I thought it would be helpful to write about how to prep for your newborn photography session!
I wish it were as simple as new moms getting a full 8-10 hours of sleep the night before, waking up just before your scheduled session start time and relaxing for 4 hours while your little baby is enjoying their first photoshoot!
But... it's not. There's actually some prep work that new parents should follow before their session that will help us newborn photographers get the most out of your session. Wouldn't you love if your photographer was able to get through 5-7 set ups in under 2 hours? It doesn't always happen that way, but by following these easy guidelines, it can happen!
The first thing that I like my new parents to do before their session is feed the baby as much as you can in the 12 hours prior to their session. Feeding them gets them nice and prepares them to sleep as deeply and as long as possible. We love sleepy babies!
I also like for my parents to try and keep their baby awake for 2 hours leading up to their scheduled start time. Again, we love sleepy babies! This can sometimes be the most difficult step for my new parents to follow. I get it - you guys are totally sleep deprived and the thought of a quick 20 min cat nap before your session sounds wonderful, but we really love sleepy babies! Try giving the baby a bath, but don't wrap them up all cozy like after their soak - instead, have Dad or maybe big brother or sister play with them to keep them stimulated.
Just before you head out the door to your session, give baby another good feeding! Feed your sweet baby until they literally won't eat anymore. This gets them nice and full for their session and if they happen to dirty their diaper, they've done it before the session starts and it's easier to get them cleaned up and ready to go while they're off in la-la land!
And finally - this may be the easiest prep tip to follow - dress your baby in something that is easy to take them out of. Avoid anything that needs to be pulled over their heads as this can wake the baby. Put their diaper on loosely for the car ride - we like to avoid diaper lines while we're shooting!
So as you can see, there's not a whole lot to do before your session, but by following these simple and easy tips can mean the difference between a totally awake (and often times cranky) baby and one who will sleep the entire session!