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Everything You Need to Know About a Newborn Session

I’m sure you’ve heard that kids grow up fast, and until you’ve been there yourself, you don’t realize how true that is. That’s why having photos of your children at every stage of their life is so important, especially when they’re newborns. Those images can help you remember years later just how small your little ones were.

As you’re getting ready to welcome a new addition to your family, take time to consider booking a newborn session to capture this amazing moment in your life. Not sure what a newborn photo shoot is like? To help you out, we’ve created this list of common questions many first-time parents have.

How old should my little one be for the photo session?
The best age for a newborn session is under two weeks. At that age, babies still spend a majority of their time sleeping and are easier to pose in those curled up positions everyone loves! When you’re scheduling your session, keep in mind that your newborn will grow quickly and will look completely different at one month than they did at birth. As they grow, they’ll begin moving more and will be less comfortable with posing, as well as less likely to remain asleep during the photo shoot.

When should I book my session?
The earlier you can book your newborn session, the better! Session times can fill up and since you only have a limited window of time in which to get the photos taken before baby gets too big, you want to be sure that your photographer is available.

What if my baby arrives earlier than expected?
Every newborn photographer knows that babies arrive when they’re ready. With that in mind, your photographer will hold time around your scheduled session to make sure you and your little one get in for your photos.

How long does a newborn session last?
Typically, a newborn photo shoot lasts several hours. If that sounds long, have no fear—you won’t be in front of the camera the whole time. A majority of that time will be spent feeding your newborn and comforting them. For a better idea of how long your session will be, talk to your photographer, and they can give you an estimate of the amount of time you can expect to spend in the studio.

How should I dress my newborn for photos?
Most newborn photography involves nude portraits of your little one—the better to capture those tiny fingers and toes and their precious soft skin! Dress your baby in clothes that are easy to take off and put back on and that are loose enough it won’t leave marks on their skin.

What should I bring to my session?
This is one of the most common questions we hear, and that’s because it’s so important! You’ll want to bring your whole diaper bag, of course. That means pacifiers, extra diapers and wipes, and formula and bottles, if you formula-feed. You’ll also want to bring a change of clothes for yourself because posing in photos with a naked baby can lead to messiness.

Most importantly, ask your photographer any questions you have about your session. And don’t be nervous! It’s their job to help you feel comfortable and get the images you want of this wonderful moment in the life of your family.

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