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Everything to know about our Studio Newborn Sessions

Preparing for your Studio Newborn Session: What to Expect, Things to Bring, and How to Prepare.

Family snuggling newborn baby in the photography studio

Preparing for a studio newborn session is an exciting time, both for you and me as your photographer. Having your session in the studio is a great option! All you have to do is show up. Well, kind of.

In this blog post, we will cover what you can expect from a newborn studio session, the things to bring with you, and how to prepare before arriving at your session.

Everything to know about our Studio Newborn Sessions

What to expect in the studio...

My approach and style when it comes to newborn sessions are natural with a lifestyle direction. When having sessions in the studio, we will have an entire setup that is just like in a home. We have a lovely bed to snuggle in, modern chairs for sitting, and décor that accents the area without being distracting. The studio is a natural light studio that offers an amazing whole wall of window light. Posed newborn shots are kept to a minimum as most of our focus will be on you and your baby together as a family. I do have baskets and a small setup for those sweet individual shots as well.

Things to bring...

Have your obvious necessary items with you such as a clean change of clothes, diapers, and wipes. If your baby takes a pacifier, I recommend getting one that is a neutral color in case the baby needs it during any photos to be soothed. You can find really cute ones on amazon and here is a link to some I recommend

Feedings may need to be done during the shoot. If you are not breastfeeding, have a bottle available to be made if need be. That is basically it, just your necessary items. I will have all the outfits and wraps needed for your baby unless you have something you would like them photographed in.

What to wear?

When it comes to selecting clothing for your newborn’s photo shoot, it’s important to keep in mind that you want the focus of the photographs to be on your new baby. We also want everyone to be comfortable with what they are wearing. I recommend sticking to cotton and jersey style of fabrics. Avoid overly busy patterns which can draw attention away from your little one. Neutral colors like white, grey, beige, and light earthy tones tend to photograph best. This also ensures baby won't have any color casting on their skin since they will be bundled up in your arms and near your clothing. No need to bring any outfit for your baby unless you would like to. If you plan on dressing up your little one in an outfit for their portraits, make sure it fits properly and won’t be too constricting or uncomfortable for them. We have many colors and styles of wraps to use during your session as well as adorable little outfits with hats and headbands.

wardrobe items recommended to mothers and children of neutral colors for newborn session

wardrobe collage of clothing items recommended to families for newborn session

Preparing the day of your session...

When planning your session time, keep feeding schedules in mind. I know that can be kind of hard when you have a new baby but if you have an idea of your schedule, this can be helpful. I recommend feeding and changing your baby right before heading to the studio. This way they are full and happy when you arrive. Keeping them awake for just a little bit of time before their feeding may help them get nice and sleepy for our session too. Try to dress your newborn in something comfortable and avoid any clothes with too many layers or accessories so that we don't disturb them too much with outfit changing.

Sessions can take up to two hours. If you have young children, I recommend bringing along any toys, books, tablets, snacks, etc. This can help in keeping them entertained while doing individual photos of your newborn. I have had some parents even come in separate vehicles and once family photos are completed, one parent takes the siblings home while we complete individual photos of the baby. Newborn sessions are a lot like family sessions. I have another blog post covering some awesome tips to help in getting young children ready for a session.

You got this!

Preparing for a newborn session might feel like a lot, especially taking your new bundle out of the comfort of your home. Studio newborn sessions are a wonderful way to document your growing family within a setting that is beautifully designed and ready when you arrive.

Studio Newborn Sessions:

  • Pick a comfortable neutral wardrobe. Psst... Have you heard? We have a client closet curated with lovely items you are welcome to borrow for your studio newborn session. Just let me know if that is an option you would like to consider.

  • Bring your necessary items with you such as a clean change of clothes, diapers, wipes, and a pacifier. For young siblings, bring anything along to help keep them entertained. Oh and snacks!! Who doesn't love snacks?

  • Lastly, make sure to feed your newborn before the session starts so he or she is comfortable during the shoot. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to make unforgettable memories with your newborn!


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