Photographing newborns is truly a niche profession. It takes loads of practice and training to be able to safely and effectively work with these tiny humans and create precious images of their first few days of life. I've learned countless lessons and techniques over the last decade. Here are my top 7 tips to help a photographer have a successful in-home newborn session:
1. Timing of Session
Industry standard recommends holding Newborn Sessions within the first two weeks after birth. This is a great rule to go by. Its during this time that baby is the sleepiest. On average, its around the two week mark that baby begins to have longer awake periods throughout the day. Its been my experience that even if my client tells me that their baby still sleeps a lot, after the two week mark it becomes less and less likely that baby will remain asleep for me during a Newborn Session as I wrap and pose my tiny client. If baby is awake, it can be almost impossible to get some of those adorable shots of baby posed with their tushie in the air and hands tucked under the chin. My favorite time period is actually days 5-10. Whenever possible, I aim for holding the session during this time.
2. Warm-ish Room Temperature
Having a comfortably warm room can help keep baby comfortable during the session. The actual temperature will vary from home to home so I tell my clients to turn up the heat but remain comfortable. I bring along a space heater as well in case I feel the room is too chilly. This warmer temp will really come in handy as you work on unwrapped poses.
IMPORTANT: Its super important to remember that babies cannot regulate their body temperature as well as us adults so preventing overheating is something to keep at the forefront of your mind! While working with baby keep an eye out for signs of overheating such as sweating along the nape of the neck, an indented fontanelle, and mottled skin. Additionally, never point a space heater directly at baby, but rather use it to warm the general area.