What are you looking for in a newborn photographer? There is one thing that should be at the very top of your concern list and that is newborn safety!! There are no regulations or training required in the newborn photography industry, so how do you know that your photographer is qualified for the job? Don’t be afraid to ask your newborn photographer a lot of questions. The more you know about your photographer the more comfortable you will feel about them working with your brand new baby! The most important questions though I would ask is how do ensure the safety of newborns during a photoshoot? Do the work with an assistant? These are important questions to know before you schedule.
What to Expect During A Newborn Photography Session
A newborn portrait session typically lasts 2-3 hours. The length of the session will depend on the needs of your baby! Most sessions last an average of 2 hours, but plan for 3 hours just in case. Don’t worry though in Sarah Kane Photography’s studio you will enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while relaxing on the sofa just a few feet away from your baby! Feel free to bring a book, listen to music, fill out thank you cards or take a much needed nap, but most importantly relax. Your baby is in good hands!
Did you know some newborn studios do not allow parents in the room during portraits? This is an important question to ask before booking a session. I have no doubt that studios with this requirement are safe and your baby is in good hands, however if you are unaware of this it may take you by surprise when you arrive for your portraits. If you are not emotionally prepared to be separated from your newborn during portraits it could cause for a very stressful experience.
You may be wondering how to keep a newborn asleep for their portrait session. There are no guarantees of course. Newborns are going to do whatever their instincts tell them, but there are some things parents can do at home a head of time for a better chance of a sleepy baby!
One tip is to keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before the session. It’s important though that you don’t keep them awake longer. Newborns need to sleep and if they are awake for too long they may become over tired and really hard to settle! 1 - 2 hours is the ideal time!
I just love this simple newborn session that is filled with neutral earth tones for this sweet baby girl! Don’t get me wrong, I do love some bold colors, but I also love the simplicity of neutrals and this little lady really pulled them off! And can we talk about that hair? I get so excited when I see a newborn come into the studio with a head full of hair!
The newborn phase is very brief. In a few short weeks after your baby’s birth he/she will begin to become more alert. They will begin to fill out and just like that they are no longer a newborn. For newborn studio portraits it’s important to photograph newborns within the first 3 weeks of birth. In my years of experience I find the 2nd week to be the sweet spot. In order to pose a newborn they must be sleepy and relaxed and still flexible for posing.