10 tips for a smooth newborn photography session - Emma Fay - Melbourne newborn photographer

Updated: Mar 16

You've just booked in your newborn photography session, you are all excited, and before you know it bub is nearly here and your newborn photography session is around the corner. Here are some really helpful tips on how you can prepare for your newborn studio photography session.

1. Dress bub in a button up romper without a singlet so we disturb bub as little as possible. We all know babies hate getting undressed, so let's make this process as stress free and comfortable for baby as possible.

2. Try to feed bub just before the session, but if you run out of time, or bub just isn't having it you can feed bub upon arrival. I actually really love when mums have to feed their bub at the start of the session as it gives us a chance to chat about all things new baby!

3. Babies feed more frequently during sessions, so be prepared to feed bub 2-3 times while you are here.

4. Dress in white or neutral tones as it pairs best with my white studio space.

5. My home studio gets quite warm, so make sure you wear light clothing so that you are comfortable. If you dress for the winter you are going to sweat your ass off!

6. If you are open to using a dummy, I 100% recommend bringing one. Sucking naturally calms and relaxes baby by lowering their heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels. Using a dummy when posing is incredibly helpful as it relaxes and comforts baby.

7. Newborn photography sessions go from anywhere between 2 and 3.5 hours, so make sure you haven't booked in anything too close to your session time. There is nothing worse than constantly looking at the clock and stressing about needing the session to end quickly so that you don't run late for your next thing.

8. Older siblings? See if you can enlist a family member to pick up your other children after they have had their photos so they aren't getting bored while I'm taking photos of your newborn.

9. Bring snacks for older siblings like saltanas and other non-messy foods. Little kids get hungry when they get bored.

10. My newborn studio sessions start at 10am, so make sure you arrive on time so that we get the most out of your baby's sleep time.

11. Ok ok I lied, there are 11 tips...the most important thing you can do is just relax and enjoy this uninterrupted moment with your baby. You can either watch, or scroll Facebook on your phone, whatever floats your boat! Leave the rest to me.

Now check out this little cutie!

With love, Emma xx

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