How to prepare for your newborn photoshoot Southampton

May 17, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

How do I prepare for a newborn photoshoot?

 

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It really sounds cliche, that preparation is key but it really is! The key to a successful newborn photoshoot that will be relaxing and memorable and where the magical memories are captured into stunning images, is down to a number of factors. Top of that list is an experienced newborn photographer that has trained and has worked with newborn babies, posing them for a while. For me, training is unquestionable when it comes to working with newborn babies - which is why I always encourage my potential clients, to try not to look purely on price alone. Even if you're not choosing me as your newborn photographer, please, please make sure that your precious baby is in the hands of someone who has been trained and knows how to adopt safe practise. Just because they have a camera and say they are a 'newborn photographer' doesn't mean they work safely. It takes training with someone and then years of experience to practise the art. No different to hair-dressing, tattooing, the beauty industry. It's a specialist skill. 

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An experienced newborn photographer will also know what to do if your baby doesn't instantly settle or has moments of being unsettled during the shoot. I pride myself of being able to overcome any of these situations because my experience enables me to identify what's wrong, how to make it right and how to work around anything that your baby may just not dig on the day. I have never had to ask a client to return. 

 

So setting the above aside, because in my view these things are essential. What can you do as a parent to prepare? Well there are two key things that help enormously to getting your newborn baby lovely and sleepy for their newborn photoshoot and I provide this guidance to all my lovely mums and dads before they come to their shoot with me.

 

The first thing is to not feed your baby between waking and getting to the studio. "starve my baby I hear you cry", "but I feed on demand". Don't worry, I am not asking you to do anything that isn't manageable nor do I ask you to starve your newborn baby. Simply feed your baby when they wake in the morning, which is usually around 7/7.30 and then not again until you get to me. I book all newborn shoots for 10am so that this is manageable and typically within a 3 hour feeding window. If your baby fusses this is fine, if they become so fussy that you feel they are becoming distressed then offer a small feed to pacify them but not a full feed. When you arrive in my Southampton studio, you will have a relaxing place to sit, get comfy and feed for as long as needed to give your baby a nice full belly. 

The second thing I ask is that you keep your baby awake for me until you get to the photoshoot. "how the hell do we do that", "they always sleep". I know, I know, it might sound crazy but it really does help to give them some awake time so that they are tired and ready for that lovely sleep when they get to me. A full belly and a tired newborn baby is then super helpful for me to get a nice chunk of time to work with your sleepy bundle of joy. So how do you keep them awake? Let them kick about on a mat, with little clothing if the weather allows. And let them fuss a little. Give them a bath or top and tail wash can help too. Now the car journey is always trickier, so don't over think or stress it. Just do what you can. Keep clothing light and keep them warm but not too cosy. A little prodding and poking and interaction can help too. 

 

Other things to consider........

 

I know it might seem obvious but in the blur of sleepless nights, it can be easy to forget to bring things with you. If you are formula feeding, please make sure you have extra milk with you. Whilst your newborn baby may only take a certain amount at home, the photoshoot day may just be the day that they decided to up the anti and want more. Moving them about can also make them a little more hungry. Whilst I have spare nappies too, I don't have every size, so please bring extra nappies with you. Finally a pacifier....even if your baby doesn't or hasn't taken one in the past, it can be useful of me to have to hand if your baby needs some extra comfort. I will not use one if parents are really against it but I can assure you that they will never leave remembering that they had one. 

 

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What shall we wear if we want photos too?

I always welcome clients to have their photos taken with their newborn baby too. The Dad's are normally forced into but I promise them I will make it an enjoyable experience. And for those that are a little more camera shy, there are lots of ways to incorporate parents without seeing your full faces. But for those that want to embrace the family shots, I always recommend keeping things simple. Plain works best as patterns can really distract from people in photos. When it comes to colours, I suggest keeping them the same, similar or contrasting. For example, you may choose all whites or creams, or different shades of one colour, or creams, whites and browns that contrast with each other. If we go for shots with your baby awake, then be aware that they could wee or poo on you (yes this does happen) so a spare top would be useful too. 

 

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When you book a newborn photoshoot with me, I will provide you with all of these details and more but I hope that it's given you a little insight into what I will ask you to do. But other than these few things, you will be asked to do nothing else. After all, a newborn photoshoot with me in my Southampton studio in Hedge End, is all about you and your newborn baby having the best experience with me. I want you to feel relaxed, comfortable and sit back to enjoy me working with your precious bundle of joy. Or you may choose to catch up with messages or have a little snooze. Call it free babysitting. 

 

If you haven't yet booked a shoot with me but would like to know more, then please get in touch. I'd love to chat and provide you with all the info you need. CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN ENQUIRY OR TO BOOK

 

 

 

 

 

 


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