Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for a comfortable and successful newborn session.

I was invited to shoot my first newborn session with a couple that I met earlier this year and you probably saw that I also shot their maternity photos. I was so excited to meet their new born and be in the presence of a newborn again (I really miss having babies around!) However, I have never done a newborn session before so I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I went back and forth for about a month before I agreed to do their photos. It was time to finally step out of my comfort zone.

Here’s what I learned during the session. . . things never go as planned. I pinned all the photos from Pinterest and practiced different angles at home. I even played with my camera settings all morning and YouTube all night how to play with natural lighting vs. flash lights. When I arrived at their home and walked into their bedroom all I can say is that all the knowledge I acquire went out the window. My mind was all over the place and I was so clueless on where to start first. But they made it really comfortable and easy for me to shoot their precious family.

Don’t panic and ask for a break if you need one. Also, remember to give mommy and baby a break too. I remembered when I went to my first newborn session with Kaitlyn and how comfortable the photographer made it for our family. She gave us a really good experience and time/space to feed baby, change, and pump. I really enjoyed that session so I’m reminded to also create a stress free environment where my clients feel safe as well.

Don’t forget to help the parents out too! Of course you should always ask for permission first, but be willing to hold their baby and volunteer to assist if they need to change or feed baby. I think the most important piece for me was to get in the moment and allow yourself to connect with them so you can capture some really raw moments.

I will also add that that the smiling and laughing photos does not naturally happen and you have to create them. Think about it for a second. . . they are new parents and they’re probably tired/exhausted/wanting to go back to sleep. During the session, I do direct them to smile, laugh, look away, look at baby, look at each other and allow them to freely express themselves. Last but not least, make sure to just have fun and go with the flow! Be goofy. Be Professional. Just be yourself!

It was truly a honor to meet their princess and photograph their first moments together. Parenthood is a bliss and I wish you both the best of luck in your next chapter. Cheers!

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  1. 11.17.20

    I remember when we had our newborn session shot with my son. The photographer was so nice and supportive! I remember feeling anxious because he wouldn’t cooperate at first, but she totally took charge and help him while I fixed myself a snack and calmed down. Getting to know clients is so important! Such great advice 💕

  2. 11.18.20
    Bri said:

    Great tips to photographers! I have had newborn pictures done with both of my girls and both of my photographers were great! It is so important to be calm and allow time for mommy and baby to get comfortable.

  3. 11.18.20
    Ana said:

    These pictures are beautiful. I wish I would have had the energy to do newborn photos when my son was born. I love all the tips you provide for photographers; very thoughtful and on point about what the new parents might be feeling and the things that they would appreciate during a photoshoot.
    Great job!

    • 11.20.20
      admin said:

      Thank you Ana!!! You are so sweet. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. 11.18.20

    These are beautiful photos.

  5. 11.18.20
    Sacha said:

    These are such beautiful photos!

  6. 11.18.20
    Ashley t said:

    Your photos are beautiful. We did newborn photos with both of our kids and loved them.

    • 11.20.20
      admin said:

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate you! Newborn sessions are hard, but so much fun!

  7. 11.18.20
    Alyssa said:

    They turned out so well! I could see your pictures being the ones people post on Pinterest for ideas! Definitely can’t tell it was your first time.

  8. 11.19.20
    Marysa said:

    I never did professional pictures for my kids when they were born. This would be such an awesome thing to do!

  9. 11.19.20

    This is such a nice read and a perfect guide for new parents who are planning newborn photo session.

    • 11.20.20
      admin said:

      Definitely, glad you found this post helpful!

  10. 11.19.20
    vidya said:

    such an awesome set of photographs and oh so adorable..
    thank you for the tips..

  11. 11.19.20
    Kimmy said:

    These are some beautiful photos.

    • 11.20.20
      admin said:

      Thank you!!! 🙂