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!