Ensure a Successful Newborn Photoshoot
People relish in memories—a household or two would have wedding memorabilia safely stored away or on display for generations to experience. Some invest in memoirs to keep their legacy alive, but for the majority, photographs are the most ideal way to keep memories alive.
The birth of a child, for instance, is a milestone that deserves a celebration. Many come to our studio for newborn photoshoots, to keep the memory of the arrival of their precious angel alive forever.
While taking a newborn’s photo may seem straightforward, a lot of work and rules need to be laid out to ensure a successful newborn photoshoot. In our years of experience, we’ve gathered some helpful tips to ensure the success of your photoshoot. We share our secrets to success, in the hopes that you create photographs of your child your family and friends will love!
4 Tips to Ensure a Successful Newborn Photoshoot
Tip #1: Consider the lighting options
As you may very well know, newborn babies are sensitive, especially when it comes to flash. If you want to have a quality photoshoot, opt for an area of your home where natural light is aplenty. You can either start early in the morning or the afternoon, so long as the sun offers you the best possible lighting for the photoshoot.
Do consider your options—natural light may produce good photos, but don’t let the magic of shadows pass you by. You may have window coverings that produce interesting shapes, so never hesitate to play around the room. If you’re working with a professional photographer, allow them to play around with the lighting! Alternatively I also love heading outside, particularly on a cloudy day!
When I’m working in a studio setting, the huge flash is always covered by a muting filter and I slowly ease the little one into having it flash. The first few shots from the shoot are usually not the best, but once they get used to it, it can work well.
Tip #2: Dedicate ample time
Newborns demand a lot of time and attention, and that will naturally transcend to the day of your photoshoot. Make sure to wake up extra early to gather and arrange everything you need, including snuggles, feedings, and clothing changes. Photographers understand that babies need ample care, and any disruptions during the shoot will be met with patience.
All you need to do is to ensure that you schedule your day accordingly, with extra room for changes, diaper accidents, burping needs, and other baby needs. Don’t fret—professional photographers would be more than willing to wait!
This all being said however, try not to spend too long actually in front of a camera. Little ones don’t tend to react well to doing something they arent used to for too long, so as soon as they show signs of ‘cracking’ make sure you comfort them ASAP.
Tip #3: Allow your photographer to see your everyday life
This is connected to the previous tip, but as you feed, change diapers, and snuggle with your baby, allow your photographer the chance to see your everyday routines. They would make for amazing photos, especially since your newborn can only be posed so much in a fairy costume.
While your photographer has your desired photos in mind, the little moments make up for some of the best newborn photos. That’s certainly how I work with most clients, as the soft and quiet moments between a mother, a father, and the baby turn out to be what they’re looking for.
Tip #4: Broaden your perspective
Taking photos of your baby in cute clothing is the main goal, as with family photos that proudly show off your precious one. Your baby will naturally end up tired, prompting a feeding session and a nap. As they’re indisposed, allow your photographer to roam once more and take photographs of the nursery.
That stuffed animal by the corner next to the crib can be an amazing shot, as with those tiny baby shoes right next to dad’s boots. These may not be significant now, but once your child graduates from college, these baby items will be long gone—to have proof that they once existed will be incredible and really is the main goal of a successful newborn photoshoot.
Making Memories to Cherish With Your Newborn
The prospect of a successful newborn photoshoot session is exciting, especially since you know that you’re solidifying a happy memory that will be fleeting. It entails hard work, however, especially since babies are beings that need round the clock attention and love. You will need to incorporate your care routine into your sessions, but the tips we’ve mentioned above intricately weave best of both worlds together and hopefully help create a successful newborn photoshoot.
For the best newborn photography services in Adelaide, Sven Studios has you covered. We primarily offer wedding photography solutions, but we’ve worked with countless families that capture newborn baby moments—we make them fun and relaxed, ensuring that you have photos you’ll be proud to display forever. Work with our talented team—reach out today.