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Top 3 Things to Do for a Successful Studio Newborn Session

June 29, 2024

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Welcoming a newborn into your family is a magical experience, and capturing those precious early moments with a professional photo session is a wonderful way to preserve the memories. However, preparing for a newborn session can be a bit overwhelming for new parents. To help you navigate this exciting journey, here are the top three things to do to ensure a successful newborn session.

1. Timing is Everything

Timing plays a crucial role in the success of a newborn session. Newborns are best photographed within the first two weeks of birth, ideally between days 10 and 14. During this period, babies are generally more sleepy and easier to pose, which allows for those adorable, curled-up shots.

Plan Ahead:

  • Schedule Early: Contact your photographer and book your session while you are still pregnant, typically during the second trimester. This ensures you secure a spot within the optimal window after birth.
  • Flexibility: Babies arrive on their own schedule, so keep in touch with your photographer as your due date approaches and update them once your baby is born to finalize the session date.

2. Create a Comfortable Environment

A comfortable environment is key to keeping your newborn calm and content during the session. Here are a few tips to create the right atmosphere:

Temperature:

  • Warmth: Newborns are sensitive to temperature changes, so ensure the studio is warm. Many photographers use space heaters to maintain a cozy environment.
  • Clothing: Dress your baby in easy-to-remove layers to avoid disturbing them when undressing for the shoot.

Feeding:

  • Full Tummy: A well-fed baby is more likely to be sleepy and content. Plan to feed your baby right before the session or upon arrival at the studio. Be prepared for breaks during the session for additional feedings.

Comfort Items:

  • Familiarity: Bring along a few comfort items, such as a favorite blanket or pacifier, to help soothe your baby if needed.

3. Communicate with Your Photographer

Effective communication with your photographer is essential for a successful newborn session. Here’s how to ensure everyone is on the same page:

Discuss Expectations:

  • Style and Preferences: Share your vision and preferences with your photographer ahead of time. Whether you prefer a minimalist style, themed setups, or natural poses, clear communication helps the photographer prepare accordingly.
  • Special Requests: If you have specific props or outfits you’d like to use, let your photographer know in advance. This ensures everything is ready for the session.

Health and Safety:

  • Concerns: Inform your photographer of any health concerns or special needs your baby may have. A professional photographer will prioritize the safety and comfort of your newborn at all times.

Stay Relaxed:

  • Patience: Newborn sessions can take several hours, with plenty of breaks for feeding, changing, and soothing. Trust your photographer’s expertise and enjoy the process. A relaxed atmosphere helps create beautiful, natural images.

By focusing on these three key aspects—timing, creating a comfortable environment, and effective communication—you can ensure a smooth and successful newborn session. These precious moments will be beautifully captured, providing you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

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Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography
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Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography
Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography
Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography
Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography
Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography
Huntsville Newborn Photographers | Jessica Lee Photography

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Jessica Lee Photography is a Huntsville Maternity & Newborn Photographer, specializing in maternitynewbornbaby, and family photography. I serve the Northern Alabama area including Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, Athens, Cullman, Hartselle, New Market, Meridianville, Hazel Green, and Harvest.

Jessica is a proud member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers If you are interested in a custom portrait experience with Jessica Lee Photography and would like more information, please click here. Because of the custom nature of my sessions, I limit the number of clients I photograph each month.

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