Newborn Photography Portraits
Your precious little ones won’t stay little for long! That’s why HD Photography is here to help you and your family capture those precious early memories with newborn and baby portraits. HD Photography will capture beautiful baby photos. All newborn sessions can be at our studio, your home, or on location outside. We have all kinds of newborn props and wraps and blankets and baskets, etc.. We also have headbands for little girls.
For the best newborn pictures, you will need to come soon as possible. Once little babies know they are out of the belly, they want to stretch and be free so once they realize they are out of the belly, there is no going back to cute cuddling newborn poses. So we suggest you come in for pictures within the first week of the child birth to get the best newborn pictures. We can do same day as birth, or several days after the birth. Newborn sessions can take up to 1 hour to 4 hours of shooting so book off enough time so your not rushed in your session so if we need to go over the 1 hour time. Newborn babies are unpredictable so you never know what to expect with your session. Bring plenty of milk so we can feed the baby and put it back to sleep when they wake up. We usually want to babies to be milk drunk and sleep the whole time so we can get as many pictures and poses as possible. So be prepared to over feed the baby just for there photo session. And because we are over feeding them food, that means pooping, so brings lots of diapers. Bring any props you want to add into your session. Newborns are easiest to work with during this time because they are sleeping for most of the day. They are also the most easy to adjust during this time-frame. Consider taking your baby’s photos after his or her umbilical cord has fallen off (which is typically after 5 days or so).
Here are just a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your little one’s photo shoot:
Make sure that you bring the essentials, such as a favorite blanket, wipes, and pacifiers, to keep your newborn comfy. A fussy infant can be challenging at any time. It is important to bring essential items to comfort your infant including a favorite blanket, pacifier, diapers, wipes and anything necessary for feedings.
Timing is everything!
Take your newborn’s sleep and feeding schedule into account when booking a portrait session. Our photographers often suggest booking an appointment right after feeding, when your newborn is ready to take a nap. Think about your infant’s schedule and attempt to schedule your photography session around your infant’s nap and feeding routine. If possible, feed your infant prior to leaving home. This will allow their little tummies to settle and reduce spitting up and fussiness.
Choose picture-perfect clothing and accessories.
For newborn portraits, we often recommend light-colored clothing. White and pastels help to bring out your baby’s delicate complexion. Our photographers also recommend bringing a beanie, a stocking cap, or even a cute headband for contrast.
Join in your newborn’s photo shoot.
Parents are welcome to join in the newborn portrait session. If you would like to include shots of Mom and Dad holding the baby, keep in mind that your hands will be prominently featured. Our photographers often suggest getting a light manicure before the session so that your hands are just as soft and delicate as your newborn. Don’t forget the parents! No infant photo is complete without you, the parents. Come prepared to join in the session. A precious tiny hand in yours can be a long-lasting memory. Even if you aren’t comfortable posing, give yourself a manicure in case you want close-ups of your hands cradling the baby’s head, feet and hands.
Capture every milestone.
Your newborn’s milestones are important! While you are at the portrait studio, it can help to go ahead and schedule future sessions. Most parents like to capture memories of their babies at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year. We can create your baby announcements, be sure to have your baby’s weight, length and any other details handy.
Lifestyle newborn sessions – Are a bit more casual approach to newborn photography. There may be some posing but the intention is to capture more natural images of the baby and their home. These sessions can be done up to 6 weeks old and usually last 1-2 hours max. My favorite thing about lifestyle newborn photography is capturing the wonder and amazement between the family members. Newborns are incredible but so is the love in the air. Memories of this time-frame often become fuzzy for new parents and that is precisely why I feel these types of shoots are so important.
Posed/studio sessions – Typically must be done within the first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”. The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands. The session can last up to 4 hours with feeding, potty breaks, and posing. Editing this type of session also takes quite a bit of time as each image needs to go through Photoshop individually to get a polished end result.
We encourage all moms to get in the pictures – atleast for a couple pictures. You may still feel uncomfortable and in pain and possibly even recovering from a surgery but just jump in for a few pictures to have of you and the baby. I promise you will cherish those forever.
If the baby has older siblings, I try to make the sibling shots my very first priority and then let them go play while we finish the session. Toddlers simply don’t have the attention span to sit quietly and wait for you to call on them for their picture so get their poses done first while they are curious and excited about your visit. By the time the session is over, they are usually open to participating again and that is when I try to get some lifestyle sibling shots. If they don’t want to participate, I’ve found promises of ice cream & candy have magical powers! (as long as that’s ok with Mom & Dad).
When should I book my Newborn Session?
As soon as you know you’d like a Session, but 3-4 months prior to your due date is recommended to ensure availability. I only accept a limited number of newborns per month to guarantee the utmost image quality, plus a smooth client experience (and personal sanity – all that squatting and maneuvering is rough on the body and I need time to recover!).
If you already have a newborn, it may not be too late!
Sometimes last-minute openings are available since babies like to arrive into the world on their own time. Sessions should take place within the first two weeks, but I will accept “older” newborns with the understanding certain poses may not be possible, or we will gear the Session more towards lifestyle images rather than posed portraits.
When will my Session take place?
Usually within the first two weeks of life. The best time is between 6-14 days after birth to increase our chances of full baby cooperation, and so they don’t surpass that curly, itty-bitty newborn size. Seriously, they change so stinkin’ fast, and are most flexible during that specific window of time.
Where does the Session take place?
In the comfort and convenience of your very own home. This is one of the signature benefits when you select HD Photography for your Newborn Session needs – I do all the work and come directly to you! Instead of creating unnecessary stress for you by having you wake up early to get yourself, your family + baby dressed and ready, reminding you to not forget those extra clothes/blankets/mementos, making you drive to a new location and potentially getting lost, while still managing to arrive flawlessly camera-ready…instead get to revel in the familiarity and comforts of home. Seriously – no need to put yourself through any extra work with a new baby in tow!
Can siblings and parents be included?
Yes, please! I highly encourage parents to be present in photos. Your child will thank you for it. YOU will thank you for it. Your own parents will thank you for it. Your best friend will thank you for it. *I* will thank you for it. Are those enough reasons? I do ask that you be realistic about sibling shot expectations, though. For toddler-aged children, having a new sibling is a HUGE change, and they may or may not participate in the manner that you expect them to, so we will play the day by ear and do our best.
What is the difference between posed and lifestyle?
Posed = sleepy curled up baby on a backdrop
Lifestyle = sleepy or awake baby in your arms, in their crib and in natural positions
Do I need to provide props?
Nope! I do that for you too. There are a TON of different prop styles available for newborn photography. Please make sure you review my portfolio so you know what to expect and what I offer, and understand that I’m naturally inclined to choose neutrals like whites, greys and creams. I love to use swaddle wraps, and my posing is more classic and organic to ensure that your portraits are as timeless as possible to continually enjoy no matter how grown your baby gets.
How long will each Newborn Session last?
Ultimately, baby will determine the length of the session, but usually 1 hour to 4 hours.
Do you also photograph families with older children?
Yes! So many of my family clients started out as newborn clients, and I completely love the opportunity to work with and grow with your family. I think there is something super cool about building a long-term photography relationship with each of my families – we “get” each other faster, understand what to expect more fully, and can pretty much guarantee that I’ll fall in love with your kiddos.
If you’ve never had a Session with me before, though, be sure to review my family/child portfolio to see if we are a good fit for your style and photography needs. I strive to capture candid, playful family moments, so if you’re looking for a gallery full of everyone smiling at the camera, you might want to check elsewhere. Yes – I make sure to get a few of those for Grandma, but what I REALLY want is you smiling, hugging, tickling, snorting, jumping, chasing, snuggling, laughing and all-out playing with each other.
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