Newborn Photography Tips for Every Parent

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No feeling in the world can compete with the emotions that overwhelm the parents of a newborn child when they first hold it in their arms. The tiny fists, the baby feet, the petals of the eyes, the flaring of the nostrils, that hint of a smile—everything about a baby is special. Writers weave these moments of joy with the magic of words, painters capture those pristine expressions in a web of colors, and photographers arrest the fleeting time in photos for eternity. As not all parents can be writers or painters, photography is the most accessible option to capture the phenomenon of new life in different shades. To ensure that the newborn photo session is carried out smoothly, every parent should keep the following tips in mind:

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Time

It is important to schedule the photo session within two weeks of birth. During this time, the babies are tired and are adjusting to their new homes outside the wombs, so it is much easier to wrap them in cozy bundles for adorable pictures. Plus, after the tinies figure out that spatial confines do not restrict them, they start to stretch out, and once the energy builds, it is difficult to make them sleep that “deep baby sleep.” Hence, scheduling a session with the photographer before the baby’s birth is always better.

Place

It is vital to deal with the “Where” question after properly responding to the “When” part. Location is as significant as time. Home is the best place for newborn photoshoots as the sense of belonging adds a natural element to the photo session. Moreover, all the items of necessity are available at home, reducing the parents’ fear factor. But, if you wish to get a theme-based photo session, a studio can be another option. Just remember to carry enough supplies to prevent any mess.

Wardrobe

Babies wearing colorful clothes with cute accessories are sights to behold. Naked babies wrapped in soft fur and flowing sheets can rule the hearts of even the “cold-hearted.” It is important to discuss the wardrobe options with your photographer before the shoot so that s/he can suggest the options that complement the shoot’s theme.

Temperature

As babies are prone to cold, keeping them warm during the photo shoot is essential. It is not a bad idea to turn up the house’s temperature to a comfortable level that can provide enough warmth to the naked baby. The heat works wonders in keeping the baby asleep, which is necessary for a successful photo session.

Breaks

Feeding breaks are vital if you wish to keep the tinies happy. Well-fed tummies are satiated, so proper feed reduces the chances of your baby waking up and crying during the photo shoot. Feeding time allows the photographer to capture the endearing moment between a mommy and her baby (if authorized).

Pose as a Family

Even if the teeny-weeny is the shooting star, the parents can appear in a few pictures. This might increase the photo session duration, but who cares if you can freeze time with your bundle of joy in the form of precious photographs? Candid family pictures are heart-melting. So, participate in the photoshoot.

Ultimately, it is natural to be anxious during a newborn photoshoot because you do not want anything to be amiss. Just be patient and let the magic of photography unleash itself.

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Adrian J. Elliott
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