3 Newborn Photography Tips Every Photographer Should Know

Newborn photography does come bearing surprises, particularly if you aren’t a parent. Annie Kinser Photography have listed a few photography tips when it comes to the newborns. Certainly, every photographer has their own style of doing things, but if you are looking for some tips, we assure you that you have landed on the right page. Read on to know more.

  1. Posed vs Lifestyle: Get Acquainted with Your Clients’ Expectations

Newborn photography is of two types: posed/studio and lifestyle. Both are great, but ensure that your client knows what style you are going for so as to keep no surprises during or after the sessions. Posed sessions must usually be done within first 2 weeks of birth when the baby is super sleepy and moldable. The gist of this photoshoot session is on the shots of the newborn looking perfect, generally in blankets, hats, wraps, and headbands. This session may take up to 4 hours including feeding, potty breaks, and posing. Editing these photos also take time because each image needs to go to Photoshop separately to get a refined end result.

Lifestyle sessions are a casual approach to newborn photoshoots. There is posing involved but the gist is to capture more natural images of the newborn as well as their home. These sessions may need up to when the baby is 6 weeks old and may take up to 1 to 2 hours max. The best thing about lifestyle photoshoot is capturing the wonder and excitement among the family members. Newborns bring an incredible joy to the family. Memories of this time phase may often fade away for new parents and this is why this kind of photoshoot must be emphasized more.

  1. Brace yourself

When conducting a session at client’s home, the posed baby photoshoot sessions need the same preparations as a wedding. You will need loads of stuff, we have listed them below as well.

  1. Camera and backup camera
  2. Formatted memory cards
  3. Lenses a few loud and funny kid toys
  4. Newborn posing beanbag
  5. Backdrop stand and clamps
  6. Space heater
  7. Step stool
  8. Boppy pillow (for posing)
  9. Waterproof pads (to catch messes)
  10. A change of clothes for me (in case of a mess)
  11. Props (baskets, crates etc.)
  12. Big blankets for backgrounds
  13. Small swaddle blankets
  14. Hats/headbands
  15. Loud enough music to hide the startling sound of my shutter
  1. Get your client ready

The best way to make sure to have a successful newborn session is to ensure that your client is aware of what to expect and how to best be ready for the session. We suggest you to send the prep tips a few days before the session to get the parents prepared. Get the moms to feed while you are unpacking and setting up the equipment. Also, let them know what you are bringing, how long the session will take, to anticipate messes and frequent feedings, and to warm the house.

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Author Bio :- Annie Kinser is a newborn photographer in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX. She also specializes in family, and milestone photos.