot when the photo shoot takes place at the clients home. My toddler photo shoots are taken at my customers’ homes as it is the most comfortable place for a growing family.
Without further ado, here is the manual born in my frequently asked questions about a newborn photography shoot…
1. When should we schedule the newborn photo shoot? Schedule your newborn photography shoot over the first two weeks of the due date. This is just a tentative date and will probably vary depending on the baby’s arrival. For those who have a C-section then the date is fairly set unless the baby comes early.
It’s ideal to catch babies around 5-14 days while they sleep and have the newborn appearance. Having said this, there are no guarantees with newborns. I’ve done photo shoots 6 days. Some cooperate and some don’t. I’ve done photo shoots 4 weeks. Some cooperate and some do not. Either way, they’re all wonderful!
2. What happens if my baby is late? Contact your photographer and play with the date by ear. If the baby is early, do not worry about contacting your photographer immediately. Enjoy the new member of your loved ones! Contact them over the next couple of days and let them know that your baby is here.
3. What temperature should the house be? The day of the photo shoot I suggest to have the house at a good warm temperature. We will be sweating but the baby will be comfortable. You might not want the heat on during summer though. The little ones do not like to be too hot or too cold.
Keep in mind that most of the poses will be of the infant in their diaper, nude, or whatever you discussed with your photographer. Walk around your home and think about the settings/backdrops that might work out best in terms of lighting. Usually, photographers like to setup in the area with the most natural light. But also important rooms like the nursery, your bedroom, the living room, and the lawn if it is a nice day.
4. Attempt to time it so that you’re almost done with the feeding or fully done by the time the photographer arrives. A happy baby equals a sleepy baby. Sleepy babies are amazing! Also, remember that we might feed the baby a little out their program to keep them calm.
If you wanted your baby in a wrap, diaper cover, or possibly naked then I suggest to take their clothes off (but keep them in their diaper!) , wrap them up in a blanket, then start to feed them. The less we move them around after they have a full belly, the better.
5. Try to keep them up by changing them or maybe a wonderful bath. You want your baby to be drained during the photo shoot, not before
6. The length of time would depend on the photographer and the infant. I have completed newborn photo shoots in an hour and upwards of 4 hours. If the infant is awake during the photo shoot, it is OK! Photos of your baby awake and alert are magical!
7. What props should I have ready and does the photographer bring any? Most of the props and hats that I personally utilize in my photography shoots belong to the infant. The picture will hold a different meaning if you make use of your personal hats, blankets, books, or other props. Also, don’t overlook all of the gifts that you baby will receive. Using gifts from friends and families makes these photos extra special.